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Stenhousemuir v Montrose
Ladbrokes SPFL
League 2
Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir

Saturday 25th November 2017
Kick Off 3.00pm

League 2 Table 2017/18

Team   P 
Pts
Stirling Albion
12 26
MONTROSE
12 24
Peterhead
12 22
Stenhousemuir
12 22
Elgin City
12
20
Berwick Rangers
12 17
Annan Athletic
13 16
Clyde
12 10
Edinburgh City
12 7
Cowdenbeath
13 6

 

Queen of the South - Montrose -

As was to be expected Manager Stewart Petrie made full use of his squad by making several changes to his starting line-up for this William Hill Scottish Cup third round replay at Palmerston Park, Dumfries. With important league games coming up in the following two games, both away from home, Craig Johnston, Connor McLaren, Liam Callaghan were replaced in the starting line up by Graham Webster, Kerr Hay and Gary Fraser. Jamie Redman was not in the squad and he was replaced by the nonstop efforts of Terry Masson in midfield. So the keeper, the two wing backs and the back three were as before to retain that solid looking unit. In midfield were Martyn Fotheringham along with Webster and Masson and up front were Fraser and Hay. Chris Templeman again started on the bench along with Callaghan, Ross Campbell, McLaren and Johnston. There was no substitute goalkeeper.

Referee for the night was the same as the Saturday game, John McKendrick who had his usual solid game and needed to be in the face of two very committed and determined teams who wasted no time in displaying their intentions.
Queens boss Gary Naismith also made changes but only two to the starting line-up. On to the bench surprisingly went James McFadden and Andrew Stirling to be replaced by Connor Murray and Lyndon Dykes no doubt also with a difficult league game coming up a few days later.

A crowd of 794 looked on as play got underway on a relatively mild night but with an unpredictable breeze. Montrose kicked off on what looked like a very well worn 3G pitch and Masson made his presence felt early on with a typical but fair Masson like tackle. The Doonhamers then perked up and a long shot whizzed past Allan Flemings left hand post but he had it covered, didn’t he? At the other end Mo had a throw in deep in the Queens half but it came to nothing when Fraser was a whisker offside from the knock through. Another long raking ball from Queens was cleared by Matty Allan but immediately returned to the Montrose end and scrambled away for a corner from which Fleming made a remarkable save down low to his right to push it away for another corner. This time Mo cleared it well and Webster was sent away in what was the best Montrose attack thus far after about 10 minutes. Fraser just failed to connect and force it home. Kerr Hay then went on a mazy solo run but was stopped unceremoniously in his tracks to the displeasure of referee McKendrick but the free kick sailed harmlessly over the top. That perked up the minibus load of Mo fans on the far side however – fair play to them for making such a journey on a Tuesday night at short notice.

Queens’ favoured tactic looked to be long raking balls into the Mo full back positions which they no doubt felt were the empty spaces vacated by the two attacking Mo wing backs Ballantyne and Steeves but the speed and strength of those two proved a match for anything Queens threw at them. Well almost, because in the 23rd minute Queens took the lead. The ball had been headed clear but fell to STEPHEN DOBBIE just inside the outer left-hand corner on the penalty box. He hit it first time on the volley and it scudded into the bottom corner giving Fleming no chance. It was the sort of quality strike which at league two level could have gone anywhere. 1-0 to Queens.

Montrose were not amused and from the bench Messrs Petrie and Campbell became very animated in their efforts to raise their players on the field as another Queens goal might have killed off the game at that point. It became more end to end with Montrose looking hurt and not happy about it. Free kicks both ways came and went, long balls came and went but both keepers Fleming and Martin were equal to what came their way. Dillon went down under a clash of heads as we held our breath when the physio went on but fortunately he was fine after a cuddle.
Dykes for Queens missed an easy chance on the 40 minute mark as he controlled the ball well near the edge of the six yard box but then hit a hard shot well high and wide to the relief of Fleming and the rest of us. He and Queens were made to pay for that however as just before half time Graham Webster levelled it at 1-1 with a well taken goal. Ballantyne gathered the ball out on the far right and a long cross was sent to the far left hand post beyond the reach of keeper Martin. GRAHAM WEBSTER rose above the back-peddling defender and looped a perfectly placed header over the stranded keeper into the right hand top corner. The Mo minibus fans were noisy again. Half time at 1-1 and the game nicely poised.
We expected Queens to come out well fired up for the second half but it was Montrose who started the better as young Kerr Hay almost got on the end of a clever chip through. He managed to connect but just couldn’t get any power into it. Then Queens had a spell on top and Mo had to defend well without making game changing mistakes which the Championship level opposition would likely exploit to the full. On the hour mark Fotheringham was replaced by Callaghan to bring fresh legs into midfield. Cammy Ballantyne saw yellow for a risky tackle. Then for Queens Murray was replaced by the dangerous McFadden to the delight of the home crowd who were by then becoming restless. Mo responded by bringing Craig Johnston on for Kerr Hay.

