Montrose v Clyde
Links Park Stadium, Montrose
Saturday 30th September 2017
Kick Off 3.00pm
League 2 Table 2017/18
Elgin City 3 Montrose 0
Montrose Football Club suffered their second successive defeat after going eight league and cup matches without loss at the hands of Elgin City on Saturday.
There was very little to choose between the sides but Elgin City took the chances that were handed to them on a plate by the Gable Endies and Montrose didn’t despite hitting the crossbar three times during the ninety minutes and having a great spell towards the middle of the second half when they should have scored at least twice.
Montrose dropped down to fourth as a result of their first away defeat of the season and must look to bounce back when Clyde visit on Saturday.
After the defeat to Stirling Albion, Montrose made three changes to their line up with the injured Chris Templeman, Paul Watson and Graham Webster dropping to the bench. Into the line up came Martyn Fotheringham, Liam Callaghan and Craig Johnston.
Montrose went for a 3 – 5 – 2 formation with Allan, Dillon and Campbell in defence, Ballantyne and Steeves in wing back roles and Callaghan, Fotheringham and Redman in the middle their was a new strike pairing of Johnston and Hay.
There was a welcome return on the bench for Terry Masson who had been missing since mid July with a foot injury.
It was a perfect day for football in Moray as Montrose got the match underway at Borough Briggs looking to bounce back from last week’s home defeat to league leaders Stirling Albion.
The home side had the first opening in the seventh minute when centre half Darryl McHardy almost caught out Fleming with a deflected long range effort but the Montrose keeper managed to touch it over the bar.
Callaghan slipped through a pass to Montrose captain Martyn Fotheringham but he managed to drag his shot wide of goal.
Elgin City grabbed the lead in the 17th minute Dillon was short with a pass to Ballantyne which caught out the Montrose full back he couldn’t recover and despite Fleming blocking from Lewis Strapp on loan Aberdeen striker BRUCE ANDERSON was on hand to knock the ball home from the edge of the box.
Montrose tried to hit back and in the 24th minute Craig Johnston raced up the left cut inside his marker only to fire wide from the edge of the box.
The visitors kept up the pressure and after Johnston was fouled Fotheringham wasted the opportunity but sending his free kick high and wide.
On the half hour mark Liam Callaghan saw his shot deflected and loop over Waters crossbar.
With ten minutes of the half remaining Montrose had a great chance to equalise. Johnston was pushed over on the left and from Iain Campbell’s free kick Sean Dillon was presented with a great opportunity but his header hit the crossbar and went over.
With two minutes of the half left Johnston cut back from the byeline only to see Kerr Hay’s shot from close range being blocked.
Montrose had a great chance to equalise right at the start of the second half when Hay won a corner kick. Fotheringham sent over the perfect delivery right onto the head of Jamie Redman but he headed straight into the arms of relived keeper Waters.
Just as last week Montrose gave themselves and uphill struggle to get back into the match when they conceded an early goal. Sean Dillon was deemed to have fouled McLeish inside the area it looked soft but referee Williams awarded a penalty kick, BRIAN CAMERON stepped up to send Fleming the wrong way from the spot.
It could have been worse for Montrose when Chris McLeish got a free run down the left and inside the box thankfully for Montrose Allan Fleming managed to get a hand to his shot and block the effort.
In the 53rd minute Montrose assistant manager Ross Campbell was booked in the technical area on the advice of the assistant referee.
Two minutes later Stewart Petrie made a double substitution when he brought on Graham Webster and Connor McLaren for Allan and Fotheringham and reverted back to a 4 – 4 – 2 formation.
On the hour mark Liam Callaghan was booked for a foul on McLeish.
Elgin City made their first switch when Chris Dodd replaced Jon Paul McGovern.
With 65 minutes gone Montrose made another positive change when Ryan Ferguson came on to play upfront taking the place of Kerr Hay.
Connor McLaren was able to test Waters at his near post after being set up by Andrew Steeves.
Jamie Redman became the third Montrose player when he fouled Lewis Strapp.
