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Banks O’Dee come out on top after going toe to toe with Monifieth Athletic

Monifieth Athletic 1

Tosh 14

Banks O’ Dee Albion 2

Bryce 12, MacLeod 51
  • Sunday, 01 February 2015
  • Riverside Park
  • Under 15´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup – Round 5

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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Banks O’ Dee Albion progressed into the Scottish Cup quarter finals, at the expense of Monifieth Athletic, after winning 2-1 in a tightly contested game. Fraser Bryce grabbed the opener in the twelth minute before Cavin Tosh equalized for the hosts just two minutes later. Hamish MacLeod scored the winner eleven minutes into the second half and the Albion managed to hold out for the victory.
The game began at a frantic pace when Bryce broke through on goal in just the first minute of the game. Monifieth’s goalkeeper, Jack Kerr, was up to the challenge, however, and did well to block the shot down low.    
MacLeod was the next to have an opportunity to open the scoring in the ninth minute. Banks O’ Dee had won a corner and, after originally taking it short, crossed the ball into the penalty area. The Monifieth defence managed to get it clear but only as far as the eighteen-yard line where MacLeod was lurking. The number seventeen diverted his effort towards goal but it flashed just wide.
Three minutes later and the game witnessed the first goal courtesy of Fraser Bryce. The diminutive attacker managed to expertly evade the defence and worked an opening for himself near the edge of the box. The number 11 then unleashed a fierce shot directly into the top left hand corner of the net leaving Kerr with no chance.
Shortly afterwards, in the fourteenth minute, Monifieth were back on level terms. The referee awarded the home side a free kick near the half way line and the ball was delivered deep into the Banks O’ Dee penalty area. The defenders were unable to clear and the ball fell to Cavin Tosh. The forward duly headed in to level the score.
In the thirty first minute Bryce threatened the Monifieth defence once more. He made a fine run down the left, drove into the penalty area, and lashed a fierce low cross across the face of goal. Unfortunately for Bryce none of his teammates were there to tap in from close range.
Two minutes later came a moment of controversy. Banks O’ Dee thought they had gone 2-1 up when a fine long distance shot crashed against the bar and down onto the goal line. The Banks O’ Dee players exclaimed that the ball had indeed crossed the line but the referee could not be sure and no goal was awarded.
Shortly before half time Banks O’ Dee came close once more. They delivered a corner kick into the penalty area and the skipper, Cameron Imrie, diverted the ball at goal with his head. The Monifieth defence managed to clear the ball off of their goal line and away successfully.
  • Half Time:
  • Monifieth Athletic
  • 1-1
  • Banks O’ Dee Albion
The second half was a hotly contested affair with several robust challenges being dished out amongst the players.
The first chance that arose in the second period turned out to be the winning goal – and what a finish it was. Hamish MacLeod took control of the ball twenty yards out, turned, and beautifully placed the ball into the top right hand corner of the net well out of the goalkeepers reach.
In the sixty eighth minute Monifieth came close to equalizing for a second time. Ryan Scobie delivered a free kick long into the box, in a similar vain to their first goal. The ball fell to the feet of Tosh once more a few yards out. The Monifieth number ten unfortunately lashed his shot over the crossbar.
Ten minutes later and Banks O’ Dee nearly scored a third. The ball was layed off to an oncoming MacLeod but the midfielder swiped at the ball and hit clean air leaving Monifieth’s substitute goalkeeper, Caelan Ralston, to claim possession of the ball.
Banks O’ Dee managed to survive a late onslaught from Monifieth to claim victory in the fifth round tie and they will progress to the quarter final to face Rossvale. Despite this disappointment Monifieth should not be downhearted with their efforts. The game was a well fought and finally poised match and both sides should be proud to have served up a classic cup-tie for the spectators.
  • Full Time:
  • Monifieth Athletic
  • 1-2
  • Banks O’ Dee Albion


Monifieth Athletic
Banks O’ Dee Albion
1. Caelen Ralston
2. Josh Barr
3. Christopher McNeill
4. Samuel Matchett
6. Ryan Sandeman
7. Ryan Hush
8. Robbie Gallagher
10. Cavin Tosh
11. Ryan McLaren
12. Jack Kerr
14. Lewis Pickett
15. Gavin Westwater
16. Ross Nicholl
17. Ryan Scobie
18. Aiden McAinsh
19. Jacob Donaghey
1. Jacob Otto
2. Jason Ritchie
3. Jevan Anderson
4. Gregor Thom
6. Alasdair Shrive
8. Calum Beattie
9. Ross Christie
11. Fraser Bryce
12. Cameron Imrie
14. Ben Ross
15. Calum McKenzie
17. Hamish MacLeoad
18. Mark Reid
19. Cameron Fraser
21. Vitali Sahnalevits
Star Player
Monifieth Athletic
Banks O’ Dee Albion
Ryan Scobie – Defensively solid for Monifieth and a major reason in why Banks O’ Dee had trouble in finishing off opportunities. His set piece delivery was also hugely beneficial for his team.
Cameron Imrie – True captains performance. The young centre back displayed excellent leadership and defensive solidity. Gave his team a great firm base to build from.
Magic Moment
Monifieth Athletic
Banks O’ Dee Albion
Cavin Tosh’s goal – displayed great instinct and composure to head home from a ball that wasn’t intended to find him.
Hamish MacLeod’s goal – expertly finished with delightful curl right into the postage stamp of the net. You’d never get tired of seeing it. Fraser Bryce’s opener deserves a mention too. Another great finish.
Match Video Highlights
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