THE GODS of football seem to take sides when Montrose Youth visit Dundee to play important matches.
The Gable Endies were contesting the Jean-Pierre Babin Cup semi-final against rivals Tayport at neutral ground Claypots.
Against the wind for the first half, Montrose started with a good shot in two minutes by Darren Forbes against the post.
Matthew Davis gave the ‘keeper another fright but he did well to capture the ball.
Domination was such in the first 20 minutes that Montrose’s defence was very comfortable. Liam Bailey, Matthew Davis, Scott Coull and Darren Forbes bombarded the Tayport ‘keeper, but without success.
In the 21st minute, the Tayport ‘keeper kicked the ball to Bailey’s feet; he passed for Darren FORBES to score the blues’ opening goal.
Stung into counter-attack, Tayport had a good chance but Cameron Glennie, in excellent form, stopped the shot.
A minute later, Tayport’s number six - clearly offside to all but the referee - lobbed Cameron to reduce the score. The Montrose managers complained in vain.
A minute later, David Craig, from the left wing, crossed to BAILEY who, after two shots, secured the Youth’s second goal.
Just before the interval a good shot from Darren went wide.
The second half proved to be less attractive and was compromised by dubious refereeing decisions. Montrose had the best chances but, in the 72nd minute, the referee blew for a foul on the Tayport striker.
When Cameron Glennie caught the free kick in mid air he was pushed and ended up behind the goal line. The referee awarded the goal and the score was levelled.
Montrose thought that the match was won in the 77th minute when Scott Coull controlled the ball and scored.
The goal was disallowed for an alleged hand-ball. The team was baffled by the decision but kept going.
In the last minute another free kick against Montrose let the Fife team finish off the match. Tayport’s third goal was the last and it ended Montrose’s cup hopes.
Not for the first time, refereeing decisions in Dundee had too big a role in deciding which team reached the final of the competition.