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Dundee United SC fight back to claim three points against Monifieth

Dundee United SC 2

Szpak 49, Lorimer 59

Monifieth Athletic 1

Raeside 17
  • Sunday, 16 September 2018
  • Craigie Astro
  • Under 13┬┤s
  • Cafe Royale League

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Goals from Jayce Szpak and Lee Lorimer handed Dundee United SC victory in their opening Café Royale League match.

Lewis Raeside had given Monifieth a first half lead but couldn’t stop DUSC taking the points.

Both sides had been in fine form in the group stage of the Diamond Jubilee Cup, and both had good chances in the opening minutes. Callum Ross fired wide for Monifieth in the opening minute, with Lee Lorimer denied by Harrison Holmes at the other end.

Harris Shepherd tested Jamie Potter with a free kick from the edge of the box as Monifieth looked for the opening goal.

With 17 minutes gone, they did break the deadlock after Potter kept out Zack Hunter’s header, only for the ball to fall for Lewis Raeside, who had a simple finish into the empty net.

Despite falling behind, DUSC were moving the ball well while playing into the wind and saw Kyle McMulkin’s strike from the edge of the box kept out by Holmes on the half hour mark.

Lorimer was released in the box moments before half time but couldn’t squeeze the ball past Holmes at the near post.

  • Half Time:
  • Dundee United SC
  • 0-1
  • Monifieth Athletic

The first chance of the second half went Monifieth’s way, as Ross fired narrowly wide after latching onto a well weighted pass from Shepherd.

A corner was drilled into the feet of Hunter, who was only denied by a fine save from Potter, who managed to push the ball to safety from close range.

As the second half went on, DUSC began to hit their stride, and were brought level by their captain midway through the second period. A corner was delivered to the back post, where Jayce Szpak was on hand to guide a header past Holmes.

Only the woodwork denied Szpak a quickfire second, as the ball broke to him at the edge of the box and he fired an effort against the post.

McMulkin and Jack Mullany both went close for DUSC before they found the winner. Lorimer, who had been a threat all game long, cut in on the left, and delivered a cross that sailed into the net. The winger might not have meant to score, but he had sealed the points for his side 10 minutes from time.

Both teams deserve credit for putting on an entertaining match in testing conditions. Monifieth will feel that they created enough to win the match, but they didn’t take their chances and were ultimately punished.

Despite this, they played good football, and showed why they will be in the hunt for silverware this season.

As for DUSC, they started slowly, but once they got going they made it clear why they are one of the teams to beat this season. They defended well when they had to and caused Monifieth plenty of problems in the final third.

This was the ideal start to their campaign and could prove to be a valuable victory come the end of the season.

  • Full Time:
  • Dundee United SC
  • 2-1
  • Monifieth Athletic


Dundee United SC
Monifieth Athletic
1. Stuart Woods
2. Ben Russel
3. Lee Henry
4. Finlay Smith
5. Rio Bradford
6. Ashton Torano
7. Mikey Taylor
8. Jack Mullany
9. Kyle McMulkin
10. Jayce Szpak
12. Thomas McConnachie
14. Finn Noble
15. Brandon Walsh
16. Lee Lorimer
17. Ryley Coutts
18. Charlie Loftus
20. Jamie Potter
1. Harrison Holmes
2. Ethan Brady
3. Euan Paton
5. Zack Hunter
6. Dylan Barnett
7. Lewis Raeside
8. Ryan Williamson
9. Harris Shepherd
10. Jack Borland
11. Callum Ross
12. Harly Tierney
14. Hamish Nicoll
17. Liam Paton
18. Thomas McLanaghan
19. Fraser Yule
24. Finlay Munro
Star Player
Dundee United SC
Monifieth Athletic
Lee Lorimer - DUSC's nippy winger asked questions of the Monifieth defence from the first minute to the last, and it was no shock to see him pop up with the winner.
Harris Shepherd - Held the ball up well and played some impressive passes. Unlucky not to find the net on a couple of occasions.
Magic Moment
Dundee United SC
Monifieth Athletic
Lorimer's Goal - It might have been a cross, it might have been a shot, what ever it was, it sealed three valuable points for DUSC.
Raeside's Goal - Probably the simplest goal Raeside will ever score, but they all count, and it goes down as this Monifieth's side's first goal in league football.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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