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Set piece magic inspires Ferry to cup victory

Fairmuir BC 1


Ferry Athletic 2

Forran, Paton
  • Sunday, 20 April 2014
  • North End Park, Dundee
  • Under 15´s
  • Jean Pierre Babin Cup - Final

Joe Birchenall | YFS East Region Journalist
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Ferry Athletic lifted the Jean Pierre Babin Cup on a glorious Sunday afternoon after seeing off Fairmuir Boys Club thanks to a stunning free-kick from Jay Forran and a cool, composed finish from Kieron Paton. 
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky as Ferry Athletic kicked off the first half of the cup final at North End Park, and conditions were ideal. From the start both teams showed attacking intent and within minutes of the start both Kal Handy and Rory Faulkner had early chances to give their respective side the lead. Faulkner stinging the palms of Elliot Smith in the Fairmuir goal with a rasping drive of a volley from a throw in. 
Both teams continued to press hard early on and Fairmuir’s Bailey Chalmers had the ball in the net inside 10 minutes but the linesman’s flag muted celebrations. Ferry weren’t about to be lie down though and they too must have thought they’d taken the lead when Ryan Ferry headed in at the back post but once again a raised arm from the linesman saw the goal ruled out for offside. 
Jake Porter looked to be struggling as he got caught wrong side of his man but did well to make a recovery tackle, his challenge resulted in a foul but it was an important break up of play nonetheless. Arran Smith took the resulting set piece and forced a good save out of Kristopher Taylor, the Ferry keeper doing well to reach the whipped shot.
And it was to be a set piece that saw the deadlock broken on 20 minutes. Jay Forran stepped up from 25 yards out and absolutely hammered the ball home; his powerful effort flying into the top right corner after taking a very late dip. Elliot Smith in goals was rooted to the spot and he could do nothing to stop Ferry taking the lead. 
Ferry continued to look dangerous as Faulkner drifted past at least four of his opponents before forcing a close range save. Kal Handy responded for Fairmuir as he strode forward confidently before cutting the ball back from the right hand side. His team-mate Mathew Gow latched onto the ball and might have done better with his shot but Jake Porter got rid of the danger and made the clearance on his goal line. 
But Porter, like the rest of his team, couldn’t stop Jamie Gaffney a moment later as he somehow weaved a way through the Ferry backline and coolly slotted past the onrushing goalkeeper. A goal was no more than the Fairmuir team deserved as they had rallied well after going behind. 
And they continued to press with Gregor Macaulay making a menacing run down the right before drilling the ball across the face of the goal. Nobody was on hand to make the final touch though as the ball went out harmlessly for a goal kick. Macaulay would have the ball in the net moments later but, for the third time in the half, the goal was disallowed for offside and the teams trooped off for half time with the scores level. 
  • Half Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 1-1
  • Ferry Athletic
Fairmuir restarted the second half but it in truth it was Ferry came out the brighter of the teams. Within no more than a minute of kick-off, Kieron Paton had picked up a defensive clearance and effortlessly steered it around a hapless Elliot Smith to restore his side’s lead. 
Jamie Gaffney looked like levelling the score when he ran onto an excellent ball in behind but could only steer his shot over the bar as he stretched to make contact. Arran Smith looked dangerous with another free kick and the pressure started to build as Ferry couldn’t get the ball clear. 
A period of dominance looked to have paid off for Fairmuir when, after more sustained pressure, a ricocheting ball struck a yellow-shirted hand and the referee pointed to the spot. Smith once again stepped up to the set piece but couldn’t convert the penalty or the follow up after an excellent double save from Kristopher Taylor. 
The game continued and so did Fairmuir’s forays in to the opposition half but without reward. Kal Handy and Jamie Herron both came close but the Ferry defence held strong and didn’t look like giving anything away cheaply.
Herron again came close with a shot from distance but Fairmuir continued to see their attacks broken up efficiently. In the end, Ferry will feel they deserved their lead and managed to see the victory despite a spirited performance from Fairmuir. 
  • Full Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 1-2
  • Ferry Athletic


Fairmuir BC
Ferry Athletic
1. Elliot Smith
2. Bruce Hearn
3. Ryan Lonie
4. Jamie Gaffney
5. Sam Hodgson
6. Arran Smith
8. Bailey Chalmers
9. Gregor Macauley
10. Jamie Herron
12. Kal Handy
14. Mathew Gow
15. Lawrie Mitchell
16. Bradley Etchels
17. Decland Dodds
1. Kristopher Taylor
2. Nicholas Sterling
3. Jay Forran
4. Ross Nicholson
5. Connor Bell
6. Harry Dow
7. Rory Faulkner
8. Cameron McFie
9. Kyle Ramsay
10. Kieran Paton
11. Jay Leslie
12. Kieran McDowall
14. Ryan Ferry
17. Cameron Oldham
19. Scott McDonald
20. Jake Porter
Star Player
Fairmuir BC
Ferry Athletic
Jamie Gaffney had a good game throughout and got a goal to mark it but was unlucky not to get his side back into the tie on several occasions. A strong performance from the youngster amid trying circumstances.
Kieran Paton dominated the game for large periods and got the goal that sealed his side's victory with a composed and well taken finish.
Magic Moment
Fairmuir BC
Ferry Athletic
Gaffney's goal looked to have given his team the wake up call they needed and Fairmuir enjoyed a period of sustained pressure afterwards. The goal was no more than they deserved by the youngster showed great effort to stay on his feet and finish.
Jay Forran is unlucky to lose out but Kristopher Taylor's double save from the penalty spot kept his side in the tie with 15 minutes to go has to take the prize. Conceding a goal would have put his side under real pressure.
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