All the games in the SSAFA League, sponsored by James King Coach Hire, went ahead on Sunday. Cum Ye Inn will undoubtedly be the happiest of the teams as they managed to pull away from all their rivals, to take them six points clear at the top of the table. At the mid-way point it is looking like theirs to lose.
Creebridge House Hotel 2-3 Cum Ye Inn
This game got off to a fast start with both teams playing end to end football and coming close in the opening 15 minutes, the dead lock was broken in the 18th min when Creebridge’s keeper parried the ball right to Whalen’s foot for an easy tap in to make it 1-0 to Cum Ye Inn. Three minutes later and the home team were incensed as the referee disallowed what they thought was a perfectly good goal from Kieran Jolly, the referee adjudged it was a hand ball whilst the home team protested that the ball had already clearly crossed the line. After what seemed to be a let off for Cum Ye Inn, Creebridge appeared to become unsettled and within a few minutes they conceded another goal, Creebridge’s defensive error leaving Whalen with an easy task to make it 2-0 to Cum Ye Inn and two for Whalen. Nine minutess later Whalen sealed one of the easiest hat-tricks he is likely to score, again a tap in after following in a free kick, yet another blunder from Creebridge’s rearguard as Plunkett in the Creebridge goal mishandled, 3-0 to Cum Ye Inn. This spurred on the home team and when they were awarded a free kick on 41 minutes which Davidson hammered home from 25 yards leaving McLaughlin no chance, two minutes later Patterson of Creebridge thundered a volley from 45 yards which was goal bound until the keeper managed to tip onto the bar and was scrambled away to safety. Half time 3-1 to Cum Ye Inn.
The second half went by quickly with Creebridge the far stronger team and wondering what they had to do to score again, the visitors were showing impressive resolve though, as chance after chance was cleared by the tiring away team, although Cum Ye Inn still threatened on the break and were on the wrong side of what seemed like some dubious decisions. On 75 minutes Creebridge were turned down a penalty, from what looked like a blatant handball. Again Creebridge were feeling hard done by, which drove them on further and on 85 minutes they were rewarded from a corner when Jolly thundered home a header from close range. On 87 minutes another Creebridge penalty claim turned down when Dawson was impeded and brought down in the box just as he was about to pull the trigger, the referee again waved play on and nothing was given. Creebridge must wonder how this game escaped them and Cum Ye Inn will be delighted with pulling six points clear.
Scorers: Creebridge (Davidson, Jolly) Cum Ye Inn (Whalen x 3).
Ferrytoon 5-3 Crown
Both teams knew this was a must-win game and for the first 20 minutes it was a bit of a stalemate as the ball bounced around in the middle of the park and there weren’t any real chances to break the deadlock. Ferry took the lead on the 23rd minute when a rasping 30-yard freekick from Kenny Allen swerved and dipped in the air to give goalkeeper Eveleigh no chance. Ferry should have doubled their lead soon after but Rab Porter blasted over. Crown composed themselves and came back. They had a chance as Brown moved into the box from the left, but his tame effort from 14 yards out was easily gathered by the Ferrytoon keeper. Crown drew level and it was veteran Richard “Peachy” Simpson who headed home from a corner at the front post, this seemed to spur the visitors and minutes later Brown broke free and left the ferry defence standing to slot it past the advancing goalkeeper Burton. Crown then blew the chance to go further in front when Brett Ross blasted a penalty against the crossbar, Ferrytoon managed to scramble the rebound clear. Right on the stroke of half time it was looking ominous for Ferrytoon when they were reduced to 10 men. Lee Navin’s petulance proving to be his own undoing as he was sent off for gesticulating to one of his team mates whilst being booked for dissent. Half time score Ferrytoon 1-2 Crown.
