May 302015
 

Monifieth Reds U13 notched up another convincing league win against Dundee United Girls today at Riverview. Although the final score was 8-2 it must be said that today’s opponents performed very well indeed and at times their passing play, determination and organisation caused the Reds quite a few difficulties. Congratulations to the United girls’ coaches for the way in which they are forming their young team in to an effective unit. Well done to our girls too though for meeting the challenge that was presented to them and for the way that they responded to it. (See photos here)

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The Reds defence stands firm against DUSC girls

The Reds took the lead in 10 minutes with a bit of a lucky goal. Aimee Robertson attempted to loft a ball across the goalmouth with Katie Shaw’s head the target. The ball however looped towards the far post, over the keeper’s head and into the next. A fortuitous start! The United girls however competed very well and for the next 10-15 minutes it was a close affair with chances at both ends. This passage of play came to a head when the United girls drew level when the ball broke to their striker who fired it low in to the Reds’ net. This setback seemed to galvanise the Reds though and they quickly pulled ahead when Kacey McCabe picked up the ball at the edge of the box and fired in a drive that flashed high into the roof of the net. A third came minutes later when a flighted corner caused panic in the United goalmouth only for Katie Shaw to meet it at the back post and direct the ball back across the keeper and in to the net! 3-1 the Reds at half-time.

Playing downhill in the second half the Reds took the game to the United  girls and they stretched their lead when the ball broke to Aimee Robertson in the box and she fired home. Aimee then bagged another goal when she met a great cross from Katie Shaw first time to drive the ball low in to the United net. Kacey McCabe, who had pressed the left hand side of the pitch all game, bagged her second when she drove in to crack a fine strike past the keeper. Katie Shaw’s efforts were then rewarded with her second strike of the game when she fired a fierce drive through a ruck of players low in to the net. Katie thought she had bagged a hat-trick when her angled drive pinged off the inside of the post only for Aimee Robertson to calmly strike the rebound in to the net for her fourth goal of the game.

Dundee United were then awarded a rather dubious penalty when a strike towards goal hit Libby Forsters’ arm. Maybe slightly contentious however the United player ignored any debate to step up, take responsibility and fire low in to the Reds’ goal.

A great match that saw two teams competing well, playing football and giving their all for their teams. Best wishes to the United girls and their coaches for the rest of the season!

 

May 242015
 

Monifieth Reds U13 made it through to their first ever cup final after a convincing semi-final victory up in Forfar against the Flyers from Forfar Farmington. Their desire to make it through to the final, and in so doing keep up their excellent record so far this season, was clear to see as they yet again gave a performance based on a passing game that was complemented by great determination and team work. (See images here.)

The Reds reach their first ever cup final!

The Reds reach their first ever cup final!

The Reds were on the front foot yet again from the kick off and they hemmed the Flyers in to their own half for much of the early part of the game. A goal was on the cards and it came when Aimee Robertson was quickest to the loose ball in the box from a corner and she poked the ball home. Hungry to push further ahead another goal arrived when after some great goalkeeping kept out a fierce strike from our marauding centre back Libby Forster, Liberty Whyte picked up the rebound and sent a drive past the keeper – 2-0 to the Reds. The goal of the game arrived a few minutes later: Sasha Craig, who played superbly all game, picked up the ball in defence and bounded forward. She fired in a lovely cross field ball that was beautifully flicked on by the head of Aimee Robertson in to the path of Katie Shaw who calmly controlled the ball, rounded the keeper and passed the ball home. A cracking goal in build up and execution! A fourth goal arrived when Kacey McCabe drove down the left hand side before cutting in to the box and then passing the ball home – a great end to the half for the Reds!

Playing down the slope in the second half the Reds had the Flyers under more pressure from the start and a fifth goal came and what a beauty this was as well! A super throw out from our keeper AJ Meach went out to Aimee Robertson on the wing who then drove in to the Flyers’ half before firing in a cracking cross that was met by Leah Malone at the back post whose stretching leg dispatched the ball first time in to the net – Reminiscent of Gary Linekers World Cup goal in 1986! A sixth goal duly arrived when a period of constant pressure resulted in Katie Shaw clipping a shot high into the net from a tight angle. The scoring came to an end when a Flyers’ defender knocked the ball in to her own net when placed under pressure by the Reds’ attackers.

Great performances from everyone in the team including those not yet mentioned: Cally Taylor who competed so hard in midfield and who helped to break up attacks and then start our own and Niamh Miller who worked the Forfar defence with her movement!

A great victory for the Reds but commiserations to Flyers who fought all match and gave their all for each other. Thanks go to their coach also for the kind words of congratulation and encouragement he gave us at the end of the match.

Now on to the final for Monifieth Reds. Playing a passing game with such pace and with the threat of goals from across the team the Reds must be in with a shout of lifting the trophy. On they go to their next match now but with a distant eye on their final against Bayside Girls!

May 202015
 

An undefeated Monifieth Reds U13 made their way through to Meggetland in Edinburgh last Saturday to take on the challenge of playing Boroughmuir Thistle in the 2nd round of the Scottish Cup. Blustery conditions were afoot and there was the slight concern that this might impact on the Reds’ passing game however this proved not to be the case as the girls put in another very competent performance resulting in a convincing 11-2 victory against their hosts. See photos here.

High five for the scorer

Great team performance resulting in some great goals.

Playing against the wind in the first half the Reds immediately pressed forward and put the Jags on the back foot and it wasn’t long until the deadlock was broken. A flighted corner from Katie Shaw found the head of Aimee Robertson who looped a header over the keeper and into the net. Some really great link up play from defence to front led to some more goals beginning with Katie Shaw who drove down the left hand side and passed the ball in to the near corner. Some beautiful passing between Liberty Whyte, Kacey McCabe and Aimee Robertson carved open the Jag’s defence creating the space for Aimee to pass the ball in to the net with ease. Great football leading to that goal! Liberty then got herself on the score sheet when she picked up on a through ball, outstripped the home defence and then clinically fired home. The ever dangerous Kacey McCabe added a fifth just before half time when she crashed home from inside the box. A great first half with calm goalkeeping, stalwart defending, creative midfield play and goals across the attacking line. All girls playing a valuable and effective role in pushing the team forward.

The Reds capitalised further in the second half when playing with the wind they pushed the Jags back for most of the half adding another six goals into the bargain. A further two goals from both Aimee Roberston and Kacey McCabe, another one from Liberty Whyte and an unfortunate own goal by the Jags closed the scoring for Monifieth Reds. The Jags pushed forward when they could and they scored two very good goals that our stand-in keeper Sasha Craig could do nothing about.

Now on to the next round for our ever-improving team of girls. Thanks to our friends from Boroughmuir Thistle for making us feel so welcome on the day and best wishes to them for the rest of the season.