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Forfar Academy retain cup after shootout win against Monifieth High School

Monifieth High School 2

Robertson 2, McCafferty 56

Forfar Academy 2

L White 17, Millar 32
  • Forfar Academy win 4-2 on penalties.
  • Wednesday, 27 May 2015
  • Station Park
  • 15's Girls
  • Angus Schools FA Cup

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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Forfar Academy have successfully retained the Angus Schools Cup after a thrilling final against Monifieth High School. Monifieth had opened the scoring after just two minutes when Eilidh Robertson was able to turn the ball into the net. Forfar hit back through Leah White and Lois Millar to see them lead 2-1 before the half-time break. In the second half, Monifieth equalised through Eirinn McCafferty and, despite a late Forfar onslaught, this is how the game finished. As a result penalties were needed to determine a winner. Forfar managed to hold their nerve and emerged victors after winning the shootout 4-2.

Monifieth High School began the game in scintillating attacking style. For much of the opening moments Forfar were unable to get out of their own half as Monifeth attempted to strike early. With two minutes on the clock they did just that. After being awarded a free kick on the left flank the ball was delivered straight into the Forfar penalty box. It was met by Eilidh Robetson, who managed to divert the ball past Forfar goalkeeper Olivia Gach. It was a great start to the game for Monifieth. 

Going a goal down served as a wake up call for Forfar who started to improve their play. In the eighth minute they created a golden opportunity to get straight back on level terms. Lois Millar did well to retrieve the ball and laid it off to Katie White on the left wing. She then delivered a great cross into the feet of Leah White. The Forfar captain took a great first touch before expertly turning and giving her marker the slip. With the goal at her mercy she took her shot but it flew high over the crossbar. 

In the 16th minute Leah White was proving to be a threat once again. She made a great solo run that took her out to the right side before firing in a low cross aimed for Rachel Robbie. Before the ball could reach her in stepped Neve Simpson to intercept and she cleared over the crossbar and out for a corner.

From the resulting corner, however, Forfar Academy did grab their equalizing goal. The ball was delivered straight into the box where it found an unmarked Leah White. With time and space she controlled the ball, picked her spot, and fired beyond Louise Christie into the bottom left corner.

Moments later Forfar were proving to be a threat again. Katie White fired in a great cross from the left into the feet of Erin Thomson. The forward controlled it brilliantly and, with her pace and control, managed to dodge the oncoming defensive challenges. However, just as she was about to pull the trigger, Christie came in and claimed the ball at her feet.

With the game now 26 minutes old Monifieth came close to taking the lead once again. The ball fell to Stephanie Kydd yards away from goal but she could only put her effort wide of the post.

Three minutes before the half-time whistle Forfar took the lead. Lois Millar, who had been making strong dominant runs at the Monifieth back line all game, did so again in emphatic fashion. This time, instead of setting up a teammate, she opted to have a go at goal herself once she successfully broke free of the Monifieth defenders. She bulleted a strike, from the edge of the 18-yard line, aimed at the top left corner. Christie managed to get a hand to it but was unable to turn away the powerful strike. The ball nestled in the back of the net much to the delight of Forfar Academy. 

  • Half Time:
  • Monifieth High School
  • 1-2
  • Forfar Academy

At the start of the second half Forfar were not letting up in their attacking intent as they searched to extend their lead. Thomson took a strike at goal in the 37th minute but it was well parried over by Christie.

12 minutes afterwards, Thomson was thwarted by Christie again as she had another shot at goal from close range. The Monifeth keeper was more than keeping her side in the game.

Shortly afterwards Thomson would have been contemplating what on earth she needed to do to score as Christie made her finest contribution yet. With the Forfar number 10 bearing down on goal the Monifieth goalkeeper stood up well to save the impending shot with her legs. The rebound fell back to Thomson and she wasted no time in getting another shot away at goal. Once again Christie was on hand to make a fine save with her feet.

Cali Roberts was the next person to try and get a shot beyond Christie. The Forfar number 14 made a great run from the right and looked to slot the ball in at the near post.  Once again Christie’s legs were in the way as she diverted the ball out for a corner.

In the 56th minute Monifieth took full advantage of Christie’s heroics as they scored a super equaliser. Georgie Simpson was the catalyst as she picked up the ball in midfield and played an absolutely perfect through-ball to Eirinn McCafferty. The Monifieth forward had gained a yard on the defense and only had Olivia Gach standing between her and the goal. With Leah White racing back to try and put her off, McCafferty took a sweet strike that flew straight into the top corner, leaving Gach with no chance.  

