Montrose v Stenhousemuir
Links Park Stadium, Montrose
Saturday 23rd March 2019
Kick Off: 3.00pm
League 1 Table 2018/19
Montrose 1 Dumbarton 3
Montrose suffered a third straight defeat, losing to in-form Dumbarton on a cold and blustery afternoon.
The home side had been the first to seriously test the opposing goalkeeper, Andrew Steeves having a shot parried and held at the second attempt by Grant Adam.
But Dumbarton took the lead in the 17th minute when Sean Dillon slipped, allowing DOM THOMAS to progress into the box. His first shot was blocked by Allan Fleming, but the ball spun up, allowing Thomas to poke into the net from a yard out.
Montrose were given an almost immediate opportunity to equalise, when Craig Barr tripped Chris Antoniazzi in the box. Martin Rennie stepped up to take the penalty, but he crashed his spot kick onto Adam’s crossbar, the ball rebounding up and out for a goal kick.
Much of the remainder of the first half passed without incident, Lewis Milne shooting wide of the post from the edge of the box as close as Montrose came to finding an equaliser.
They were left to rue the miss three minutes later when former Montrose fullback Cammy Ballantyne slipped the ball across the box to the unmarked CALUM GALLAGHER, who knocked the ball into Fleming’s goal at the near post.
Montrose came flying out for the second half, and had pulled a goal back within five minutes of the restart. A short corner was played out to Iain Campbell, who curled a cross into the box for SEÁN DILLON to head across Adam’s goal and into the net.
The Gable Endies piled forward in search of an equaliser, Steeves bursting into the box and sending the ball across goal, but Rennie could only send his shot wide of the post at full stretch.
Iain Campbell hit the target with a free kick from the edge of the box in the 57th minute, but Adam easily held the ball.
Disaster struck for Montrose two minutes later when Fleming’s clearance into the wind looped back into the box, causing chaos in the Montrose backline and enabling DOM THOMAS to collect the ball and fire home.
Antoniazzi had a weak shot easily held by Adam in the 67th minute, while Lewis Milne hit the target with a free kick two minutes later, but Adam parried the shot and held it at the second attempt.
Milne tried his luck again a minute later, but shot wide from the edge of the box, while Dumbarton’s Dominic Thomas passed up a chance of a hat-trick when he shot high and wide from 25 yards out.
The final clear-cut chance of the match fell to Thomas, who forced Fleming into a good save with a stinging shot.
Team Lineups & Stats
Saturday 9th March 2019
|1||Allan Fleming||1||Grant Adam
|12||Ryan Harrington (s81)
|22||Patrick Cregg (s61)
||11||Bobby Barr (s73)
|19||Liam Callaghan (s45)
||9||Calum Gallagher (s70)
||20||Dom Thomaas (s90+1)
|23||Euan Henderson (s45)
||7||Boris Melingui (s70)
|6||Ross Campbell (s81)
||16||Ben Armour (S90+1)
|2||Terry Masson (s61)
||15||Michael Paton (s73)
|21||Ross Matthews (GK)
Graham McNellie, Jordan Curran
Montrose - Seán Dillon (51)
Dumbarton - Dom Thomas (17, 59), Calum Gallagher (38)
Montrose - Ryan Harrington (44), Seán Dillon (84)
Dumbarton - Craig Bar (85)
Airdrieonians 1 Montrose 0
A frustrating day where we were left ruing missed chances and ultimately paid the price for a solitary defensive lapse.
We started the game on the front foot and Hutton had to be alive to tip a dangerous Milne corner behind.
McLean looked sharp and keen to bag his first goal but after some good battling to retain possession his shot from distance was tame.
Webster’s first sprint down the line ended with a great cross to the near post for the inrushing Rennie but his shot was blocked well by O’Neil.
McLean was at it again moments later when this time a dribbling run into the box ended with a layoff to Redman whose effort was weak and wide of target.
