Raith Rovers v Montrose
Starks Park, Kirkaldy
Saturday 22nd September 2018
Kick Off: 3.00pm
League 1 Table 2018/19
Ross County 8 Montrose 1
Team - Rose, Smith, Stracey, Terrell, Glennie,thomson,Stewart, Stephen, Hunt, MacLeod, Wilson, Burnett, Henderson, Bissett, Dobbie, Fraser
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
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