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Monifieth victorious in John Clark Motors cup final after spot kick winner

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Scobie 73' (pen)


  • Sunday, 27 March 2016
  • North End Park
  • Under 16´s
  • John Clark Motors Cup

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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Monifieth Athletic and NCR contested the John Clark Motors cup on Sunday at North End Park in an incredibly closely fought affair. In the end it was Monifieth that took home the trophy with Ryan Scobie’s strike from the penalty spot, seven minutes from time, the only goal that separated the sides in a game where defences shone.
Both teams were keen to make an early impression on the game and the first chance fell to Monifieth’s Gavin Westwater. The number six picked up the ball from a ricochet and wasted no time in firing the ball at goal. NCR ‘keeper, Liam Moore, was on hand, quite literally, to parry the ball away before it was cleared by the NCR defence.
Eight minutes into the game NCR’s Nathan Burns was played in on goal. As he bore down on the target Scobie recovered well, intercepted the ball superbly and knocked it out for a corner – the first incidence of great defending in the game.
With 16 minutes on the clock Ryan McLaren came close to opening the scoring. After a nice touch and turn he rifled a low strike towards the target. Moore was there to deny McLaren with an excellent save, as he dived down low to meet, and hold, the ball.
Soon afterwards Westwater had another opportunity. After making an excellent solo run through midfield he unleashed a fearsome strike that, unfortunately for him, flashed wide of the mark.
The game soon became an intense midfield battle and no further clear cut opportunities arose by the time the half time whistle arrived. It was time for the teams to think outside of the box in order to break down the two resilient defenses. As it turned out it was what occurred inside the box that would prove vital. 
  • Half Time:
  • Monifieth Athletic
  • 0-0
  • NCR
Neither team was willing to give an inch to their opponents and that continued into the second period. Both Scobie and Ryan Sandeman were working well at centre back for Monifieth and Derek Johnston, for NCR, was performing well shielding the back four from midfield.
Scobie was granted another chance at goal after Monifieth were awarded a free kick within shooting range. The number four fired his free kick at the target but it flew straight into the hands of Jack Gray, who had replace Moore in goal at half time.  
With the game now in its 64th minute Struan Christie came close after picking up the ball on the edge of the box. Unfortunately for him and for NCR the ball flew high and wide of the mark.
A couple of minutes afterwards Sandeman came agonizingly close to making it 1-0 for Monifieth. The centre back headed towards goal excellently, from a corner kick, but was denied by a superb save from Gray.  
With just eight minutes to go, and the full time whistle fast approaching, Monifieth upped their attacking play and were denied from taking the lead by Gray once again. This time it was McLaren’s turn to be denied as he bulleted a shot at goal after meeting a well placed cross. Gray did well to parry the ball out for a corner.
However, it was from the resultant corner that the talking point and Monifieth break through, arose. The referee awarded the boys in blue a penalty after adjudging that the NCR defense had pushed Lewis Picket in the box. Scobie stepped up to take the spot kick and duly planted the ball into the bottom left hand corner to give Monifieth the goal advantage.   
With a limited amount of time NCR did all they could to get themselves back into the game. Arran Laird was granted a golden opportunity after the ball fell to him following some penalty area pinball. From just six yards out he fired the ball over the net.
With the game entering stoppage time Monifieth had a wonderful chance to seal the deal. McLaren found himself one versus one with Grant but the NCR goalkeeper did well to smother the forward and take away his goal-scoring opportunity.
With the game now in its third minute of stoppage time NCR had the Monifieth net rippling. Unfortunately for them it was only the side netting as Laird fired a shot the wrong side of the post.
The referee soon brought the game to an end and Monifieth could celebrate their cup final victory. In games like this it seems cruel to have to separate the two sides but, such is the nature of football, there has to be winners and losers. Both teams put in whole-hearted performances and they are sure to be challenging for further trophies in the near future. 
  • Full Time:
  • Monifieth Athletic
  • 1-0
  • NCR


Monifieth Athletic
1. Alex Smart
2. Gary Ellis
3. Aiden McAinsh
4. Ryan Scobie
5. Ryan Sandeman
6. Gavin Westwater
7. Ryan Hush
8. Robbie Gallagher
9. Ryan McLaren
10. Cavin Tosh
11. Christopher McNeill
14. Lewis Pickett
15. Samuel Matchett
17. Cameron Fraser
18. Ross Farnan
19. Connor Scott
1. Liam Moore
2. Josh Barr
3. Josh Alexander
4. Callan McKenzie
5. Scott Dyer
6. Derek Johnston
7. Struan Christie
8. Ben Russell
9. Jaden Murphy
10. Arran Laird
11. Nathan Burns
12. Jack Gray
14. Liam Golden
15. Ryan Angus
16. Liam Ritchie
17. Lee Vials
Star Player
Monifieth Athletic
Ryan Sandeman – An excellent display at centre back in tandem with Scobie. As the two of them mentioned to each other, it was probably the best they’d ever played together.
Derek Johnston – Driving force in midfield and a real captains performance. Snuffed out a lot of danger in midfield and provided his back four with a good defensive shield.
Magic Moment
Monifieth Athletic
McLaren’s effort on the 16th – great skill on show with the touch and turn. If his shot hadn’t been saved by the ‘keeper we would have been talking about an excellent goal.
The strike that hit the side netting in the final stages. As the free kick fell to Laird the equaliser looked like it might arrive in dramatic style. Unfortunately for them it was not to be.
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