Dundee Celtic 1 Montrose Youth 1
Montrose win 1-4 after aet and penalties
Montrose Youths’ Under-13s won a penalty shoot-out against Dundee Celtic after a hard-fought match ended 1-1 at North End Park in Dundee, taking home the Diamond Jubilee Cup in their first competitive season of 11-a-side football.
Each side had chances to win the game in regulation time, with both ‘keepers making some excellent saves to take the game to extra time and penalties, which Montrose held their nerve to win 4-1.
The wind played its part in a scrappy first half with few chances created in the opening 20 minutes, but Montrose finally made the breakthrough in the 21st minute with Kieran Thomson chasing down a ball which seemed to be on its way out for a goal kick, before squaring it across the face of the goal for Reece AITKEN to place past the goalkeeper.
Montrose seemed to be getting a grip of the game, but the only other clear chance of the half fell to Celtic’s Liam Tansey after they broke the offside trap, only to be denied an equaliser by the legs of Corry Marshall, the Montrose ‘keeper.
Half-time: Dundee Celtic 0, Montrose 1.
The second half was a much more competitive affair, with both teams getting to grips with the conditions and Celtic beginning to test Montrose centre backs Liam Emslie and Murray Stephen, who defended solidly throughout.
However, Celtic eventually equalised in the 47th minute with Daniel CURRIE latching on to a long ball from a free kick from Daniel Wilson and confidently placing the ball into the bottom right, just past the despairing hand of Marshall.
Montrose made changes in the second half, with Gregg Matthews and Kade McDonald replacing Sean Logue and Jack Wrench, and the game continued to be hard fought in the middle of the park, with Brodey Craigie battling on the right to keep the impressive Currie quiet for much of the game.
Montrose had several chances to score and could have won the game were it not for the efforts of the Celtic ‘keeper, Rory McInally, who saved superbly after Laurence Bayfield was put through on goal on two separate occasions.
Extra-time was a nervy period for both teams, and Montrose lost their left back Harris Porter who had played the majority of the game carrying an injury, with Dylan Stephen dropping back to provide cover and making a vital interception with Tansey through on goal.
There were a few more chances to win the game outright for both teams, including a superb instinctive shot right at the death from Celtic’s Currie, producing an equally impressive save from Marshall.
MARSHALL then stepped up to take and score the first penalty of the shootout, and saved the first Celtic penalty 30 seconds later, giving Montrose the early edge in the shootout.
EMSLIE and THOMSON both expertly placed their penalties either side of the opposition keeper, and with Celtic putting their third attempt over the crossbar Bayfield had the chance to win the game with Montrose’s fourth penalty.
McInally initially made a great save, only for the referee to ask for the penalty to be retaken for moving off his line.
BAYFIELD showed great strength of character and once again stepped up to the spot, this time making no mistake as he placed the ball to the ‘keeper’s right, winning the shootout 4-1 and prompting ecstatic scenes from the Montrose players and bench, who poured onto the pitch to celebrate.