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.