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Magic McDowell inspires Monifieth to Chuck McGowan Cup final

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Monifieth Athletic 3

Carmichael 5', McDowell 33', 53'
  • Sunday, 28 January 2018
  • Riverside
  • Under 16´s
  • Chuck McGowan Cup

Andrew Creegan

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Ross McDowell’s double helped Monifieth Athletic to the Chuck McGowan Cup final. The forward scored a goal in either half after Oli Carmichael had opened the scoring.

Monifieth are unbeaten in the W Mills League, while Riverside are the league leaders. Monifieth won 3-0 when the sides met in the league and got off to the perfect start when the ball broke to Oli Carmichael inside the box, and he tucked a shot into the near post.

The visitors were dominating early on and looking to make their advantage count. Carmichael shot wide after 11 minutes.

Lewis Lawson’s free kick brought a save out of Jordi Duncan, before the Riverside stopper produced a fantastic finger tip save to keep out Cameron McLaughlin’s fierce drive.

Riverside were struggling to create anything against a Monifieth backline that has only conceded seven goals in the league.

Seven minutes before the break, Monifieth added their second. Ross McDowell brushed off Ross Anderson and raced down the left, before curling a shot past Duncan in the Riverside goal.

Riverside’s only shot of the first half came when Samuel Gallacher hit a wayward shot from distance.

  • Half Time:
  • Riverside CSC
  • 0-2
  • Monifieth Athletic

The hosts looked like a different side at the start of the second period. Connor Spence picked out Sam Delaney, but his strike was blocked by Lawson.

Despite Riverside’s improvements offensively, Monifieth looked dangerous on the break. McDowell should have made it three after good play by Carmichael down the right, but he lashed the ball over.

Riverside continued to search for a goal, but when a series of corners came to nothing, they suffered a body blow when Monifieth broke and McDowell fired in his second of the match.

Monifieth were nearly undone when Duncan’s long ball was controlled by Callum Brand, but the big striker could only poke the ball straight at Dylan Kelly. At the other end, Duncan got down well to deny McDowell a hat trick.

Paul Traynor nearly pulled one back for Riverside but his free kick from 25 yards came back off the crossbar. Aiden Stewart picked out Brand with a cross from deep, but his rising shot didn’t trouble Kelly.

Carmichael had Monifieth’s final chance of the match, but he couldn’t head Bryce Ness’s cross on target. Despite that, Monifieth held on and will take on Dryburgh CC in the final of the Chuck McGowan Cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Riverside CSC
  • 0-3
  • Monifieth Athletic


Riverside CSC
Monifieth Athletic
1. Jordi Duncan
3. Callum Bolton
5. Mateusz Wierzbicki
6. Ross Anderson
7. Magnus Fettes
8. Paul Traynor
9. Samuel Gallagher
10. Sam Delaney
11. Connor Spence
12. Michael Tinning
14. Amine Atrih
16. Aiden Stewart
17. Jack Terroni
20. Fergus Robertson
31. Callum Brand
1. Dylan Kelly
2. Jamie Lynch
3. Phillip Lowe
4. Lewis Lawson
5. Bryce Ness
6. Cameron McLaughlin
7. Ross McDowell
9. Lewis Kelly
10. Josh Wanless
11. Oliver Carmichael
12. Adam Gray
13. Michael Galloway
14. Cameron Dryden
15. Liam Annan
16. Mason Inglis-Doran
17. Aedan Gillespie
Star Player
Riverside CSC
Monifieth Athletic
Paul Traynor - The Riverside player that looked most likely to create something, and went closest with his second half free kick.
Ross McDowell - The diminutive forward put in a power of work and deserved his goals.
Magic Moment
Riverside CSC
Monifieth Athletic
Duncan's Save from McLaughlin - The Riverside keeper pulled of several good stops, but this was the pick of the bunch.
McDowell's First Goal - The goal epitomised his performance, determination to win the ball, the strength to hold off the defender and the composure to put the ball in the net.
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