Apr 292014
 

Sunday saw Monifieth Blues playing an away fixture against a very well organised Penicuik side. This was the first Scottish cup fixture for most of the team and it was played in a very sporting manner. Early on both teams were evenly matched with some strong tackles going in from both sides.

On their first attack Penicuik were stopped by a fine tackle by Christie who won the tackle and then set up a Monifieth attack. Holly linked well with Neve and this allowed one of the few Monifieth fist half attacks. Katie played well at right back and started several moves for Monifieth on the right wing. Michelle worked tirelessly up front never letting their defence settle and gave the Penicuik full back lots of trouble all game. In the second half Leah took control of the left back position and put in a fine display winning the ball and passing the ball to Christie. Holly running quickly down right hand win put in a through ball to Jessica who then put a pass to Kyna. With only the goal keeper to beat released a fine shot. The goal keeper guessed the correct way and produced a fine save.

Mention must also go to Roxanne who produced a series of fine and brave saves. One in particular diving at the feet of Penicuik's top striker was extremely brave. Penicuik were the better side and had scored several good goals. With only a couple of minutes to go Neve got control of the ball 5 metres inside her own half. Looking up she saw that the Penicuik goalkeeper was off her line. Neve then had a beautiful shot from fully 40m which had the goalkeeper back peddling. The ball was going into the top left hand corner. A finger tip save pushed the ball onto the top of the bar over.

Thanks must go to Penicuik for their kind hospitality and we wish them well in the next round of the Scottish Cup

Apr 272014
 

casino_webRien ne va plus, or no more bets as they say up our way! 😉

Well that's the cry you might  be hearing if you come along to our fundraiser Casino Night that will take place towards the end of May. Last year we held one of these and it proved to be a hugely successful fundraising event and one that everyone that attended enjoyed. The idea is that you buy a number of chips at the start of the evening and that you use these to earn more chips on the roulette and black jack tables. The perosn with the most chips at the end of the night wins a highly desirable prize!!!

The people who come and do this are trained croupiers and the experience is one that is really exciting and fun but with the knowledge that the money you spend will be going to support the work that we do to allow girls to play football with and for us.

A buffet is provided and a bar is available in case anyone fancies a Babycham or an occasional half pint 😉

The details of the event are as follows:

Venue: Ballumbie Castle Golf Club

Date: Saturday 31st May 2014

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: £10 a ticket and this gives you an initial £10 worth of chips to play the tables. More chips can be purchased on the night.

This map should help you find your way there:

 

 

Apr 272014
 

This year's Scottish Cup draw saw Monfieth Reds U13s given an away tie against Hibs Girls U13s. This was the first ever Scottish Cup tie for the girls in our team and with half of them still eligible to play U11 football the task was a daunting one yet one that the girls were looking forward to. As it turned out we lost 9-1 to a very strong Hibs Girls team who displayed great individual skill and control throughout their team as well as displaying a solid understanding of how to set up their team shape and to play passing football in such a way that they carved out numerous chances to score.

The first half saw Hibs Girls press forward from the kick-off but some resolute defending and a number of superb stops from AJ Meach in the Reds goal kept the score at 0-0 until a snapshot from close-range pushed the home team in front. Hibs continued pressing and added a further 3 goals to make it 4-0 at half-time.

The second half continued in much the same vein with the score increasing to 7-0 prior to the Reds pulling one back when Katy Shaw broke forward and then delivered a great pass to release the on-running Aimee Robertson who sprinted past the last defender before tucking a composed finish in to the far corner. The Reds gradually began to adapt to the pace and heightened challenge that their opponents presented and followed up their goal with a good spell of passing play however the Hibs team managed to extend their lead by notching up a further two goals.

A superb performance from AJ Meach in goal for the Reds saw her pull off a number of outstanding saves.