The Gable Endies should have equalised in the 69th minute Ferguson raced clear of the home defence and his cut back was just missed by the inrushing Craig Johnston.
Seconds later Johnston somehow missed at the far post and hit the side netting when it seemed easier to score.
It was all Montrose at this point as the home side just about held on to their two goal lead.
After a great Montrose build up Liam Callaghan fired in an effort which rattled off the underside of the bar and somehow managed to stay out of the Elgin City net.
With fifteen minutes remaining Callaghan set Andrew Steeves racing into the box but Waters managed to keep the ball out with his feet.
Andrew Steeves went even closer seconds later when his cross from the left deceived everyone and smacked off the crossbar.
Elgin City tried to slow things down after the Montrose purple patch and brought on ex Montrose forward Jordan Allan and Jamie Reid for Anderson and Cooper.
Despite all the Montrose pressure the next goal of the match again came at the Elgin City end with five minutes to go. Dillon gave away the ball with a short pass back and McLeish was able to find substitute JAMIE REID who found the bottom corner.
Team Linups & Stats
Ladbrokes SPFL League 2
Saturday 23rd September 2017
|1||Marc Walters||21||Allan Fleming|
|2||Matthew Cooper (s81)||15||Cammy Ballantyne|
|3||Cameron Eadie||3||Andrew Steeves|
|4||Darryl McHardy||4||Matty Allan (s57)|
|5||Stephen Bronsky||14||Seán Dillon|
|6||John Paul McGovern (c) (s67)||18||Iain Campbell|
|7||Bruce Anderson (s78)||6||Martyn Fotheringham (c) (s57)|
|8||Brian Cameron||17||Jamie Redman|
|9||Chris McLeish||16||Craig Johnston|
|10||Thomas Reilly||19||Liam Callaghan|
|11||Lewis Sprepp||12||Kerr Hay (s68)|
|12||Jamie Reid (s81)||22||Connor McLaren (s57)|
|14||Calum Ferguson||11||Ryan Ferguson (s68)|
|15||Jordan Allan (s78)||7||Graham Webster (s57)|
|16||Chris Dodd (s67)||2||Terry Masson|
|17||Scott Smith||8||Paul Watson|
|18||Ali Sutherland||20||Ross Campbell|
|21||Trevor Dear (GK)||1||Jordan Millar (GK)|
Graham Chambers, Colin Drummond
Elgin City- Bruce Anderson (19), Brian Cameron (50 pen), Jamie Reid (86)
Montrose - Iain Campbell (55), Liam Callaghan (62), Jamie Redman (70)
Montrose FC Team Group - Season 2017/18
Back Row - Ronnie Marquis (Groundsman/Kitman), Graham Webster, Michael Bolochoweckj, Allan Fleming, Chris Templeman, Jordan Millar, Iain Campbell, Matty Allan, Robert Ogg (Assistant Kitman)
Middle Row - Connor McLaren, Danny Cavanagh, Liam Callaghan, Terry Masson, Paul Watson, Seán Dillon, Kieran Thomson, Martyn Fotheringham, Cammy Ballantyne, Craig Johnston
Front Row - George Stewart (Physio), Andrew Steeves, Kerr Hay, Ross Campbell (Player/Assistant Manager), John Crawford (Chairman), Stewart Petrie (Manager), Jamie Redman, Ryan Ferguson, Jim Butter (Goalkeeping Coach)
Not in photo - Gary Fraser, Matty Wallace, Kyle Willox
Peterhead 1 Montrose 1
With seconds remaining this was undoubtedly our poorest performance of the season and a game we deserved to take nothing from, having created very little compared to the home side - but then up pops Sanny and suddenly our day is far from dull.
The signs were ominous from the start when McAllister cut in from right and curled a left foot shot that clipped the top of the bar. This was followed shortly after with McLean glancing a header just wide.
Ten minutes in we had our first attempt when a Watson header from a Campbell free kick was easily saved by the home side's own Fleming between the sticks.
