LOCOS LIONS ROAR AGAIN THE SCOTTISH YOUTH CUP – ROUND TWO
Inverurie Loco Works 3 Montrose 0
Sunday October 1st 2017
Inverurie Locos: Cook, Hinks, Lawrence, Gill, Watt, Reid, Moultrie, Cooper (McAllister), Bolton, Brown (Lind), Grant (Reynolds). Unused subs: Marr, Dawson, Christie, Faskin. Montrose: Rose (Webley), Bisset, Glennie (Stracey), Doan, Soutar, Terrell, Bridgeford, MacLeod, Hunt, Kalinowski (Fraser), Stewart. Unused sub: Wilson.
Referee – Calum Spence
Match Stats – Locos first. Shots On 11-2, shots off 6-3, Fouls 10-6, Corners 8-4, Offside 4-0, Yellows 2-1.
Inverurie Locos progressed to Round Three of the Scottish Youth Cup with a comprehensive & dominant victory on Sunday against Montrose. Heavy morning rainfall had largely given way to better conditions as this tie got underway in front of another good Harlaw Park crowd. The young Locos were attacking the Railway End in the first period. Jordan Cooper sent in a rasping shot that was inadvertently blocked by a team-mate. Ethan Grant was looking strong & dangerous & he let fly from distance, his shot just clearing the bar. The same player then bent a curling right foot attempt wide of the far stick. Craig Gill left his opponents aware of his presence on the park with a couple of wholehearted challenges, the type that a cup-tie is always the better for seeing. Montrose were struggling to construct anything meaningful in the Locos half but Liam Stewart was almost played in, but the energetic Cameron Moultrie tracked back forty yards to not only intercept but immediately set up a counter attack. Josh Bolton & Damien Kalinowski traded shots on target but neither troubled their opposing keeper. Bolton then got a slight glance that took his headed attempt over keeper Euan Rose but agonisingly inches wide of the goal. Referee Spence halted play to issue a stern lecture to Owen Lawrence for dissent. Inverurie were well worth their lead when it came but it arrived courtesy of a cruel piece of luck for Murray SOUTAR. A Moultrie whipped cross was loaded with quality & danger, forcing the defender to get something on it but the ball spun off his forehead & crashed into the Montrose net. Thirty three minutes, 1-0 Locos. Owen Lawrence had to receive a caution on thirty five minutes for a jersey pull. Defender Soutar was keen to atone for netting at the wrong end & the defender sent a low drive towards goal that was deflected wide. Locos were set to double their advantage however & it was a belter. If you like your football to be on the deck & see the ball zip around with purpose this was right up your street. A succession of neat passing was followed by a killer one-two that saw Cameron MOULTRIE clear inside the box, wide to the right. He drew the keeper & drilled a fantastic shot low into the onion bag. Thirty nine minutes gone. Reece Brown smashed in a rising shot from close in that Rose did ever so well to beat away to safety. The keeper came off worst in an honest fifty-fifty challenge soon after, and unfortunately had to leave the park on a stretcher after a very long stoppage. Sad to see. Tyler Webley took to the field & his first involvement was to tip a Craig Gill shot over the bar. The sub goalie then watched a Thomas Reid header go over & did brilliantly to dive low to block a Moultrie effort. The half time whistle blew just shy of the sixty minute mark. HT 2-0. Jordan Cooper again strode forward & shot wide. Montrose probably knew in their hearts that they were heading out of the tournament but credit to the Angus club, they were not for quitting & forced two corners in quick succession. Gill & Cooper then had shots go wide before Cooper again appeared to have netted the third goal but his spinning flick was fielded by Webley right upon the paint of the goal-line. A Montrose clearance almost ripped into their own net but instead brushed the top of the net on its way to clocking up another Locos corner. Webley looked set to be deceived by a wickedly swerving Inverurie corner but managed to claw the ball back from under the bar, the ball fell to Reid who couldn’t believe that his rebound struck the feet of the prone keeper & was hacked away to safety. Webley deserved this break as the sub keeper had served his club ever so well after being thrust onto the field. Stewart & MacLeod had attempts on goal from distance, the latter one requiring Morgan Cook to be outstretched to tip it round the post. Sub Lee McAllister brought out another decent block from Webley but the third goal was almost here. Sub Jamie LIND smashed the ball home from ten yards on eighty eight minutes. The same player then absolutely blootered the frame of the goal where post meets crossbar & with that the final whistle blew to confirm that this excellent group of young men & their coaches had guided the football club into the Round Three of the national cup. Man of the Match award went to Andrew Watt, who displayed stacks of composure from start to finish & continually chose the right option. Well done Locos. FT Inverurie Loco Works 3 Montrose 0.