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For some of the girls who play for the U15s as well as the U17s, this was going to be their fourth game in the space of five days.
We didn’t start the game well and found ourselves 4 – 0 down at half time. This might not have been surprising given the above fact, but it was actually some of the older girls that could have been giving us a bit more to help out their younger team mates. There was a lethargy about some of the team that we haven’t seen before, with a lack of challenges and willingness to take responsibility.
Dunfermline have won all their league games this season and it might seem unfair to criticise our girls for being 4-0 down to what is an excellent team, but they just didn’t do themselves justice in the first half.
It had been a very lethargic first 40 minutes and for the first time this season, the girls were given some harsh words at half time.
Whether it was the harsh words or the girls own pride that changed their attitude, they came out for the second half and gave the best 40 minutes we’ve seen from them this season.
The pressure was on Dunfermline from the re-start and a good move down the left, resulted in Anna firing in a powerful shot from the edge of the box that had the keeper beaten but bounced back off the corner of the cross bar and post.
The same player had another strike from the edge of the box that the Dunfermline keeper saved well. Then Katie Shaw broke free down the right but the keeper was off her line sharply to save at her feet.
We were creating chance after chance and Jasmine was the next to have a go when she passed the ball around the last defender and raced in on the Dunfermline keeper but once again, the keeper saved bravely at Jasmine’s feet.
After some more good play down the right, Katie Shaw broke free once again but their keeper dived sharply to her right to pounce on her well struck shot.
Alice, Sacha and Libby all had shots from outside the box that the Dunfermline keeper managed to stop and another scramble in the box just wouldn’t drop for Emma.
Dunfermline scored a fifth goal as we pushed up the pitch, with a well struck shot from the edge of the box.
The girls kept battling away but the goal just wouldn’t come.
Final score – Monifieth 0 – 5 Dunfermline.
After the disappointment of the first half, the transformation in the second half was incredible. We’ve played well in games against weaker teams than Dunfermline and not created too many chances, but we could easily have ended up drawing or winning this game if we’d taken a portion of our chances. We were unfortunate to be up against a keeper in fantastic form.
Well done girls, the best 40 minutes of football we’ve seen from you this season.