Travelling away for the second fixture in a row, Monifieth U15s were playing Forfar on a Monday evening under the lights at Marketmuir . The weather was dry, although the underfoot conditions wet.
Playing in the new 3 – 1 – 4 -2 formation, the Monifieth team were slow to start. This allowed Forfar on one of their first attacks to play a long ball over the defence to take an early lead.
It took Monifieth a few minutes to overcome this early setback. Soon though, with Darcie in goal and the solid defence of Katie R, Alice and Iona with Bobbie sitting just in front setting the foundation for the other players to start dominating the rest of the game. Stephanie showed a good start but had to be replaced early on due to SFA technicalities.
Katie M and Michelle had several attempts before the midfield then started to show some very good play. Cally and Libby were supplying Jessica on the left and Eilidh on the right with some intricate passing.
When liberty came on for Katie M, she tormented the Forfar defence. One move involving Cally, Eilidh, and Liberty ended with a shot from Libby that saw the ball go just over the bar.
Half time Forfar 1 Monifieth 0
The second half saw more and more pressure form the Monifieth team. Wave after wave of attack featuring Liberty, Libby and Emma saw them all having shots saved by the Forfar keeper .
Then disaster. A hopeful high ball into the Monifieth box took a strange bounce off the surface and it struck the elbow of Libby. Penalty. A very harsh decision but unbelievably the Forfar player shot well over the bar.
This was the turning point, as on the very next attack at the other end the referee gave a penalty for almost an identical incident. An equally harsh decision on the Forfar defender.
This time though Libby made no mistake, firing an unstoppable shot high into the right hand corner of the net.
It was now all Monifieth, with substitute Chloe and Alyx linking well, Alyx shooting just wide. Sasha was even closer as she broke from midfield and the ball just missed the goal by inches (cm for our younger readers).
Even Katie R made a lung bursting run down the right and hit a superb cross which neither Alyx or Michelle could reach.
Then Jessica was closest of all as she followed all the rules of a striker and shot towards the back post only to see the ball strike the inside of the post and come out.
In the final moments of the game Forfar had a rare break and they were 2 v 2 on the Monifieth goal. Alice put in the first challenge and Iona and Katie R combined well before the ball was safely in Darcie’s clutches.
Forfar 1 Monifieth 1