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Monifieth edge past Fairmuir in Golden Jubilee Cup Semi-Final

Monifieth Athletic FC U16s 2

Tosh 34', Hush 78'

Fairmuir BC U16s 1

Taylor 73'
  • Sunday, 06 March 2016
  • Riverview
  • Under 16´s
  • Queen Jubilee Cup Semi-Final

Iain Proudfoot | YFS East Region Journalist
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A strike from Ryan Hush two minutes from time sent Monifieth U16s into the final of the Queen Jubilee Cup at the expense of Fairmuir U16s.
 
Both sides came into the tie held at Riverview on the back of impressive form in the Maryfield U16s league, with Fairmuir sitting second in the table and Monifieth amassing six points from four matches.
 
It was the home side who settled first in blustery conditions. A well weighted through ball from Cavin Tosh released Ryan McLaren into space, after showing good composure to round the keeper the striker was crowded out by the Fairmuir backline.
 
Having enjoyed their first spell of possession in the contest, Fairmuir almost broke the deadlock. Jack Taylor’s surging run from deep allowed Ross Bell to bring out a solid stop by Monifieth goalkeeper Alex Smart.
 
Tosh and McLaren continued to display good link up play in the final third, with McLaren’s having an effort which finished wide of target and then calling Rory McInally into action from distance.
 
The Fairmuir number one continued his impressive form moments later when called upon to palm away a well drilled shot by Tosh. Despite the best efforts of the McInally the first goal of the semi was scored on 34 minutes with Tosh rewarded for his early attacking endeavour, picking up a loose ball and sending a looping shot into the top corner of the net.
 
Fairmuir responded well to going behind and almost level immediately, Zander Chaplin flashing an effort wide of target ensuring Monifieth would have the advantage at the interval.
  • Half Time:
  • Monifieth Athletic FC U16s
  • 1-0
  • Fairmuir BC U16s
After the restart Chaplin continued to be involved in his side's attacking play, almost grabbing an equaliser after reacting first to Kane Alison’s Free-Kick.
 
At this stage Fairmuir were enjoying their best spell in the game and Jack Taylor brought two good saves by Smart in quick succession. As the match continued Monifieth continued to look dangerous on the break and well worked link up play with Christopher McNeill saw Hush divert an effort wide.
 
Having almost doubled their advantage, Monifieth found themselves level on 73 minutes, Taylor knocking the ball past the Keeper following Ross Bell’s well weighted corner.
 
With both sides continuing to push forward and avoid the lottery of penalty kicks, Monifieth secured the victory through a close range finish by Hush on 78 minutes and sending his side into the final.
 
Overall the football on offer was worthy of the occasion. Fairmuir can take heart from the display particularly in the second half and an appearance in a semi final should always be viewed as a success. For Monifieth the Golden Jubilee Cup Final is on the horizon and may ensure their season has a thread of silver running through it.  
  • Full Time:
  • Monifieth Athletic FC U16s
  • 2-1
  • Fairmuir BC U16s

Lineups

Monifieth Athletic FC U16s
Fairmuir BC U16s
1.Alex Smart
2.Gary Ellis
3.Aiden McAnish
4.Ryan Scobie
5.Ryan Sandeman
6.Gavin Westwater
7.Ryan Hush
8.Robbie Gallagher
9.Ryan Mclaren
10.Cavin Tosh
11.Christopher NcNeill
14.Lewis Pickett
15.Samuel Matchett
16.Connor Scott
17.Cameron Fraser
18.Ross Farnan
1.Rory McInally
2.Ryan Bannon
3.Arran McFadyen
4.Kane Alison
5.Finnlay Tynan
6.John McIntosh
8.Jack Taylor
10.Ross Bell
11.Finlay Scott
14.Cameron Cargill
16.Zander Chaplin
17.Brooklyn Hutton
Star Player
Monifieth Athletic FC U16s
Fairmuir BC U16s
Cavin Tosh - An attacking threat throughout and rewarded with the opening goal of the afternoon.
Jack Taylor - Inventive going forward and did not deserve to be on losing side.
Magic Moment
Monifieth Athletic FC U16s
Fairmuir BC U16s
The strike from Ryan Hush two minutes from time in send Monifieth into the Golden Jubilee Cup Final.
Finding a way back into the contest having been behind for a large part of the game.
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