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Montrose v Clyde
Ladbrokes SPFL
League 2
Links Park Stadium, Montrose

Saturday 30th September 2017
Kick Off 3.00pm

League 2 Table 2017/18

Team   P 
Pts
Stirling Albion
7 18
Peterhead
7 13
Stenhousemuir
7 12
MONTROSE
7 11
Elgin City
7
10
Berwick Rangers
7 9
Clyde
7 8
Annan Athletic
7 7
Edinburgh City
7 6
Cowdenbeath
7 5

 

Montrose 3 Brora Rangers 1

Match Report Coming Soon............

 

Montrose 3 Brora Rangers 1

Garry Wood was the hero as his 80th minute wondergoal ensured Montrose retained their place as part of the Scottish Professional Football League.
Wood added the third after Scott Johnston and Marvin Andrews scored either side of Colin MacLean’s header as Montrose won the Pyramid Play-off Final Second Leg 3-1, for a 3-2 aggregate victory.
And the goalscorer admitted that the strike was both the best and most important one of his career.
He said: “I guess you could call it one of the best goals of my career. It’s a great strike; nine times out of 10 they go wide of the stand so I’m delighted that I saved it for the last day of the season.
“I got it from a throw-in, I turned the defender and saw the space open up - thankfully it’s hit the top corner of the net. I think it had to go into the top corner to beat Joe because he’s a really good goalie, he’s kept them in the tie in both legs with some amazing saves, he really excelled himself.
“I think that’s my most important goal. I don’t know what I’m doing next year but if that’s my last goal for Montrose, I’m delighted for it to be that.
“It was a blow losing the goal at the start of the second half. But I think we showed what we’re all about, we had a lot of character about us, and I thought we thoroughly deserved to win.
“It would have been a disaster for the club to go out of the league but hopefully we can bounce back from that and move on to the next level. It was a wake-up call.”
The kick-off was delayed by 22 minutes as an incredible crowd flooded into Links Park in support of Montrose, with many fans and representatives of Forfar Athletic, Brechin City and Arbroath in attendance in support of their Angus colleagues.
Montrose had a string of early half-chances through Ross Campbell, Andrew Steeves and Marvin Andrews but couldn’t properly test Joe Malin in the Rangers goal.
Garry Woods and Campbell were dovetailing beautifully and the latter narrowly missed out on converting the former’s cut-back across the face of goal after 11 minutes.
Dale Gillespie was put through on the hosts’ goal with a nice pass but a fantastic well-timed challenge from Greg Cameron denied his progress.
Graham Webster then hooked a long range effort just wide of the far post before Wood received a yellow card for diving - a harsh decision.
Campbell then headed a Scott Johnston cross right at Malin before Steven Mackay received his first booking after a dive, which again looked harsh.
The Gable Endies were ahead on 38 minutes when Wood burst down the right hand side - he fed the ball into Campbell whose shot was well saved by the keeper, but the rebound came out to Johnston who was able to rifle the ball into the roof of the net.
That goal levelled the tie but it wasn’t to be that way for long as Colin Maclean headed Brora level - and back into the lead on aggregate - with a deft flick from Gillespie’s free kick on 47 minutes.
Rangers suffered a blow when skipper Mackay received his marching orders following a second yellow card, this time for a bad challenge on Webster, just a minute after the goal.
Zander Sutherland made Stuart McKenzie pull off a glorious save with his 25-yard half volley on 52 minutes.
Otherwise Montrose were piling forward and enjoyed all of the ball, which saw Malin pull off a number of terrific saves from shots by Wood, Campbell and Johnston.
The introduction of Leighton McIntosh added an injection of pace and power to the hosts’ attack and only Malin’s heroics kept Brora ahead on aggregate.
But he was finally beaten when Andrews powered a header into the top corner from Steeves’ corner for 2-1.
And it was three minutes later when Woods let off a thunderbolt from 35 yards out after collecting a throw-in and turning on a sixpence; Malin had no chance of stopping it as the striker ensured his side retained their SPFL status.
The full-time whistle brought a fabulous out-pouring of emotion from the hosts as many fans stormed the pitch to celebrate with their heroes.
Players hugged the fans and took photos with them as the celebrations rolled on.

