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)
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!