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Fairmuir lift Dundee West Anniversary Cup after 11-goal thriller

Ferry Athletic 4

Fraser OG 1, Martin 36, Gill 46, Hanbury 70+1

Fairmuir BC 7

Cunningham 13, 34, Heenan 22, 25, 51, Smith 57, Mulholland 62
  • Sunday, 28 April 2019
  • North End Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Dundee West Anniversary Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Stuart Heenan’s hat trick helped Fairmuir overcome Ferry Athletic in a thrilling 11-goal final of the Dundee West Anniversary Cup.

These sides produced 10 goals in their first meeting of the season in September and Ferry wasted no time opening the scoring, as they found the net after just 22 seconds.

A quick passing move down the left looked to have fizzled out until Fairmuir’s Jamie Fraser knocked the ball into his own net.

It was a nightmare start for Fairmuir who saw Stuart Heenan shoot wide shortly after before Xander Barclay tested Finlay Lyttle with a stinging volley from the edge of the box.

Ferry somehow saw their lead stay at just one goal when Blaike Kyles knocked the ball across the goal line after Kieran Thomson had kept out Aiden Lockhart’s strike.

Moments later, Fairmuir were level when Ryan Mulholland slipped a shot past Lyttle and Thomas Cunningham was on hand to make sure the ball went over the line from all of a yard out.

Cunningham was sent through on goal shortly after but lashed his effort over the bar amidst the Ferry calls of offside against the Fairmuir goal scorer.

With their tails up, Fairmuir continued to press, and when Cunningham was fouled at the edge of the box, they had the golden opportunity to take the lead. Heenan stepped up and curled the free kick past Lyttle into the bottom left corner.

Heenan wasted no time in doubling his tally as he nipped ahead of Hoon onto a long ball before firing a low shot across Lyttle to put Fairmuir two to the good.

Fairmuir grabbed their fourth of the game a minute before the interval as Harrison Smith guided a long ball down for Cunningham who’s shot found the net despite a touch from Lyttle.

  • Half Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 1-4
  • Fairmuir BC

Ferry needed a big performance in the second half if they were to have any chance of lifting the cup and when Kyles brought a smart save out of Thomson seconds into the second half it was clear they meant business.

A free kick on the left touchline presented Lockhart the chance to undo the Fairmuir defence and he did just that as his in-swinging cross was met be McKenzie Martin, who headed the ball into the top corner with his first touch of the game.

Ferry were much improved on their first half performance and with 46 minutes played they pulled another goal back. Another quick passing move saw Harrison Whittet released down the left and his cutback was swept home by Dylan Gill to cut Fairmuir’s lead to one goal.

Despite Ferry’s improved performance, the eighth goal of the game went Fairmuir’s way as Heenan was once again set free down the left before lifting the ball over Lyttle to complete his hat trick.

Ferry’s response was almost immediate as Whittet again provided a ball from the left that was met by Kyles, but he could only fire the ball against the post.

Heenan had been the thorn in Ferry’s side all game long and he continued to cause them problems as he slipped in Smith, who cut in from the right before stabbing the ball past Lyttle to extend Fairmuir’s advantage.

Five minutes later Heenan took off down the left once again, leaving Martin with little choice but to bring the Fairmuir man down inside the box before he could pull the trigger. Mulholland made no mistake from 12 yards as he fired the ball past Lyttle.

In injury time, Lyttle denied Heenan once again, before the ball was cleared into Lockhart, who saw his long pass turned into the net by Will Hanbury for Ferry’s forth and final goal of a thrilling game.

  • Full Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 4-7
  • Fairmuir BC

Lineups

Ferry Athletic
Fairmuir BC
1. Finlay Lyttle
2. McKenzie Martin
4. Rhys Hoon
5. Josh Reekie
6. Cameron Coll
7. Blaike Kyles
8. Aiden Lockhart
9. Will Hanbury
10. Dylan Gill
11. Matteo Cabrelli
12. Cormac McCarthy
14. Blair Milne
15. Harrison Whittet
16. Liam Cargill
17. Gene Taylor
18. Adam Snedden
20. Aidan Cobb
20. Kieran Thomson
2. Jamie Fraser
3. Xander Barclay
4. Lewis Hornshaw
5. James Barclay
6. Brodie Cussick
7. Finlay Garty
8. Corey Finnie
10. Stuart Heenan
11. Harrison Smith
12. Kieran Duguid
14. Thomas Cunningham
15. Ryan Mulholland
16. Reece Suttenwood
17. Dylan Anderson
Star Player
Ferry Athletic
Fairmuir BC
Harrison Whittet - The Ferry wide man put in a strong performance down the left hand side and was unlucky not to have more than the one assist for his efforts.
Stuart Heenan - There is little left to be said about the Fairmuir man that hasn't already been said. In a game between two top teams, he was the difference with three goals and two assists in another stellar performance.
Magic Moment
Ferry Athletic
Fairmuir BC
Martin's Goal - A towering header from the defender that nearly sparked a Ferry comeback.
Heenan's First Goal - A fantastic strike from the free kick that gave Fairmuir the lead.
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