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First half blitz helps Ferry Athletic Blues to Peter MacAvoy Cup

Ferry Athletic Blues 4

Cattanach OG 12, Murray 23, 32, Thaw 39

Kirrie Thistle 2

Allison 6, R. Cormack 72
  • Sunday, 24 March 2019
  • North End Park
  • Under 19´s
  • Peter MacAvoy Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Cameron Murray’s first half double helped Ferry Athletic Blues see off Kirrie Thistle and lift the Peter MacAvoy Cup.

Gale force winds meant that a free-flowing game was unlikely, but despite playing into the wind, it was Kirrie that broke the deadlock after six minutes when Kane Allison swept the ball home from David Cattanach’s cross.

Cameron Murray curled a shot over as Ferry looked for an equaliser, and their efforts were rewarded when Cattanach attempted to guide a long ball back to Kyle Millar, only to see the ball taken by the wind and loop into the net.

Millar was helpless to prevent the equaliser but kept Ferry at bay with a fingertip save to keep out Craig Bruce’s powerful header.

Rohan Brown volleyed wide for Kirrie before Murray latched onto a through ball and drilled a low strike past Millar to put Ferry in front.

With the wind at their backs, Ferry were looking to put the game beyond Kirrie, and went close when Adam Eaton’s whipped a corner against the crossbar.

Ferry did extend their lead when Millar fumbled James Lawrie’s long free kick into Murray, who watched the ball roll over the line for his second of the day.

Murray turned provider for Scott Thaw when he knocked down Eaton’s corner, and Thaw looped the ball over Millar for Ferry’s fourth of the day.

  • Half Time:
  • Ferry Athletic Blues
  • 4-1
  • Kirrie Thistle

After a lacklustre first half showing, Kirrie came flying out the traps at the start of the second half and went close when Allison turned in the box after collecting Finlay Campbell’s cross.

Andrew Kettles saw a long-range free kick tipped over by Marcin Kunc before Ryan Cormack had the ball in the net but was judged to be offside by the linesman. Owen Kerrigan combined with Allison at the edge of the box but the Kirrie goal scorer saw his effort blocked.

A rare Ferry attack saw Millar deny Bruce once again with a fine save. The Ferry man met Callan Gallagher’s cross, but once again Millar was on hand to tip away his header.

Kirrie’s task was made harder when David Carr was shown red for kicking out at a Ferry player, but with 18 minutes remaining they got the goal that their second half performance deserved.

Ryan Cormack whipped in a free kick from the left that deceived Kunc and flew into the Ferry goal to reduce the deficit.

Kirrie continued to keep up the pressure but couldn’t get the breaks at the important moments. Ryan Cormack had a free kick 20 yards from goal but couldn’t replicate his earlier effort as the ball sailed harmlessly over.

Kirrie’s search for a route back into the game left them open to the counterattack, and Ferry nearly made them pay when Aidan Nelson squared the ball for Gallagher, but he failed to hit the target from close range.

Kirrie continued to push, but Ferry managed to keep them at bay and clinch the Peter MacAvoy Cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Ferry Athletic Blues
  • 4-2
  • Kirrie Thistle

Lineups

Ferry Athletic Blues
Kirrie Thistle
1. Marcin Kunc
2. Bradley Duff
4. Marc Ramsay
5. James Lawrie
6. Adam Eaton
7. Liam Crockett
8. Peter Forte
9. Cameron Murray
10. Matt Cuffley
11. Lucas Arthur
12. Scott Thaw
14. Ross Flight
15. Chris Mudie
16. Callan Gallagher
17. Craig Bruce
18. Tom Grubb
19. Aidan Nelson
20. Connal Cormack
22. Luke Benvie
1. Kyle Millar
2. Aaron Barnett
3. Finlay Campbell
4. Rohan Brown
6. Aaron McFadyen
7. David Cattanach
8. Owen Kerrigan
9. Matthew McSheffrey
10. Kane Allison
11. David Carr
12. Grant Prain
16. Jack Neave
17. Andrew Kettles
18. Ryan Cormack
19. Aodahn Glenn
21. Joe Black
Star Player
Ferry Athletic Blues
Kirrie Thistle
Cameron Murray - Bullied the Kirrie defenders in the first half and did well defensively in the second half. Took his first goal well and was in the right place to grab his second. A top performance.
Kane Allison - Opened the scoring and looked a threat all game long. Linked the play well and was unlucky not to have more to show for his efforts.
Magic Moment
Ferry Athletic Blues
Kirrie Thistle
Murray's First Goal - A fine run and strike to put Ferry in front and swing the game in their favour.
Cormack's Goal - A wonderful strike that gave Kirrie hope late on.
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