Youth squander precious points

Montrose Youth Under-15 3 Kirriemuir 3

AFTER several weeks of inaction, Montrose Youth were at Broomfield to welcome Kirriemuir, a team low in the league.

For the first half the wind was assisting Montrose. The team’s usual ‘keeper, Cameron Glennie, was suffering a hand injury, and had to be replaced by Ryan Mather.

After four minutes, a 30-metre free kick by MORGAN SMITH gave the Kirrie’ ‘keeper no chance.

Despite Montrose domination, it took until the 26th minute before they had the visitors’ defence in trouble again, with a good shot from Mathew Davis.

Kirriemuir gave the Blues a fright when a low ball had to be diverted from the net by Mather.

In the 35th minute, Montrose were given a free kick in front of the goal. DARREN FORBES’ effort was deflected by the defensive wall past the ‘keeper to give Montrose a two-goal interval lead.

Half-time: Montrose 2, Kirriemuir 0.

The second half started rather badly for the home side in the 41st minute, when a Kirrie’ corner curved directly into the back of the net.

Six minutes later a cross from the visiting left winger found the Montrose defence unable to stop Kirriemuir levelling the scores.

Despite excellent passing movements and domination by Montrose, the solid visiting side was not seriously challenged until the 65th minute.

A splendid cross from Matthew Davis forced a desperate save from the ‘keeper.

A minute later, Liam Bailey launched Davis on his right wing to fire in a cross for DARREN FORBES to head in a third goal for the home team.

Continuing to menace, Montrose had two more chances to increase the score through Morgan Smith and Liam Bailey.

In the 72nd minute, Smith released Bailey whose curved shot hit the right post to bounce into the hands of the lucky ‘keeper.

From another corner four minutes later, Kirriemuir replicated their first goal to level the score once again.

Frustrated, the Gable Enders nearly succeeded in regaining the advantage in the 78th minute. Smith smashed the top bar with a free-kick which Scott Coull just couldn’t convert on the re-bounce.

Frustration and disappointment are the only words for the two points dropped by the Youth in this match.

Lacks of inspiration and careless mistakes at the start of the second part of the season have reduced the chances for the Youth to finish on the top step of the league leaders’ podium.