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)