Another good win for Montrose under-14s who see off top dogs

Montrose Youth 4, Dundee United 1

ON EASTER Sunday Montrose’s sunny weather welcomed the Rennies’ League leaders Dundee United.

After a defeat by Galaxy, the visitors were eager to do well against the Montrosians they had defeated at home in the first match of the season. Despite some injuries, the Gable Endies were ready for a good match.

Shaky at the start, home side got a fright in the first minute when only Cameron Glennie’s dive saved them. The Montrose machine began to get into gear while Dundee tried to impose the rhythm. In midfield Morgan Smith and David Craig were very busy and the solid local defence was not at all fazed by the visiting forwards. Dylan Pert, Dean Quinn and Jordan Harrison kept the door locked while Jamie Riach and Ryan Mather cut out crosses from the wingers.

Up front on his own, Kyle McLeod was keeping the Dundee back line active. But in the 24th minute Dundee had a second chance to open the score which, once again, Cameron foiled.

One team had to crack and when McLeod beat Dundee’s last defender, he was fouled in the box. JORDAN HARRISON converted the penalty in style.

In the 29th minute after a good move by Scott Coull on the right wing, Kyle passed the ball to LIAM BAILEY who dribbled past two defenders and shot between the goalie’s arms.

The half-time whistle went with the score 2-0 in Montrose’s favour.

After the restart a superb cross from Shaun Low was skied over the bar by Liam. Dundee reacted immediately with a good shot also over the bar. In the 42nd minute, Yan Couineaux-Rice on the right wing, crossed to Scott who missed an opportunity to add to the score. In the 44th minute KYLE McLEOD took his chance with one of these shots which gave the ‘keeper no chance.

At 3-0 Montrose were moving fluently and Dundee was struggling to keep up with the quick passing game. In the 46th minute, Yan juggled the ball over two defenders only to be denied by a good save from the ‘keeper. Despite the wind blowing in their favour the ball was relentlessly in Dundee’s half unstoppable, Kyle launched LIAM BAILEY who stroked the last goal for Montrose in the 52nd minute. Always a danger for the visitors, Smith had three shots over the bar from 20 yards.

In the 58th minute, assisted by the wind, United kicked a high ball which lobbed Glennie from 40 yards. No under-14 ‘keeper could have saved such a shot and it was no blemish on Glennie’s flawless performance on the day.

In the last minute after a good shot from Ryan from 35 yards that went wide, Dundee saw one of their defenders leave the pitch after kicking the goal post.

The reaction of the player after a free kick in his team’s favour showed the Dundonians deep frustration as they suffered a second consecutive defeat.

The top of the league is now tightening and four or five teams fancy their chances to grab the leading league places in an exciting end to the season.