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Comeback kings Ferry clinch Diamond Jubilee Cup

Carnoustie Panmure 1

Hamilton 25'

Ferry Athletic 2

Lockhart 51', 61'
  • Sunday, 15 April 2018
  • North End Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Diamond Jubilee Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Aiden Lockhart’s second half double secured Ferry Athletic the Diamond Jubilee Cup. Ferry had to come from behind to win their quarter and semi-final ties, and the final was no different as they came from behind after Scott Hamilton had given Carnoustie the lead in the first half.

Carnoustie started brightly and tested Ferry keeper Finlay Lyttle thanks to a strike from Dylan McLeish. The deadlock was nearly broken after 11 minutes when Charlie MacPherson's cross clipped the crossbar.

Scott Hamilton slipped the ball into the path of Jack Chalmers but Lyttle was sharp of his line to smother the shot.

Carnoustie's dominance was rewarded when Hamilton opened the scoring after 25 minutes. MacPherson found Jack Chalmers on the right and his low cross was swept home by Hamilton.

Ferry nearly replied instantly but Will Hanbury could only hit the post from a tight angle after rounding Zac Watt.

  • Half Time:
  • Carnoustie Panmure
  • 1-0
  • Ferry Athletic

Hanbury was denied in quick succession early in the second half as Ferry looked to turn the game around.

Coming from behind to win a match has become something of a trademark for Ferry this season, and they pulled themselves level midway through the second half through Aiden Lockhart. The midfielder fired a free kick from 30 yards past Watt in the Carnoustie goal.

The equaliser brought an urgency to Ferry’s play that had been lacking for most of the match. Blaike Kyles was sent through on goal but was denied by Watt who raced off his line to block the forward’s effort.

A free kick from 20 yards on the hour mark presented Ferry a golden opportunity to take the lead, but Lockhart couldn’t reproduce the magic of his previous attempt.

The midfielder wouldn’t take long to have his say on the final result, as his cross from the right was misjudged by Watt in the swirling wind and ended up in the net.

Carnoustie went close with a free kick of their own but Chalmers effort from distance crept the wrong side of the post. Kyles looked to put the result beyond doubt in injury time but saw his strike from the edge of the box deflected behind, before heading the resulting corner wide.

While this wasn’t Carnoustie’s day there are still plenty of positives for them to take from the final. Reaching a cup final in your first season at 11-a-side football is a real achievement, and not freezing on the big stage, playing a style of football well beyond their years and running a very good Ferry side close is nothing to be sniffed at.

They are not in the hunt for the Café Royale League title, but with matches against title challengers Fairmuir and Ferry to come, today’s showing indicates that they will have a say on who is eventually crowned champions. If they can build on the foundations they have laid this season, then it won’t be too long until they are lifting silverware.

As for Ferry, this was very much a game of two halves from them. In the first half, they were sluggish and struggled to handle Carnoustie. In the second half, there was more purpose to their play and they restricted Carnoustie to very little.

This cup win caps off what has been an excellent first season at 11-a-side football, but they will have aspirations of adding the league title and East Region Cup to their collection. If the Ferry side of the second half shows up in their remaining fixtures, then they will be looking at a memorable season.

  • Full Time:
  • Carnoustie Panmure
  • 2-1
  • Ferry Athletic

Lineups

Carnoustie Panmure
Ferry Athletic
1. Zac Watt
2. Charlie MacPherson
3. Harrison Whittet
4. Ben Gibson
5. Dillon Fraser
6. Rhys Hoon
7. Scott Hamilton
9. Dylan McLeish
10. Jack Chalmers
14. James Paterson
15. Charlotte Taylor
16. Carter Kelly
18. Devon Aigbekan
19. Gabriel Smith
20. Finlay Bonnar
21. Scott Gilmartin
1. Finlay Lyttle
3. Haydn Farmingham
4. Gene Taylor
5. Euan Reekie
6. McKenzie Martin
7. Blaike Kyles
8. Stevie Grogan
9. Will Hanbury
10. Dylan Gill
11. Cameron Coll
12. Cormac McCarthy
14. Blair Milne
15. Luke Conway
16. Jamie Doig
17. Josh Reekie
18. Adam Snedden
19. Aiden Lockhart
20. Aiden Cobb
Star Player
Carnoustie Panmure
Ferry Athletic
Rhys Hoon - The Carnoustie captain didn't put a foot wrong throughout the 70 minutes, thwarting countless Ferry attacks. His distribution was excellent and he was very unlucky to be on the losing side.
Aiden Lockhart - Not for the first time this season, the midfielder came up with the goods for Ferry. His first strike was magnificent and while his second goal was a touch fortunate, it proved to be decisive.
Magic Moment
Carnoustie Panmure
Ferry Athletic
Hamilton's Goal - The simple finish was only possible after some excellent build up play from MacPherson and Chalmers.
Lockhart's First Goal - Ferry needed inspiration from somewhere and the midfielder provided it with this goal. A fantastic free kick that Watt couldn't keep out.
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