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Lorente leads Monifieth to first cup final

Fairmuir BC 1

R. Flynn 2'

Monifieth Athletic 4

Lorente 4', 39', 47', McLean 79'
  • Sunday, 14 January 2018
  • Graham Street, Dundee
  • Under 15´s
  • Jean Pierre Babin Cup

Andrew Creegan

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Aidan Lorente’s hat trick inspired Monifieth Athletic to their first ever cup final as they beat Fairmuir in the semi-final of the Jean Pierre Babin Cup.

These sides shared the points when they faced off in the league early in the season, but it was Fairmuir who went ahead after two minutes through Robbie Flynn. The striker saw his initial effort kept out by Thomas Welsh, but the ball broke kindly for the Fairmuir man, who tucked in the rebound, despite the best efforts of Ben Dorward.

Monifieth had been out of action for seven weeks before this tie, but responded in the perfect manner when Aidan Lorente drilled a low shot past Shaun Watt from the edge of the box.

Fairmuir were nearly back in front after eight minutes, but Jack Wilkie could only head over the bar from a corner.

After the frantic opening, the game settled down as both sides tried to take control of the tie. Mason Anderson’s deflected effort didn’t trouble Welsh after 16 minutes. At the other end, Lorente was denied by Watt.

With half time approaching, it looked like the sides would go off level, until Lorente picked the ball up on the right touchline, before cutting inside and unleashing a curling strike that found the net via the upright.

  • Half Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 1-2
  • Monifieth Athletic

Fairmuir were looking for a quick response at the start of the second period, and went close when Liam Hunt fired an effort narrowly wide. Their task was made twice as hard when seven minutes after the restart, Lorente broke forward and slipped a shot across Watt into the far corner to complete his hat trick.

This was a body blow for the hosts who, despite having most of the possession, were struggling to break down Monifieth’s rigid backline. A corner fell to Damian Kunc inside the box, but he could only fire over the bar.

As the game entered the closing stages, Welsh produced a super fingertip save to Deny Flynn a second of the game. Cameron Knight missed the chance to score his side’s fourth when Watt denied him after a Monifieth counterattack.

The visitors did net a fourth, with Ross McLean the man to get it. Watt could only parry Aaron Dewar’s effort as far as the substitute, who tapped the ball into the empty net.

  • Full Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 1-4
  • Monifieth Athletic


Fairmuir BC
Monifieth Athletic
1. Shaun Watt
2. Paddy Boyle
3. Liam Hunt
4. Jack Wilkie
5. Aidan McCann
6. Zain Ferguson
7. Damian Kunc
8. Derryn Thomson
9. Graeme Stewart
10. Kai Flynn
11. Marcel Motyka
12. Nairn MacDonald
14. Robbie Flynn
16. Mason Anderson
1. Thomas Welsh
4. Aaron Dewar
5. Cameron Watts
6. Bartosz Kwiatek
7. Elliot McCafferty
8. Sean Kydd
9. Jamie Lannon
10. Aidan Lorente
12. Ross McLean
16. Ben Dorward
17. Greg Will
18. Cameron Knight
20. Lewis Banks
22. Matthew Thoms
26. Dylan Ferguson
Star Player
Fairmuir BC
Monifieth Athletic
Liam Hunt - An industrious performance from the fullback who kept fighting to the very end.
Aiden Lorente - A true captain's performance from the Monifieth man, who bossed the middle of the park, and took all three of his goals well.
Magic Moment
Fairmuir BC
Monifieth Athletic
Flynn's Goal - A typical strikers goal from the Fairmuir man, who reacted quickest to the loose ball, and tucked it into the net.
Lorente's Second Goal - A fantastic strike that put Monifieth ahead at an important point in the game.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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