New team photo of our Under 11 girls taken at a tournmanet in Perth a month or so ago. Looking forward to hearing much more about the girls in this team over the course of the season.
The past few matches have been a challenge for our young Reds team with them having been on the end of a few defeats although it can be said that those came in matches that were very competitive. Today however, things seemed to go well against our latest opponents from Broughty United U13 with our girls notching up a convincing victory.
The passing play and levels of movement that have been in evidence recently enabled our girls to create a number of chances over the course of the match. As the game progressed the confidence in the Reds seemed to grow and their play was rewarded with goals from players throughout the team that included a first of the season from Cara McAteer and one from Liberty Whyte whose driving play was rewarded when she pounced on, and took, her opportunity to score.
Katie Shaw pitched in with two goals with her first one, that flashed in from a tight angle, being the most impressive of these. Libby Forster scored a trio of impressive strikes from distance with the last one being a placed shot that nestled in the far corner. Aimee Robertson contributed with four goals with the third of hers, that saw a fierce angled drive beating Broughty's keeper at the near post, being the pick of her efforts.
The girls from Broughty United competed throughout the game but over the course of the match Monifieth Reds were just a little too strong for them on the day.
The excitement of playing in their first ever cup tie didn't appear to overwhelm our young Monifieth Reds U13 side on Saturday at Riverview when they managed to overcome a powerful Dundee United girls side in a keenly contested cup tie. Playing uphill and in to the wind Monifieth Reds passed the ball very well and displayed a great awareness of using the space and each other as they pressed forward to break the deadlock. The Dundee United defence and in particular their keeper was the main barrier and reason as to why the half-time score remained at 0-0 with some great stops – one from a fierce drive from Aimee Robertson and two when one-on-one with Katie Shaw and then Liberty Whyte.
With the wind behind them and playing downhill Monifieth Reds began to press home their advantage and after 15 mins into this period the Reds went in front when Aimee Robertson cracked in an unstoppable drive that hit the roof of the net. This however seemed to galvanise Dundee United who then came more in to the game and AJ Meatch was called in to action on several occasions with one great dive to tip the ball round the post maintaining her team's advantage. The Reds defence also held firm with Libby Forster and Leah Malone standing up very well to the threat posed by some fast attacks by the opposition.
It was Monifieth Reds however who extended their lead with two beautifully taken goals by Katie Shaw, the first one being a near post drive in to the net and the second being a lofted shot from an angle that nestled in to the far corner. A fourth goal was added that highlighted the Reds performance on the day. A lovely move allowed Katie Shaw to break down the right. She passed it to Aimee Robertson who held it up and then slid a lovely pass through to the on-rushing Liberty Whyte who tucked a composed finish into the corner to cap a great performance by the team.
The Dundee United team continued to press forward and compete but on this occasion it was Monifieth Reds who managed to carve out the victory and ensure that it was their name that will be one of those picked out for the next round.
Without the help, commitment and enthusiasm of our coaches Monifieth Ladies FC just would not work. We are very lucky to have a number of coaches who exhibitit those aforementioned qualities in bucket loads. Steve Forster is one of the coaches at Monifieth Ladies FC. Along with Angie Whyte and Allison Bell he takes responsibility for coaching and running our U11 team. Steve first started coming along when his daughter Libby expresed an interest in playing football and eventually he got more and more involved in helping with the coaching. He is now a Grade 2 SFA qualified coach and no mean player himself!
We had a chat with Steve about how he got involved with Monifieth Ladies FC and what he gets out of coaching and running the teams – have a listen:
Without the help, commitment and enthusiasm of our coaches Monifieth Ladies FC just would not work. We are very lucky to have a number of coaches who exhibitit those aforementioned qualities in bucket loads. Angie Whyte and Allison Bell are two of the coaches at Monifieth Ladies FC. Along with Steve Forster they takes responsibility for coaching and running our U11 team. They both started coming along when their daughters expresed an interest in playing football and eventually they got more and more involved in helping with the coaching when the previous coaches moved up to take the U13 team. They have both recently become Grade 2 SFA qualified coaches and are thoroughly enjoying taking the team
We had a chat with both Alison and Angie about how they got involved with Monifieth Ladies FC and what they get out of coaching and running the teams – have a listen: