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Faulkner hat trick flattens Forfar West End

Ferry Athletic 5

Kelly 15', Faulkner 22', 65', 89', McCord (p) 82'

Forfar West End 2

C. Fraser 14', Wilson 79'
  • Sunday, 25 February 2018
  • Dawson Park
  • Under 19´s
  • Presidents League

Andrew Creegan

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Rory Faulkner’s fourth hat trick in four matches helped Ferry Athletic keep up their unbeaten run in the Presidents League. Andy Kelly and Blair McCord also netted for Ferry as they consigned Forfar West End to a sixth defeat of the season.

These sides shared the U19s title last season, but after falling to defeat against Kirrie in their last match, Forfar knew they had little margin for error left if they were to lift the title come the end of the season.

The first chance of the game went the way of the visitors after 10 minutes, but Cameron Fraser couldn’t keep his volley on target.

Forfar did strike first in the match, and Cameron Fraser was the scorer. Kurtis Turek supplied the cut back, and the big striker swept the ball into the far corner of the net from 18 yards.

The lead would prove to be short lived, as Andy Kelly turned a corner in from close range less than 60 seconds after Forfar had opened the scoring.

Ferry were taking the game to Forfar with Rory Faulkner causing the visitors backline plenty of problems. The forward fired over after cutting inside from the left, but when he latched onto Blair McCord’s pass after 22 minutes, there was only ever going to be one outcome as he raced towards goal and curled the ball past Kyle Millar.

Kelly went close to doubling his tally when he looped a header towards goal from a corner, but Rhys Fraser was in the right place to head the ball off the line. At the other end, Alistair Wilson headed over from a corner.

  • Half Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 2-1
  • Forfar West End

Alistair Wilson had Forfar’s first chance of the second half, but again he headed Rhyss Baer’s free kick over the bar. Forfar were having the better of the play in the second half but were given a scare when Innes Middleton only narrowly missed Jack Ferrier’s low cross.

Rhys Fraser was denied by Stewart Linton before Ferry added their third. Blaine Duncan slipped in Faulkner, and he beat Millar with a low shot from a tight angle.

Forfar continued to look for a way back into the match, and when Morgan Evans hit the deck on the edge of the box after 79 minutes, they had their chance. Alistar Wilson took the free kick and fired it past Linton.

Substitute Josh Richardson brought a save out of Linton with a strike from 18 yards. With so many bodies committed forward, Forfar were always vulnerable on the break, and when Arran Smith freed Faulkner, they were caught cold as he drove into the box before being taken down. McCord made no mistake with the resulting penalty, stroking in into the corner.

Evans set up Fraser Smith inside the box, but his effort was saved by Linton. There was still time for the McCord/Faulkner partnership to undo Forfar one more time. A late free kick on the left was clipped into the box by McCord, and Faulkner, the only Ferry player in the box, stooped in to head past Millar, and complete his fourth hat trick in four matches.

This was a strong showing from Ferry, who remain unbeaten in the league. These two sides meet in the G Kerr Cup final in a month’s time, and while they didn’t get the result today, Forfar will still fancy themselves, while Ferry will be hoping to lift the first of a potential four trophies this season.

  • Full Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 5-2
  • Forfar West End


Ferry Athletic
Forfar West End
1. Stewart Linton
3. Lewis Finnie
4. Blair McCord
5. Innes Middleton
6. Tom Banyard
8. Arran Smith
10. Andy Lyall
11. Rory Faulkner
12. Fraser Kemp
15. Jack Ferrier
16. Blaine Duncan
18. Ross Fordyce
20. Calum Ross
21. Logan Irvine
24. Andy Kelly
1. Kyle Millar
3. Ryan Alexander
4. Alistair Wilson
5. Owen Woodcock
6. Rhys Fraser
7. Kurtis Turek
8. Rhyss Baer
9. Cameron Fraser
10. Morgan Evans
12. Ryan Proctor
14. Fraser Smith
15. Callum Clark
16. Josh Richardson
17. Paddy Allardice
19. Jordan Morrsion
Star Player
Ferry Athletic
Forfar West End
Rory Faulkner - Took all three of his goals well and was a menace all afternoon. With four hat tricks in four matches, the Ferry man is in fantastic form.
Cameron Fraser - Led the line well and opened the scoring with a fine finish.
Magic Moment
Ferry Athletic
Forfar West End
Faulkner's Third Goal - A clever ball from McCord that gave Faulkner his hat trick on a plate.
Fraser's Goal - A nice move that was finished expertly by the big striker.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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