Then another goal out of nothing. A corner to Queens on the left went sailing to the far side of the Mo box via a head or two and there was DEREK LYLE to swivel and hit an incredible volley into Fleming’s top right hand corner giving him no chance. It was another quality strike the like of which at league two level could have gone anywhere. At 2-1 well into the second half that could have snuffed out any chance of a Montrose come back. Lyle again a few moments later could have added to the scoreline. Then Jim Butter on the Montrose bench had to be spoken to by the referee for something he was not happy about. Meanwhile as Jim and the referee exchanged pleasantries manager Petrie made his final change bringing on Chris Templeman for Gary Fraser to add height in the last fifteen minutes when long ball tactics became the order of the day in search of an equaliser. Queens were time wasting by now and warned several times but made their own final change bringing on Tapping for Lyle to shore up their defence against a final onslaught by Montrose. It was an onslaught as well, even Allan Fleming went forward and stayed there for a succession of crosses down the throat of Queens keeper Martin. Four minutes of stoppage time, Montrose were not yet out of it as they battled hard but the ball refused to cross the Queens whitewash. The final chance came when Webster hit a shot from the edge of the box but over the bar. That’s the difference between two quality championship strikes and a league two strike sadly and Queens probably just about deserved their 2-1 win. But, they were made to work very hard for it by a hard working Montrose side and the Doonhamer crowd were pleased to hear the final whistle with all eleven Montrose players camped in the Queens penalty area.
So back to the league for Montrose. Pity no cup game against Partick Thistle as they are the only long standing (excepting more recent clubs like Annan) Scottish League side Montrose have never played in a cup competition. Good luck to Queen of the South however, they certainly will have a lot of respect for us now as well.

Steve Doyle

 

Team Lineups & Stats


William Hill Scottish Cup
Third Round Replay
Tuesday 21st November 2017


 
 
       
1 Alan Martin
21 Allan Fleming
2 Shaun Rooney
24 Cammy Ballantyne
3 Jordan Marshall
3 Andrew Steeves
4 Callum Fordyce
4 Matty Allan (s56)
5 Darren Brownlie
14 Seán Dillon
8 John Rankin
18 Iain Campbell
9 Derek Lyle (s79)
6 Martyn Fotheringham (s55)
11 Stephen Dobbie
2 Terry Masson
14 Kyle Jacobs
9 Gary Fraser (s73)
17 Connor Murray (s65)
11 Kerr Hay (s66)
25 Lyndon Dykes
7 Graham Webster
     
6 Callum Tapping (s79)
19 Liam Callaghan (s55)
7 Andrew Stirling
20 Ross Campbell
16 James McFadden (s65)
22 Connor McLaren
18 Ross Ferguson
16 Craig Johnston (s66)
22 Jesse Akubulne
10 Chris Templeman (s73)
24 Scott Mercer
   
20 Jack Leighfield (GK)
   
        


Referee:
John McKendrick

Assistant Referees:
Graham McNellie, George King

Goalscorers:
Queen of the South - Stephen Dobbie (24), Derek Lyle (67)              
Montrose - Graham Webster (43)

Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Cammy Ballantyne (77)

Red Cards:
None

Attendance:

794

 

Montrose 0 Queen of the South 0

Montrose Football Club lived to fight another day in the William Hill Scottish Cup when they drew 0 – 0 with Championship side Queen of the South at Links Park on Saturday in the third round tie.

The sides will now meet again for the third time in six weeks at Palmerston Park on Tuesday night for a place in the fourth round and all to play for.

In an entertaining goal less draw both sides had chances to win the tie, in a match that had very little clear cut efforts with Montrose more than matching a side two leagues above them.

