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Raith Rovers v Montrose
Ladbrokes SPFL
League 1
Starks Park, Kirkaldy

Saturday 22nd September 2018
Kick Off: 3.00pm

League 1 Table 2018/19

Team   P 
6 14
Raith Rovers
6 12
6 9
Brechin City
6 8
6 7
East Fife
6 7
Forfar Athletic
6 7
6 6
6 6


Dumbarton 2 Montrose 1

Same place, same time as last week and by half time it was looking like the same result as Montrose led 1-0. Then a 5-minute period of self-destruction changed the game and the result dramatically and instead of being in a play-off position Montrose hit bottom spot in League 1.

Manager Stewart Petrie made changes again from the cup game last week and Dumbarton also made changes with previously unavailable players back in the starting line-up.

Dumbarton started the brighter of the two sides and penned Montrose in their own half for most of the first quarter but without looking particularly dangerous whilst there was always the chance of a Montrose breakaway goal as happened the week before. The early exchanges were capably dealt with by Fleming in the Montrose goalmouth and by Sean Dillon expertly marshalling his back line.

Montrose’s best chance came on the 10 minute mark but an Iain Campbell free kick wide right was dealt with easily. Craig Johnston looked fit and lively up front and provided the foil to enable Euan Henderson to plough his way through the centre but hit his shot just wide. Moments later as Montrose weathered the early Dumbarton storm Johnston’s perseverance almost bore fruit as he chased down a long ball, beat the keeper Grant Adam to the ball and cut it back to Henderson whose shot to an empty net was deflected just enough to push it wide. Paddy Cregg had the yellow card flashed at him for a pullback but Jamie Redman was next to have a near miss when poking an effort over the bar when stretching at close range.

Dumbarton were then rocked by an injury to Stuart Carswell who was replaced by Kyle Hutton after 25 minutes but they still attacked with some venom as Ross Forbes wasted a free kick from 25 yards out. Then disaster again for Dumbarton as another injury hit them when striker Jack Aitchison had to be replaced by Rory Loy on 35 minutes. Then the first goal came when Andrew Steeves fed a low cross into the six-yard box and Craig Johnston stooped to glance his header just inside the far post to put Montrose 1-0 up not long before the half time whistle.

The second half started with Dumbarton on the front foot as they won 50/50 balls aided by some lacklustre Montrose play. But it was Montrose who carved out the first opening as Johnston bundled his way through only to be hauled back by Allardice who saw yellow for his troubles. Chances at both ends went begging as a Campbell free kick hit the wall when he usually does better and Fleming held a long range effort at the other end. Ross Forbes was next to see yellow for dissent after a Dumbarton player dived in recklessly.

Montrose then made a substitution after 65 minutes with Martin Rennie coming on for Henderson who had run out of steam.

Next came the five minutes of Montrose self-destruction. Firstly, a corner evaded everyone except for big Andrew Dowie who headed in at close range at the far post to make it 1-1. Poor defending of a routine corner. That was after 68 minutes. Two minutes later a needless penalty was conceded. True the Dumbarton player was backing in but if you push him in the box he will make the most of it and as expected the referee pointed straight to the spot. Ross Forbes made no mistake to make it 2-1. So, from 1-0 up to 2-1 down within two minutes and two avoidable goals. Within seconds of the restart Bolochoweckyj was given a red card for striking an opponent whilst the Dumbarton player saw yellow for striking back. Two goals conceded and down to ten men saw a complete turn around but it got worse for Montrose moments later as manager Petrie was ordered to the stands. All of this within the space of a few minutes.

Terry Masson was next to incur the wrath of referee Dickinson and saw yellow for a meaty challenge. From the bench Montrose then made two more substitutions with Cregg and Redman off and Callaghan and Antoniazzi on in the 78th minute.

The ten men of Montrose still pushed forward however and a Johnston lay off to Callaghan could have ended better than being fired over the bar. Steeves then hit a perfect cross and Rennie was unlucky to see his powerful header flash just wide. As the clock ticked down Dumbarton exploited their man advantage and had several chances to increase their lead whilst frustration caused Iain Campbell to see yellow as two Dumbarton players kept the ball at the corner flag. From the free kick Loy should have scored but he headed over the top when it looked easier to score.

A 2-1 defeat sees Montrose rooted to the bottom of League 1 and with a suspension and an injury to two key defenders the trip to Kirkaldy next week demands full concentration and discipline from Montrose.

