Aug 302015

Monifieth Reds U13 made the journey up to the fair city of Perth yesterday to take on Jeanfield Girls FC in their first league game in what seems like ages! On an absolutely beautiful day for football the Reds took a wee bit of time to get going but once they did they managed to pressure and stretch their opponents with an eventual 7-1 victory which saw the three points travelling back down the A90.
The game started of with Jeanfield playing some nice football with an emphasis on passing from the keeper, up from defence, through midfield and to the strikers. This form initially proved a challenge for the Reds however Cally Taylor and Sasha Craig both stood firm in the face of some early pressure. AJ Meach yet again proved solid in goal and mopped up any efforts that came her way. The Reds however steadily found their feet and they took the lead when Katie Shaw fired a firm diagonal cross in to the box that was beautifully controlled and then dispatched in to the bottom left corner by Aimee Robertson. A second goal arrived shortly after that when some lovely passing between Liberty Whyte and Aimee Robertson created a clear opportunity for Liberty with which she made no mistake – new boots christened Liberty! By now the Reds were in the ascendancy with their half-time lead of 2-0 only being held to this by the Jeanfield keeper who had made some superb stops from Aimee Robertson, Kacey McCabe and Katie Shaw.

The second half saw the Reds take control of the game. The pressing front play of Aimee Robertson that gave the Jeanfield defence little time to play, the driving play of Liberty Whyte and the presence of Libby Forster in  midfield along with all other team members saw the Reds carve open a number of chances however it was Jeanfield who scored the next goal and what it beauty it was. The ball was played down the right hand side of the pitch and fired across goal to be met by a first time strike by their number 23 (Abbie) that AJ Meach got a hand to but couldn’t keep out. A great goal! The Reds quickly responded when great passing between Liberty and Aimee again saw the ball played to Aimee on the edge of the box and she calmly placed it past the keeper and into the net. A similar exchange presented Liberty with a similar opportunity and again she took it to put the Reds 4-1 up. Aimee Robertson was then brought down from behind in the box just as she was about to fire goalwards and the awarded penalty was cooly dispatched by Libby Forster. Libby then drove through the Jeanfield defence to bag her second of the game and the scoring was brought to and end by Katie Shaw who was quickest to react and fire high into the net when the Jeanfield keeper spilled a goal bound drive from Libby Forster.

A welcome league game for the Reds and an even more welcome three points against a very good Jeanfield team.

Thank you to our opponents for making us so welcome and all the very best for the remainder of the season.


Aug 162015

The lazy summer break came to an abrupt halt yesterday for Monifieth Reds when they found themselves up against a powerful and competitive Glasgow Girls side in the 4th round of the Scottish Cup at Riverview. This game turned out to be a superb spectacle for girls’ football with some tremendous individual performances in two excellent teams.

The match almost didn’t start in controversial circumstances when it transpired that no referee had been arranged. Hurried arrangements were put in place to ensure that the match could go ahead and that Monifieth wouldn’t forfeit the game which saw Glasgow Girls officials agree to play the play game with the provision that they would referee the match. This meant game on although a ‘real’ referee did turn up in time to take the second half.

From the off Glasgow Girls’ pace, power and precision passing seemed to take Monifieth Reds by surprise and the first few minutes saw them working hard to compete with their very confident and able opponents. It was the Reds however who took the lead when the ball was played from midfield up to Aimee Robertson on the halfway line who quickly turned and drove at the Glasgow defence before unleashing a screamer of a drive that powered into the net.

Glasgow Girls then had a sustained period of pressure that saw them take the lead with two goals that came from chances in the crowded Monifieth box. Glasgow went further ahead when one of their players lashed in a beautiful strike from a free kick that fairly pinged in the back of the net. Monifieth were aggrieved at this though as it was clear that their keeper, AJ Meach, was being impeded by a couple of opposition players just as the free-kick was struck.

Monifieth’s heads did not go down though and their determination to compete was evident as they pressed to get back in the game however half-time saw the score at 3-1 to Glasgow.

The second half saw tactical changes from both sides with Libby Forster being moved in to midfield for the Reds. This move helped change the game in favour of the home team and they gradually became the equal of their excellent opponents if not the slightly more dominant side as they pressed to get back in the game. Aimee Robertson and Kacey McCabe pressed the opponents defence at every opportunity, Liberty Whyte, Katie Shaw and Cally Taylor played tenaciously, Sasha Craig gave a stalwart defensive performance and AJ Meach stood firm in the face of a number of dangerous Glasgow attacks.

The game ended up on a knife-edge when Monifieth pulled a goal back. A foul on the competitive Libby Forster presented the Reds with a free-kick from almost 25 yards out. Aimee Robertson lined it up and fired in a fierce drive from the dead ball that flew towards goal only to be clawed away by the Glasgow keeper in to the path of Katie Shaw who was quickest to pounce and fire the ball home – 3-2 and game on!

The final 15 minutes were hugely exciting with parents from both clubs sportingly caught up in the competition they were watching. It must be said that some our friends from Glasgow had made some wrong decisions about clothing for their trip to ‘sunny’ Monifieth on the day however the excitement of the match had them all warmed up! 🙂

Although the Reds pressed and pressed for an equaliser with efforts off the bar by Libby Forster and two great chances taken off the toe of Kacey McCabe and a goal line block from Aimee Robertson that ended up in an old-fashioned goal mouth stramash the Glasgow team, and in particular their defence, stood firm and held out to the final whistle and passage in to the quarter-finals.

We wish Glasgow Girls all the very best for their next match in the Scottish Cup.

Huge applause though to the girls from Monifieth Reds whose performance possibly didn’t merit a defeat and whose Scottish Cup journey this year has been very exciting.

Match report from independent reporter from Youth Football Scotland can be accessed here.