Stewart Petrie made three changes to the Montrose line up that had drawn with Annan Athletic the previous week with Martyn Fotheringham, Liam Callaghan and Connor McLaren replacing Watson, Masson and Templeman who all dropped to the bench.

On a bitterly cold day for football Martyn Fotheringham had the first opportunity of the first half for Montrose but his long range effort went over the Queen’s crossbar.

Queen of the South missed a glorious chance to open the scoring with five minutes gone. Dobbie skinned a couple of Montrose players on the right and fired over a perfect cross which somehow was missed by Derek Lyle when an open goal waited him.

Five minutes later Montrose had a good chance of their own. A ball up the right flank by Allan saw Johnston racing into the box but with a shooting opportunity awaiting Ballantyne took the ball off his toes and fired into the side netting.

A mishit Queens’s clearance gave Montrose an opportunity as Connor McLaren latched onto the ball but the striker just couldn’t find a pass.

Craig Johnston had Montrose’s next chance but his effort from the edge of the box hit a Queen of the South defender and the ball looped into the arms of keeper Alan Martin.

In the 32nd minutes a free kick from Iain Campbell was headed back across goal by Craig Johnston but none of his team mates could force home the ball from close range.

Montrose had another good opportunity in the 37th minute when they won a free kick on the far side of the park. Fotheringham curled over the ball and Craig Johnston managed to head wide at the far post.

The home side created another good opportunity in the 48th minute when Johnston and McLaren linked up on the left and found Steeves. His cross was to the near post and Redman’s shot was deflected out for a fruitless corner kick.

Five minutes into the second half Montrose thought they should have had a penalty kick when Ballantyne went down in the box after a challenge from a visiting defender but no penalty was given and the flag was already up for offside.

With 57 minutes gone Queen of the South made a change with Lyndon Dykes coming on for Andrew Stirling.

Both sides made a switch in the 66th minute when Montrose replaced Connor McLaren with Templeman and the visitors brought on Connor Murray for James McFadden.

Two minutes later Montrose sent on captain Paul Watson for Martyn Fotheringham.

With fifteen minutes remaining Queen of the South won a free kick in a dangerous position when Matty Allan fouled Stephen Dobbie. Dobbie took the kick himself but Fleming got well to save.

Man of the Match Ballantyne then raced up the right flank and found Liam Callaghan but his cross was too deep and the chance was gone.

With five minutes left the visitors made their last change when Derek Lyle came on for Ross Ferguson.

In the 87th minute Iain Campbell kept Montrose in the tie when he headed the ball off the line from a Darren Brownlie header from a Queen’s set play.

Montrose almost lost the tie in stoppage time when Ballantyne in trying to usher the ball out of play lost the ball to Dykes he squared the ball to the unmarked Ross Ferguson who put the ball over the crossbar from point blank range when it looked easier to score.

Ballantyne became the only booking of the match when he showed dissent to referee McKendrick in the aftermath of the Queens late chance.

Montrose made their final change in the last minute of stoppage time when Kerr Hay replaced Johnston.

 

Team Lineups & Stats



William Hill Scottish Cup
Third Round
Saturday 18th November 2017

 


 
 
       
21 Allan Fleming 1 Alan Martin
24 Cammy Ballantyne
2 Shaun Rooney
3 Andrew Steeves 3 Jordan Marshall
4 Matty Allan
4 Callum Fordyce
14 Seán Dillon
5 Darren Brownlie
18 Iain Campbell
7 Andrew Stirling (s58)
6 Martyn Fotheringham (s69)
8 John Rankin
17 Jamie Redman
9 Derek Lyle (s86)
16 Craig Johnston (s90+2)
11 Stephen Dobbie
22 Connor McLaren (s68)
14 Kyle jacobs
19 Liam Callaghan
16 James McFadden (s68)
     
7 Graham Webster
6 Callum Tapping
12 Kerr Hay (s90+2)
17 Connor Murray (s68)
10 Chris Templeman (s68)
18 Ross Ferguson (s86)
2 Terry Masson
22 Owen Bell
8 Paul Watson (s69)
24 Scott Mercer
9 Gary Fraser
25 Lyndon Dykes (s58)
1 Euan Rose (GK) 20 Jack Leighfield
       


Referee:
John McKendrick

Assistant Referees:
Dougie Potter, Willie Ferguson

Goalscorers:
None

Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Cammy ballantyne (90+1)

