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!
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.