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Maryfield v Monifieth

Maryfield v Monifieth

By Gordon Landsburgh
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3 points in tough conditions

When Monifieth arrived at Fairmuir the concern was the pitch surface, a couple of puddles in the top half of the pitch which Gary Smith and Grant Campbell made short work of to ensure the match went ahead. Monifieth arrived without a full contingent but with the help of the wind and slope their 10 men held Maryfield at bay. In 22 minutes and with the wind now effecting even short passes Maryfield took the lead. Cammy rolled the ball to Aiden Davidson at left back, his drilled pass down the line fell into Nik Edwards path, Nik beat his man and delivered a perfect ball to Troy Smith who brought the ball down onto his left foot and finished low into the corner. Maryfield 1-0. To add to Monifieths woes they lost a player to injury forcing them to battle on with only 9 players, which they did well. Troy had another chance to increase the Maryfield advantage after an excellent ball from Frankie Hughes but the shot screwed just past the near post. Half Time Maryfield 1 Monifieth 0.
The second half with the Gale assisting saw Maryfield dominate territory. If driven through balls were what was required in the first half the second half was exactly the opposite. Through balls were being accelerated by the wind out for goal kicks. Maryfield adjusted well. Kyle Johnston got his first of the afternoon in 45 minutes after Troy's chip past the keeper came back off the post. 2-0. Monifieth were still trying to get back in the game and might of done after the ref awarded an indirect free kick. Amechis sliding tackle was adjudged to be a back pass by the referee. The resulting Monifieth free kick was well blocked by the wall. Five minutes later saw a wonder strike from Troy Smith find the top corner of the net. 3-0. Theo Glaister added Maryfield's 4th of the afternoon after a perfectly weighted Arran Duncan ball, Theo finishing well from a tight angle. It was now pretty much one way traffic as the gallant 9 man Monifieth tired. Kyle added his second and Troy got his third then fourth as the game fizzled out. Arran Duncan left the best to last, with three minutes left Maryfield were awarded a corner from the left, Arran hit a vicious inswinger which with the help of the wind found the top corner of the net. Maryfield 8 Monifieth 0.
In summary the wind spoilt the game but a great effort to win comfortably in such poor conditions. Credit to Monifieth who battled to the end.
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Sun 23, Feb 2020