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St Murdochs do the double with J Bolton Cup win

Monifieth Athletic 1

Gray 58'

St Murdochs 2

Knight 22', 25'
  • Sunday, 14 May 2017
  • North End Park
  • Under 15´s
  • J Bolton Cup

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.

 

  • Half Time:
  • Monifieth Athletic
  • 0-2
  • St Murdochs

The first chance of the second half went the way of Monifieth. Gray shot just wide after 51 minutes.

It was Gray that brought Monifieth back into the game seven minutes later. The striker stooped low to head Meldrum’s cross past Robb from close range.

Saints went back on the offensive and would have reinstated their two-goal lead if not for a fine save from Kelly. The Monifieth keeper did well to get down low and keep out Dell’s downward header on the hour mark.

Five minutes later, Dell was thwarted by Kelly for a second time. The midfielder managed to drive into the penalty area, but saw his powerful effort pushed round the post by the goalkeeper. It was a fingertip save from Kelly that had kept his sides cup dream alive.

With 11 minutes remaining, Monifieth nearly levelled the tie. Meldrum found space inside the St Murdochs penalty area, but could only send his close-range header crashing against the crossbar.

Neither goalkeeper was tested in the closing minutes, as St Murdochs held on to complete the double.

On the day, this was very much a game of two halves for Monifieth. In the first half, they struggled to impose themselves on the game and conceded two goals that from their point of view were preventable. In the second they were more effective, played some nice football, and can feel unlucky not to have grabbed an equaliser.

As for St Murdochs, they managed to get the job done without being at their very best, although, if not for some inspired goalkeeping, they may have had a bigger margin of victory. Today’s final caps off what has been a near perfect season for this talented Saints squad, who will now turn their attentions to next season, and top flight football.

 

  • Full Time:
  • Monifieth Athletic
  • 1-2
  • St Murdochs

Lineups

Monifieth Athletic
St Murdochs
1. Dylan Kelly
2. Liam Myles
3. Phillip Lowe
4. Lewis Lawson
5. Sam Goodfellow
7. Jayden Meldrum
8. Sean McKinnon
9. Lewis Kelly
10. Cameron Smith
11. Oliver Carmichael
12. Adam Gray
13. Callum Morrison
14. Cameron Dryden
15. Liam Annan
17. Cameron McLaughlin
1. Roman Robb
2. Jack Paterson
3. Reece Freeburn
4. Owen Ruxton
5. Findlay Fullerton
6. Josh Nelson
7. Logan Swankie
8. Steven Dell
9. Lewis Knight
10. Lewis Tough
12. Cameron Johnston
14. Ben Holmes
15. Kieran Sharp
22. Adrian Macdonald
Star Player
Monifieth Athletic
St Murdochs
Adam Gray - Worked hard up front in difficult circumstances. Got the goal that his performance merited.
Steven Dell - Ran the show from the centre of midfield. Set the tempo early on, picked up an assist and will feel unlucky not to have bagged a couple of goals.
Magic Moment
Monifieth Athletic
St Murdochs
Gray's Goal - A well executed header that kept his sides cup dreams alive.
Knight's Second Goal - Superb skill to keep the ball under control in the crowded penalty area, and then to keep his left foot volley on target. A magnificent goal worthy of winning any game.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
Last modified on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:24
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