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.