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.