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Dundee West lift cup after extra-time victory

Dundee West FC 2

Burns 40' Laird 92'

Monifieth Athletic FC 1

Tosh 25'
  • Dundee West 2-1 Monifieth Athletic (AET)
  • Sunday, 19 April 2015
  • North End Park Dundee
  • Under 15´s
  • Tommy Clark Cup - Final

Iain Proudfoot | YFS East Region Journalist
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Arran Laird’s strike in Extra Time earned victory for Dundee West over Monifieth in the Tommy Clark Cup Final held at North End Park Dundee. Additional time was needed to break the deadlock with both sides scoring in the first half to tie an entertaining contest at 1-1.

The eventual winners of the trophy stated brightly with Derek Johnston delivering a free kick into the Monifieth box which sailed just beyond the forwards lurking in the area.

Monifieth responded to the early pressure and began to gain a foothold in the contest leading to the West defence having to be alert to clear the danger from a corner. As Monifieth continued to press Josh Barr tested Jack Gray from a free kick with the West number 1 doing well to hold the powerful drive. 

At the other end of the park Nathan Burns almost got on the end of a well weighted ball from midfield, but was beaten in the foot race by an alert Caelen Ralston in the Monifieth goal. West had the chance to put further pressure on the keeper moments later after Jaden Murphy’s corner broke for Derek Johnston who fired wide of target.

Monifieth continued to show they were also a threat going forward and almost took the lead with Ryan Scobie’s effort calling Gray into action.

At this stage both teams were creating chances and it was only the linesman’s flag which prevented Dylan Docherty advancing on goal after good link up play with Arran Laird. A foul in midfield provided a further opportunity for Dundee West with Josh Alexander’s free-kick just inside his own half being touched over by Caelen Ralston.

The save was to prove crucial as moments later Monifieth took the lead, good perseverance by Ryan McLaren allowed the ball to be played across goal to Cavin Tosh who slotted the ball past the keeper. 

West attempted to restore parity immediately and unlucky to see Ben Russell’s effort flash wide of the post following impressive link up with Jeden Murphy.

Heavily involved in the first goal Ryan McLaren almost got on the score sheet himself with an effort which hit the side netting of Gray's goal.

Despite almost going two behind West continued to advance forward and were almost rewarded with a header cleared off the line following a good delivery from Murphy’s corner.

Just as it looked as if Monifieth would go into the break with the advantage Dundee West equalized on the stroke of half time through Nathan Burns, the number 19 did well to control a ball from midfield before knocking it past the keeper and slotting home from a tight angle.

  • Half Time:
  • Dundee West FC
  • 1-1
  • Monifieth Athletic FC

Buoyed by the equalizer Dundee West sought their second of the afternoon with goal scorer Burns powerful run and shot calling Ralston into action.

At this stage momentum appeared to be with Dundee West leading to Dylan Docherty, Derek Johnston, Arran Laird and Ben Russell all having efforts which flew wide of target. 

As West continued to put pressure on the Monifieth defence they were almost caught on the counter with Cavin Tosh firing just past the post. Following the chance Monifieth began to enjoy some sustained possession and almost took the lead with Ryan Sandeman’s header striking the bar via a deflection following Gavin Westwater’s Free Kick.

From the resulting corner Ryan Scobie almost scored direct from the delivery, with Gray  producing a stunning save to prevent Monifieth’s second of the afternoon. Scobie was becoming heavily involved in the attacking play and saw a further effort saved by the Dundee West Keeper, ensuring the match would head into Extra Time.

  • Full Time:
  • Dundee West FC
  • 1-1
  • Monifieth Athletic FC
With both sides looking to avoid the lottery of penalty kicks the first period of extra-time was highly entertaining with each team creating chances.

Monifieth fashioned the first opening with Christopher McNeill’s run setting up Lewis Pickett who fired just wide of the near post. Untroubled by the earlier effort, Gray had to look lively to keep hold of Aiden McAnish’s drive from the edge of the area.

Dundee West almost managed to release Nathan Burns in a similar move that resulted in the first goal, but Ralston was alert to the danger and smothered the ball to safety. The final action of the first period of extra-time was a shot from Pickett which flashed wide.

Only two minutes had passed in the second period of extra-time when the final goal of the afternoon was scored by Arran Laird of Dundee West, after collecting the ball from midfield the attacker held of the defender and unleashed a powerful strike beyond the keeper.

Monifieth continued to look for a way back into the contest and tested Gray with efforts from Ryan McLaren and Calvin Tosh. When the final whistle blew it was Arran Laird’s goal which ensured Dundee West’s season would have a silver lining.

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Final Result: Dundee West 2-1 Monifieth Athletic (AET)

Lineups

Dundee West FC
Monifieth Athletic FC
1.Liam Moore
2.Ryan Angus
3.Scott Dyer
4.Liam Golden
5.Callan McKenzie
7.Derek Johnston
8.Ben Russell
9.Robbie Fleming
10.Lee Vials
11.Josh Alexander
13.Jack Gray
14.Jaden Murphy
15.Hamish Soutar
16.Dykan Docherty
19Nathan Burns
61.Arran Laird
1.Caelen Ralston
2.Josh Barr
3.Christpher McNeill
4.Samuel Matchett
6.Ryan Sandeman
7.Ryan Hush
8.Robbie Gallagher 10.Cavin Tosh
11.Ryan McLaren
12.Jack Kerr
14.Lewis Pickett
15.Gavin Westwater
16.Ross Nicholl
17.Ryan Scobie
18.Aiden McAnish
Star Player
Dundee West FC
Monifieth Athletic FC
Jack Gray - made a number of important saves, which ultimately helped his team to cup glory.
Cavin Tosh - heavily involved in Monifieth's attacking play and unlucky to be on losing side
Magic Moment
Dundee West FC
Monifieth Athletic FC
Arran Laird's winner in the second half of Extra Time, showed great composure when chance arose to fire his team to Cup Final glory.
Ryan Scobie almost put his team into the lead with a spectacular effort direct from a corner.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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