A defeat of this size is not nicest thing to experience on the football pitch however credit to all our girls who continued to play and commit to the challenge throughout the game. They will have learned a lot from this experience and we are sure that this will add to their developing understanding of how to play football at U13 level.

We would like to thank all those from Hibs Girls who welcomed us to Edinburgh and for the kind hospitality that they showed us at the end of the game. We wish them well in the next round of the cup.

Apr 222014
 
Apr 222014
 

We were absolutely thrilled and delighted to see that two of our U15 players have been selected to represent Scotland U17 at the forthcoming Home International event in Northern Ireland this August. Georgie Simpson and Shaylen Anderson will be the first ever players from our club to wear the dark blue kit of their country. Both girls have been playing football for quite a while and they are indicative of the standard of player we have at the club at U15 level and in our younger teams. We hope that this is the first of many more players from our club to represent their country.

The work we have been doing to grow girls football week in and week out has received such a boost with this news and we wish Georgie and Shaylen every success at the tournament.

We took some time out of the girls' training session the other night at DISC to quickly interview them to see how they felt about being selected for their country. You can hear what they had to say about it by clicking the play button on our Audioboo player below:

 

Apr 212014
 

Our young Monifeith Reds U13 team lined up against a very strong Tayside Colts outfit at Riverview on Saturday past. Coaching staff and spectators alike were both lucky to watch a competitive game with some excellent skills and commitment shown by the girls from both teams. Tayside Colts eventually ran out 4-2 victors on the day but it must be said that the keepers from both teams did really well to keep the scoreline down with AJ Meach of Monifieth Reds yet again providing a strong foundation for her team-mates to play and compete.

Playing down hill and with a light breeze behind them Tayside Colts dominated much of tbe first half and by half-time had found themselves 2-0 up from a couple of well-taken strikes. Monifieth played some very nice football though with one attack releasing Katie Shaw whose pace allowed her to fire in a strong effort that was blocked by the Colts' keeper. Monifieth were denied getting on the score sheet a few minutes later when a fierce drive from Aimee Robertson bounced back off the bar and on to (or near) the goalline. Shouts from the spectators for the need to introduce goal line technology in the girls' league could be heard at that moment ! 🙂

The second half saw Monifieth Reds come much more in the game however they went a further goal behind to find themselves facing a 3-0 deficit. Instead of letting their heads go down the Reds continued to play some fast attacking football on the break and they were rewarded when Aimee Robertson dribbled past the Colts defence to then strike a fine drive in to the net. The Colts stength allowed enabled them to go further ahead with a fourth goal but the Reds' continued good play saw them grab a second when Katie Shaw stabbed the ball in from close range after a rebound from a shot from one of her team-mates..

As it was this 4-2 defeat for the Reds, from a competitive and strong Tayide Colts, was something for the team to learn from – particularlry in relation to how their passing play enabled them to compete really well with this more experiencd U13 team.

Special mention must be made of Libby Forster who was a stalwart in the Reds' defence and who showed how to defend and compete for her team.

 

Apr 012014
 

At Monifieth Ladies we already receive great support in terms of sponsorship from Window Wizard and Whyte's of Monifieth. We are absolutely delighted to have added to the list of local companies who support our work by announcing that our latest partner in suppoorting girls football in the Monifieth area is Bridal Path of Carnoustie. Due to a very generous donation from Wendy Black who is the owner of Bridal Path we have managed to purchase these new training tops for our U15 team.

Here you can see Wendy presenting the tops to the team and Justine Sim who is one of the coaches of the team.

We wish to thank Wendy so much for her support and we only hope that our play is as smart and eye-catching as these new tops!

You can find out more about Bridal Path by visiting their website or their Facebook page.

Apr 012014
 

One of our coaches managed to capture this goal from our training session this week.  A driving run with a pin point pass that was beautifully controlled before being dispatched in to the back of the net! This is how we do it, or hope to most of the time! 🙂

Expect some more videos of our players demonstrating their skills over the coming months.