Monifieth Athletic and Dryburgh Athletic met in a closely fought early season encounter, which saw the home side come away with all three points after a 2-1 win. The home side enjoyed a positive start, with Charlie Ashe bagging a double in the first and 18th minutes of the game. Dryburgh pulled a goal back, through Cameron Doig in the 35th, but they could not find an equalizer to prevent Monifieth bagging the win.
It did not take long after kick off for the game to witness its first goal. Just one minute in Ashe was put through brilliantly beyond the Dryburgh back line and was straight in on goal. He fired his shot at the target but Dryburgh keeper Kyle McDonald made a fantastic save to deny him. Unfortunately the rebound fell straight back to the feet of Ashe and he made no mistake second time around.
The home team remained on the front foot and, sure enough, the second goal came in the 18th minute. Ashe put his pace to great use and broke free of the opposing defenders before firing his shot across goal and into the bottom right hand corner.
Following this second goal set back, Dryburgh upped their performance and worked to get themselves back in the game. After some initial moves that looked promising their first goal came in the 35th minute. Doig was put through on goal, from the right, and finished the move off, skillfully, after slotting the ball home into the bottom left corner.
The away side looked to press on and grab an equaliser. They came close two minutes prior to half time after Conner McKelvie executed an excellent run down the right wing before firing a low cross to Doig, who was waiting in the penalty box. The Dryburgh goal scorer was denied, however, by Monifieth goalie, Jamie Noble. The keeper timed a sliding tackle to perfection and managed to take the ball away from the feet of Doig. He then pounced on the ball to end the danger.