Steve Doyle

Team Lineups & Stats

Ladbrokes SPFL
League 1

Saturday 15th September 2018

1 Grant Adam
1  Allan Fleming
2 Cammy Ballantyne
2 Terry Masson
3 William Dyer 3 Andrew Steeves
4 Andrew Dowie
5 Michael Bolochoweckyj
6 Stuart Carswell (s26)
14 Seán Dillon
10 Ross Forbes (s85)
18 Iain Campbell
11 Robert Barr
12 Ryan Harrington
12 Brad Spencer 22 Patrick Cregg (s79)
18 Scott Allardice
16 Craig Johnston (s79)
19 Jack Aitchison (s36) 23 Euan Henderson (s66)
23 Ryan Thomson
17 Jamie Redman(s79)
8 Kyle Hutton (s26)
9 Martin Rennie(s66)
9 Calum Gallagher (s85)
6 Martyn Fotheringham
14 Iain Russell 8 Paul Watson
33 Rory Loy (s36)
7 Graham Webster
17 James McGowan
19 Liam Callaghan (s79)
    20 Chris Antionazzi (s79)
    21 Jordan Millar (GK)

David Dickinson

Assistant Referees:
Joseph Lawson, Simon MacLean

Dumbarton - Andy Dowie (69), Ross Forbes (71pen)
Montrose -
Craig Johnston (42)

Yellow Cards:
Dumbarton - Scott Allardice (50), Ross Forbes (58), Ryan Thomson (74)
Montrose - Patrick Cregg (19), Terry Masson (78), Iain Campbell (90+1)

Red Cards:
Montrose - Micharel Bolochoweckyj (73)



Dumbarton 0 Montrose 1

It was another much changed starting line up for Montrose as Stewart Petrie continued to rotate his squad for cup games. In came Jordan Miller having recovered from his hand injury with the back line seeing the very welcome return of Michael Bolochoweckyj. Graham Webster was in the right wing back position with Matty Allan alongside Bolo and Iain Campbell on the left. Midfielders were Paddy Cregg, Paul Watson, Liam Callaghan and Danny Cavanagh with Josh Skelly and Craig Johnston up front. The strong looking substitutes line up was Ferguson, Steeves, Masson, Fotheringham, Redman, Rennie and Fleming. No place in the cup squad for Sean Dillon and Ross Campbell.

In the Dumbarton side was Cammy Ballantyne whose season so far has been plagued by injury and he had a very quiet game with only rare flashes of what we Mo fans are used to from him. Referee was David Munro who kept a firm grip on the game.

It was a quiet start to the game except for Hamish as usual up in the grandstand. Danny Cavanagh had the first real opening in the 4th minute but his attempt was blocked and Craig Johnston’s rebound attempt was also blocked. Dumbarton posed little early threat but Montrose almost undid themselves when Rory Loy intercepted a sloppy back pass but Millar was alert to clear it. Then the lively Bobby Barr showed his class in a break down the left but it was dealt with at the expense of a corner which came to nothing. Montrose counter attacked and a delightful move saw Campbell then Cavanagh then Johnston send Webster away down the right but his shot was well saved. At the other end Millar saved the day when holding on to a dangerous cross with two Dumbarton players hovering for any spillage.

As we approached the 20 minute mark Montrose scored what was to be the only goal of the game. A long ball over to the right had Webster taking on Ballantyne and crossing perfectly from the bye line to the far post where it was met firmly by CRAIG JOHNSTON and his header flew into the net from 6 yards out. It was a great move and Johnston deserved his goal. A Dumbarton response was expected but it was Montrose who continued to look threatening and two successive corners were hacked away. Bolo was then booked for a late tackle which showed a bit of rustiness following his long injury lay off. As the halftime whistle approached Millar again did his job by holding a point-blank Loy header then did just as well in dealing with a break by Gallagher who was allowed to go in on goal from what looked like an offside position. As the half finished Watson almost scored with a shot from the halfway line which only just sailed over the bar with the keeper stranded. 1-0 to the Mo at half time.

The second half started with a sloppy period of play by Montrose at the back but they got away with it twice and started to get to grips with proper defending again. Then a blow. Young Matty Allan went down injured and had to be replaced by Ferguson. The latter added pace to stretch Dumbarton whilst Bolo moved into the middle of the back line and shortly after Andy Steeves replaced Josh Skelly to shore up the back line. Midway through the half Dumbarton had their best spell of play and hit the bar with a long range Ballantyne shot. Time for change again by Dumbarton as Gallagher and Loy went off to be replaced by Little and Russell. Bolo was in the mood by now and timing his tackles as we know he can – it was great to see. Several times he dealt with matters when danger lurked.