Match Report by Scott Binnie

 

Brora Rangers 1 Montrose 0

Montrose Football Club’s position in the SPFL will be decided in a winner takes all fixture at Links Park Stadium on Saturday. Marvin Andrews first half own goal gave the Highland League Champions Brora Rangers the lead going into the second leg and left Montrose’s league status after 60 years dangling by a thread.
There was little to chose between the sides on the day although the home side carved out the better openings on the bumpy pitch which made passing a difficultly for both sides.
It was Brora who got the luck on the day and Paul Hegarty must now look for his team to put in their performance of a lifetime to retain their league status.
The Brora Rangers side is packed with experienced former Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ross County players but they are certainly beatable and this must be drummed into the home players on Saturday.
Manager Hegarty made four changes to his side in this crucial fixture with Terry Masson, Marvin Andrews, Jonathan Crawford and Leighton McIntosh returning to the line up. It was McIntosh’s first starting appearance since the final match of 2014 against Elgin City. Out went Ross McCord, Ewan Moyes, Declan Milne and Ross Campbell dropping out. All four dropped to the bench.
Montrose lined up with McKenzie in goal with Cameron and Steeves in the full back positions. Andrews and Crawford teamed up again in central defence. Johnston and Webster were in the wide midfield positions with Mason and Watson in the centre of midfield. Wood and McIntosh teamed up in attack.
On the bench for the gable Endies were Campbell, Moyes, McCord, Allan, Graham, Milne and goalkeeper John McCafferty.
There was a very healthy Montrose FC travelling support in the crowd who had mad the almost 200 mile trip to support their side in one of the teams most important matches in the history of the club.
It was the home side who got the match underway on Montrose’s first visit to Dudgeon Park since 1983 with conditions overhead wet on what was a bumpy narrow pitch.
In the fifth minute Maclean was fouled by Webster. The Brora free kick taken by Sutherland was lobbed into the are but McKenzie was on hand to hold onto the ball.
Two minutes later Sutherland was fouled by Crawford and this time it was Andrew Steeves who was on hand to head clear the danger.
With ten minutes gone Graham Webster didn’t clear the danger properly and McKenzie was able to pounce on the ball to snuff out the danger.
Leighton McIntosh then won Montrose a free kick after he was tripped outside the area. Unfortunately for the Gable Endies Watson’s free kick was headed clear by the home defence.
In the following minute Scott Johnston’s corner kick was floated into the box only for the referee to penalise for pushing inside the area.
Another McIntosh shot won Montrose a corner kick but this time Andrews was penalised for pushing goalkeeper Joe Malin.
Montrose had a wonderful opportunity to open the scoring in the 20th minute. Webster played a delightful pass up the left wing which put Garry Wood through on goal with only Malin to beat, but has the keeper advanced the Montrose captain went for power and blasted the ball over the crossbar.
Three minutes later Webster latched onto a pass from Steeves but after beating three players inside the box he appeared to be brought down but referee Aitken waved play on.
The match was starting to hot up and in the 27th minute Steven MacKay became the first booking of the afternoon for a crunching tackle from behind on Terry Masson. From Steeves free kick Andrews headed down and over the crossbar.
Two minutes later the yellow card tally was evened up when Paul Watson was booked for catching Morrison when he got up for a centre circle challenge.
On the half hour mark a ball into the right channel was gathered by McIntosh and he managed to win a corner kick off Munro. Once again Montrose failed to put pressure on the home side and Crawford just missed Johnston’s corner kick.
Seconds later the Highland League champions almost managed to open the scoring but Martin Mclean couldn’t force home Sutherland’s cut back from close range.
Zander Sutherland then tested McKenzie but the Montrose keeper managed to gather the shot from the edge of the box.
Montrose then wasted another opening when a Scott Johnston corner kick found its way to Greg Cameron but he only succeeded in blasting once again over the bar from 20 yards out.
Disaster struck Montrose in the 38th minute when the home side opened the scoring. Joe Malin sent a punt up the pitch and MARVIN ANDREWS rose with Mackay only to succeed in sending a backward header flying into the back of his own net with Stuart McKenzie trying in vain to keep the ball out.
Montrose tried to hit back and won a corner kick on the stroke of half time through Steeves. This time goalkeeper Malin got up to hold the effort from Johnston.
In the 47th minute Richardson won a corner off Crawford. Sutherland took the kick but Montrose dealt with it comfortably.
Brora Rangers had a great chance to score a second goal in the 50th minute when top goalscorer Steven Mackay was clean through on goal but McKenzie was equal to the task and blocked the danger.
Three minutes later Zander Sutherland was in on goal but this time it was Marvin Andrews who got back to block the danger man’s shot for a corner kick.
Montrose were then forced into a change when the injured Greg Cameron was forced off with an ankle injury and Jordan Allan came on in his place. Masson moved to right back with Webster moving into the middle of the park allowing Allan to take up a wide left position.
Montrose won a free kick when McIntosh was fouled by Gillespie. Paul Watson lined up the free kick only to see his low 35 yard effort creep wide of the post.
In the 63rd minute Paul Watson when close again. The midfielder picked up a cross from Masson only to see Malin tip his netbound 25 yard shot over the crossbar.
With twenty minutes to go Watson picked up a pass from McIntosh but this time Malin tipped his curling low effort around the post.
In the following minute Montrose made a second change with last week’s two goal hero Ross Campbell replacing Johnston.
McIntosh then won a free kick on the touchline that was taken by Watson, but it just missed Campbell at the back post.
With 15 minutes remaining Brora Rangers had a rare second half opportunity when Gavin Morrison let fly from 30 yards out but his effort when well over the crossbar.
Montrose made their final change of the match a minute later when Declan Milne came on up front for Leighton McIntosh.
The Gable Endies were almost caught out when Brora Rangers broke quickly from a Montrose corner kick. Sutherland found Mackay but Jonathan Crawford got across quickly to put in a great saving tackle. From Sutherland’s corner kick McKeown headed over the crossbar.
With five minutes remaining Montrose had another good chance to grab the equaliser Garry Wood broke up the left and raced into the box as he was on the point of shooting a great saving tackle put the ball out for a corner kick. From Ross Campbell’s corner the ball was missed by Malin and Richardson had to hack the ball off the line to stop the equalising goal.
Milne then flicked the ball on to Wood who was clattered into by Grant Munro who rightly picked up a yellow card.
Three minutes into stoppage time Zander Sutherland found himself through on goal with only McKenzie to beat but he blasted wide keeping Montrose in the tie.
Seconds later Gavin Morrison became the third Brora Rangers player to be booked this time for fouling Jordan Allan. Unfortunately for Montrose Paul Watson fired his effort into the arms of Malin and with it any chance of a Montrose equaliser.
Now it’s back to Links Park on Saturday with it all to play for.

