Mar 312014
 

A cold and windy day saw Monifieth Ladies FC U15 take on Dunfermline in a close and exciting league cup contest on our home pitch at Riverview. Dunfermline piled on the pressure from the start but a couple of great saves from Monifieth goalkeeper Louise Christie, ably assisted by our strong defence,  meant that Dunfermline were denied an early breakthrough. Halfway through the first half Monifieth began to get more into the game with some great movement however they didn't manage to get their noses in front with a couple of squandered chances.

Minutes into the second half, a mistake at the back from Monifieth allowed Dunfermline’s striker a clear run on goal and she finished high into the corner of the net to break the deadlock. Monifieth continued with the attacking play but yet again all of their chances and opportunities went a-begging. Monifieth were given a chance to pull level from a Georgie Simpson free kick which unfortunately skimmed over the crossbar and not long after Monifieth won another free kick which Becky Milne took with the same result as Georgie's!

Monifieth continued to push forward with some good passing football. The home side continued to battle and look for the equaliser and changes were made by both teams. With 10 mins to go Dunfermline managed to penetrate Monifieth's defence which resulted in another goal for the visitors. Monifieth never gave up and continued to attack but another chance was missed when Chloe Robertson hit the woodwork.

A competitive game that resulted in a 2-0 victory for our visitors.

Mar 312014
 

The excitement of playing in their first ever cup tie didn't appear to overwhelm our young Monifieth Reds U13 side on Saturday at Riverview when they managed to overcome a powerful Dundee United girls side in a keenly contested cup tie. Playing uphill and in to the wind Monifieth Reds passed the ball very well and displayed a great awareness of using the space and each other as they pressed forward to break the deadlock. The Dundee United defence and in particular their keeper was the main barrier and reason as to why the half-time score remained at 0-0 with some great stops – one from a fierce drive from Aimee Robertson and two when one-on-one with Katie Shaw and then Liberty Whyte.

With the wind behind them and playing downhill Monifieth Reds began to press home their advantage and after 15 mins into this period the Reds went in front when Aimee Robertson cracked in an unstoppable drive that hit the roof of the net. This however seemed to galvanise Dundee United who then came more in to the game and AJ Meatch was called in to action on several occasions with one great dive to tip the ball round the post maintaining her team's advantage. The Reds defence also held firm with Libby Forster and Leah Malone standing up very well to the threat posed by some fast attacks by the opposition.

It was Monifieth Reds however who extended their lead with two beautifully taken goals by Katie Shaw, the first one being a near post drive in to the net and the second being a lofted shot from an angle that nestled in to the far corner. A fourth goal was added that highlighted the Reds performance on the day. A lovely move allowed Katie Shaw to break down the right. She passed it to Aimee Robertson who held it up and then slid a lovely pass through to the on-rushing Liberty Whyte who tucked a composed finish into the corner to cap a great performance by the team.

The Dundee United team continued to press forward and compete but on this occasion it was Monifieth Reds who managed to carve out the victory and ensure that it was their name that will be one of those picked out for the next round.

 

Mar 262014
 

The Gothia Cup is the world’s largest international youth football tournament. Each year, around 1600 teams from 80 nations take part and they play 4500 games on 110 fields. It’s the teams, and participants from around the world that make the tournament unique. A meeting place for the world’s youth, irrespective of religion, skin color or nationality, with football as the common denominator. Gothia Cup was first held in 1975. The tournament was started by the football associations BK Häcken, GAIS and a local newspaper but has been owned since the early 80′s entirely and solely by BK Häcken. Through the years, almost a million players from a total of 140 countries have participated in the tournament. In 2014 the organisers celebrate the success of their event and their 40 year anniversary!

This year there are are 2 teams representing Scotland in the 2014 Gothia cup. Hearts are representing the boys and Monifieth Ladies FC U15 will be representing the girls. The week long world youth international football festival is from 12 th July to 18th July 2014.

As part of the fundraising events there was an afternoon tea in the Craws Nest in Carnoustie.

The event organised by Allison Curran raised almost £500. Monifieth Ladies FC would like to thank Allison and also all the staff at the Craws Nest for all their efforts in making the afternoon such a success.

Mar 242014
 

We were delighted to see that some of the girls from our U15 team were part of the Monifieth HS team who participated in and won the Scottish Schools Heptathlon event on Friday 21st March at the Emirates Stadium in Glasgow. The school was  representing Tayside as the regional champions, Monifieth HS competed really well by all accounts and took the title with a narrow 6 point victory over Harlaw Academy (Grampian) and 3rd placed Balfron High School (Central).

MLFC under 15 players who represented Monifieth High School were Molly Hughes, Eirinn McCafferty, Georgie Simpson, Kaitlin Dorward and Rachel Wanless.  Congratulations to the girls on a fantastic achievement.

