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Fairmuir looking forward to Ross Ballantine Cup Final

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Having established themselves as one of the teams to beat at the 2005 age group, Fairmuir are looking to finish an impressive debut season at 11-a-side football by lifting the Ross Ballantine Cup.

Having reached the Last 32 of the Scottish Cup and secured a top four finish in the Café Royale League, rivals Riverside stand between them and the cup.

Ahead of their big day, YFS caught up with manager Paul Conway to find out about his side’s run to the final, their season so far and their previous meetings with Sunday’s opponents.

Despite being one of the top sides at seven-a-side, Conway knew that wouldn’t guarantee success on the 11-a-side pitch.

“Our main aim was to be competitive in a very strong league, that’s all we could ask from the boys. The league is exactly as we expected it to be.”

Fairmuir’s run to the final started with a 4-2 defeat against Ferry, but they were reinstated into the competition after Ferry fielded an ineligible player. A 3-1 win away to Pitfour booked their place in the final, and Conway was delighted with how his side navigated such tricky ties.

He said, “In the Ferry match I thought we started very well and went two goals up then stopped playing.

“Pitfour are an excellent side and to get any victory against them is a great achievement, especially in a cup semi-final. We worked hard for the whole 70 minutes, which for the coaches was very pleasing.”

Riverside took the points in the side’s first meeting courtesy of a 4-1 win, but Fairmuir bounced back with a 6-3 win when the side’s clashed in January. Conway is expecting another tight affair in the final.

“Both were very tough games and could have went either way.

“Riverside are a good team who try to play football in the right way, we expect a very tough but exciting game on cup final day.

“We feel we are a strong unit and it’s been a great team effort to get this far in the cup and to be where we are in the league.”
Ahead of their big day, Conway had this message for his players.

“Go out and enjoy it and show everyone watching what a fantastic team you are becoming! Win or lose, leave nothing out on the pitch just give your all.”

Andrew Creegan

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