Lads’ Club secure cup final spot

Lads’ Club 4, Ferry Athletic 3

LADS’ CLUB travelled to Monymusk Park, Dundee, to meet Ferry Athletic in the semi-final of the J. Cord Cup.

With regular goalkeeper Matty Barr out injured and first choice stand-in ‘keeper Dave Cargill suspended, Rhys Tait donned the gloves for the first time this season.

With a strong wind blowing in their favour, the Lads created a couple of half chances early on but were unable to put them away. However, with 10 minutes on the clock they took the lead when Kyle Brown’s speculative cross eluded everyone and crept in at the back post.

Ferry responded by creating a couple of chances themselves and duly equalised 10 minutes later when Steven Scott was adjudged to have brought down a Ferry player in the box. Shortly after this Scott indicated to the sidelines that he was feeling unwell and was replaced by Fraser Stewart.

Club continued to press Ferry at every opportunity and scored their second goal of the game when Marc McLachlan fired home from close range.

Again Ferry came back at the Lads and they were awarded a second penalty after Jamie Gordon was harshly adjudged to have fouled a Ferry striker in the box. Despite the protestations of the Lads Club management team the award stood and was duly converted.

Ten minutes later the Lads conceded a soft third goal.

Half-time: Lads’ Club 2, Ferry Athletic 3.

The Lads had to find a way back into the game against the strong wind and opponents who would be feeling confident after their first half performance.

The early second half exchanges favoured Ferry, but as the Arbroath side had found out in the first half the wind was at times more of a hindrance than an advantage.

Club began to play some good football and forced a couple of corners which came to no avail.

However, with 15 minutes gone they equalised after excellent work by Jamie Gordon set up Liam Smith who fired home from close range.

Ten minutes later Club had turned the game on its head when Marc McLachlan fired them into a 4-3 lead.

Ferry would not lie down and forced a great one-handed save from Tait, whilst some excellent defending from the Lads’ Club rear-guard kept them at bay.

With time running out for Ferry they created their best two chances of the second half in the final 10 minutes of the encounter. The first resulted in a fantastic one-handed save from Tait, whilst James Allen cleared the other off the line, allowing Lads’ Club to secure a very hard fought 4-3 win.

The J. Cord Cup final is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, at North End Park, Dundee, with a 2 p.m. kick-off when their opponents will be either Domino United or Maryfield United.

Results from Sunday were:

J. Cord Cup, semi-final – Under-19s 4, Ferry Athletic 3. D.S. Rennie League – Under-14s 8, Lincraig 1.

Fixtures for Sunday:

11 a.m. kick-off - Age 9s away v Fairmuir; Age 10s home v Riverside; Age 11s home v Tayport.

12.30 p.m. kick-off – Under-13s home v DUSC; Under-14s away v Saints.

The youth development has now joined the SFA 4V4 initiative sessions on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11.30 a.m. at Arbroath Sports Centre (Astro Turf pitch). For more information contact Gav Paterson 07939986386.