Red Cards:
None

Attendance:
512


 

Cowdenbeath 1 Montrose 3

Montrose went into this game with an unchanged starting eleven so it was Fleming in goal then a back three of Allan, Dillon and Iain Campbell with Ballantyne and Steeves in their usual wing back attacking roles. The midfield as before had Masson, Watson and Callaghan operating behind a front two of Johnston and Templeman. On the bench were Webster, Hay, Redman, Fotheringham, McLaren, Fraser and substitute goalkeeper Euan Rose. During the week Cowdenbeath Manager Billy Brown had stepped down voluntarily meaning that five of the ten Managers who started the season in League Two have now departed.

A sparse home crowd were out-shouted from the off by a very big Montrose away crowd of about 100 the like of which is rarely seen away from nearby places like Arbroath. Great to see and clearly much appreciated by the players.

The game got underway with Montrose playing against a moderate breeze which soon became driving rain alternated by sunny spells, both in their faces. The home side offered little as Montrose took the game to the Blue Brazil looking to assert themselves early on. Cammy Ballantyne hit a hard low cross along the deck in the six yard box but there were no takers. That was soon to change however as in the tenth minute  TERRY MASSON swept in a low left wing cross from Andy Steeves to make it 1-0. What became noticeable in this game was that Manager Petrie was using the very mobile midfielder Masson to get more up in support of the front two and particularly get on the end of the second ball which is exactly how that first goal came about, from a poorly attempted clearance by the Cowdenbeath defence. With the two Montrose wing backs enjoying the space they had down the flanks and Masson supporting from midfield this looked more like a Montrose side looking to score more than once.

After 15 minutes the biggest cheer of the day from the Montrose crowd was when a very wet Hamish appeared and acknowledged the appreciation in his usual non stop way!

As if the players on the field were also grateful he had finally appeared they scored again after 20 minutes when again TERRY MASSON got on the end of another poor clearance to head home from close range and make it 2-0 to the Montrose.

Liam Callaghan was sitting more behind Masson in midfield but although not appearing to be having his best game both he and Paul Watson were looking solid by sweeping up everything which came their way and they had to because Cowdenbeath themselves had plenty of energy and guile there in the shape of Kyle Miller who was a constant threat. Miller received the first yellow card of the game just before the break when he body checked Craig Johnston who was bursting threateningly towards the penalty area. From the free kick Iain Campbell hit a great effort to the keeper’s right but McGurn produced a breath-taking save to push it around for a corner which came to nothing.

It had been a very impressive first half by Montrose who almost added a third before the break. A dead ball kick from Iain Campbell was met by a leaping Matty Allan who looked to have notched his first goal for the club until keeper McGurn produced a point blank save again. Matty’s dad thought it was a great save rather than a miss by Matty! On the very stroke of half time Cowdenbeath had two good efforts both thwarted by keeper Allan Fleming at the other end. So it was 2-0 to the Mo at half time.

In the second half the next goal was going to be important, Cowdenbeath would know it had to be them otherwise a third for Montrose would have surely killed the game off. The latter however should have been the Montrose objective – to go for the jugular.

Midfielder Miller was it seemed into everything Cowdenbeath did and it was he who set up their goal early in the second half. It was a breakaway goal which for once caught the Montrose midfield off guard and hesitation in the centre of defence allowed ROBBIE BUCHANNAN to head home from close range to make it 2-1 and all to play for. That was exactly what Cowden needed and what Montrose did not want after so much domination and underlined the fact that you just cannot relax your concentration and take your foot off the gas. Cowden now had their tails up and Callaghan saw yellow as he cheekily tapped the ball away to avoid a quickly taken free kick – the referee was not amused. Manager Stewart Petrie decided to change the formation and give the home side something else to deal with. Off came Matty Allan as Montrose went to a flat back four and on came Webster to operate down the right and provide an outlet in the space there. It paid off right away as he fed the ball to the onrushing Ballantyne whose deep cross was headed home at the back post by CRAIG  JOHNSTON against his old club to make it 3-1 to the Mo whose crowd loved it.

