Berwick Rangers v Montrose
Shielfield Park, Berwick Upon Tweed
Saturday 24th February 2018
Kick Off 3.00pm
League 2 Table 2017/18
St Johnstone U17s 2 Montrose U17s 2
The Mighty Mo travelled to Perth for their final competive fixture in 2017. Up against a strong Saints outfit the team were looking to finish a positive year on a high at McDiarmid Park. The game probably couldn't have got off to a worse start with the visitors losing possession straight from their own kick off which resulted in conceding a very early corner. From the resultant corner kick the Gable Endies failed to clear their lines properly and a strike from the edge of the box ended up in the bottom left hand corner of the net to put Saints 1-0 up. From there on the game was very even and the Mo giving as good as they got and then as the half progressed started to take control of the game. It was just reward as the half was coming to a close that after an excellent move Ryan Hunt latched onto a Jackson Dobbie pass and calmly placed the ball past the Super Js keeper to make the score 1-1 at half time.
The second half started in a similar vain with the Gable Endies doing most of the attacking and they scored a well deserved second when a good ball crossed in from the left from Jack Dobbie finally reached Fraser MacLeod who made no mistake and fired home from around 8 yards out. The game was fairly even there after with the Mo coping with any threat the Saints could make however with just under 10 minutes to go conceded a penalty and from the resultant kick the Saints striker levelled at 2-2 and that was how it would end despite the best efforts of the team. So in summary a very good way to finish off the first half of the season with a decent result and the boys more than a bit disappointed not to grab the victory.
The first half of the 2017-18 season has been very positive for the current U17 squad with a number of boys getting the opportunity to be involved with the first team pre-season. Kieran Thomson started 3 competitive games and made 3 substitute appearances and will likely go out on loan soon, Euan Rose has been a regular on the bench covering Allan Fleming during Jordan Millar loan spell at Lochee United, Fraser MacLeod made his competitive debut in the Betfred Cup v Alloa, Ryan Hunt his competitive League debut v Edinburgh City and Rohan Terrell was heavily involved in the pre-season friendlies. Others who also appeared included Scott Glennie, Lewis Stracey and Ross Fraser. The coach's are looking to make further progress in 2018 and that includes continuing the excellent work of our U15s squad who will move up to U16s in February as part of Project Brave.
Team - Rose, Stephen, Stracey, Terrell, Glennie, Thomson, Henderson, MacLeod, Wilson, Hunt, Dobbie, Burnett, Bissett, Stewart, Smith, Fraser
Ross County 8 Montrose 1
Team - Rose, Smith, Stracey, Terrell, Glennie,thomson,Stewart, Stephen, Hunt, MacLeod, Wilson, Burnett, Henderson, Bissett, Dobbie, Fraser
Montrose U17s 4 Elgin City U17s 0
The Mighty Mo welcomed Elgin City to Links Park on a decent day for football. Depsite some reasonable performances recently the team were looking to take the three points on offer and started well. The game was mainly one way traffic however the visitors were proving to be stubborn opponents and organised at the back. The deadlock was broken however when FRASER MacLEOD glanced home a Callum Bisset free kick and this seemed to settle the boys and despite their best efforts the game remained 1-0 in favour of the Gable Endies at half time.
The second half started in similar fashion with the home side on the "front foot" and the Mo's efforts were rewarded when LIAM STEWART doubled the home sides lead with a left foot shot. The home continued to control the game and added further goals from Fraser MacLEOD and Liam STEWART who both grabbed doubles and there were other good efforts on goal during the second stanza. So the game ended in a comfortable 4-0 win for the Gable Endies with excellent individual performances all round and the boys looking forward to the trip to Port Glasgow to play top of the league Greenock Morton. This will prove to be a good test for the boys as The Ton are unbeaten all season.
Montrose - Burnett, Bissett, Glennie, Terrell, Thomson, Smith, Hunt, Stephen, Stewart, MacLeod, Henderson, Rose, Wilson, Stracey, Dobbie, Trialist.
Greenock Morton U17s 5 Montrose U17s 2
Montrose travelled to Port Glasgow to face "top of the league" Greenock Morton on the back of a decent performance and important three points v Elgin. Mo were on familar lines and lined up 4-3-3 looking to be positive from the off. The visitors were on the back foot the first 5 or 10 minutes with The Ton bombing forward at every opportunity however the Gable Endies were playing some fine football and created chances of their own. The game remained 0-0 untl the 25th minute when the Mo failed to deal with a long ball over the top when there appeared to be little danger. However the lead was short lived as FRASER McLEOD latched onto a Euan Rose clearance and calmly rounded the home keeper to make it 1-1. The Mo weren't level for long and the home side made it 2-1 before half time when they were unable to clear a cross from the left and the ball was bundled home from inside the 6 yard box. So a pretty even half and an excellent performance from the Gable Endies.
The second half started in the same vain and flowed from end to end however it wa the home side who doubled their lead to 3-1 with another cross fom the left hand side and a fee header in the Mo box. The boys fought hard for the next 20 minutes or so and were rewarded with 9 minutes to go when Jackson Dobbie and Callum Bissett combined for CALLUM BISSETT to score from 20 yards out to make it 3-2. So Mo pushed for the equaliser however two slack pieces of play in the last 5 minutes "took the shine" off a fine performance and the game ended 5-2 in favour of the home side. So all in all a very decent performance for the Might Mo and one which received a positive response from the Morton coach's as well as their own.
Montrose - Rose, Bissett, Stracey, Terrell, Glennie, Stephen, Stewart, Thomson, Hunt, MacLeod, Henderson, Burnett, Wilson, Dobbie, Wilson, Smith
Queens Park U17s 5 Montrose U17s 1
The Mo travelled to Lesser Hampden to face one of the stronger teams in the league and looking to get back to winning ways. After a slow start v Livingston the previous week it was an even slower start in Glasgow when straight from kick off the Mo managed to concede a goal with in 10 seconds. So an absolutely terrible start. Mo got back into the game ten minutes later when JACKSON DOBBIE latched onto a slack pass in the Spiders rearguard and cooly slotted from the edge of the box. The game flowed from end to end and the Gable Endies were giving as good as they got however failure to clear their lines resulted in Queens taking the lead again and further bad news followed when the home side made it 3-1 before the half time break. The Mo really didn't deserve that scoreline at half time however they need to be more ruthless at the back and also in front of goal. Performance wise a decent half.
The second half started much the same with both teams fairly even however a further defensive error allowed a fourth goal for the Spiders and the game was "done and dusted" and the home side ran out comfortable winners in the end. So a disappointing result at the National Stadium despite some positive play particularly in the first half however we must be more aggressive all round the pitch, cut out the defensive mistakes and make the most of our opportunities in front of goal. Next up is the visit of Elgin to Links Park where the Mo will look to take the three points on offer.
Montrose - Burnett, Bissett, Stracey, Terrell, Glennie, Stephen, Wilson, MacLeod, Kalinowski, Hunt, Dobbie, Rose, Wilson, Smith, Thomson, Stewart