Clyde 0 Montrose 0Montrose again made changes to their starting line up as Manager Stewart Petrie gave pitch time to more of his squad whilst at the same time judged his best eleven to match the threats posed by the opposition. Clyde were the team facing them and their improved results recently have not gone unnoticed with a draw against high flying Stirling Albion and a rare clean sheet again Annan demonstrating that three points for the Mo would be anything but an easy task.
As usual Fleming was in goal with the usual back three of Allan, Dillon and Campbell with Ballantyne and Steeves again in the wing back roles. In midfield were Masson, Redman and Webster with Johnston and Fraser up top. On the strong looking bench were Templeman, Hay, McLaren, Callaghan, Fotheringham and young keeper Euan Rose. Referee for the day was the experienced David Lowe.
Clyde came flying out of the blocks as the game got underway and they quickly earned a free kick as they were abruptly halted trying to bludgeon their way directly down the middle from the off. The free kick flew high and wide but it was a good chance wasted as the big Clyde centre backs looked on in vain. That was a sign of things to come with set pieces in mind as Clyde usually are at their most dangerous when their inevitable big bustling centre backs are up for set pieces. Redman then conceded a needless corner which came to nothing again with the big Clyde centre backs waiting in vain.
Montrose mounted their first attack when Clyde’s early huff and puff fizzled out but a long ball for Fraser was too long. Fraser was fouled in the next move which saw Campbell hit a 25 yarder just over the top. Clyde had a similar effort at the other end but Ramsey’s shot didn’t trouble Fleming.
Clyde were full of pace and energy which Montrose made hard work of dealing with at times and whilst there was no great threat at the end of Clyde’s possession and direct play there was always the likelihood of them getting lucky. Equally Mo caught them on the break a couple of times and a great ball from Masson found Johnston marginally offside when otherwise through on goal. Although there was plenty of pace and intent on display frankly it was a poor quality of game with Clyde shading it overall and Montrose certainly needed to up their performance as the half time whistle went at 0-0.
No changes by either Manager for the second half but new Clyde Manager Danny Lennon became more vocal on the touchline as Montrose came more into it. Mo had two quick corners and in collecting the second ball from one of them Steeves was unlucky to see his goal bound volley bounce off a defender to safety. Fraser was then booked in what looked a harsh decision as he clearly won the ball before the man went down.
Then the substitutions came thick and fast as both Managers tried to gain control of the game. For Clyde on came big Gormley up front in place of Cuddihy and at the same time Callaghan came on for Masson for Montrose. The Mo were starting to get their game together with half an hour to go and Johnston galloped onto a Ballantyne through ball to flight it over to Webster who headed over the bar when under pressure from the defender. Five minutes later another brace of substitutions with Templeman on to replace Fraser for Mo and Osalador on for Wright for the Bully Wee. Straightaway it almost paid off for Montrose as the fans were on their feet – how did it sray out? Templeman somehow won it then an almighty scramble on the Clyde goal line somehow ended with the ball refusing to go where it simply didn’t want to go.
If Templeman was now hurting the big tiring Clyde centre backs then the fresh legs of Callaghan were having the desired effect in midfield as well. Montrose were now looking to win the game as they pushed forward in numbers but equally the back door had to stay shut as well. That was realised when Osalador found space on the end of a long punt downfield and ‘young’ Iain Campbell had to move smartly to deal with the danger.
Montrose made their final change with about 15 minutes to go, Webster being replaced by McLaren. Both teams were trying to win it now as the bore-draw looked less likely. Clyde won a corner from which one of the big lads blazed a header wide when a better outcome for him looked more likely. Montrose breathed again and the last ten minutes were all Montrose as they hammered away for the elusive winning goal. It never came however and at a final score of 0-0 it was probably a fair result though both Messrs Petrie and Lennon might feel their teams should have done better.
With news that Stirling had lost it meant Montrose had gone two points clear at the top so job done at what looks to be an improving Clyde side. Man of the Match goes to Allan Fleming not so much because he was the busiest goalkeeper on the day, he wasn’t, but he didn’t put a foot wrong in a faultless display which gives confidence to those in front of him. Praise too for Dillon and the ever improving young Matty Allan, both of them snuffed out the threat of Goodwillie all afternoon.
Team Lineups & Stats
Saturday 2nd December 2017
||2||Terry Masson (s61)
|7||Barry Cuddihy (61)
||9||Gary Fraser (s68)
|9||Max Wright (s72)
||7||Graham Webster (s76)
||10||Chris Templeman (s68)
|14||Smart Osadolor (s72)
|15||David Gormley (s61)
||22||Connor McLaren (s76)
||19||Liam Callaghan (s61)
|21||Peter Morrison (GK)
||1||Euan Rose (GK)
Mark McLean, Chris Phillips
Montrose - Gary Fraser (58)