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.