May 312014
 

We have an occasional feature on our site called Tekkers where we showcase some great technical skills by great players. This post is more than a Tekkers post though because it features the player who is arguably Scotland's finest women player at the moment – Kim Little.

Kim, who at 24 already has 100 caps for Scotland, recently moved from Arsenal in the English Womens Professional League to Seattle Reign who play in the National Women's Soccer League in the USA. She is now playing in the same team as the superb Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo who both have World Cup winning medals!

This video profiles Kim and she talks about her experiences from beginning to play football, her desire to win and what life is like as she takes on her new challenge in the USA.

Here is a short highlight video of a recent match against Western New York Flash, a team who have the indomitable Abby Wambach in their ranks! Watch out for a cracking goal by Kim Little though!

Most certainly a Scottish player to inspire future Scottish internationals who train and play on the parks of Scotland week in and week out. Best wishes from all the players and coaches at Monifieth Ladies to Kim for continued success at her new club.

Thumbnail photogarph copyright of Scottish FA. Accessed 10/05/2014 via http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_fa_news.cfm?page=2986

May 312014
 

gothiacuplargeMonfieth Ladies FC just found out this week that we have been given the honour and the responsibility of being the flag bearers for Scotland at the opening ceremony of the Gothia Cup in Sweden this summer. What brilliant news for our girls and the club!

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.

Roll on July 🙂

May 312014
 

With more than half of the Monifieth Reds team still eligible to play in the U11 league our girls have found the step-up to the U13 league a real challenge so far this season. Many of the teams we have played so far have players our girls have never played before but today we welcomed Tayside Colts U12 to Riverview and it was good to see a lot of faces from the side that we have competed against over the past two years.

Yet again the match between the two sides proved to be a very even affair with a 1-1 draw being the final outcome but from a Reds perspective a nod of recognition must go to the Colts goalie who played a wonderful game and was the main reason that her team headed back up to Dundee with a point in the bag. In the first half the Reds carved out numerous chances which were either saved by the keeper or they came back off the woodwork. The Colts had a couple of breakaway efforts and during one of these a beautiful drive from distance by Nyla Murphy flew into the roof of the net to put the Colts 1-0 up. The Reds pushed and pushed to equalise but they just couldn't make their great build-up and attacking play count.

In the second half the Colts had a period of pressure from a couple of corners with one scramble in the goal mouth resulting in one wag on the touchline remarking, "That was an Arthur Montford style stramash!"

The Reds however kept attacking at pace and when Liberty Whyte was played through on goal she outpaced the Colts defence and this time stroked the ball in to the Colts net to make it 1-1. The Reds sensed that this would lead to a winner but all their efforts were denied mainly by some determined work by the Colts' goalie who was ably supported by a stout defence.

A great match played in a sporting and committed fashion by both teams.

 

May 312014
 

Monifieth Reds U13s lined up against the league leaders last Tuesday night at Riverview Park. A strong squad from Forfar turned out for this match and their experience and strength enabled them to achieve a convincing victory over our girls and further consolidate their statues as the league pace-setters.

The match was relatively even for the first 10 minutes until Forfar broke the deadlock with a well worked goal. Monifieth however played some nice football and they pulled things level when Katie Shaw showed tenacity and strength up the wing to play the ball in to Aimee Robertson who composed herself before placing the ball towards the far corner and although the Forfar keeper got a touch she couldn’t prevent it from nestling in the net.

The match appeared to be one that would be close until Forfar scored a couple of goals in quick succession and then took a grip of the match. They continued to dominate the game and eventually ran out 8-1 winners.

Our young team is still learning how to play against bigger more experienced girls but no doubt they will learn form the way their opponents played and focused on the win.

Special mention to Liberty Whyte for her tireless efforts and industry even in the face of a mounting defeat.

On to the next match for the Reds!

 

May 312014
 

It took Monifieth Blues U13 a fine summer evening to get their first victory of the season. At Orchar park Monifieth took the game to Broughty Ferry from the outset. 

 
Firm at the back with Christie organising the defence let the front three of Jessica, Chloe and Kyna to torment the broughty defence. Within 2 minutes Chloe scored the first of her 2 goals with a fine shot from just inside the box. Within a few minutes it was 2 nil with a cross from Jessica reaching Kyna at the far post. She unleashed a shot into the Broughty net. Chloe then got her second. Taking the ball on the edge of box she guided a superb shot into the top right hand corner.  Monifieth pressed and pressed and got a succession of corners. Kyna whipping in from the left and Alyx from the right led to the next goal. When the ball broke out Katie went on a fine run and struck the ball from distance into the net.  Not to be out done Alyx also showed that you can score whilst playing in defence. When the ball arrived at her feet she unleashed a super shot from distance . 
 
