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Five-star Bayside victorious over Monifieth Reds in Lisa Evans League Cup Final

Monifieth Reds 2

Robertson 12' Shaw 27'

Bayside 5

Gibb 28' 38' 48' Wilson 55' Robertson (og) 68'
  • Saturday, 20 June 2015
  • Dundee University Playing Fields
  • Under 13´s
  • Lisa Evans League Cup Final

Iain Proudfoot | YFS East Region Journalist
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Caley Gibb’s hat-trick helped Bayside 13s to a 5-2 victory over Monifieth Reds in the inaugural Lisa Evans Cup Final held at Dundee University Playing Fields. In what was a final high in both quality and entertainment the eventual winners overturned a two-goal deficit resulting in the trophy heading over the bridge to Fife. Each side came into the contest in impressive form with each top of their leagues and having scored a combined total of twelve goals in the semi-finals.

With such attacking prowess in both line ups it was no surprise the first goalmouth action happened almost immediately as Monifieth pushed for the opener, good work by Katie Shaw won the first corner of the match and the same players deep delivery was met by the head of Aimee Robertson who sent a header crashing off the post. 

Buoyed by almost taking the lead Monifieth continued to press and after a good run from deep Kacey McCabe sent a powerful drive which tested Alicia Yates in the Bayside goal. After soaking up the initial pressure Bayside began to make inroads into the opposition half with Carys Allan firing a shot which sailed just over the bar.  With a foothold in the contest Gibb’s perseverance in chasing down a through-ball won Bayside a free kick in a dangerous area and finished the move herself by placing an effort wide of target.  Gibb continued to be heavily involved in Bayside’s attacking play and almost broke the deadlock with a low drive which brought out an impressive stop by Aaliyah-jay Meach.

Monifieth continued to look dangerous going forward with Kacey McCabe’s impressive run from deep forcing a corner which floated just beyond the onrushing Katie Shaw.

It was a from another corner moments later that Monifieth would take the lead.  A good delivery by Shaw into Libby Forster was knocked into the path of Robertson who unleashed a powerful shot into the top right corner of the net.  After opening the scoring Monifieth went in search of a second and the Bayside defence had to look lively to clear the danger from McCabe’s corner.

Bayside responded well to going behind and the impressive Gibb was heavily involved, first winning a free kick which Allan directed just wide of target and then she delivered a good ball to Caitlyn Wilson who brought out an excellent save by Meach. From the resulting corner Bayside almost restored parity when Emma Petrie struck the post after connecting with Allan’s delivery.

As Bayside pressed for the equalizer they were almost caught on the counter with Liberty Whyte showing a good turn of speed to advance up the park and sending an effort on target after linking up with Shaw. The latter continued to be instrumental in Monifieth’s attacking play and saw her deep cross sail just beyond McCabe who had taken up a good attacking position in the final third.  As Monifieth advanced forward Robertson almost doubled her goal tally for the afternoon with a controlled turn and shot which finished wide of target.

After 27 minutes Monifieth would get their second of the afternoon with Shaw finishing off the move she started by knocking in the rebound after McCabe’s shot rebounded off the keeper.

Just as it looked the momentum was with the side from Monifieth, Gibb won possession following the restart and after a good run slotted the ball past the keeper to give Bayside a way back into the Final.

As Bayside pushed for another goal the pace of Whyte was proving a good outlet for Monifieth and, following an impressive run from deep, she played in Robertson who shot just over the bar. Untroubled by the earlier effort Yates was called into action shortly after to palm away  Shaw’s delivery from a corner while under pressure by the Monifieth forwards. The last action of the first half almost resulted in the sides being level at the break, a good free kick by Allan brought out an impressive save by Meach and the keeper was also on hand to deflect Wilson’s effort from the rebound. 

  • Half Time:
  • Monifieth Reds
  • 2-1
  • Bayside

Having almost restored parity at the end of the first half, Bayside had a chance to square the game early in the second period from a corner won by Gibb. The delivery from Allan was played short to Emma Petrie who chipped the ball into the box and was well gathered by Meach in the Monifieth goal.

Having won the corner Gibb continued to play a significant role in the contest and was unlucky to see an effort sail just over the bar.  However she was to get her second of the afternoon and her side’s equaliser on 38 minutes after slotting the ball into the bottom corner following good link up play between Eve Mooney and Wilson. 

After levelling the final Bayside went in search of their third of the afternoon with Gibb shooting wide and Petrie’s shot being held by Meach. Monifieth answered the pressure from Bayside by delivering a number of balls into the box with McCabe and Shaw heavily involved, both players also combined leading to Shaw’s effort forcing Yates to turn the ball away for a corner. Having conceded the set piece Yates did well to gather the delivery while under pressure and in turn set up her sides third of the contest, Gibb controlled the kick out and knocked the ball past the keeper securing her hat trick.

After going behind for the first time in the match Monifieth almost equalised immediately through Shaw’s powerful shot which again called Yates into action.  As pressure was applied they were almost caught on the counter with Allan setting up Gibb who directed her shot wide. Monifieth continued to look for a way back into the contest and saw McCabe and Robertson having efforts saved. The blocks by the keeper would prove vital for Bayside as Wilson extended their lead after knocking in the rebound following Meach’s save from Grace Dewar.  As Monifieth looked for a way to reduce the deficit the impressive Shaw and McCabe had efforts which went just over the bar. The scoring of the afternoon was completed by Robertson deflecting Gibb's effort into her own net.

On a day showcasing the talent of girls football in the East Region the performance of both sides in  the Lisa Evans League Cup Final was worthy of the occasion. In the end Bayside were victorious overcoming a dynamic Monifieth Reds side and ensuring they will go down in history as the first ever winners of the Lisa Evans League Cup Final.

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  • Full Time:
  • Monifieth Reds
  • 2-5
  • Bayside

Lineups

Monifieth Reds
Bayside
00.Aaliyah-jay Meach
20.Aimee Robertson
39.Sasha Craig
43.Libby Foster
46.Trinity Wilson
55.Kacey McCabe
58.Katie Shaw
63.Cally Taylor
72.Liberty Whyte
71.Niamh Millar
80.Leah Malone
1.Alicia Yates
2.Eilidh Arnold
3.Caley Gibb
4.Meghan Hood
5.Megan Stewart
6.Grace Dewar
7.Caitlyn Wilson
8.Emma Petrie
10.Carys Allan
11.Eve Mooney
12.Jamie-Lee Bain
Star Player
Monifieth Reds
Bayside
Liberty Whyte - She was a good outlet for Monifieth all afternoon, used her pace well and heavily involved in her sides attacking play. She did not deserve to be on losing side.
Caley Gibb - She showed tremendous skill throughout the game and thoroughly deserved her hat-trick and winners medal.
Magic Moment
Monifieth Reds
Bayside
Aimee Robertson's powerful strike into the top corner to open the scoring.
Caley Gibb knocking past the keeper to put her side in the lead and securing a hat-trick in the process.
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