Mar 242014
 

A bright but chilly Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy was the venue for an evenly-balanced contest between Raith Rovers U15's and Monifieth Ladies U15's.  Monifieth started the brighter team and were first onto the scoreboard.  A fine through ball from Georgie Simpson following a well worked free kick between Shaylen Anderson and Simpson led to Anderson notching from 15 yards.  Mid-way through the first half, Raith Rovers equalised with a goal from just inside the Monifieth half which took a wicked bounce over goalkeeper Louise Christie.  Raith were now in the ascendency and extended their lead to 2-1 just before half time with a well taken goal from Nicole Carter.  Half-time, Raith 2 – Monifieth 1. Raith again looked the sharper team after the break and Carter added a further goal with a fine chip to take Raith 3-1 up.  Monifieth introduced 3 substitutes in the second period and goals from Emily Younger and a second from Anderson levelled the score at 3-3.  An exciting finish saw Younger add her second of the game and Anderson complete her hat-trick as Monifieth ran out 5-4 winners in a very entertaining game.

Mar 172014
 

One of the up and coming stars of English football is Wilfried Zaha. As a youngster he caught the eye of many a bigger club whilst playing for Crystal Palace with Manchetser United eventually deciding to splash out £10 million on him. Have a look at this video of him demonstrating his tremendous attacking skills that have some amazing tekkers wrapped up in them.

Wilfried is currently on loan at Cardiff City but will no doubt be attracting the headlines as he aclimatises to life in the English Premiership. In the meantime, why don't you try to master some of the skills that Wilfried Zaha has showcased on this video?

Mar 172014
 

On Saturday 15th March Monifieth Blues played their first home match against a strong Forfar Flyers team. Forfar got off to a great start scoring within a minute of the kick off. This seemed to waken Monifieth up and they had two or three good attempts at goal before a great goal by Michelle Cameron that went in off the upright made the score 1-1. Both teams continued to play good football but without any further score until half time. Neve Simpson and Christy Stenson controlled midfield as the second half got under way, but two goals within a two minute spell by Forfar proved too much for Monifieth to pull back. To their credit they continued to play good football and were very unlucky on a few occasions with the match finishing 3-1 to Forfar. A special mention must go to Roxanne Stenson who although this being only her second ever game in goal made numerous good saves in both halves.

Mar 162014
 

U15_15032014_weblargeFollowing their opening day win at Forfar Eagles last week, Monifieth welcomed Montrose to Riverview for the first home game of the 2014 season.  Monifieth started off strongly against a Montrose side making their competitive debut this season and were quickly in the ascendency with goals from Shaylen Anderson and Eirinn McCafferty giving the home side an early 2-0 advantage.  Monifieth should have stretched their lead on 10 minutes but a superb 20-yard free-kick from McCafferty rebounded off the crossbar.  Further goals from Anderson, Georgie Simpson and another 3 from McCafferty had Monifieth on easy street with a 7-0 advantage at half time.

Monifieth shuffled the pack in the second half and continued to dominate a plucky Montrose side who had limited goal-scoring opportunities.  The second half saw Anderson and Simpson complete their hat-tricks and McCafferty add one further goal as Monifieth eased to a second win of the season.  The visiting Montrose side deserve great credit for continuing to compete until the final whistle blew.

Mar 162014
 

A good game was played out under windy conditions at Riverview . 
An understrength Dundee West, complemented by a Monifieth substitute, put up a brave fight against a Monifieth team who at times dominated with some dazzling passing . A Five-star performance from midfielder Katie Shaw was matched with five goals . One of these being a sweeping move up the wing, a pinpoint pass from Libby Forster was accepted and dispatched into the Dundee West goal by Katie .
A skilful brace by Liberty Whyte and well taken goals by Cally Taylor and a first ever goal for Sophie Rumgay rounded off the scoring . 
Dundee West were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet themselves . Goalkeeper Ajay Meach called into action as the game reached the latter stages . The game finishing 9-0 to Monifieth. Monifieth Reds registering their first ever competitive win.

Mar 092014
 

Monifieth 15’s commenced the 2014 season with an away tie versus a young Forfar Eagles side entering the 11-a-side arena for the first time.  Despite the poor underfoot conditions at Forfar Academy, both teams started with a passing game and tried to play through the midfield area.  After a relatively even start, Monifieth penned Forfar back into their own half and at half time were 5 goals to the good with the pick of the bunch a Carly Hay finish after good work by Ciara McGreal on the right hand side of midfield.

After the re-start, the Forfar goalkeeper was in defiant mood and produced several excellent saves from Monifieth attacks however as the second half progressed  Monifieth upped the ante and evetually ran out comfortable winners with a strong win that included hat-tricks from Shaylen Anderson and Emily Younger.  Credit to a young Forfar team who refused to give up against physically stronger opponents and who continued to pass the ball and play football when in possession.

Next up for Monifieth U15 is a home fixture versus Montrose on Saturday 15th March.