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Motherwell breeze past Montrose in SFA Youth Cup

Montrose FC 0

Motherwell FC 4

Higgins 21, 57, Moore 40, Murray 44
  • Sunday, 20 October 2013
  • Links Park
  • Under 20´s
  • Scottish Youth Cup

Michael Colville | YFS East Region Journalist
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After a slight delay, the third round of the Scottish Youth Cup between Montrose and Motherwell was ready to kick off. Both teams have played well so far in the cup, and Motherwell were in excellent form having beaten Aberdeen and Rangers in recent games so it looked like it could be a great game. 
Motherwell had the first chance of the match, Paul McCafferty collected a loose ball at the edge of the box but his low shot was blocked. Motherwell started the game off by playing a few dangerous long balls, but the Montrose defence handled it well. 
Montrose came close after a nice passing move led to Ryan Cameron playing a great pass to Sturrock who powered a shot towards goal but it was blocked by a Motherwell player and then cleared. Not long after in the 18th minute Dom Thomas was through on goal, but he took a heavy touch inside the Montrose box letting Johnson collect the ball. 
Motherwell took the lead in the 21st minute. Dom Thomas and David Ferguson combined on the left flank and then played it into the centre of the box to Steven Higgins. The striker controlled the ball well then smashed it low past the keeper making it 1-0.
Motherwell almost made it two when McCafferty from the right side of the pitch cut the ball back to Moore who took a shot but it was deflected over the bar. From the corner, Murray headed the ball at the back post but it went narrowly wide.
Montrose almost equalised in the 33rd minute. Sam Simpson struck a long shot volley from roughly thirty yards out, it took a bounce in the box and then brushed past the post. Montrose came close again when Cameron’s shot was tipped over the bar. The proceeding corner was also saved after Sturrock managed to head it towards goal.
Motherwell scored a second goal in the 40th minute. Craig Moore grabbed his 10th goal of the under 20’s season. Moore cut out a short back pass to the keeper and then skilfully chipped the ball over the keeper and then into the net, bringing the score to 2-0 as half time was closing in.
Motherwell increased the lead once again right before half time. Jack Leitch sent a lovely ball into the box from a corner then Euan Murray leaped into the air and headed the ball into the back of the net making it 3-0. The half time whistle blew shortly after and the Montrose left the field down by three goals. Motherwell were in command of the game, creating plenty of chances with some brilliant passing moves. Montrose had a couple of close opportunities but needed to get into the game.
  • Half Time:
  • Montrose FC
  • 0-3
  • Motherwell FC
Motherwell came into the second half on the front foot, winning some early corners. But Montrose were fighting back and had a close chance early on in the 53rd minute. Ryan Cameron hit a low bouncing shot after beating a player just outside the box which the keeper handled well.
Steven Higgins made it 4-0 for Motherwell in the 57th minute. Higgins was played through the Montrose defence on the left side of the pitch, then a lobbed shot over the outrushing keeper from outside the box put Motherwell far in the lead. 
Montrose had their closest chance of the game in the 65th minute. Ryan Winter played a superb through ball from the midfield to Declan Milne who then went one on one with the keeper but he skewed his shot wide. Motherwell countered with their own chance, Dom Thomas skipped past three challenges and then took a shot from inside the box but it was well held by Johnston.
Motherwell started controlling the ball well, stroking the ball about calmly and holding possession. Montrose were still pushing for a goal though. Sam Simpson came close to getting on the score sheet in the 76th minute after getting on the end of a corner he volleyed it over the top left corner.
There was minutes left in the game but Motherwell almost made it five. Dom Thomas’ corner landed perfectly for Hall in the box. His header was powerful but it went a couple of yards over the crossbar. The final whistle blew shortly after and Motherwell proceeded into the 4th Round of the Scottish Youth Cup.
Motherwell played some fantastic football and scored four brilliant goals, commanding the game well for most of it. Montrose had some very close chances but didn’t take them. They defended well at times and put in a strong performance. Motherwell will now be in the fourth round draw for the first time in over six years.
  • Full Time:
  • Montrose FC
  • 0-4
  • Motherwell FC


Montrose FC
Motherwell FC

1. Johnston
2. Hester
3. Bell
4. Keogh
5. Heggie
6. Winter
7. Evans
8. Sturrock
9. Cameron
10. Pattullo
11. Simpson
12. Adam
14. McWilliam
15. Milne
16. Wilson
17. Coates

1. Stewart
2. Cadden
3. Ferguson
4. Murray
5. Neill
6. Leitch
7. McCafferty
8. Shirkie
9. Moore
10. Higgins
11. Thomas
12. Currie
14. Hall
15. McCall
16. Mackin
17. Kellock

Star Player
Montrose FC
Motherwell FC
Sam Simpson was my man of the match because he created a couple of chances and almost scored as well.
Dom Thomas was my man of the match because his skills stood out and he set up a couple of the goals.
Magic Moment
Montrose FC
Motherwell FC
Ryan Cameron's long range effort was my home magic moment because it was a great strike that was unlucky not to go in.
Steven Higgins second half goal was my away magic moment because it was a superb finish and it put Motherwell firmly in the lead.
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