This equaliser turned the game into a completely different animal as both sides searched for a winner with time ticking. With just three minutes remaining Georgie Simpson and McCafferty very nearly linked up to great effect once again. The Monifieth number 55 stepped up to take a free kick deep inside her own half and delivered a fantastic ball straight over the Forfar back line. The ball dropped perfectly for McCafferty as she went to take another strike at goal. Leah Watson, however, raced back to distract her and, as a result, she fired her shot above the target.

With just a minute left Forfar cranked up the pressure on the Monifieth net and had four opportunities to score within the space of five seconds. Each shot was blocked by a Monifieth defender but, in turn, each rebound fell to a Forfar attacker. Eventually Christie was able to claim the final shot and relieve the pressure.

With just seconds remaining of the game Roberts so nearly won it for Forfar with the final kick of the game. She was put through on goal brilliantly but sliced her shot wide of the target, much to the relief of the Monifieth defenders. Soon after the referee concluded the game. Penalties would be needed to determine a cup winner.

  • Full Time:
  • Monifieth High School
  • 2-2
  • Forfar Academy

The player to take the first spot kick was Forfar’s Millar. Fresh from her goalscoring exploits in the game she was eager to get Forfar off to a perfect start. Unfortunately her kick was fired high over the crossbar handing Monifieth the early advantage.

Next up was Monifieth’s Neve Simpson. In a similar vain to Millar’s previous penalty her shot flew over the crossbar to leave the score at 0-0.

Erin Thomson stepped up to take Forfar’s second kick. She dispatched it perfectly beyond Christie to get Forfar of the mark in the shootout.

Next for Monifieth was McCafferty. Her effort was put straight down the middle but Gach was able to make the save.

Forfar’s captain, Leah White, was up next. She kept her composure well and fired the ball into the left of the goal.

Georgie Simpson was next in line for spot kick duty and hoped to get her side off the mark. In superb fashion she side-footed a powerful shot into the right of the net. The score was now 2-1.

It was now Taylor Clifford’s turn in the shootout. In emphatic style she fired her shot high into the roof of the net, leaving the keeper with absolutely no chance of making the save.

Christie then turned from shot-stopper to shot taker for Monifieth as took their fourth penalty. She expertly slotted her shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net beyond the diving Gach.

It was now the turn of Carrie Hoggan from Forfar, knowing that a successful conversion would seal the cup win for them. With a nicely executed kick she dispatched the ball into the bottom right corner to confirm Forfar Academy as winners.

Both teams played out a hugely exciting cup final with each side playing some great football. A penalty shootout is never a nice way for a team to lose a final but Monifieth cannot feel disheartened with their efforts at all. The day belonged to Forfar Academy, however, who have proved their impressive credentials with back to back cup wins. We look forward to seeing what this group can do in future.

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Final Result: Forfar Academy win 4-2 on penalties.

Lineups

Monifieth High School
Forfar Academy
1. Louise Christie
31. Eirinn McCafferty
32. Emma Howie
35. Hollie Deuchars
39. Molly Huges
43. Kaitlin Dorward
44. Iona Vannett
52. Neve Simpson
55. Georgie Simpson
64. Christie Stenson
76. Katie Robertson
92. Alice McDonald
93. Jessica Dailly
95. Eilidh Robertson
96. Stephanie Kydd
97. Leah Watson
98. Michelle Cameron
1. Olivia Gach
2. Bethany Muir
4. Eaodaoin Cullen
6. Katie White
7. Shayne Carneige
8. Carrie Hoggan
9. Chloe Reilly
10. Erin Thomson
11. Rachel Robbie
12. Cara Clark
13. Leah White
14. Cali Roberts
15. Taylor Clifford
16. Lois Millar
17. Lauren Doig
18. Eve Stewart
Star Player
Monifieth High School
Forfar Academy
Georgie Simpson – Terrific work ethic in centre midfield and her passing was excellent. Her through ball for McCafferty to score the equaliser was absolutely terrific.
Lois Millar – Hugely dominant in the middle of the park and made some fantastic solo runs to stretch the Monifieth defence. Not too bad a goal for herself either.
Magic Moment
Monifieth High School
Forfar Academy
Louise Christie’s double save – Absolutely brilliant work from the keeper and kept her side in the game.
Lois Millar’s goal – The solo run in the build up to this was exceptional, not to mention the execution in the shot. Not a bad way to take the lead.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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