Crown must have thought they had secured the three points when Simpson got his second with a beautiful free kick giving the Ferry keeper no chance. Crown let complacency creep into their game and 10 man Ferry hit back almost immediately. Young Ryan Holmes, playing his first game for Ferrytoon, slotted in Kenny Allen, who ran down the left side and into the box to blast it into the net. Ferry drew level on 60 mins when Mcquaker dribbled down the left flank and crossed superbly, only for Corey Thomson to head clear. Allen got his hat-trick with an overhead kick that Pele himself would have been proud of. Ferry could have took the lead moments later when a long kick out was flicked on by Campbell to McQuaker whos lob went inches past the post, the home side continued their momentum and went into the lead when Porter’s long throw found an unchallenged Midge Davidson, who placed the simplest of headers into the corner of the net. A combination of slack defending and ruthless finishing had left Crown deflated, after it seemed like they were going to coast to victory. Crown did manage to create some chances in the last 15 minutes but were blighted by rash finishing, the first a glancing header from Brown just shaving the post after McQuarrie whipped in a freekick from the right. Hunter and Lindsay were also played in but they were unable to slot their chances home. Ferry brought on 15-year-old trialist Danny Glazer, who stepped into a threadbare Ferry squad and he had an immediate impact on the game. Crown’s attack broke down and Glazer collected, ran past two defenders, eventually feeding Bob Swallwell who hit it from five yards inside his own half into an empty net, as the Crown ‘keeper had pushed up to try and get an equaliser. Ferry earned an important three points and deserve credit for coming back from 3-1 and a man down. Crown were left feeling that they’ve thrown yet another chance for a win away.
Scorers: Ferrytoon (Allen x 3, Davidson, Swallwell) Crown (Simpson x 2, A Brown).
Twynholm 4-4 Youth United
Twynholm and Youth United shared the spoils in an eight goal thriller at Castledykes in Kirkcudbright. The visitors took the lead on six minutes when Taylor raced away from his marker to fire home from the edge of the box. Twynholm were level seven minutes later through Little after McMillan’s long throw caused all sorts of problems in the visitors’ defence. Twynholm took the lead on 31 minutes, Davie McRobert latching onto a loose ball to drive home an unstoppable 20-yard strike. Youth United came back and it was Taylor again from a similar position to his first on 37 minutes,
Half Time 2-2.
Youth United retook the lead in controversial circumstance on 52 minutes, Taylor getting his hat-trick from an what appeared to be an obvious offside position. But this Twynholm team don’t give up and were level again on 57 minutes, Alan McRobert scoring from the spot following handball in the area. Twynholm should’ve took the lead but Hannah saved from Morrison and again from Kerr. Then in 86 minutes the visitors scored what seemed to be the winner, a corner from the right eluding everyone to give Tate the simplist of tap-ins. With the game late in stoppage time Twynholm won a throw deep in visitor territory. From McMillan’s long throw Twynholm’s keeper Briggs who’d went up got the slightest of touches to flick it on an there was that man Alan McRobert to glance the ball home.
Full Time result 4-4.
Scorers Twynholm (Little, A McRobert x 2, D McRobert) Youth United (Taylor x 3, Tate).
Other results last week:
Baines Memorial semi-final - Market Inn 2-0 Creebridge House Hotel - scorers: Robison, Hodgson
William Telfer semi-final - Cum Ye Inn 0-0 Ferrytoon (CYI win 3-2 on penalties)
William Telfer Final - Creebridge House Hotel vs Cum Ye Inn (Creetown - 7pm)
SSAFA League, sponsored by James King Coach Hire - Crown vs Tides Inn (1pm); Youth United vs Cum Ye Inn (1pm); Ferrytoon vs Market Inn (1pm); Twynholm vs Creebridge House Hotel (1pm).
Gillian McQuat Memorial Trophy 1st Round - Crown vs Tides Inn (7.15pm); Ferrytoon vs Market Inn (7.15pm); Creebridge House Hotel vs Twynholm (7.15pm).
Gillian McQuat Memorial Trophy 1st Round - Cum Ye Inn vs Youth United (7.15pm).