 

Montrose 3 Brora Rangers 1

Scottish Professional Football League
League 2 Play Off
Second Leg
Saturday 16th May 2015

 

 
MONTROSE

  BRORA RANGERS


       
1
Stuart McKenzie
1
Joe Malin
2
Terry Masson
2
Stuart Kettlewell
3
Andrew Steeves
3
MacDonald
4
Greg Cameron (s72)
5
Grant Munro
5
Marvelous Marvin Andrews
6
Harry Richardson
6
Jonathan Crawford (s77)
7
Martin MacLean
7
Graeme Webster
8
Dale Gillespie
8
Paul Watson
19
Colin MacLean (s71)
9
Garry Wood
9
Zander Sutherland
10
Ross Campbell (s77)
10
Danny MacKay  
11
Scott Johnston
11
Greig
       
12
Euan Moyes (s77)
12
Michael McLean (s71)
14
Ross McCord (s72)
14

Hind

15
Leighton McIntosh (s72)
15
Adam Porritt
16
Ross Graham
16
John Allan
17
Stephen O'Neill
21 Martin (GK)
18 Declan Milne
   
 21 John McCafferty (GK)    



Referee:
John McKendrick

Assistant Referees:
Alastair Mather, Douglas Ross

Fourth Official:
Alan Muir

Goalscorers:
Montrose
- Scott Johnston (37), Marvin Andrews (76), Garry Wood (77)
Brora Rangers - Colin MacLean (47)

Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Danny Mackay (27), Grant Munro (89), Gavin Morrison (90+3)
Brora Rangers - Paul Watson (29)


Red Cards:

Brora Rangers - Danny MacKay (49)

Attendance:
2,132

 

Brora Rangers 1 Montrose 0

Scottish Professional Football League
League 2 Play Off
First Leg
Saturday 9th May 2015

 

 
BRORA RANGERS

  MONTROSE

       
1
Joe Malin
1
Stuart McKenzie
2
Scott Houston
2
Greg Cameron (s54)
3
MacDonald
3
Andrew Steeves
19
Craig McKeown
4
Terry Masson
5
Grant Munro
5
Marvin Andrews
6
Gavin Morrison
6
Jonathan Crawford
7
Martin MacLean
7
Scott Johnston (s70)
8
Dale Gillespie
8
Paul Watson
9
Zander Sutherland
9
Garry Wood
10
Danny Mackay
10
Leighton McIntosh (s76)
11
Harry Richardson
11
Graeme Webster
       
12
Michael MacLean
12
Ross Campbell (s70)
14
Stuart Kettlewell
14

Ewan Moyes

15
Colin MacLean
15
Ross McCord
16
John Allan (GK)
16
Jordan Allan (s54)
17
Adam Porritt
17 Ross Graham
21 Martin
18 Declan Milne (s76)
    21 John McCafferty (GK)



Referee:
Greg Aitken

Assistant Referees:
Dougie Potter, Andy Milne

Fourth Official:
Nick Walsh

Goalscorers:
Brora Rangers - Marvin Andrews (38og)

Yellow Cards:
Brora Rangers - Danny Mackay (27), Grant Munro (89), Gavin Morrison (90+3)
Montrose - Paul Watson (29)


Red Cards:

None

Attendance:
525

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