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 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!