Cowdenbeath then made a change as Muirhead replaced Connelly but Montrose then brought off Callaghan for Connor McLaren to use his fresh legs to stretch the home defence. The game then began to drift as those changes took effect but Watson woke up the home keeper by hitting a 30 yard daisy cutter which almost crept in at the foot of the post. Gary Fraser then came on for Johnston with fifteen minutes to go and Cowden replaced Rutherford for Whittaker. Cowden desperately tried to open up the Montrose wall at the back but really provided little threat of note and it was Montrose who could well have added to the scoreline as efforts by Webster, Ballantyne and Steeves all fizzed perilously close to the target.

Referee Charleston blew for time with Montrose bagging the points in a 3-1 win to send the large Montrose crowd back up (and down) the road happily. Hard to pick out a MOTM but the opportunism of Terry Masson tips the scales in his favour after being out injured for such a long time.

 

Team Lineups & Stats



Ladbrokes SPFL
League Two
Saturday 4th November 2017


 
 
       
1 David McGurn
21 Allan Fleming
2 Alasdair Smith
15 Cammy Ballantyne
3 Shaun Rutherford (s83)
3 Andrew Steeves
4 Fraser Mullen
4 Matty Allan (s56)
5 Scott Rumsby (c)
14 Seán Dillon
6 David Syme
18 Iain Campbell
7 Robbie Buchanan
2 Terry Masson
8 Kyle Miller
8 Paul Watson (c)
9 Josh Morris
16 Craig Johnston (s74)
10 Jordan Garden (s74)
10 Chris Templeman
11 Ryan Connelly (s61)
19 Liam Callaghan (s63)
     
12 Harvey Swann
1 Euan Rose (GK)
14 Bradley Smith (s74)
6 Martyn Fotheringham
15 Cameron Muirhead (s61)
7 Graham Webster (s56)
16 Charlie Denton
9 Gary Fraser ( s74)
17 Blair Penman (GK)
12 Kerr Hay
18 Ben Stirling 17 Jamie Redman
19 Jack Whittaker (s83)
22 Connor McLaren (s63)
       


Referee:
Craig Charleston

Assistant Referees:
John McCrossan, Gordon McCabe

Goalscorers:
Montrose - Terry Masson (10, 21), Craig Johnston (59)
Cowdenbeath - Robbie Buchanan (51)

Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Liam Callaghan (57)
Cowdenbeath - Scott Rumsby (33)

Red Cards:
None

Attendance:

349


 

Montrose 1 Annan Athletic 1

A second half equaliser from Annan Athletic denied Montrose the two points they required to go equal at the top of the table with Stirling Albion on Saturday.

For Montrose it certainly was a case of two points dropped as they were the better side throughout hitting the bar twice during the course of the match as well as seeing a late header from Cammy Ballantyne somehow kept out by an Annan defender as it looked set to drop into the net.

It was an even Montrose frustrating after especially as the visiting side were reduced to ten men with twenty minutes left as goalscorer Swinglehurst was sent off for a second yellow card.

After the 3 – 1 victory over Cowdenbeath the previous Saturday Montrose showed one change to their line up with Jamie Redman returning to the line-up at the expense of Liam Callaghan who dropped to the bench.

In a first for Montrose Football Club in modern times the players were led onto the pitch by standard bearers before a solo bugler played the last post ahead of the traditional minute’s silence.

The Gable Endies started the game positively winning a free kick on the edge of the box after Ballantyne was brought down but Iain Campbell’s free kick was bitterly disappointing going well wide of the target.

The home fans however were soon on their toes after only seven minutes when Montrose went ahead. Ballantyne did well to keep the ball in play and find Craig Johnston down the right and he skipped past the challenge of Jack Brannan to finish with a near post low cross which CHRIS TEMPLEMAN knocked into the corner of the net from close range. It was the striker’s fourth goal of the season.

Templeman then almost doubled the home teams lead minutes later when his header crashed against the cross bar from Iain Campbell’s corner kick.

It was a nervy start from the visitors but gradually they worked their way back into the game. With 17th minutes gone Scott Roberts squandered a golden opportunity when he headed past from a Dan Orsi cross, it was an opportunity lost. Annan continued to look dangerous with Aidan Smith shooting past the post. It was a good period from Annan as they took the game to Montrose and in the 23rd minute Dan Orsi once again did well when he set up Blair Henderson whose well struck shot flashed past the post.

