Ross County’s under 20’s may have destroyed Deveronvale even more but this was a friendly not an important league or cup game for the youngsters.
The Staggies defeated the Vale 3-1 with a classy performance at Princess Royal Park last night on a cold evening. Stuart Kettlewell’s side delightful passing and movement was delightful to watch from the stands.
Ally Macleod will be wanting to erase this game from his memory as the Vale were shown how to play silky football by their opposition.
From the word go County kept the ball for long periods of times. A number of headers were narrowly put over the cross-bar as the travelling team were given far too much space. At the other end a mistake from the defence allowed Martin Charlesworth the opportunity to pull trigger but he was too slow to shoot and they recovered to block his shot.
Then Ross Aitken‘s cross from the right hand side went flying across the box with no takers. The frustration starting to kick into the home side.
But the spectators saw some young talent from both teams on offer such as County’s James Beeston and Vale’s Ross Aitken.
After the break Christopher McLaughlin skilfully cut inside and fired a long range effort which flew into the net to give County the lead. A cracking goal which highlighted that McLaughlin was the danger man in the shadows that the Vale had to deal with.
Soon after Vale equalized as new signing Gary Harris floated a cross into the box which Charlesworth was composed to slot home from close range. Eight minutes later the Staggies retook the lead when James Beeston rattled in an unbelievable strike.
The hosts had a great chance to level as Liam Forbes stepped up to smash a brilliant set piece which sub goalie Peter Tait managed to just hold onto it.
Victory for Kettlewell’s team was wrapped as Glen Mutch was penalised for a challenge inside the box and the resulting penalty was calmly converted by McLaughlin who grabbed his double and County’s third of the match.
Now County’s under 20 face Forres Mechanics next on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Deveronvale are away to take on Brechin City tomorrow.
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