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.)

Jun 102015
 
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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.

 

May 302015
 

Monifieth Reds U13 notched up another convincing league win against Dundee United Girls today at Riverview. Although the final score was 8-2 it must be said that today’s opponents performed very well indeed and at times their passing play, determination and organisation caused the Reds quite a few difficulties. Congratulations to the United girls’ coaches for the way in which they are forming their young team in to an effective unit. Well done to our girls too though for meeting the challenge that was presented to them and for the way that they responded to it. (See photos here)

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The Reds defence stands firm against DUSC girls

The Reds took the lead in 10 minutes with a bit of a lucky goal. Aimee Robertson attempted to loft a ball across the goalmouth with Katie Shaw’s head the target. The ball however looped towards the far post, over the keeper’s head and into the next. A fortuitous start! The United girls however competed very well and for the next 10-15 minutes it was a close affair with chances at both ends. This passage of play came to a head when the United girls drew level when the ball broke to their striker who fired it low in to the Reds’ net. This setback seemed to galvanise the Reds though and they quickly pulled ahead when Kacey McCabe picked up the ball at the edge of the box and fired in a drive that flashed high into the roof of the net. A third came minutes later when a flighted corner caused panic in the United goalmouth only for Katie Shaw to meet it at the back post and direct the ball back across the keeper and in to the net! 3-1 the Reds at half-time.

Playing downhill in the second half the Reds took the game to the United  girls and they stretched their lead when the ball broke to Aimee Robertson in the box and she fired home. Aimee then bagged another goal when she met a great cross from Katie Shaw first time to drive the ball low in to the United net. Kacey McCabe, who had pressed the left hand side of the pitch all game, bagged her second when she drove in to crack a fine strike past the keeper. Katie Shaw’s efforts were then rewarded with her second strike of the game when she fired a fierce drive through a ruck of players low in to the net. Katie thought she had bagged a hat-trick when her angled drive pinged off the inside of the post only for Aimee Robertson to calmly strike the rebound in to the net for her fourth goal of the game.

Dundee United were then awarded a rather dubious penalty when a strike towards goal hit Libby Forsters’ arm. Maybe slightly contentious however the United player ignored any debate to step up, take responsibility and fire low in to the Reds’ goal.

A great match that saw two teams competing well, playing football and giving their all for their teams. Best wishes to the United girls and their coaches for the rest of the season!

 

May 242015
 

Monifieth Reds U13 made it through to their first ever cup final after a convincing semi-final victory up in Forfar against the Flyers from Forfar Farmington. Their desire to make it through to the final, and in so doing keep up their excellent record so far this season, was clear to see as they yet again gave a performance based on a passing game that was complemented by great determination and team work. (See images here.)

The Reds reach their first ever cup final!

The Reds reach their first ever cup final!

The Reds were on the front foot yet again from the kick off and they hemmed the Flyers in to their own half for much of the early part of the game. A goal was on the cards and it came when Aimee Robertson was quickest to the loose ball in the box from a corner and she poked the ball home. Hungry to push further ahead another goal arrived when after some great goalkeeping kept out a fierce strike from our marauding centre back Libby Forster, Liberty Whyte picked up the rebound and sent a drive past the keeper – 2-0 to the Reds. The goal of the game arrived a few minutes later: Sasha Craig, who played superbly all game, picked up the ball in defence and bounded forward. She fired in a lovely cross field ball that was beautifully flicked on by the head of Aimee Robertson in to the path of Katie Shaw who calmly controlled the ball, rounded the keeper and passed the ball home. A cracking goal in build up and execution! A fourth goal arrived when Kacey McCabe drove down the left hand side before cutting in to the box and then passing the ball home – a great end to the half for the Reds!

Playing down the slope in the second half the Reds had the Flyers under more pressure from the start and a fifth goal came and what a beauty this was as well! A super throw out from our keeper AJ Meach went out to Aimee Robertson on the wing who then drove in to the Flyers’ half before firing in a cracking cross that was met by Leah Malone at the back post whose stretching leg dispatched the ball first time in to the net – Reminiscent of Gary Linekers World Cup goal in 1986! A sixth goal duly arrived when a period of constant pressure resulted in Katie Shaw clipping a shot high into the net from a tight angle. The scoring came to an end when a Flyers’ defender knocked the ball in to her own net when placed under pressure by the Reds’ attackers.

Great performances from everyone in the team including those not yet mentioned: Cally Taylor who competed so hard in midfield and who helped to break up attacks and then start our own and Niamh Miller who worked the Forfar defence with her movement!

A great victory for the Reds but commiserations to Flyers who fought all match and gave their all for each other. Thanks go to their coach also for the kind words of congratulation and encouragement he gave us at the end of the match.

Now on to the final for Monifieth Reds. Playing a passing game with such pace and with the threat of goals from across the team the Reds must be in with a shout of lifting the trophy. On they go to their next match now but with a distant eye on their final against Bayside Girls!