Steven Swinglehurst received his first yellow card on the half hour mark when he brought down Craig Johnston on the half way line. Annan finished the first half on the front foot, Scott Hooper’s 40th minute effort went over the bar and Peter Watson’s header from a Sinnamon corner was directed straight into the arms of keeper Fleming.

The visitors had Atkinson to thank when he saved Templeman’s well struck low shot with his feet. It was a promising start to the half by the home team but once again Annan started to get a foot in the match and in the 60th minute Annan struck when they won a free kick 30 yards out. Sinnamon’s free kick was perfectly flighted and caused uncertainty in the Montrose defence and STEVEN SWINGLEHURST header from six yards left keeper Allan Fleming pulling the ball out of the back of the net.

Montrose responded minutes later after a promising move saw Campbell setting up Sean Dillon who’s well struck effort landed on the top of the net. Moxon was next to try his luck but his 30 yard effort sailed over the bar.

The visitors were reduced to ten men in the 70th minute when Swinglehurst received his second booking in the 70th minute for another late tackle on Templeman

Montrose pushed forward to try and make the most of the one man advantage and Cammy Ballantyne’s well-directed effort struck the top of the cross bar as Annan were being forced to defend as the home team tried to prize open the Annan defence. The visitors had another let off with Montrose piling on the pressure and Peter Watson rescued a potential scoring opportunity hooking Ballantyne’s effort off the goal line as it looked to be heading into the net from Steeves cross.

The game finished with Montrose pushing forward but unable to break down the well organised Annan defence.

It was an opportunity lost for Montrose to go top of the league after Stirling could only manage a 1-1 draw at Clyde. Stenhousemuir completed the double over Peterhead with a late winner to secure a 3-2 victory. Edinburgh City and Berwick shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Shielfield. Elgin City moved up to within touching distance of the play off zone with a 3-1 victory over bottom of the table Cowdenbeath.

 

 

Team Lineups & Stats



Ladbrokes SPFL
League 2
Saturday 11th November 2017

 


 
 
       
21 Allan Fleming 1 Jim Atkinson
15 Cammy Ballantyne 2 Scott Hooper
3 Andrew Steeves 3 Jack Brannan
4 Matty Allan
4 Owen Moxon
14 Seán Dillon 5 Peter Watson
18 Iain Campbell
6 Steven Swinglehurst 
2 Terry Masson (s78)
7 Daniel Orsi (s90)
8 Paul Watson
8 Ryan Sinnamon
16 Craig Johnston (s54)
9 Aidan Smith
10 Chris Templeman
10 Blair Henderson
17 Jamie Redman (s76)
11 Scott Roberts (s73)
     
7 Graham Webster (s78)
14 Ayrton Sonkur (s73)
12 Kerr Hay
15 Brandon Luke (s90)
19 Liam Callaghan (s76)
16 John Cunningham
6 Martyn Fotheringham 
17 Sean Bell
22 Connor McLaren (s54)
18 James Creaney
9 Gary Fraser
19 Peter Murphy
1 Euan Rose (GK) 12 Alex Mitchell
       


Referee:
Lorraine Watson

Assistant Referees:
Stuart Stevenson, Colin McAlpine

Goalscorers:
Montrose - Chris Templeman (8)
 Annan Athletic - Steven Swinglehurst (61)

Yellow Cards:
Annan Athletic - Steven Swinglehusrt (29), Scott Hooper (55), Owen Moxon (86), Jim Atkinson (90)

Red Cards:
Annan Athletic - Steven Swinglehurst(69)

Attendance:
353




 

Montrose 1 Edinburgh City 0

A second half goal from Craig Johnston was enough to give Montrose all three points on Saturday as they started off the second quarter of the season with another victory.

Their second 1 – 0 win on the bounce saw them reduce the gap at the top on Stirling Albion to two points as the leaders went down to another home defeat.

The game won’t be remembered as a classic by any means with the strong wind spoiling the match as a spectacle for the fans.

After the victory over Berwick Rangers, Montrose made one change to their line up with Chris Templeman replacing Gary Fraser in attack

Montrose lost the toss and found themselves shooting into the wind for the first half and struggled at the start to keep the ball in play at times.

The visitors created the first real opening when Masson fouled Walker on the touchline. Craig Thomson took the kick but could only send his effort well over the crossbar.

Three minutes later the hosts had an even better opening when Johnston was penalised for bringing down Laird just outside the box. This time Josh Walker’s effort was low and straight into the Montrose wall.