Peterhead came close again when Brown's looping header from a Gibson free kick cleared the bar and at the other end Campbell lined up his customary free kick from 20 yards but was unable to hit the target.
The home side started the second half equally strong and a defence splitting ball eluded both Allan and Fleming but McAllister was unable to turn it in at the far post.
Continuing to hold the upper hand Smith had a snapshot from 25 yards that flashed wide of goal before McIlduff fired from a sillier range straight at Fleming.
The breakthrough came in the 70th minute when a Gibson free kick was cleared to the edge of box and with us slow to react Leitch pounced and his half hit shot drifted agonisingly up and over Fleming into top right corner, ironically just after the home side's main threat, McAllister had left the field.
We reacted well and from a Templeman knock down Webster's shot from the edge of the box, only our second on target all day, was not strong enough to worry Fleming.
With the headlines written and the unbeaten run almost in the bin, a delightful corner from Fotheringham was met on the sweet spot by Templeman who from 10 yards bulleted a header that would have landed in Links Park had it not been for the net.
Thinking we had stollen a point, goal scorer McIlduff almost took the wind from our sales when another mishit cross caught out Fleming but thankfully bounced off the bar.
A great result, against a strong Peterhead side and we now look forward to a top of the table battle at home next week to Stirling Albion.
Team Lineups & Stats
Ladbrokes SPFL League 2
Saturday 9th September 2017
||18||Iain Campbell (S75)
||19||Liam Callaghan (s62)
||8||Paul Watson (S75)
|14||Russell McLean (s48)
|9||Rory McAllister (S71)
|12||Alan Smith (S87)
||22||Connor McLaren (s62)
|18||Jordan Brown (s71)
||6||Martyn Fotheringham (S75)
|17||Scott Adams (S87)
|11||Nicky Riley (s48)
||11||Ryan Ferguson (S75)
Ralph Gordon, Craig Ferguson
Peterhead - Jack Leitch (71)
Montrose - Chris Templeman (90+2)
Peterhead - Mason Robertson (36), Aidan McIlduff (52)
Montrose - Paul Watson (48), Graham Webster (78)
Montrose 1 Stirling Albion 3
MONTROSE suffered their first league defeat of the season, passing up the opportunity to leapfrog top-of-the table Stirling Albion.
A win would have sent Montrose two points clear of their visitors at the summit of League 2, but two goals from Callum Morrison and one from Sean Dickson cancelled out Ryan Ferguson’s late strike.
Stirling looked the more likely side to score early on, Peter McDonald passing up a gilt-edged chance from just six yards out.
Montrose could have taken the lead in the 10th minute when Jamie Redman’s overhead kick was headed over by Templeman.
The visitors took the lead in the 13th minute when Liam Caddis’s free kick into the box was met by CALLUMN MORRISON, whose shot deflected into Allan Fleming’s net.
Iain Campbell came close to equalising seven minutes later, whipping a free kick inches over the bar, while at the other end, Fleming did well to hold Ross Smith’s header on the goal line.
Templeman could have put Montrose back on level pegging in the 30th minute when his powerful downward header bounced up towards the top corner, but Albion keeper Cameron Binnie held the ball at the last second.
At the Montrose end, Fleming did well to deny William Robertson when he was sent clear in the box.
The final chance of the first half fell to Graham Webster, who controlled the ball well, but his low shot was held by Binnie.
Stirling Albion opened the second half in perfect fashion, doubling their advantage in the first minute when newly-introduced substitute SEAN DICKSON headed in at the back post from Ewan McNeil’s deep cross.
Montrose continued to search for a way back into the match and came close in the 66th minute. Binnie dropped Fotheringham’s corner, the ball ping-ponging around the box before dropping to Sean Dillon 20 yards out, but the centre back blasted high and wide.
Robertson could have put Stirling three goals ahead in the 74th minute, having a shot saved by Fleming then blasting the rebound across goal.
