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Forfar Boys in seven heaven after Ferry win

Ferry Athletic 0

Forfar Boys 7

Urquhart 2, 12, 60, Craig 9, Morrison (p) 55, 70+1, Fairweather 67
  • Sunday, 13 January 2019
  • Dawson Park
  • Under 13´s
  • P Gibson League

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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A devastating performance from Forfar Boys handed them the incentive in the P Gibson League title race as they blew Ferry Athletic away at Dawson Park.

Tyler Urquhart bagged a hat trick for Forfar with Connor Morrison netting twice. Harry Craig and Kieran Fairweather completed the route as Forfar moved to within a point of Ferry at the summit.

Forfar came into the game knowing that a defeat would leave them seven points behind Ferry in the title race and got off to the perfect start as they opened the scoring after two minutes.

Zac Field’s effort was spilled by Fraser Wood and Tyler Urquhart was on hand to turn the ball into the net from close range.

Forfar were dominating the opening stages of the match and doubled their lead on nine minutes as Harry Craig fired in a free kick from 25 yards. It was no more than the visitors deserved for their impressive start to the match.

The lead was quickly extended after some quick passing down the left saw Beinn Millar feed the ball into Urquhart, whose shot took a deflection as it made its way into the net.

Millar was causing Ferry plenty of problems and when he was slipped in one-on-one with Wood it looked like Forfar would score again but the Ferry man was quick off his line to smother the ball and deny the winger.

Ferry were nearly gifted a route back into the match thanks to a mix up in the Forfar defence, but Thomas McIntosh was on hand to clear the danger.

Millar went close to adding a fourth for Forfar when he brought down Urquhart’s cross but saw his volley come crashing back off the crossbar.

  • Half Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 0-3
  • Forfar Boys

The first chance of the second half went Ferry’s way as Jonathan Laing headed a cross from the left wide of the mark.

Jack Dryden should have added his name to the scoresheet moments later when he met a corner unmarked at the back post, only to somehow turn the ball wide. How the ball didn’t end up in the net only the Forfar man knows.

When Kieran Fairweather went down in the box Forfar did have the chance to extend their lead and Connor Morrison duly obliged as he dispatched the resulting penalty, despite Wood diving the right way.

With 10 minutes remaining Urquhart completed his hat trick in spectacular fashion. Craig’s free kick wasn’t dealt with by Ferry which allowed Urquhart to smash home a volley from close range.

Things got better for Forfar when Fairweather robbed Wood and fired the ball into the empty net to take their lead to six.

Forfar completed the scoring in injury time as Keir Gallazzi found Morrison in the box, who drilled a low shot past Wood into the far corner.

Ferry went in search of a consolation but were denied by Alexander Stewart. Laing’s snapshot looked to have reduced the deficit, only for the Forfar keeper to produce a stunning reaction save to tip the ball round the post. It was an impressive bit of goalkeeping from the Forfar keeper who had spent most of the match as a spectator.

This was a day where not much went right for Ferry, who suffered their first league defeat of the season. To their credit, they kept fighting until the final whistle and if not for a super save would have had a goal to show for their efforts.

If they can put this result behind them, there is no reason this can’t be a season to remember for them.

As for Forfar, this was a perfect performance from them. From the first whistle it’s clear they only had winning on their minds and they went on to all but secure the points in a blistering opening 15 minutes.

At times, they played football that was far above their age, and if they can reproduce this kind of performance throughout the remainder of the season, there’s no reason they won’t be lifting silverware come the season’s end.

  • Full Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 0-7
  • Forfar Boys

Lineups

Ferry Athletic
Forfar Boys
1. Fraser Wood
2. Euan Berry
3. Kerr Cosgrove
4. Austin Allan
5. Rehan Afzal
6. Kieran Crockett
7. Sam Soutar
11. Harry Clarke
12. Gregor Ross
15. Nathan Seaton
16. Reece Kidd
17. Cian Young
20. Michael Walker
23. Johnathan Laing
25. Billy Gunn
1. Alexander Stewart
2. Harry Craig
5. Thomas McIntosh
6. Aiden Crighton
7. Beinn Millar
8. Connor Morrison
9. Kieran Fairweather
10. Charlie Gowans
15. Tyler Urquhart
16. Zachary Field
17. Keir Gallazzi
18. Jack Dryden
21. Lewis Haldane
Star Player
Ferry Athletic
Forfar Boys
Johnathan Laing - If Ferry were going to score, Laing looked the most likely to do so. Kept working despite the difficult conditions and was only denied a goal by a wonderful save.
Beinn Millar - Millar may not have found the net, although not through a lack of trying, but his effort and end product were integral to Forfar's success. His pass for Urquhart's second goal was a particular highlight.
Magic Moment
Ferry Athletic
Forfar Boys
Wood's Save from Millar - Forfar were dominating early on and would have added to their lead if not for this smart stop from the Ferry keeper.
Urquhart's Third Goal - An emphatic strike that capped off a fine performance from the forward.
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