After 77 minutes Martin Rennie replaced Johnston whose work was done. With 10 minutes to go Dumbarton had to throw men forward and Montrose had a very close call as the ball bobbled around the 6 yard box only to finally be headed over when a goal looked more likely. It wasn’t exactly a frantic finish to the game but there was still time for Dumbarton’s Andrew Little to be booked for diving and for Paddy Cregg to see yellow for what looked a routine tackle just before the final whistle. So a 1-0 win put Montrose into the next round of the Irn-Bru Cup and a home tie next would be a nice change.

Great away support again for Montrose who all went back up the road happy with the performance. No particular stand out MOTM but Millar made crucial saves, Bolo was rock solid when it mattered, Cregg and Watson were influential in midfield and although he faded in the second half young Danny Cavanagh reminded us of his abilities with a solid first half.

Same time, same place next Saturday – and same result hopefully.

Steve Doyle

Team Lineups & Stats

First Round

Saturday 8th September 2018

1 Grant Adam
21 Jordan Millar
2 Cammy Ballantyne
5 Michael Bolochoweckj
3 William Dyer 4 Matty Allan (s51)
4 Andrew Dowie
18 Iain Campbell
6 Stuart Carswell
7 Graham Webster
9 Calum Gallagher (s67)
22 Patrick Cregg
10 Ross Forbes
8 Paul Watson
11 Robert Barr
19 Liam Callaghan
12 Brad Spencer
15 Danny Cavanagh
23 Ryan Thomson 16 Craig Johnston (s79)
33 Rory Loy (s66)
24 Josh Skelly (s57)
5 Ross Perry
11 Ryan Ferguson (s51)
7 Andrew Little (s66)
3 Andrew Steeves (s57)
8 Kyle Hutton
2 Terry Masson
14 Iain Russell (s67)
6 Martyn Fotheringham
17 James McGowan
17 Jamie Redman
    9 Martin Rennie (s79)
    1 Allan Fleming (GK)

David Munro

Assistant Referees:
John McCrossan, Colin Drummond

Montrose - Craig Johnston (19)

Yellow Cards:
Dumbarton - Andrew Little (89)
Montrose - Michael Bolochoweckyj (42), Patrick Cregg (90+1)

Red Cards:



Stranraer 2 Montrose 0

If Montrose felt the journey to Stranraer was a long one the journey back would seem even longer after a poor display at Stair Park. Stranraer capitalised on two set pieces early in the first half and with Montrose showing very little threat up front the game was uphill from there.

Stewart Petrie made several changes by bringing in new loanee Ryan Harrington along with Paddy Cregg, Danny Cavanagh and Craig Johnston. The line-up was Fleming, Harrington, Dillon, Iain Campbell, Steeves, Cregg, Cavanagh, Watson, Callaghan, Henderson and Johnston. On the bench were Millar, Allan, Webster, Masson, Redman, Antoniazzi and Rennie.

It appeared Montrose were lacking in height both at the back and up top and Stranraer soon exploited that with a series of corners and set pieces two of which were converted to put the home side in full control as time and space was conceded both times in or around the six yard box. Brownlie and Anderson were the scorers. Montrose only created one chance of note in the first half as Johnston took advantage of a rare Stranraer defensive slip but unfortunately hit his shot high and wide. Montrose credit to them were playing some neat football across the back and across the middle but the home keeper Max Currie was untroubled until much later in the game. So it was 2-0 to Stranraer at half time.

Montrose made one change for the start of the second half with Matty Allan coming on for Paul Watson. Certainly, Matty Allan was missed in the first half and slotted in well when he came on but young loanee Harrington was pushed further forward on the right and appeared to be in unfamiliar territory. The first move of the second half almost saw Montrose grab a goal back as Euan Henderson latched on to a poor clearance from Stranraer but the onrushing keeper Currie got there first only to see his clearance hit Henderson and bounce agonising for Montrose just wide of the post. At the other end Stranraer hit the bar with a 20 yarder but Allan dealt with the afters by clearing his lines.

On the 60 minute mark the substitution season started with Montrose bringing on Rennie for Cavanagh who had found it hard to get into the game. Henderson hit a great shot soon after which Currie parried for a corner but Dillon headed the resultant kick over the bar. Rennie mistimed a tackle which looked worse than it was and was rightly booked and so too was Stranraer’s Brownlee for unfairly molesting Rennie in the aftermath.

