Sep 172015
 

Having not played the girls from Forfar Falcons for such a long time last night saw our second match against them in three weeks. It was the Reds’ turn to host their opponents on what turned out to be a beautiful night for football -unlike the horrendous day it was on Saturday.

The Reds turned out yet another strong performance as they eventually overcame a fine Falcons side who yet again played some great one touch passing football and who competed to the very end.

Forfar Falcons 16th September 2016

A few recent games has seen the Reds take some time to get going and last night was no difference as the Falcons got the bit between their teeth from the beginning and pressed to open the scoring. The combination of staunch defending from Libby Forster and Sash Craig with AJ Meach in goal proved yet again very difficult to breach. The Reds managed to withstand this early pressure and then turn things around a bit so that they were on the front foot in the attacking sense. The Reds have been very dangerous from set-plays this year and it was from a corner that they took the lead. Kacey McCabe floated a lovely cross right in to the middle of the box and this was met by Aimee Robertson who rose above everyone to bullet the ball home with a lovely header. The Reds went further ahead when Kacey McCabe scored twice in quick succession. her first goal coming when she dribbled across the face of the Forfar defence before firing in a shot that the keeper couldn’t hold. Her second coming when a lobbed ball in to the box was misjudged by the Forfar keeper who let it skid past her and into the net. The keeper appeared to be distracted by Robertson’s  movement towards the ball .

The Falcons pulled a beautiful goal back just before half-time when Lucy powered through the midfield before cracking a fine strike low past AJ Meach. The Falcons went in at half-time with great belief that they would get themselves back level in the second half.

It was the Reds however who scored the next goal and it was Aimee Robertson who yet again got on the end of a Kacey McCabe corner to crack a header past the Falcon’s keeper. The Reds began to stretch the Falcon’s defence, who were being very well marshalled by Melissa – and they went further ahead when Katie Shaw fired in a  drive that took a fortuitous deflection off a Forfar defender and flew past the wrong-footed keeper. Katie scored a second when a lightning break from the Reds freed her to slide the ball in to the net via the far post. Liberty Whyte finished off the scoring when she picked up a through a ball and drove in on goal before passing the ball high into the net. Great goals from four different players tonight.

Cally Taylor picked up a knock to her knee tonight and had to sit out most of the match because of it. Hopefully she will be able to shake it off for Saturday’s game.

Another valuable three points towards the Reds league position and a strong performance against a very good Forfar side.

 

 

Sep 132015
 

The prospect of being in with a realistic chance of lifting the Lisa Evans U13 League title this year is one that is a distinct possibility for Monifieth Reds U13 and today’s dogged victory against a competitive and talented Dryburgh Athletic U13s side was one that edged the Reds to the top of the league.

The conditions in a word were, atrocious, with a mist like rain blowing through and across the pitch for the whole match.  Spectators from both sides were left drookit in the extreme and the wind even made mincemeat of two umbrellas! However, this is Scotland and a wee bit of bad weather doesn’t stop us from fulfilling fixtures!

Dryburgh 13s Sept 2015

Dryburgh were in the ascendancy from the off with the Reds not getting started in the attacking side of things at all. Dryburgh placed the Reds goal under a sustained period of pressure and they deservedly took the lead when a firm strike flew through a ruck of players and nestled in to the Reds net. They almost took a two goal lead when Libby Forster deflected the ball towards her own goal however AJ Meach reacted superbly to tip the ball over the bar.

After this scare the Reds started to press upfield and get themselves back in to the match. A series of corners came their way and this proved to be the source of the goals which led to their come-back. Kacey McCabe was flighting in some very dangerous corners and the Dryburgh defence were under sever pressure with these. One such flighted ball was met at the far post by Aimee Robertson who rose to firmly plant a header back towards goal, over the keeper and high into the net. A much deserved equaliser for the Reds. They took the lead minutes later when another lovely ball in from Kacey McCabe was met beautifully by Libby Forster who rose above everyone else to plant a bullet header smack in to the net. Libby’s first headed goal!

