Forfar book place in cup final

Forfar Boys U14’s took to the pitch for the first time since the end of November 2011 to contest the Mac Brown League Cup semi-final away to Montrose.

In a game which would have been fitting of the final itself, Forfar triumphed by six goals to three with a performance which combined some excellent football with discipline, determination and character. Forfar showed the desire to clinch a place in the final as they put a strong Montrose side to the sword with three extra-time goals after coming back from going three goals to two down in normal time, despite having taken an early lead in the game. The Forfar squad on the day was Beattie, Mitchell, Shortridge (c), Crozier, Roy, Simpson, Ferrier, Baillie, Davidson, Edward, Rigby and Norrie.

Forfar started well and took the lead when Shortridge fired home a tremendous free-kick from fully 30 yards out. They went two goals up with a brilliant counter attack with Baillie firing the ball home. Beattie in the Forfar goal pulled off a fantastic save to claw the ball off the goal line. The hosts eventually pulled a goal back but Forfar failed to regain their two goal lead when Edward missed a penalty for Forfar after Davidson had been brought down in the box. Mitchell then made a great defensive block to keep Montrose out before Shortridge fired a free-kick just over the bar. Forfar were made to pay for letting the game slip a little when Montrose equalised to level the score at half time.

Early in the second half Crozier hit the post as Forfar looked to regain the lead, but they soon found themselves behind for the first time in the match when Montrose scored a third. Forfar were in no mood to give up. Norrie and Roy were determined in the tackle and Ferrier dug deep in midfield to break up the home play. Eventually their efforts were rewarded when Shortridge headed home a Mitchell corner for a deserved equaliser. The game continued to rage on with both sides looking for the winner, but the score remained at three goals each so the tie went to extra-time.

Forfar took the initiative straight away and Davidson hit the post after the Montrose keeper failed to hold a shot from inside the box. However, it wasn’t long before Forfar were in the lead again when Rigby pounced to fire home after Edward’s shot was spilled by the home keeper. In the second period of extra-time Edward scored a fifth for Forfar when the ball broke to him in the box from a Mitchell corner. The match was then wrapped up once and for all by Forfar when man of the match Shortridge completed his hat-trick and got Forfar’s sixth with a cracking near post strike from just outside the box.