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Welsh denies Fairmuir third consecutive win

Fairmuir BC 1

J. McCann 2

Monifieth Athletic 1

Lorente 8
  • Sunday, 02 September 2018
  • Graham Street
  • Under 16´s
  • Maryfield League

Andrew Creegan

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Goalkeeper Thomas Welsh was Monifieth Athletic’s hero as they held Fairmuir in the Maryfield League. Jamie McCann opened the scoring for Fairmuir before Aidan Lorente equalised before the 10-minute mark.

There was a consistency in both these sides opening results coming into the match, with Fairmuir scoring five goals in both their first two wins, while Monifieth had played out two 3-3 draws.

Jamie McCann’s cutback was met by Zain Ferguson inside two minutes and after Ferguson’s effort was blocked, the ball fell for McCann who fired home from inside the box.

Monifieth were nearly level moments later, but Moby Ogunlaja headed over from close range. At the other end, Thomas Welsh denied Mason Anderson with a smart stop.

The current champions did equalise when Aidan Lorente burst into the box and fired a low shot across Shaun Watt into the corner.

Jamie McCann fired a free kick from 25 yards over before flicking a header wide. Lorente smacked a volley over for Monifieth.

Fairmuir were seeing lots of the ball but couldn’t test Welsh in the Monifieth goal. Jamie McCann headed a Liam Hunt cross wide before the Fairmuir man hit the bar with a cross from the left.

Monifieth were inches away from taking the lead when Lorente met Elliot McCafferty’s cross but headed against the post from a matter of yards out.

  • Half Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 1-1
  • Monifieth Athletic

Graeme Stewart was denied by Welsh after a powerful run early in the second half. Damian Kunc, Jamie McCann and Aidan McCann were all denied by Welsh as Fairmuir kept up a stream of constant pressure on the Monifieth defence.

Welsh produced his best save of the match to keep out a Hunt free kick. The Fairmuir defender tried to catch out the Monifieth keeper, who readjusted well to make a diving save and punch the ball to safety.

Nick Fletcher was the next Fairmuir player to be thwarted by Welsh, while at the other end, Findlay Fullerton flashed a header wide from Ben Dorward’s free kick as Monifieth went close to taking the lead with their first attack of the second half.

Fletcher turned and shot over from the edge of the box, before Fairmuir were denied by Welsh once again. Jamie McCann found Nathan Graham, who’s scuffed effort fell for Stewart, but the striker could only poke the ball straight at Welsh.

This was a dogged performance from Monifieth, who spent nearly all of the second half defending their 18-yard box. Their defensive display was nothing short of immense, with countless blocks, headers and interceptions made by every member of the team.

When the defence was breached, Thomas Welsh was in top form, with plenty of top saves to deny Fairmuir.

While Monifieth might not repeat last year’s treble success, today showed that they won’t go down without a fight and will fancy themselves against any side in the Maryfield League.

As for Fairmuir, this was a frustrating day at the office for them, as they failed to turn their domination into goals and three points. With only 14 league games, they have little margin for error in their pursuit of the title and will view this as two points dropped.

Despite that, they have made a strong start to the season and given the quality throughout their squad, will be challenging on all fronts this season.

  • Full Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 1-1
  • Monifieth Athletic


Fairmuir BC
Monifieth Athletic
1. Shaun Watt
2. Callum Rae
3. Liam Hunt
4. Jack Wilkie
5. Marcel Motyka
6. Godswill Oke
8. Damien Kunc
9. Nicholas Fletcher
10. Jamie McCann
11. Graeme Stewart
12. Zain Ferguson
14. Nairn MacDonald
15. Robbie Flynn
16. Aidan McCann
17. Nathan Graham
23. Mason Anderson
1. Thomas Welsh
4. Aaron Dewar
6. Bartosz Kwiatek
7. Elliot McCafferty
8. Sean Kydd
9. Jamie Lannon
10. Aidan Lorente
12. Ross McLean
14. Paddy Boyle
15. Greg Will
16. Ben Dorward
18. Cameron Knight
20. Lewis Banks
26. Dylan Ferguson
30. Moby Ogunlaja
31. Findlay Fullerton
Star Player
Fairmuir BC
Monifieth Athletic
Jamie McCann - McCann got his side off to the perfect start, and got himself into countless scoring positions, but ultimately it wasn't his day in front of goal. Despite that, he looked a threat throughout the match and was the Fairmuir player that looked most likely to unlock the Monifieth defence.
Thomas Welsh - The Monifieth keeper showed why he is so highly regarded with a string of impressive saves that earned his side a point.
Magic Moment
Fairmuir BC
Monifieth Athletic
McCann's Goal - A tidy finish that got Fairmuir off to the perfect start.
Welsh's save from Hunt - The keeper's save from the free kick was the pick of the bunch, as he readjusted quickly to keep out a bouncing strike from Hunt.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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