Today saw Monifieth Reds U13s kick off their season with a competitve friendly against Forfar Flyers. Played up in Forfar on a beautiful day for football our girls showed a great deal of competitive spirit and ability to come back from 3-1 down to claim a 3-3 draw. With many of our girls still eligible to be playing in the U11 league this year and having not played on an outdoor pitch since last November they did look a bit rusty in the first few minutes and quickly fell behind to two well taken goals from the Flyers with the second of these a beautiful strike across goal in to the top corner of our net. However our girls managed to pick up the pace and pulled a goal back when some lovely passing play between Aimee Robertson and Liberty Whyte made space for Aimee to fire a shot across goal that rebounded off the post only for Leah Malone to pounce and prod the ball in to the back of the net. The second half saw our girls playing with the slope however they fell further behind within a few minutes of the restart when the Flyers scored again through another well struck shot that found our net.
Pre-match team talk
Undeterred, our girls began to press forward to get back in to the game and their pressure paid off when some excellent team play allowed Aimee Robertson to score twice in order to pull Monifieth Reds level. The second of these being a powerful effort that the Flyer's keeper just couldn't stop. As the game came to a close both teams tired a bit although there was a feeling in the Reds ranks that they might have just nicked it.
Great performances all round from our girls with AJ Meach solid in goal, Libby Forster and Sophie Rumgay forming a strong defensive partnership, Leah Malone and Liberty Whyte driving in an attacking midfield, Aimee Robertson competing up front against a strong Flyers' defence and Cara McAteer and Cally Taylor displaying some impressive wing play, with Cally showing up very well in her debut match.
Thanks must go to the Flyers players and team for the part they played in what was an engaging and entertaining encounter but from our perspective an encouraging start to life in the next league up for Monifieth Reds U13s.