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Fairmuir vs Ferry Athletic U16s Queens Jubilee Cup Final Preview

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The Queen’s Jubilee Cup final brings together two side’s looking to lift their second piece of silverware of the season. Fairmuir were crowned Maryfield League Champions after a thrilling 4-3 win over Dryburgh in their final game of the season while Ferry Athletic lifted the John Clark Motors Cup against Broughty United.
Ahead of the final, YFS caught up with Fairmuir manager Graham Buchan and Ferry boss Jamie McGrath to find out about their seasons so far and their previous meetings.
Here’s what they had to say:
The 2016/17 season saw Fairmuir finish runners up to Dryburgh and fail to reach any cup finals. This season has been a different story as they went through the entire Maryfield League season unbeaten.
Manager Buchan admits that last season’s lack of success has been a catalyst for their success this year.
He said, “Passion, desire and togetherness is the massive change from last season. The lads had a point to prove this season to get back on top and the only way to do that was together, to fight for everything as one.
“There is a belief in this squad like no other, they are never beat, and they will never give up. That is what has made them champions again.”
Fairmuir’s run to the final started with an 8-0 win over St Murdochs Colts before beating Monifieth 1-0, St Murdochs 6-0 and finally Logie Harp 1-0. Buchan was pleased to see his side navigate these ties on top of a hectic league schedule.
“The hardest match by far was against Logie in the semi-final, this is no disrespect to the other teams we faced to get to the final. Our players were fatigued with a very congested fixture list as we played Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday fixtures for a few weeks.
“To be fair to Logie, on that day they were very good and could have had a couple of goals. As always though, our boys stuck to the task, they gave everything, fought for everything and earned an impressive clean sheet and victory at Fairmuir Park.”
The three meetings of Fairmuir and Ferry have produced a win a piece and a draw, and Buchan is expecting another tight affair in the final.
“Ferry are a very good footballing team and thoroughly deserve to be in the final. They have had some impressive results and the final is set up to be a cracker. We are expecting a tough match against them as we always do. 
“We have kept 14 clean sheets this season and set our own record of eight clean sheets in a row. Both those stats are incredible at this level. We managed this as the team play as a unit; we play together, for each other and as one.
“If anything will make the difference, it will be our belief and desire to win as a team.”
Ahead of their big day, Buchan had this message for his players.
“Go out and enjoy yourselves lads. Believe in your ability and believe in each other. 110%, nothing less.”
Ferry Athletic
The 2016/17 saw Ferry achieve a sixth-place finish in the G Taylor League, but the last few weeks of the season saw them struggle to field 11 players. Manager Jamie McGrath explains the changes that have been made to the squad over the last 12 months.
“We were close to folding at the end of last season as we were struggling to field a team at times.
“We decided if we were going to carry on we needed to bring in new players, and in total we managed to bring in two new goalkeepers and six new outfield players which was needed as we took some heavy defeats last season.
“We want to compete in every game we play in and see how far we can go.”
The sides have met three times this season, with Ferry knocking Fairmuir out of the John Clark Motors Cup, and McGrath is anticipating another close match in the final.
“It’s going to be a close one. We’ve played them three times this season, we’ve beat them once, they’ve beat us once and we’ve had a draw so there’s not much between the teams.
“After winning the first cup our confidence is up and I like to think we can go and win a second cup.
““The semi against Fairmuir was without doubt our best team performance this season as we were right up for it, we dug in and I think we just deserved it in the end, and that has given us a bit more confidence and belief we can, on our day, compete for trophies.”
McGrath had this message for his players ahead of the final. “Go out there and give it everything you've got, don't let it pass you by as you never know when you're next one will be!! Enjoy it and of course WIN!!”

Andrew Creegan

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