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Monifieth do the double with victory over Pitfour

Monifieth Athletic 2

Will (P) 51, Lorente 60

Pitfour FC 1

Alcorn 67
  • Sunday, 13 May 2018
  • North End Park
  • Under 15´s
  • Jean Pierre Babin Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Monifieth Athletic picked up their second cup of the season thanks to a 2-1 win over Pitfour in the final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup.

The G Taylor League leaders beat the same opponents by the same score line in the final of the Tommy Clark Trophy earlier in the season and goals from Greg Will and Aiden Lorente ensured the same outcome, despite Ally Alcorn puling one back for Pitfour.

These sides have had no shortage of football in recent weeks, and it was Pitfour that made a promising start to the final. Ross Cameron picked out Kai Finnie with a low cross, but the forward saw his effort blocked by a Monifieth defender.

Ben Clos shot wide after 18 minutes before Ally Alcorn saw a tame strike held by Thomas Welsh. Monifieth were offering little in attacking sense but were coping with Pitfour’s pressure.

Welsh made kept out a strike from Kairn Brand on the half hour mark before the Pitfour man made an important interception at the other end as he dealt with Aiden Lorente’s cut back.

  • Half Time:
  • Monifieth Athletic
  • 0-0
  • Pitfour FC

Arran Ferry was the match winner the last time the side’s met and it took a perfectly times challenge from Andrew Allan to deny him the opener. The resulting corner was flicked over by Ruari McQuillan from close range.

Monifieth did open the scoring 10 minutes into the second half when McQuillan was taken down in the box by Rory Harrower. Greg Will made no mistake with the spot kick, giving Pitfour’s stand in keeper Jake Edwards no chance as he drilled the ball into the bottom left corner.

Aiden Lorente dragged a shot wide from 20 yards before netting Monifieth’s second. Lorente chased down a long ball, capitalised on a mix up between Charlie Edward and Edwards and tapped the ball into the empty net.

Clos linked well with Jordan Turnbull as Pitfour looked for a route back into the match but couldn’t hit the target from close range. The winger jinked into the box moments later and teed up Alcorn, who curled home his 57th goal of the season from 12 yards.

Turnbull met a Cameron cross seconds after the goal but could only steer his header over. Clos clipped a dangerous ball into the box late on, but Sean Kydd cleared the danger as Monifieth held on to clinch the cup.

This was a tough one to take for Pitfour, who created more than enough chances to win the game but couldn’t find the finishing touch in front of goal. They will turn their attentions to the East Region Cup as they look to add a piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet.

As for Monifieth, this was another professional performance from them in a big match. They were under the cosh in the first half but didn’t succumb to Pitfour’s pressure and got their goals at the right time.

They will look at Pitfour’s league match against Fairmuir, where a win for Fairmuir will leave them requiring just one win from their last two games to seal the title. If Pitfour take the three points, then their league match will be a winner takes all tie at Riverview, that based on today’s showing, they will fancy themselves to win.

  • Full Time:
  • Monifieth Athletic
  • 2-1
  • Pitfour FC

Lineups

Monifieth Athletic
Pitfour FC
1. Thomas Welsh
4. Aaron Dewar
5. Cameron Watts
6. Bartosz Kwiatek
7. Elliot McCafferty
8. Sean Kydd
9. Jamie Lannon
10. Aidan Lorente
11. Arran Ferry
12. Ross McLean
14. Paddy Boyle
15. Greg Will
16. Ben Dorward
18. Cameron Knight
22. Matthew Thoms
26. Dylan Ferguson
29. Ruari McQuillan
1. Jacob Edwards
1. Archie Kelly-Barton
2. Rory Harrower
3. Dylan Wright
4. Ben Clos
5. Kairn Brand
6. Charlie Edward
7. Ross Cameron
8. Andrew Allan
9. Ethan Thom
10. Oliver Farquharson
11. Matthew Glen
12. Jordan Turnbull
14. Jamie McRae
15. Alistar Alcorn
17. Rory Cromwell
18. Kai Finnie
Star Player
Monifieth Athletic
Pitfour FC
Ruari McQuillan - As it always is, it was very much a team effort from Monifieth, but McQuillan's drive and skill in the midfield relieved pressure in the first half, and won him the penalty that resulted in the opening goal.
Ben Clos - The winger was Pitfour's most dangerous attacking outlet and was unfortunate to only come out of the game with a single assist.
Magic Moment
Monifieth Athletic
Pitfour FC
Lorente's Goal - The midfielder showed great determination to chase down the ball and was rewarded with the simplest of finishes.
Alcorn's Goal - A super run from Clos to open up the space and an emphatic finish from Pitfour's leading marksman.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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