Kerr Hay passed up a golden opportunity in the79th minute when Ryan Ferguson carried the ball down the left and slipped it into the box. Hay was one-on-one with Binnie, but his weak shot was straight at the goalkeeper.
Montrose set up a dramatic finish when RYAN FERGUSON scored in the final minute of play, heading in from Ballantyne’s cross.
Desperately seeking an equaliser, Montrose won a corner three minutes into stoppage time. Montrose goalkeeper Allan Fleming joined the attack, but when the move broke down the ball was cleared to CALLUMN MORRISON who carried it unchallenged for 50 yards and tapped it into the empty net.
Team Lineups & Stats
Saturday 16th September 2017
|21||Allan Fleming||1||Cameron Binnie
|15||Cammy Ballantyne||2||Ross McGeachie
|3||Andrew Steeves||3||Lee Hamilton
|18||Iain Campbell||6||Andrew Black
|8||Paul Watson (s54)
||8||Liam Caddis (s45)
||9||Peter McDonald (s67)
|10||Chris Templeman (s74)
||10||Darren Smith (s79)
|7||Graham Webster (s56)
|22||Connor McLaren (s56)
||11||Ross Kavanagh (s67)
|6||Martyn Fotheringham (s54)
|11||Ryan Ferguson (s74)
||16||Sean Dickson (s45)
|20||Ross Campbell||18||Connor McMullan
|1||Jordan Millar (GK)||19||Neil McLaughlan (s79)
Willie Conquer, Alan Proctor
Montrose - Ryan Ferguson (90)
Stirling Albion - Callumn Morrison (13), Sean Dickson (46), Callumn Morrison (90+3)
Montrose - Martyn Fotheringham (86), Jamie Redman (87)
Stirling Albion - Ross Smith (20)
Ayr United 1 Montrose 1 (aet) - Montrose win 6-5 on Penalties
Well, that turned out to be quite a game! These League Challenge Cup ties often attract low crowds and lots of team changes are usually made but the game started at Somerset Park in front of a decent looking crowd which included a good travelling support from Montrose (and elsewhere). On a sunny, showery night with a light breeze Ayr United chose to start the game by making only one change from the team which started at home to Arbroath a few days earlier. In came David Ferguson in attack in place of Alan Forrest. Montrose on the other hand made five changes – in came Jordan Millar between the sticks and Kerr Hay, Graham Webster, Craig Johnston and Ross Campbell also started the game.
Manager Stewart Petrie was unable to be there but Montrose were organised by Ross Campbell on the pitch and Sean Dillon from the bench. They lined up with a flat back four of Cammy Ballantyne, Matty Allan, Iain Campbell and Andy Steeves. In midfield were the hard working Craig Johnston, Jamie Redman, Graham Webster and Liam Callaghan whilst up front Montrose had the pace of Kerr Hay with Ross Campbell alongside him. Referee for the night was Grant Irvine who you could tell was vastly experienced and had a good game, only stopping the game when necessary.
Both sides probed each other in the opening exchanges but such ‘friendly fire’ was soon to erupt into more frenetic stuff as Montrose won a free kick just outside the penalty area left of centre. Iain Campbell is your man in such circumstances and he rifled an unstoppable shot into the far top corner to put Montrose a goal up in the second minute. Ayr did not like that one bit and came roaring back by spreading the ball around the width of the pitch but the flat back four for Montrose were equal to it and hit back forcing two corners in quick succession, but which came to nothing. Ayr then had to replace their captain Ross Docherty after only 10 minutes when he took a knock and left the field to be replaced by the hard working Craig McGuffie. It took Ayr a while to settle after that and Montrose took the opportunity to forage more into enemy territory. A long ball from Millar put Ross Campbell away down the right, he fed it to Webster who was well tackled on the point of shooting just inside the box. Johnston was next to get on the end of a flowing Montrose move which ended as the shot flew over the top.
