Montrose Youth Under-14s 4
ONLY one day after their trip to Holland, Montrose were away to Carnoustie in a league match.
Despite a brief rest on Saturday, the team did not have full energy for a top quality performance.
Unlike their usual slow start, the Gable Endies had a mad 10 minutes. Morgan Smith gave the Carnoustie ‘keeper his first save of the day in the third minute.
A minute later, Yan Couineaux-Rice’s lob over a defender bounced off the top of the crossbar. Following this, Matthew Davis’ corner was bulleted into the back of the net by Kyle McLeod.
On a roll the next action saw Yan bring the ‘keeper into action with a low shot.
In the eighth minute, Ryan Mather crossed a superb ball giving McLeod his second goal.
The crazy start continued with McLeod scooping a ball to Matthew whose volley went narrowly past. Carnoustie’s heads went down when Liam Bailey crossed for McLeod to complete an easy hat-trick goal past the bemused ‘keeper.
The stung red and black team reacted with a testing shot which Cameron Glennie, continuing his good form from Holland, diverted. The home side became more pressing and gave Cameron a second save in the 19th minute. Pacing their game, Montrose had to wait until the 30th minute for the next strong shot on goal. Smith found the right post and Matthew skied the rebound over the bar.
David Craig also brought out a good save from the ‘keeper before half-time with the score 3-0 for Montrose.
When the match resumed Montrose had another good spell and Craig, very active in midfield, scored following a pinball-like action between Kyle McLeod, Scott Coull and Shaun Low.
Carnoustie were keen not to be outclassed on their home ground. In the 45th minute, a cross from the right found their striker who shot past Cameron to reduce the score. Three minutes later a penalty was granted to the host team on a clear knockdown in the box. Glennie dived to the correct side but could not save the shot.
Despite obvious tiredness, Montrose gave the home team cold sweat in the 47th minute with a looping shot from McLeod well-saved by the ‘keeper. Craig had the visitors’ last chance when a low cross from McLeod flirted with the right post.
Though tired after their continental expedition, Montrose earned three good away points to remain at the top of the league table. To stay up there, they face some tricky games over the next month.