Aug 302014
 

The story of Monifieth Reds U13’s improvement this year was talked about in the report of their last match. Today saw yet another step in the right direction as they put in yet another hugely improved performance against one of the strongest teams that they have faced this year.  Less than two weeks ago Dundee United SC U13 gave our girls a bit of  lesson as they handed out a 9-1 defeat to our young team so it was with some caution that we traveled to Monymusk Park in Dundee to face them again but this time in the quarter-final of the League Cup.

The game kicked off and immediately saw DUSC applying some pressure however the Reds appeared to be much more organised and resolute in the face of this and they stuck in and played with a great competitive spirit and as they first half progressed their confidence grew. The Reds had two great opportunities to take the lead in the game one when Katie Shaw broke through the middle of the park and bore down on goal but just as she was about to shoot the DUSC defence managed to track back and nip the ball from her feet and then when some lovely passing play that began with a great turn and pass from Libby Forster in defence resulted in a neat one -two between Liberty Whyte and Aimee Robertson that led to Aimee going through on the keeper only for her to pull her drive at goal narrowly wide.

Yet again AJ Meach played her part in keeping her team in the game in the first half with a string of superb saves.

The second half played out very much like the first with DUSC having more pressure but being stretched on a number of occasions by our girls. The only goal of the game came for DUSC and it was the one that put them through to the semi-final of the cup.

We wish our opponents all the very best in the next round of the cup but from our perspective this determined and organised performance form our ever improving team at Monifieth Reds U13 was great to see.

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Aug 302014
 

Visitors to this site will no doubt know that Monifieth Reds U13 are a young side in their first season at this level. The fact that 4 of their first team squad are still eligible to play at U11 level possibly highlights how young they are. However this season has proved to be a very good learning experience for them and they are slowly but surely finding their feet in this league. If ever evidence of this claim was required then their performance at League leaders and established side at this level, Forfar Farmington United, surely offers that.

Earlier in the season the Reds suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of their opponents in this match however although on this occasion they eventually lost out 4-1 the manner of the Reds performance was such that the League leaders had to work very hard indeed to claim the points.

The Reds played the ball from the back with confidence early in the game and they found themselves breaking forward with real threat. Their passing play through the middle led to them taking the lead when a through ball released Katie Shaw who burst down the left hand side before crossing in to the middle for Aimee Robertson who showed great determination to get in front of the Forfar defence to poke the ball home.

Forfar upped the pace and began to place the Reds’ defence under pressure and they eventually equalised and then took the lead just before half-time.

A third goal was conceded just as the second half began and a fourth ended the scoring.

AJ Meach was tremendous yet again in goal with some stunning stops. Libby Forster was strong in the centre of defence, Cally Taylor showed great tenacity too as she competed with Forfar’s tricky winger. Leah Malone also played very well and yet again demonstrated a determined attitude. Liberty Whyte dug in and used her pace to help in both attack and defence, Katie Shaw put in a great performance and caused the Forfar team a lot of difficulty and Aimee Robertson displayed some great forward play as the lone striker against older and physically stronger opponents.

Although Forfar deserved their victory it did appear on the night that the gap between the teams has closed quite a bit.

Aug 302014
 
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The Reds go in front

The past few weeks has seen us play Tayside Colts U12 in the league and then in the League Cup. The league match saw one of the best performances of the season as we won 7-1 and the League Cup saw us come through a tough match to win on penalties. It was however Tayside Colts who went back up to Dundee with the points as they edged this latest league encounter 2-1.

The match started off well for Monifieth Reds when Aimee Robertson pounced on the ball from a corner to quickly flash a shot in to the net. It seemed as though the Reds would go on to add to their tally however it was the Colts who came more in to the game and their determined play led to an equaliser that went in at the near post. Chances fell to both sides to extend their lead however neither took any of these with AJ Meach keeping out some goal bound efforts from the Colts.

The Colts aappeared to be galvanised by their first half efforts and although the match could have gone either way it was them who took the lead and eventually the points when late in the game their forward broke through the Reds’ defence to poke the ball past our keeper.

It felt as though our girls didn’t really get going on the night although credit must be given to the Colts who worked very hard for their victory.