The Reds were delighted to go in 2-1 up after a very difficult and competitive first half against their opponents.

The conditions proved to be a challenge for both sides and chances were at a premium and no further goals were scored.

Dryburgh can possibly count themselves a little unlucky not to have earned a draw from the game with great performances from all players but most notably from Nyla, Beth, Lauren, Shannon and Morgan in goal who had two great saves from strikes from Robertson.

A well-earned and three points for the Reds who move on to their next match with confidence.

*driech – Scots word for dreary and bleak weather

 

 

Sep 022015
 

Monifieth Reds U13’s league form has been impressive this year with wins in all their games so far this season however it was clear that this was under threat tonight as they made their way up to Forfar to take on the undefeated Falcons from Forfar Farmington. It has been some time since these two teams have faced each other so it was with great anticipation that the sides lined up at the kick off. Congratulations by the way to the Forfar folks who set up the tea and cake stall that was kept busy before the game started- the Tiffin and Mars Bar cake was something else!

Forfar Falcons away - Sept 2015

Anyway, back to the important stuff…the game kicked off and it saw both teams immediately find their feet against their opponents. Playing uphill the Reds seemed to have most of the early possession and pressed towards the Falcon’s defence however no clear cut chances fell their way as the opposition defence stood firm- it was obvious that this was going to be a tight game The Falcons were very dangerous on the break though and their passing play allowed them to break at speed however the defensive pairing of Libby Forster and Sasha Craig with Cally Taylor in front of them in midfield were in no mood to allow their goal to be breached. The Falcons nearly opened the scoring though when a lightning break saw the ball played across the goal to the striker who with an open goal beckoning slid in to send the ball, it seemed to all watching, into the net. However, AJ Meach displayed the cat-like qualities of goalkeepers past such as Sepp Maier and Peter Bonetti to leap backwards and stop the ball on the line – an incredible save by our outstanding keeper! The Reds though maybe should have taken the lead in the first half had it not been for the alertness of the Falcons’ keeper to thwart Aimee Robertson when she was clean through on goal and to stop efforts from Katie Shaw and Kacey McCabe. Kacey was also very unlucky when a fierce drive came off the post.

The first half flew by and finished 0-0 with both teams competing with each other in a determined yet sporting manner.

The Reds took the initiative in the game right from the start of the second half and with the advantage of playing downhill they began to stretch the Falcons and carve out a number of chances.  The deadlock was broken almost 10 minutes in to the second half when Kacey McCabe picked up the ball on the right side of the Falcons’ box. She drove at the defenders, neatly side stepped them and then crashed in a drive that flew high into the net. A great individual goal from Kacey!

The Falcons raised their game and began to press for the equaliser however the Reds midfield and defence competed superbly and they kept the chances to a minimum.

The Reds were always dangerous though and after Libby Forster hit the bar with a free kick they took a 2-0 lead with another superb goal. Aimee Robertson picked up the ball in her own half and drove at the Falcons, she played it up to Kacey McCabe who held it up then slipped a great ball through into the path of the onrushing Aimee who picked it up and drove at goal, side-stepped the last defender and then sent in a screamer of a  low drive that the keeper couldn’t keep out. Great link up play between Kacey and Aimee and a great strike to finish!

The Falcons kept on fighting for each other and to try to get back in to the game however it was Monifieth’s night tonight with the referee bringing to an end a really tremendous game.

A great performance from our girls who now sit with 27 points from 9 games. Great to win a really important game after the recent disappointments of our exits in both cup competitions.

Huge applause to the each and every one of the Falcons team for their committed and competitive performance tonight – you are a credit to your club.

No doubt the return game at Monifieth will be one to savour but on to the next match for the Reds now though with the chance to consolidate their place near/at the top of the league!

*Apologies for quality of photos. Game too exciting to be taking good shots.