Jun 202015

The teams head out to the pitch

Today’s League Cup Final vs Bayside Girls took place at Riverside in Dundee and it proved to be an exciting, but in the end, disappointing day for Monifieth Reds U13. Having won every one of their matches so far this year it was with great confidence that they prepared themselves for today’s match however it was Bayside Girls whose passing game and pressure play up front that enabled them to win the day and lift the trophy with a fine 5-2 victory. (photos here and here)

Defeat for the Reds appeared to be an unlikely outcome at the beginning of the match when they looked to be the team on top. They nearly took the lead when Aimee Robertson headed against the post from a flighted corner however it wasn’t long before the deadlock was broken when Aimee did find the net with a smashing drive from the edge of the box that flew past the more than competent Bayside keeper. Bayside however were undaunted by this and ably led by their diminutive but very able striker they began to pressure the Reds’ defence with AJ Meach being called in to action to keep her team in front, with one particularly brilliant tip past the post.

The Reds kept pressing however and a second goal came their way when Katie Shaw was quickest to a loose ball that had been spilled by the keeper after a shot from Kacey McCabe to knock the ball in to the net. 2-0 to the Reds! This lead was halved almost immediately though when the Bayside striker jumped on to a slip in the Reds’ midfield to run straight through on goal and stick the ball in the corner to get her team back in the game. Both teams pushed and prodded to get another goal however at half-time the score remained 2-1 to the Reds.

The second half saw Bayside get more and more in to the match as their passing game became more evident. Their striker was showing how to play that role in a team very well with movement and passing that continually brought in her team-mates. This play led to an equaliser when great passing and movement  from Bayside’s  front players presented their striker with another chance and she hit a lovely finish in to the corner with the outside of her foot. The Reds were now in a game and they kept pressing however it was Bayside who extended their lead when their main striker bagged a third and then set up one of her team-mates to fire the ball home for a fourth goal. The scoring was brought to an end when one of the Reds’ players couldn’t get out of the way of the ball in the box and cannoned it in to her own net!

The final whistle sounded to the delight of Bayside Girls and their traveling supporters as they celebrated a 5-2 victory. The Reds were understandably disappointed and dejected after having had such a good season up until now only to face their first defeat in a Cup Final.

Congratulations to Bayside Girls from all at Monifieth Ladies FC for winning the cup and to our girls for their performance today and their performances so far this season. You are a credit to our club and will only learn from today’s experience.

On to the next match…

(Relive the match by listening to it via David Noble’s commentary that is being hosted on the rather excellent Edutalk site.)

Jun 102015

Heads or tails?

Monifieth Reds U13 go into the hat for the 4th round draw of the Scottish Cup after a tense victory on penalties tonight against a very good Real Fife team. The Reds gave a dogged performance this evening and although their passing game was not at its best their determination and will to win eventually pulled them over the line against their opponents from across the River Tay who moved and passed the ball well all night. (Photos – very few, battery flat!)

The match was a very scrappy affair with both teams giving as good as they got for the first 15 minutes but it was the Reds who went ahead when Aimee Robertson was quickest in the box to flick the ball home after Real’s keeper had parried a shot. Undaunted by this Real moved upfield and equalised almost immediately when some lovely one touch passing enabled their striker to go through on goal and pass the ball in to the net. Game on! The Reds then had a ‘goal’ disallowed when the Real keeper spilled an angled drive from Aimee Robertson. It spun on the ground and high above the Real keeper well over the line before she scooped it out but the referee shouted play on and decided not to give the goal. If goal line technology is good enough for the English Premiership then it’s good enough for the U13 girls Scottish Cup! 🙂 After that incident both teams pressed to pull ahead but the match ended up 1 -1 at half-time.

The Reds got their passing game gong at the start of the second half and they pulled ahead when Katie Shaw got on the end of a pass across goal from Liberty Whyte to side foot the ball in to net. The Reds pressed for much of the second half but Real always looked dangerous and they deservedly equalised when one of their players ran through to drive a left foot shot in to the Reds’ net. Now at 2-2 the match could go any way! Although the Reds pressed and pressed they couldn’t quite get that goal to win the tie and in fact it was AJ Meatch who kept her side in the tie at the death when she stopped a drive from close range and then watched it squirm past the post. Phew!!!

The final whistle arrived and it meant that another 30 minutes extra-time had to be played! Both teams again pressed and pressed for the breakthrough however no matter how hard they tried the deadlock could not be broken, 2-2 it was, now penalties!

It was as huge relief to have Kacey McCabe, Liberty Whyte and Libby Forster score their penalties and the rock of AJ Meatch in goal saving three of Real Fife’s penalties meant progress in the cup for the Reds.

Sincere congratulations to the players and coaches from Real Fife who performed admirably this evening. We wish them all the best for the remainder of the season but as for the Reds they await the cup draw for the next round with anticipation.