Aug 302014
 
We were absolutely delighted to see that two of our 15’s squad Georgie Simpson & Shaylen Anderson represented Scotland for CYP at the Rosebowl Home Nations Tournament in Northern Ireland in the summer. Both players featured heavily in the u17’s squad and we are even more delighted to report that Shaylen was awarded player of the match v Ireland after coming on and scoring two fantastic goal.
The tournament opened on 5th August with Scotland facing the Auld Enemy. It was great to see Keira Johnston (who used to play with us) putting Scotland ahead and pave the way to a well deserved 3-1 victory. against a strong England team

On the second day of the tournament Scotland played hosts Northern Ireland and we cruised to a 5-2 win.
The final day saw our girls line up v Wales and although his game was very close  the mighty Scots came out on top again with a fantastic 2-1 win.
Scotland – undefeated – became Rosebowl winners 2014. This trophy has been won by England for the last seven years, and he last Scotland  team to win it was way back in 2005!
An amazing achievement by the girls and we are so proud that two of our current players were part of this elite squad.
Aug 272014
 
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The teams!

On a fine August evening Monifieth Blues U13 had an away fixture to Montrose. This was the first fixture for Montrose although on the night Monifieth were the better team and played some fine football.

Chloe came close on several occasions before Kyna showed her the way by scoring a fine goal.
Montrose scored on the break with a fine goal. Against the run of play Montrose went 2-1 up after prolonged Monifieth pressure.
Finally playing the passing game brought  a stream of goals for Monifieth. Jessica D scored a double and then after missing  3 clear cut chances Chloe eventually got the goal her efforts deserved.
A hat-trick by Michele who has returned to Monifieth put the result beyond doubt. Montrose scored a final consolation goal before Stephanie scored her first ever goal in football!!
A final goal by Alyx rounded of a fine evening in Montrose by the Blues as they recorded a fine 9-3 victory.
Report by Graham Mearns
Aug 272014
 
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The teams!

Our game against Tayside Colts U13 was played in good spirits at Lochee Park in Dundee.
 Tayside Colts dominated much of the game and won quite convincingly.
Some fine play by Monifieth Blues U13 saw an improvement in play. A stunning goal by Alyx was the highlight as far as Monifieth was concerned.

Tayside was the better side but special mention has to go to Christie who stifled the Tayside best player in the second half.

Report by Graham Mearns

Aug 242014
 

Monfieth Reds U13 welcomed a powerful Dundee United SC side to Riverview for their first competitive match against them in this year’s league fixtures. This established team were sure to present our young side with a severe test and this is what happened as our visitors notched up a 10-3 victory.

The match was evenly poised for the first 10-15 minutes however Dundee United’s no. 18 began to impose herself on the game and a as a result of her driving play, ably assisted by her strong and fast team-mates, the Reds found themselves being stretched and pressured for most of the game. Dundee United girls scored some really impressive goals with a few of these resulting from ferocious strikes from distance.

The Reds plugged away though and could have scored two goals in the first half: one when Katie Shaw was played through only to drive straight at the keeper and also when Aimee Robertson’s placed effort with only the keeper to beat went agonisingly past the post. The Reds did however pull a goal back in the first half after a stramash in the Dundee United goalmouth left Cara McAteer with the opportunity to place the ball into the gaping net.

The Reds pulled a couple of goals back in the second half: one when Aimee Robertson picked up a through ball from Katie Shaw and broke through the United defence to strike the ball high into the net and then  Katie Shaw did likewise after picking up a long ball from our keeper AJ Meach.

A step up in intensity and pace for our girls against a very impressive Dundee United girls team but no doubt, the experience will  help them further develop and learn how to compete at this level.

Aug 242014
 
Monifieth welcomed Tayside Colts to Riverview on a bright, calm day for Monifieth’s first competitive match since June.  The game started brightly and in a very competitive first 10 minutes, both teams played some good football in the midfield area with little action for either goalkeeper to deal with.  Monifieth were the first to threaten the Colts’ goal with a run and shot from Shaylen Anderson followed quickly by a fine run down the left and shot from Emily Younger which was smothered by the Colts’ goalkeeper.

Monifieth looked the more likely side and after 18 minutes, Emily Younger broke the deadlock with a fine finish after a super through ball from Georgie Simpson.  Simpson doubled the Monifieth lead on 26 minutes with a crisp finish after a lovely through ball from Becky Milne.  The score was 2-0 Monifieth at half-time.
Colts’ continued to compete well in the 2nd half but two superb 25 yard strikes from Becky Milne and Chloe Robertson had Monifieth on easy street before Anderson completed the scoring in the final minute.  Final score was a 5-0 win to Monifieth.
Aug 162014
 
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Super save from AJ Meach!

