Better late than never is what they always say. After several weeks of trying, Monifieth Athletic and Fauldhouse United finally played out their Scottish cup quarter final. They didn’t disappoint.
The visitors were the team to take the lead in the 24th minute after Reece Thompson converted from a corner kick. They then made the best possible start to the second half as they doubled their advantage just two minutes in. Ben McGee was the man to notch to the crucial strike. The number nine was on hand again to score the third goal, following a defensive mix-up, in the 63rd to leave Fualdhouse in strong position.
The tables soon turned as, with Fualdhouse now down to ten men, Monifieth were awarded a penalty four minutes from time. Ryan Scobie duly converted and, with plenty of injury time to play on top of regulation, the comeback looked possible.
In the end Fauldhouse’s resilient defense prevailed and they now have a Cup semi final to look forward to.
Monifieth Athletic’s intentions were clear right from the start of the match. Attack was the order of the day as they spent much of the first half camped in the Fauldhouse half of the pitch. They showed the potential of their attacking threat early on when Cameron Fraser had a sight at goal. Unfortunately for him his connection with the ball wasn’t quite clean and Matthew Craig, in goal for the visitors, made a comfortable save.
Despite Monifeth’s territorial dominance, Fualdhouse looked dangerous on the counter-attack. The warning signs were there, in the 7th minute, as the visitors broke up field and almost profited. Jamie Stanaird teed up Elliot Ferrier and the Fauldhouse number 11 looked to curl the ball into the top right hand corner. He came agonizingly close to succeeding with the ball just flashing past the post.
With the game ticking into the 24th minute the Fauldhouse put together a move of real quality. McGee started off the move by playing a delightful through ball down the right flank for Stanaird. After picking up the ball the attacker then drove into the box, evading numerous challenges coming his way. Stanaird then cleverly picked out Kyle Sampson in the box and the number 10 didn’t need to think twice about taking a shot. His resultant effort, however, was well blocled and the ricochet fell back to Stanaird, who had a go himself. The second effort was again superbly blocked and deflected out for a corner.
The move wasn’t totally in vain as Fauldhouse soon found themselves 1-0 up from the resultant corner kick. Ferrier delivered a fine ball into the box and Thompson was there to tap the ball in at the far post.