Edinburgh City should have opened the scoring with 16 minutes gone. Iain Campbell miss judged the flight of the ball and allowed Craig Beattie in on his blind side. Thankfully for Montrose his outside of the boot effort was well saved at the near post by Fleming.

A lighting break by the home side won them a free kick after Chris Templeman was fouled near the touchline. Iain Campbell sent over a perfect free kick which was completely missed by his team-mates in the six yard box.

Montrose came even closer on the half hour mark when a cross from the right by Liam Callaghan was met by the head of Terry Masson but his effort was tipped over by Antell in the Edinburgh City goal.

Five minutes before half time ex Celtic and Hearts forward Craig Beattie tried his luck from 40 yards out but his wind assisted effort flew over Fleming’s crossbar.

In the opening minute of the second half Montrose won a free kick in a good position just outside the box when Steeves was tripped. Iain Campbell took the kick but his low effort went straight through in Antell’s arms.

With 52 minutes gone a great through ball from Ballantyne split open the visiting defence and found Callaghan he took a touch before sending his effort just over the crossbar.

Ten minutes into the second half Edinburgh City made their first change of the match when Lewis Allan came onto replace Ashley Grimes.

A minute later Montrose came so close to opening the scoring. Ballantyne sent over the perfect low cross to the near post Templeman just failed to make contact with the ball but it hit off Jesus Garcia Tena and went inches wide of the post. Iain Campbell took the corner kick and the ball just went over the bar.

Montrose finally made the breakthrough with an hour gone. Ballantyne battled for the ball at the edge of the area and he found CRAIG JOHNSTON who took a touch before blasting a low effort into the bottom corner for his fourth strike in three games.

Sixty seconds later Montrose won a corner kick which was taken by Masson it found Chris Templeman who could only hook his effort over the crossbar.

Edinburgh City were still a dangerous side on the break and Montrose had a let off when Andrew Blake played a one two on the edge of the box before firing wide.

In the 70th minute substitute Lewis Allan was played in after some good passing by Edinburgh City but his shot was blocked for a corner kick.

Two minutes later Montrose made their first change of the afternoon when Graham Webster replaced Liam Callaghan.

Captain Paul Watson was taken off with 15 minutes remaining and he was replaced in the centre of midfield by Jamie Redman.

Montrose though they had grabbed a second goal with ten minutes remaining a corner kick from Masson was headed down by Allan and keeper Calum Antell made a fantastic point blank range save from Webster from two yards out.

Gary Fraser became the final Montrose substitution in the next minute when he replaced Templeman.

Fraser almost became an instant hero for Montrose seconds later but from point blank range he somehow headed Iain Campbell’s free kick wide of goal.

Chris McKee of Edinburgh City was booked with five minutes remaining as Stewart Petrie’s side held on for another crucial three points.

 

 

Team Lineups & Stats



Ladbrokes SPFL
League 2
Saturday 28th October 2017

 


 
 
       
21 Allan Fleming 1 Calum Antell
15 Cammy Ballantyne 3 Chris McKee
3 Andrew Steeves 5 Joshua Walker
4 Matty Allan
6 Marc Laird
14 Seán Dillon 7 Craig Thomson
18 Iain Campbell
10 Craig Beattie (s78)
2 Terry Masson
11 Ashley Grimes (s56)
8 Paul Watson (s75)
14 Gareth Rodger
16 Craig Johnston
23 Andrew Blake
10 Chris Templeman (s80)
24 Jesus Garcia Tena (s87)
19 Liam Callaghan (s72)
25 Stuart Morrison
     
7 Graham Webster (s72)
4 Shaun Harrison (s87)
12 Kerr Hay
8 Gavin Malin
17 Jamie Redman (s75)
9 Abdel Karim Belmokhtar (s78)
20 Ross Campbell
12 Callum Hall
22 Connor McLaren
19 Ian Smith
9 Gary Fraser (s80)
27 Lewis Allan (s56)
1 Euan Rose (GK) 20 Fraser Morton
       


Referee:
Ryan Milne

Assistant Referees:
Ivan Stankovic, Chris Phillips

Goalscorers:
Montrose - Craig Johnston (60)

Yellow Cards:
Edinburgh City - Chris McKee (85)

Red Cards:
None

Attendance:
446




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