The home side then created a good chance when Campbell found time and space in the inside left channel but his effort was high thanks to good pressure being applied by Bolochoweckyj.
Just after the half hour McLean had a great chance to break his duck following good link up play between Masson and Rennie but the young striker blasted over from close range and looked to be badly injured as he fell, resulting in him leaving the field on a stretcher.
As we headed to the break both sides had one last effort when first a good turn and cross by Rennie found Masson but his diving header at the near post went wide and at the other end Houston created space for himself on the edge of the area with some good skill but his shot was smothered easily by Fleming.
Having created the best of the chances in the first half, we were to gift the home side the lead within a minute of the restart when we failed to clear a Conroy corner and when the ball eventually fell to Duffy, he fired high past Fleming from close range.
The damage could have been worse almost straight from kickoff when WIlkie beat the offside trap to run clear but the outrushing Fleming blocked his shot well.
We tried to respond when Rennie whipped in a great corner but Redman’s header from close range was too high and then a good attack ended with Rennie laying off for Milne but his curling effort was high and wide of target.
Midway through the half the game was almost put out of our reach when a Duffy thunderbolt 20 yard free kick was deflected just wide.
After that we took a firm hold of the game and a guilt edged chance fell to Henderson after Crighton misjudged the bounce of the ball inside the area, but from 10 yards and with time and the whole goal to aim at, the Hearts loanee volleyed straight at Hutton who instinctively tipped over.
With time running out we created one last effort when great fighting by Webster to win the ball allowed him to deliver another dangerous cross low and hard across the face of the goal but despite Henderson sliding in for what looked like a certain equaliser, Hutton pulled off another great save at his feet.
A tough one to take, but plenty effort shown by all the boys and we move on to next week as we welcome Dumbarton, C’Mon the Mighty MO!!!
Team Lineups & Stats
Saturday 2nd March 2019
|4||Sean Crighton (c)
|7||Jordan Houston (s79)
||22||Patrick Cregg (s70)
||9||Martin Rennie (s70)
|10||Declan Glass (s66)
||10||Russell McLean (s37)
|11||Dale Carrick (s19)
||17||Jamie Redman (c)
|12||Leighton McIntosh (s66)
||20||Chris Antoniazzi (s70)
|14||Scott Robertson (s79)
||23||Chris Antoniazzi Euan HendersonEuan HendersonEuan Henderson (s37)
|15||Kyle Wilkie (s19)
||8||Paul Watson Paul Watson Paul Watson Paul Watson
||19||Liam Callaghan (s70)
||18||Iain Campbell Iain Campbell Iain Campbell
||21||Ross Matthews (GK)|
Ralph Gordon, Robert Thomson
Airdrieonians - Darryl Duffy (47)
Airdrieonians - Sean Crighton (77)
Montrose 2 Forfar Athletic 0
Montrose defeated Angus rivals Forfar in a high tempo match at Links Park.
Terry Masson was the first player to have a clear chance on goal when he controlled Patrick Cregg’s ball over the top of the Forfar defence, but he could only shoot at visiting goalkeeper Marc McCallum.
Forfar came closer a minute later when Dylan Easton crashed a shot off the junction of Allan Fleming’s post and crossbar from 25 yards out.
Fleming was called into action in the 19th minute, the goalkeeper racing off his line to intercept Ross Meechan’s cross before it could reach former Montrose forward John Baird.
CRAIG JOHNSTON opened the scoring for the home side in the 21st minute, Jamie Redman slipping the ball through to the striker, sending him through on McCallum. He kept his cool and curled a shot into the bottom corner of the goal.
Baird should have equalised for Forfar in the 40th minute, but could only head over the bar from Adam Eckersley’s cross from wide on the left.
The first half ended with Eckersley smashing a free kick into the defensive wall then blasting the rebound high and wide of the goal.
Forfar started the second half on the offensive, Easton shooting straight at Fleming from 25 yards out.
The second half was a largely scrappy affair for long periods, with neither side able to create many clear-cut chances. