MATCH REPORT: MONTROSE UNDER-18s 2-3(AET) FALKIRK UNDER-18s

Falkirk Under-18s were in Scottish Youth Cup action on Friday night as they took on Montrose away from home.

It was a pulsating cup tie under the lights at Links Park, with the fog rolling in just before kick-off only serving to add to the atmosphere in front of a healthy crowd.

Montrose had much the better of the first half, managing to stop Falkirk playing their passing game and causing problems for the visitors.

Montrose deservedly opened the scoring on 38 mins, capitalising on a loose pass from the Bairns to slot home. The hosts went into the break a goal to the good, but the match was to explode into action in the second period.

Falkirk started the second half on the front foot but found themselves 2-0 behind on 62 minutes when the home side were awarded a penalty kick. This seemed to galvanise the away team however and they began to dominate the match, searching for a way back into the game and Falkirk gave themselves a lifeline on 70 minutes when substitute Louis Johnston slotted home from close range.

Falkirk continued to probe, looking for an all-important equaliser, and with time looking like it was running out from them, Aaron Ramage turned home a ball across the face of the goal on 88 minutes to make it 2-2 and take the tie onto extra time.

Both teams continued to look for a winner during extra time, with chances at both ends to win the game. With time running out and penalties looking a likely outcome to decide what had been a brilliant old fashioned type cup tie, Falkirk captain Liam Hall popped up to slam home a 120th minute winner with the last kick of the ball to send the Jubilant Bairns side into the last 16 of this year’s Scottish Youth Cup.

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