The conditions were oddly confusing for at one side of the field, it was blowing a gale, whilst at the other there was hardly a breath of wind to be felt.
Shelter was being provided by well-placed trees, which inspired me to take up my place on the calmer side and armed with team lines I was ready for the action to commence.
The pitch was immaculate as referee Rebecca Howell got the match underway.
Monifieth were first to venture forward into the opposition’s box resulting in Keira Johnstone having an attempt on goal but her effort was dragged just wide of the target. The same girl tried from the left moments later, shooting across goal but again, her shot was just the wrong side of the upright.
However it would be Dundee who would open the scoring after six minutes of play, when a long ball was afforded to Lindsay Dunbar to chase. She beat the keeper to the ball, simply passing it into the net to make it 1 – 0.
Dunbar turned provider as United went in search of their second, sending in a lovely cross over the top of the defenders for the smallest player on the park, Kirsti-Leigh Hunt. Her close range effort was straight at keeper Hannah Ramsey however.
Dunbar doubled her’s and United’s total as she met a well-placed Amy Gallagher corner, assisting the ball over the line from three yards or so.
Monifieth pulled one back when a defensive error allowed Johnstone possession at the edge of the box. Her curling shot, finishing in the top left corner as she took advantage of the strong wind. 2 – 1.
Right from the restart, Dundee’s Gallagher was played through sending in a powerful drive, which brought out a fine fingertip save from Ramsey to guide the ball onto the post.
Dundee repeated their previous goal to go 3 – 1 up as Gallagher sent in the perfect corner for Dunbar to claim her hat-trick from.
Gallagher got on the score sheet after 24 minutes with a sublime effort over the keeper and into the roof on the net. Superb skill from a girl who would continue to cause Monifieth problems for the duration of the match.
She repeated the job, soon afterwards with a more powerful shot, which was again was inch perfect and out of reach of Ramsey.
Hunt tested Ramsey with a close range shot as we approached half time but the keeper was up to the job in hand.
The second half got underway very much where it left off in the previous period. With six minutes of play on the clock, Dunbar guided a superb strike from 20 yards, left of centre; straight into the roof of the net, once again giving Ramsey no chance whatsoever. With the score 6 – 1 one wondered if we were going to see an annihilation of the Monifieth girls but credit to them, they dug deep and put up a brave fight.
Amy Gallagher however was in the mood to taunt her adversaries and added to the goal tally as a free-kick was floated in and met by the head of Jade McLaren, doing enough to knock it on to Gallagher to head home for goal number seven.
Leah Marshall struck a great shot, which took a good save from keeper Rebekha Rae to prevent Marshall hitting the net.
Gallagher made the most of the wind as she hit a high ball from 30 yards, which dipped under the bar to give Dundee their eighth of the match. Once again a superb display of talent and awareness from the Dundee girl.
And the girl that started the scoring, Lindsey Dunbar added a ninth as the now undoubted cup winners strolled on to victory.
However Chloe Robertson gave the Monifieth girls a lift when she scored from eight yards to make it 9 – 2.
They pulled back another when Johnstone beat the offside trap to slot home to make it 9 – 3 as the Monifieth bench shouted screams of encouragement to their girls. Johnstone could have added a fourth as she was once again put through, being pursued by Jodie Connell, who did just enough to force Johnstone to pull the ball wide of the post.
The match concluded and the Dundee girls celebrated by spraying each other with water much to the spectators' delight.
A very good spectacle for the region’s girls with some quality players on display. Keira Johnstone and Chloe Robertson impressed for Monifieth whilst Heather Royle, Lindsey Dunbar and Player of the Match Amy Gallagher excelled for Dundee United.