YOUNG GABLE ENDIES DO WELL
The Under 17’s took on a well organised Dundee outfit and despite falling behind twice, were good enough to equalise twice and were even denied a late winner thanks to a great point blank save from the visiting keeper. After the match, following a parent vote, Dylan Stephen was announced as Man of the Match and John Paton, Honorary President of the Club presented the midfielder with a football signed by the first team squad.
The Under 15’s faced a strong St Johnstone side, coached by a familiar face in Montrose defender Andrew Steeves. The home side started brightly but the experience of the Premier League club came to bare and despite a late rally the Gable Endies narrowly lost out 3-2. The parents vote was not so clear cut this time, reflective of the collective efforts of the team and in the end joint winners of Man of the Match were announced as Callum Bissett and Mitchell Smith. Montrose Manager, Stewart Petrie made the presentation on this occasion and emphasised to the gathering of players and families how important the youth setup was to his future plans.
Stewart said, “I am always keen to see young talent coming through and I know what a fantastic job our youth coaches do here at Montrose. I very much hope to see some of these faces knocking on the door of the first team squad in the next few years.”
Organised by the Club’s Fundraising Committee, the players families enjoyed a 2 course pre-match meal in the comfort of the Bon Accord Lounge followed by half time refreshments and post match drinks. The players had Club Announcer Ross Thomson on hand to keep the crowd up to date with team line ups, goal scorers and substitutions. Overall, a taste of what goes on at Links Park on a full match day and everyone agreed it had been a great day out and a very enjoyable experience.