Henderson was then replaced by Masson with 20 minutes to go and how the Mo had missed the energy and drive of Masson earlier in the game. Another Stranraer substitution took place, Elliott off and Diver on to run down the clock but it was a signal for Montrose to awaken from slumber with 15 minutes remaining and have a right good go at trying to salvage something from the game. Callaghan tried his luck from 30 yards and keeper Currie did well to tip it for a corner. It was Currie again who saved the day with a point blank save from that corner, then Cregg hit a great shot which Currie also managed to deflect for a corner.

All of a sudden it was all Montrose but how the fans wished it had all started a bit earlier in the game. Yet another Currie save and Stranraer made another change to take the steam out of the pressure they were under. Off came Donnelly and on came Ashmore. Another save by Currie from a Montrose free kick 20 yards out and at that point the stadium announcer hailed keeper Currie as Man of the Match. In the dying moments Stranraer made their final substitution as Montrose kept up the pressure, but to no avail.

Manager Petrie will no doubt look back on this game with a great deal of frustration. He will wonder about his starting line up and the changes he made but the outcome anyway was always going to be difficult against a big strong Stranraer back line and with Montrose seldom winning the second ball a goal looked unlikely until that final 10 minutes flurry of activity. In League 1 it demonstrated that Montrose must get back to the defensive tightness they displayed in winning so many games in League 2. Final score 2-0 to Stranraer.

Steve Doyle

Team Lineups & Stats

Ladbrokes SPFL
League 1

Saturday 25th August 2018

1 Max Currie 1 Allan Fleming
4 Andy McDonald 12 Ryan Harrington
5 David Brownlie  3 Andrew Steeves
17 David Smith 22 Patrick Cregg
22 Jamie Hamill 14 Seán Dillon
23 Adam Cummins 18 Iain Campbell
6 Connor McManus 15 Danny Cavanagh (s62)
8 Kyle Turner (s87) 8 Paul Watson (s45)
11 Grant Anderson 23 Euan Henderson (s70)
10 Luke Donnelly (s79) 16 Craig Johnston
14 Cameron Elliot (s70) 19 Liam Callaghan
3 Chris McGowan 4 Matty Allan (s45)
12 Ian Smith (s87) 7 Graham Webster
15 Sam Lidington 2 Terry Masson (s70)
16 Max Ashmore (s79) 17 Jamie Redman
19 Ciaran Diver (s70) 20 Chris Antoniazzi
13 Lyle Avci 9 Martin Rennie (s62)
    21 Jordan Millar (GK)

Alan Muir

Assistant Referees:
Ross Haswell, David Burns

Stranraer - David Brownlie (12), Grant Anderson (17)

Yellow Cards:
Stranraer - David Brownlie (69)
Montrose - Martin Rennie (69)

Red Cards:



Montrose 0 East Fife 2

Another game of two half’s where despite a spirited performance after the break, the game was already gone due to a poor first 45.

We started brightly when a Campbell lay off found Masson whose strike from 25 yards was saved well by the diving Long.

The visitors first real effort came from a Dowds cross but Court’s header was a comfortable save for Fleming, but after 20 mins, the keeper was left stranded when after a good spell of possession, Davidson let fly from 25 yards into the top corner.

As last week, we then fell two behind quickly after an Agnew shot was well saved by Fleming but Court was quicker to react to the rebound beating Campbell to the ball and poking home from just yards out.

Trying to get back into the game, Campbell delivered a great in-swinging corner but Rennie was just unable to make contact at the far post.

It could have been 3-0 when Dunsmore broke away but instead of passing the ball he chose to shoot from too far out and Fleming had an easy catch.

Our chance came just before the interval when a Redman flick was latched onto by Rennie who beat his man but from close range couldn’t beat Long who made a good save.

We were, in the main too shot shy, typified by our first chance of the second half where good build up play seen 3 players all have the chance to pull the trigger and when Masson eventually took charge he curled his effort wide from just outside the box.

Antoniazzi, who came on at half time looked bright and positive and when his shot from inside the box was saved Rennie reacted to the rebound, but his effort was saved and the keeper then saved again from Rennie’s second effort.

We had the better of the second half, but East Fife had a couple of counter attacks, and from one of these Slattery’s close range effort was brilliantly saved by Fleming showing great reactions.

Our luck in front of goal was summed up right at the end when a good Harrington cross found Masson, whose header hit the bar and Henderson’s follow up was then headed off the line.

Next week we get a break from league action for an IRN BRU Cup trip to Dumbarton.

