A great season from Monifieth Reds U13
Monifieth Reds ended their first season at U13 level with a great result against an energetic Forfar Meerkats side. Over the course of this season the Reds have gained a great deal of experience against older and more established teams but they have competed very well and have ended up sitting quite comfortably in mid-table with some good cup performances to boot. This and the strong display they gave today suggests that next season will see them competing towards the higher end of the league and possibly progressing further in cup competitions.
A strong autumn wind was a challenge for both teams today however it was the Reds who took the lead when Katie Shaw pounced on a loose ball to put her team in the lead. Katie Shaw broke down the wing minutes later to cross for Aimee Robertson who controlled the the ball before hooking it into the bottom corner. A third came from Cara McAteer when she outstripped the Meerkats’ defence and strode through to place the ball into the net to put the Reds up 3-0 at half-time.
The second half saw the Reds step up the pressure on the Meerkat’s defence and some really beautiful goals followed. Some great passing between the front three of Liberty Whyte, Aimee Robertson and Katie Shaw saw the Forfar defence opened up for Katie to pass the ball into the net. She then notched a third with a headed goal that came from a neat lob in to the box from Aimee Robertson. Katie’s first headed goal for the club! A fifth came when some great link up play on the break allowed Aimee Robertson to release Katie Shaw down the left wing and to then find herself on the end of a perfect cross from her team mate to plant the ball high into the net. This continued link up play allowed Libby Forster to break from deep in defence in the style of Franco Baresi and play a one two with Aimee Robertson before expertly poking the ball home. Liberty Whyte’s efforts were rewarded when she was released by Aimee Robertson who had picked up a clearance from AJ Meach to then burst through before firing an unstoppable drive high into the far corner of the net. The scoring was closed by an unfortunate o.g. from a Forfar defender.
A great performance from the Reds ending in a 9-0 victory
AJ Meach gave her usual cat like performance in goal, Leah Malone and Sophie Rumgay competed hard in defence and were difficult to get by, Libby Forster was tenacious and commanding in the middle of the defence, Cara McAteer proved a handful with her pace, Cally Taylor gave a dynamic and competitive shift in the middle of the park and the movement and passing play of the front three of Katie Shaw, Liberty Whyte and Aimee Robertson proved a challenge for the Meerkat’s defence.
Now a well-earned Winter break for our girls before they tackle their second season at U13 level. Good luck and thanks to all our opponents for some great games this year.