May 032016
 

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The U17s were dealt a blow before the game started, with Louise calling off because of illness. As well as losing one of the best keepers in the league, it meant we had to ask a couple of the girls to play in goal on a cold and windy day. To their credit, Emma and Anna volunteered and the coaches and their team mates really appreciate that.

The starting line up was Emma in goal, Jess, Steff, Sarah and Sasha, Catherine, Anna and Katie S, Jasmine, Cally and Rachel. With Katie R, Libby F and Alice as the subs.

Playing up hill and against the wind, we immediately took the game to Montrose. A couple of good moves down the right resulted in a couple of half chances but nothing became of them.

Montrose began to come into the game and a well struck shot from just inside the box was too powerful for Emma and flew into the net.

As the half wore on, Montrose continued pressing but our well drilled defence (thanks to Andy’s coaching on Wednesday night), coped very well and we got to half time only one goal down. Well done Emma and the defence.

The wind picked up in the second half but became too strong to be of much benefit. At one point down at the bottom right hand side of the park, we had around 10 throw ins and 5 corners in the space of a few minutes.

Anna was in goal for the second half but was playing as much as a sweeper as a keeper and was playing her part very well. Any time Montrose broke up the park, she was there to clear the danger.

Once again, we created a few chances but just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. The pitch and the wind wasn’t helping. Catherine was about to run through on goal after a poor clearance but lost her footing in a dip in the pitch, Libby couldn’t get the ball out of her feet when looking to pull the trigger and the same player saw her free kick from outside the box skim over the bar with the keeper beaten.

Montrose were a good team and had theie fair share of chances. With 8 minutes to go, they broke up the park and won the game with a little bit of luck when the ball took a lucky bounce off Anna after a good save and dropped right at the feet of a Montrose forward, who rolled the ball into the net from 2 yards.

We kept fighting right to the end but the game ended 2-0 Montrose. What the score would have been with a proper keeper and being able to play Anna in midfield for the whole game, who knows.

Once again, the result went against us but this was a very good performance against a decent Montrose side and we are improving every week.

May 032016
 

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The match reports for the U15s are turning into a bit of a cut & paste exercise this season. Another hard game, another cold, windy day at Riverview and another week without a recognised goalkeeper.

We started with Katie M in goal, Katie R, Steff, Iona, Kayleigh, Sasha and Alice, Jess, Libby F, Eilidh and Emma, with Libby T on the bench.

We started quite well but were up against a very good Jeanfield side that included 2 internationalists, helped along by a number of other strong players.

We found ourselves a few goals down at half time but once again, having a recognised keeper would have made all the difference. That should not be taken as a criticism of Katie M in the first half, or Jess in the second half as they both made a couple of good saves.

We lost 3 or 4 more goals in the second half but never gave up. The most positive thing to take from the game was the way we kept our shape at the back. Andy had taken the defence aside at Wednesday’s training for some specialised defence work and they had clearly learned and benefited from this.

The coaches and managers are doing their best to try and get a keeper and if this happens, along with the improvements on the pitch, we have plenty to look forward to for the rest of the season.

Mar 062016
 

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East Fife away appeared to be a difficult tie to start the season and so it proved for our young squad. However, the 7-0 scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story of the game and there were plenty of positives that our girls can take from the game.

We started with Louise in goal, Alice, Sarah, Libby and Sasha at the back, Rachel, Katie S, Anna and Catherine across the middle and Michelle and Jasmine up top. Emma and Katie R were the subs.

East Fife started with the wind behind their backs and a lot of the early play was up in our half but when we were getting the ball to our full backs and playing through midfield, we did manage to get the ball up to the forwards, where Michelle and Jasmine were causing the East Fife defence a lot of problems. We created a couple of half chances, with their keeper doing well to hold a free kick from Libbby with Jasmine ready to pounce on any mistake and a long range effort from Anna that had the keeper backtracking to save.

East Fife were creating chances of their own but were being made to work hard for them and when they did manage to break through the defence, Louise was (once again) on great form, saving at the feet of East Fife forwards on three occasions.

The East Fife pressure eventually paid off and they took the lead midway through the first half and got a second goal soon after but our girls heads didn’t go down and we continued to work hard and play the ball out from the back.

Our girls were putting in a lot of hard work but were beginning to tire as the first half was drawing to a close and we lost a couple of goals in the last minute of the first half due to nothing more than fatigue.

Katie R and Emma came on at half time to give us fresh legs and a bit more energy and we started the second half brightly but East Fife were a big strong team. Some of their link up play was very good and the big pitch was making it hard for our midfield to support the forwards as well as getting back to help out the defence. Despite this, the girls stuck to their tasks, their heads didn’t go down and they kept encouraging each other, which doesn’t always happen when things are going against you.

A mistimed tackle from Sasha gave East Fife a penalty but to no ones surprise, Lou dived down to her right and saved the well-struck penalty, before pouncing on the rebound to deny the onrushing attacker.

As in the first half, we began to tire as the match went on and East Fife’s strength eventually began to tell as they went on to score another three goals, making the final score 7-0 but our girls should be proud of their efforts today.

East Fife had a few of the players from last year’s U15 team – one of only two teams to have beaten Monifieth last season – so our young squad should not be downhearted with today’s result. The girls will learn from today and improve as the season goes on and the coaches are very happy with the commitment shown today.

 

Nov 262015
 

All those involved with Monifieth Ladies FC wish to congratulate the success of two of our teams who have won their respective League titles this year.

Our girls from Monifieth Reds U13 played superbly well this year and their league form was fantastic with 18 victories from 18 league matches in the Lisa Evans (Dundee/Angus) League. Many of these matches were hard fought and against very competitive teams who have shown just how the standard of girls football in this area is steadily on the rise so this achievement from the Reds is quite something. Here are some photos of the girls being awarded with their medals.

Last ImportOur girls from Monifieth Ladies U15 also played superbly well this year as they too won their league, the Emma Mitchell League, as a result of a hugely impressive run of form that saw them gather 61 of the 66 points available to them, again, against opponents from teams from the league who too are showing just what talent is out there in this area. Here are some photos of the girls from our U15 team from this year: U15 photos

A fantastic achievement from both sets of girls who have now set the bar of achievement for themselves and the rest of the teams who play under the Monifieth Ladies FC banner.

This series of performances and the end result is indeed a most fitting tribute to the wonderful and irrepressible Justine Simpson who played a central role in encouraging and inspiring all girls involved with Monifieth Ladies FC to be the best they could be.

With that in mind may we take this opportunity to wish all teams all the best and we look forward to seeing you all on the pitch next year.

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.

 

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.
Jeanfield
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.

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.)