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 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