For the second time in  a week Monifieth Reds U13 made their way up to Lochee Park in Dundee to take on Tayside Colts , this time in the League Cup. The Reds were in confident mood following on from their great performance from earlier in the week but they knew that their opponents would be looking to give a better account of themselves so that they, and not the Reds, would proceed in to the quarter-finals.

The game started off well but it quickly became bogged down in the middle of the park. The Colts were keen to close down the passing play of the Reds at every opportunity and a couple of ‘competitive’ challenges early on seemed to set the tone for the game. The Reds found it difficult to get their normal game flowing due to the physical nature of the match however they settled in to it and gradually found their feet. The Reds lost one of their attacking players (Liberty Whyte) for most of the first half due to a very heavy challenge from behind however Leah Malone came on and got herself in to the game and along with the rest of the team, they all worked very hard to go in at half-time with the score at 0-0.

The second half saw the Reds playing downhill and with the wind behind them. Before long they found themselves getting more and more in to the game however it was the Colts who took the lead when a shot from close range found the corner of the net. The Reds realised that the disappointing prospect of them slipping out of the competition was a distinct possibility so they pushed forward and hemmed the Colts in to their own half for significant periods of the second half. The game became more and more competitive and the Colts had a player booked for a late challenge. The Reds kept pressing and pressing for the equaliser however the Colts’ keeper appeared to be unbeatable as she tipped two great drives over the bar.

The referee had to stop the game on a number of occasions due to treatment being required from the trainer for a number of players and so time was added on – time that enabled the Reds to get themselves back in to the game. Their constant pressure paid off when a Colts player handled the ball on the goal line in what must have been the last minute of extra time. Penalty to the Reds. Aimee Robertson took responsibility for the penalty and she calmly stepped up and fired the ball low in to the net. The Reds were still in the cup!

Extra time was played out and both teams did their utmost to find a winner however the final whistle blew and it was down to a penalty shoot-out.

AJ Meach in the Reds goal was really up for the challenge of this and her three saves along with penalty strikes from Katie Shaw and Libby Forster saw Monifieth Reds through to the next round. A great performance full of determination and belief seeing the Reds through. Well done girls.

 

 

Aug 122014
 

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Monifieth Reds U13 made their way up to Lochee Park in Dundee tonight to take on a Tayside Colts side that they drew with earlier in the season in a very competitive game. Although our team has been improving and getting up to speed with the challenges presented by their first season at this level tonight’s performance is possibly the best that we have seen from our ever improving team of girls as they came away with a 7-1 victory.

The girls turned out a display of pressing and passing play coupled with some great movement and deadly finishing. They took the lead when a lightning break down the right side ended up with Katie Shaw lofting in a cross which hung in the air until it found the head of Aimee Robertson who planted a header high into the roof of the net. Our first headed goal! And like buses a second header came along minutes later when a corner was met full on by Aimee Robertson again whose header flashed in to the far corner. Our girls had the bit between their teeth at this stage and their lead was extended with a really beautiful goal which started with a lovely cross field pass by Libby Forster to Liberty Whyte who powered down the right wing to then cross into the box for the deadly Aimee Robertson to react first and flash a first time drive low in to the net to seal a quick fire hat-trick. A four goal lead by half-time was achieved when Katie Shaw hit a fierce drive into the nearside top corner. What a first half from the Monifieth Reds with Cally Taylor playing a storm in defence!

A strong team talk worked for Tayside Colts as they pressed very early on in the second half and they pulled a great goal back when one of their girls flashed in a drive from close range. Game on! Our girls settled well following this early set back and they extended their lead when Katie Shaw lofted in an angled shot that flew over the keeper into the net. The girls continued to press after this and they hemmed their opponents in to their own half for much of the remainder of the game. A sixth goal duly arrived and what a peach it was. Pressing play released Aimee Robertson who fed a beautifully weighted pass through to the unrushing Liberty Whyte who took it in her stride before firing a lovely drive high in to the top corner. A really beautiful goal in its make up and finish. A final goal arrived which involved passes between Katie Shaw to Liberty Whte to Aimee Robertson who fed it through for Cara McAteer to show her predatory instincts and prod the ball in to corner of the net to end the scoring.

Images from tonight’s game in above slideshow.

A really impressive victory that was not all down to the goal scorers! AJ Meach in goal yet again presented a wall like presence to our opponents and Cally Taylor and Libby Forster provided an incredibly strong foundation in defence which was complemented by their passing from the back which enabled their attacking team mates to break forward.

A great performance from our girls tonight. Well done!