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.