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Comeback kids Ferry battle back to sink Riverside

Ferry Athletic 4

Kyles 40 (p), 49, 57, Hanbury 61

Riverside CSC 3

Young 6, Burnett 11, McDougal 27 (p)
  • Sunday, 12 November 2017
  • Dawson Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Diamond Jubilee Cup

Andrew Creegan

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Blaike Kyles’ second half hat trick helped Ferry Athletic complete an astonishing comeback as they sealed a place in the semi final of the Diamond Jubilee Cup at the expense of Riverside. The visitors raced into a 3-0 half time lead, but Kyles’ treble and Will Hanbury’s late goal completed the Ferry comeback.

Riverside topped Group B, while Ferry were runners up behind Fairmuir in Group D. In the league, Ferry remain unbeaten, but they were caught off guard when Riverside took the lead inside six minutes.
Jude Young had the freedom of the penalty area at a corner kick, giving him an easy finish from close range.

The visitors were setting the tempo early on, and were two to the good after 11 minutes, when Jaydn Burnett hit a dipping shot into the top corner from 20 yards.

Ferry were struggling to impose themselves on the match, as Riverside searched for a third. Young hooked wide after 23 minutes before Louis Jenkins saw a shot blocked inside the box.

Riverside did get their third before the half hour mark. Aidan McDougal was taken down inside the box, and he stepped up and fired the resulting penalty past Finlay Lyttle in the Ferry goal.
  • Half Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 0-3
  • Riverside CSC
Whatever was said by the Ferry coaches at half time, it worked, as they came flying out the traps at the beginning of the of the second half. Blair Milne was fouled in the box, and Blaike Kyles made no mistake with the resulting spot kick.

Kyles fired in a hat trick as Ferry beat Fairmuir 4-2 in the Ross Ballantine Cup quarter final last week, and he lifted the ball over Jacob Kerrigan with 49 minutes gone to double his and Ferry's tally.

Kerrigan did well to smother Will Hanbury’s shot as Ferry searched for an equaliser. Kyles completed his hat trick when he tapped home from a yard out. Aiden Lockheart provided the delivery from the free kick, and Ferry levelled the game up with 13 minutes to play.

With their tails up, Ferry completed the comeback. Hanbury was sent in behind the tiring Riverside defence, and drilled a low shot across Kerrigan into the net.

This is a tough one to take for Riverside. For 40 minutes, they dominated the game, and looked like going through. But, once Ferry began to take control, they struggled to cope, and Ferry’s key players started influencing the match.

If they can learn their lessons from today, then there’s no reason they can’t go on to have a successful season, having made a solid start to the league campaign, and secured a spot in the semi-finals of the Ross Ballantine Cup, this group of Riverside players might just have a season to remember.

As for Ferry, this was very much a game of two halves. In the first half, they offered little in an attacking sense and conceded goals that from their point of view, were poor. In the second half, they got a few breaks, and began to overrun Riverside. This is when their quality in the final third shone through.

Going forward, they have put themselves in a position to have a very successful first season at 11-a-side football. With a 100% record in the league, and two cup semi-final places sealed, they will be hoping to lift at least one piece of silverware this year, and it’s going to take a very good side to stop them doing that.
  • Full Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 4-3
  • Riverside CSC


Ferry Athletic
Riverside CSC
1. Finlay Lyttle
3. Haydn Farmingham
4. Gene Taylor
5. Euan Reekie
6. McKenzie Martin
7. Blaike Kyles
8. Stevie Grogan
9. Will Hanbury
11. Cameron Coll
12. Cormac McCarthy
14. Blair Milne
15. Luke Conway
16. Jamie Doig
17. Josh Reekie
18. Adam Snedden
19. Aiden Lockheart
17. Jacob Kerrigan
2. Louis Jenkins
3. Liam Watt
4. Max Laing
5. Ryan Anderson
6. Adam Anderson
7. Jaydn Burnett
8. Ethan Alexander Mitchell
9. Calan Johnston
10. Jude Young
11. Arran Duncan
12. Odin Chalmers
14. Cameron Buist
15. Callan Lovett
16. Kai Hamilton
18. Aiden McDougal
Star Player
Ferry Athletic
Riverside CSC
Blaike Kyles - Struggled to get involved in the first half, but stole the show in the second. Showed real composure to finish the penalty, and real intelligence to finish his next two goals. Six goals in a week isn't bad going.
Jaydn Burnett - Scored a cracking goal early on, and was a key cog in the Riverside team. Kept fighting and trying to play right to the very end, and didn't deserve to be on the losing side.
Magic Moment
Ferry Athletic
Riverside CSC
Hanbury's Goal - It's unlikely a Ferry goal has been celebrated like this since they moved to 11-a-side football. A clever finish that completed an astonishing comeback.
Burnett's Goal - A fantastic strike that at the time, put Riverside in control of the tie.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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