Ayr were beginning to assert themselves again however and Millar had to move smartly to save a point blank effort after 25 minutes but collided with the post in the process and had to receive treatment. The resultant corner was scrambled away. Millar was immediately tested again moments later when a 25 yard shot whistled past his right hand post as he watched it disappear into the terracing behind the goalmouth. The Ayr momentum paid off after 30 minutes when Craig Moore got on the end of a great Ayr move and hit a superb rising shot into the net from the centre of the box with Millar well beaten to level the score at 1-1.
Matty Allan then had to leave the field for treatment to a facial knock as he took what looked like an elbow from Moore. Ayr took the game to 10-man Montrose and Millar saved again at point blank range before Allan returned just before half time. The referee called the break with the score at 1-1. Ayr were perhaps in the ascendancy at that point but Montrose were holding tight and still well in the game.
Montrose started the second half with a corner taken by Kerr Hay which was scrambled away at the far post by the home defence as they scampered away down the left and Moore almost finished it but put his header over the top. From a free kick soon after Ayr almost grabbed the lead as Millar failed to hold a cross but the offside flag was up anyway. It was end to end by the 60 minute mark and at that stage you could not tell which was the full time side. A scrappy period of play then ensued as substitutions were made. Hay came off for Montrose and Templeman came on whilst for Ayr McDaid came off with Gilmour coming on. McGuffie had Ayr’s next chance but fired over from a good position as the Montrose back line kept them largely at arm’s length. A second Montrose substitution brought Ross Campbell off to be replaced by the fresh legs of McLaren as the game entered the last quarter of the ninety minutes. Ayr also made a change with Moffat being replaced by Forrest. Ayr then hit the post twice in quick succession as their efforts to close out the game became more frantic. The game was indeed being played at pace but this fit Montrose side were equal to it. Callaghan and Johnston were putting in sterling work midfield whilst the back four were again outstanding. Iain Campbell this season is playing out of his skin and deservedly has won an extension to his contract.
And so we progressed to extra time with the score at 1-1 after the ninety minutes plus five more for stoppage time. The hard working Johnston was replaced by young Kieran Thomson who immediately saw yellow for a mis-timed tackle. The first fifteen minutes of extra time were a bit of a stalemate however as we progressed into the night. Apparently in this competition you can use a fourth substitute in extra time which is just as well as both teams did it when Ayr responded by bringing on McCowan for Ferguson and not to be out done Montrose brought on their own Ferguson as Webster left the field. Eventually two exhausted sides settled for a draw when Millar flopped on to a loose ball in his six yard box and the full time whistle brought us to the dreaded penalty shoot out.
For Montrose the first five penalties were taken by Iain Campbell, Steeves, Callaghan, Allan and Ferguson with only Allan missing the target. For Ayr only Gilmour missed the target so we were into sudden death. Ayr scored first to put pressure on Jordan Millar who took the next and nearly burst the net with it. Ayr’s Higgins then missed to give McLaren the chance to win it for Montrose and he tucked it away nicely to send the Mo contingent home happily into Round 3.
It was a truly terrific display by Montrose who had no passengers on the night – all meriting MOTM status. If they carry on with this form and determination the crowds will return to Links Park and so too will the good times.
Team Lineups & Stats
IRN-BRU Challenge Cup
Tuesday 29th August 2017
|7||Michael Moffat (s74)
||7||Graham Webster (s108)
|11||Declan McDaid (s70)
||16||Craig Johnston (s99)
||12||Kerr Hay (s67)
|23||Ross Docherty (C) (s11)
||20||Ross Campbell (s74)
|20||Lyle Avci (GK)
|4||Brian Gilmour (s70)
||11||Ryan Ferguson (s108)
|10||Alan Forrest (s74)
||10||Chris Templeman (s67)|
|12||Craig McGuffie (s11)
||23||Kieran Thomson (s99)
||22||Connor McLaren (s74)
||21||Allan Fleming (GK)|
|Montrose Win 6-5 on Penalties|
Stuart Hodge, Ryan Kennedy
Ayr United - Craig Moore (28)
Montrose - Iain Campbell (2)
Ayr United - David Ferguson (115)
Montrose - Chris Templeman (103)