St Murdochs completed the league and cup double with a 2-1 win over Monifieth in the J Bolton Cup. A brace from Lewis Knight had the P Gibson League winners two to the good at half time, but Adam Gray’s header ensured a nervy finish to the match.
Monifieth became the first team to beat St Murdochs in the league this season when they met seven days ago. A 4-2 victory secured Monifieth the points that day and they had the first chance of the match after 12 minutes. Liam Annan released Jayden Meldrum, but he couldn’t connect with his shot, and the ball was cleared.
St Murdochs were seeing lots of the ball, but were failing to turn possession into chances. Steven Dell fired over from 25 yards after 18 minutes. Annan had another chance for Monifieth, but he was denied by goalkeeper Roman Robb.
This would be a chance that Monifieth would regret not taking, as Saints opened the scoring after 22 minutes. Dell with a powerful run to the by-line before he picked out Lewis Knight, who diverted the ball back across the face of goal, into the net.
It took St Murdochs just three minutes to add a second, with Knight doubling his tally. The striker lifted Logan Swankie’s cross over Phillip Lowe’s head and volleyed the ball into the bottom corner. It was a fantastic goal that put the champions in control of the tie.
Monifieth were struggling to get themselves into the match, the windy conditions were hampering their direct style of play. With 36 minutes gone, they nearly fell further behind, as Lowe headed Kieran Sharp’s header off the line.