Just before half time Jessica got her goal. Kyna took a great corner from the left to the far post. Jessica was on hand to volley the ball into the net.
 
Half time Broughty 0 Monifieth 6
 
In the second half Holly and Emma linked well on the right  and created several opportunities for Christie and Chloe. Try as they might they just couldn't get the ball on target. Leah as solid as ever at left back had a fine game setting up great passages of play. The 7th goal came from Alyx. Taking a corner from the right she scored directly from the corner. Roxanne had only a few shots to save this game but did well when she was called upon. Monifieth then experimented with playing players in different positions. Chloe played well in central defence and Christie had shots as striker. Broughty had 2 constellation goals towards the end of the game. 
 
The game was played in a great spirit and credit must go to both teams for the way that the game was played. 
May 312014
 

Monifieth returned to league cup duty against Letham on a bright Saturday morning at Carnoustie High School.  Letham started brightly and were clearly in the mood to cause the Monifieth back line problems from the first minute.  After 5 minutes, Monifieth broke quickly and were awarded a penalty which was well saved by the Letham goalkeeper.  5 minutes later, a second penalty award to Monifieth was also missed as the home side failed to take an early advantage.  In a competitive first half, goals from Emily Younger and Georgie Simpson were countered by a well taken Letham  goal to leave the half-time score 2-1 to the home side.  Monifieth went on to add a further 5 goals in the second half with counters from Younger (2), Simpson, Carly Hay and Becky Milne to run out 7-1 winners.

Report by Andy McCafferty

May 312014
 

Monifieth U15s made the long journey to Bonnyrigg for their Scottish Cup match on a warm Monday evening.  A slow start from Monifieth saw Bonnyrigg take a 2-goal lead after 20 minutes with 2 superbly struck 20-yard efforts.  MLFC then took a grip of the match and after a sustained period of dominance in the match, Shaylen Anderson pulled a goal back for Monifieth just before half-time to leave the match 2-1 to the home side at the interval.  A thrilling second half saw Monifieth draw level with 10 minutes to go with another Anderson goal forcing the tie into extra-time as both sides produced some superb football in a compelling match.  The second period of extra-time yielded a third counter for Monifieth with just 5 minutes to go as Anderson completed her hat-trick – but the away team were unable to hold the lead and Bonnyrigg levelled the tie with 2 minutes remaining.  In a nail-shredding penalty shoot-out, Bonnyrigg came out on top, converting all 4 of their penalties.  The match was a superb advert for girls football played competitively with some excellent flowing football from two very committed sides.  Good luck Bonnyrigg in the next round.

Report by Andy McCafferty

May 312014
 

Match report from 10th May

A fixture-switch saw Letham travel to Angus for the first match in a quick-fire double header in May.  A strong Monifieth side proved a tough package for Letham and goals from Emily Younger (2), Shaylen Anderson and Georgie Simpson had Monifieth 4-0 up after 20 minutes.  Further doubles from Younger and Anderson and fine solo effort from Caitlin Ramsey saw Monifieth cruise to a 9-0 home victory.  Credit goes to a young Letham side who continued to battle away until the final whistle.

Report by Andy McCafferty

May 312014
 

Match report from May 3rd

Monifieth welcomed East Fife to Carnoustie in a league match which was expected to produce some good football from both sides.  Monifieth caused the East Fife back 4 problems straight from the kick-off and in a first half blitz, ran up 5 goals without reply with strikes from Emily Younger, Georgie Simpson and a hat-trick from Shaylen Anderson.  Monifieth mixed things up at half-time and the second half produced a single score with a fine strike from Becky Milne completing the scoring. A convinving 6-0 victory for our girls.

Report by Andy McCafferty

May 252014
 

What a great performance from Monifieth Blues U13 who played some very good football against a strong Forfar team.

Given instructions to play possession Monifieth played the ball on the surface throughout the game and made great efforts to play football against their opponents but they faced a difficult challenge with their keeper Roxanne superb in the first half as she made had several fine saves.

Christie commanded Monifieth's central defence and was ably assisted by Jessica on the right and Alyx on the left. Alyx in particular tormented the Forfar right back throughout the first half.

 Up front Kyna had several strong runs down the left and Carly on the right caused Forfar no rest all game. Playing Chloe as the lone striker she linked well with Kyna and came close on several occasions.

Special mention goes to Chloe Alyx and Carly who have just joined the club and made strong debuts and who we are sure will be great additions to the team.

Forfar were the stronger team though and were worthy winners.

Report by Graeme Mearns