Team Lineups & Stats

Ladbrokes SPFL
League 1

Saturday 1st September 2018

1 Allan Fleming
1 Brett Long
2 Terry Masson
5 Ross Dunlop
3 Andrew Steeves 17 Daryl Meggatt
4 Matty Allan
6 Craig Watson
14 Seán Dillon
14 Liam Watt (s84)
18 Iain Campbell (s45)
8 Pat Slattery
12 Ryan Harrington
16 Ross Davidson
6 Martyn Fotheringham (s60)
11 Scott Agnew
10 Ross Campbell (s69)
2 Aaron Dunsmore
9 Martin Rennie
9 Jonny Court (s69)
17 Jamie Redman
15 Anton Dowds (s81)
16 Craig Johnston
4 Chris Kane (s84)
8 Paul Watson
20 Kyle Bell
23 Euan Henderson (s69)
18 Scott Linton
19 Liam Callaghan (s60)
19 Rory Currie
20 Chris Antoniazzi (s45)
12 Scott McBride (s69)
22 Patrick Cregg (s73)
10 Kevin Smith (s81)
7 Graham Webster
21 Craig McDowall

Lloyd Wilson

Assistant Referees:
Ralph Gordon, David Milton

East Fife - Ross Davidson (19), Jonny Court (27)

Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Iain Campbell (31), Seán Dillon (51)
East Fife - Daryll Meggatt (55), Craig Watson (90+2)

Red Cards:


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Montrose 2 Brechin City 1

A confident start but nervy finish seen us collect our second league win of the season.

We came out flying and after just 5 mins took the lead. A good passing move and great cross from Ross Campbell was met by Henderson just yards out and although his first effort came back off the bar he was able to force the ball over the line at the second attempt.

The visitors first effort was a long range effort from Jackson that went harmlessly wide.

We went two up after McGreever fouled Henderson in the box and fresh from his penalty strike in midweek, Ross Campbell again scored from the spot.

A sweeping move from Brechin ended with Burns side footing an effort wide from 25 yards and then a cross from Orsi was headed over by Hill.

The visitors got back into the match when after some messy defending on our part, Jackson collected the ball and delivered a pin point cross for Melingui, who headed firmly past a stranded Fleming from 12 yards.

The game should have been all square when Melingui out muscled Steeves before laying the ball off for Sinclair who should have scored but put his shot wide of target.

On the stroke of half time, Antoniazzi came close to extending our lead when he linked up well with Henderson, but his effort was turned round the post by Brennan.

The visitors were first to threaten in the second half when Melingui turned sharply in the box, but he scuffed his shot and Fleming had an easy catch.

Melingui was an increasing threat and when Tapping drove in a corner, his bulleted header flew just over.

From the second phase of a Campbell free kick the ball fell to Dillon, whose driven shot from just inside the box was blocked.

Substitute Rennie came close when he side footed a Steeves cross, but Brennan managed to stretch a foot out to block.

Brechin threw everything at us, but we stood firm and when McGreever found himself in space deep in added time, he chose to try a delicate chip which drifted wide.

Great effort today and next week we have our furthest away trip to Stranraer.


Team Lineups & Stats


Ladbrokes SPFL
League 1

Saturday 18th August 2018

1 Allan Fleming
1 Connor Brennan
2 Terry Masson
3 Sean Burns
3 Andrew Steeves 4 Ryan McGeever
20 Chris Antoniazzi (s59)
5 Douglas Hill
14 Seán Dillon
7 Kalvin Orsi
18 Iain Campbell
8 Callum Tapping
7 Graham Webster (s73)
9 Andrew Jackson (s76)
8 Paul Watson
10 Jordan Sinclair (s80)
10 Ross Campbell (s60)
14 Euan Smith
23 Euan Henderson (s)
15 Giuliano Morena
19 Liam Callaghan
17 Boris Melingui
16 Craig Johnston
6 Euan Spark (s80)
9 Martin Rennie (s60)
11 Dene Shields (s76) (s83)
15 Danny Cavanagh
12 Aron Lynas (s83)
6 Martyn Fotheringham
18 Jamie Henry
4 Matty Allan (s59)
19 Patrick O'Neill
22 Patrick Cregg (s73)
21 Harvey Dailly
21 Jordan Millar (GK)

Gavin Duncan

Assistant Referees:
Ivan Stankovic, Colin McAlpine

Montrose - Euan Henderson (4), Ross Campbell (15pen)
Brechin City -
Boris Melingui (35)

Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Paul Watson (62), Patrick Cregg (78)
Brechin City - Sean Burns (17)

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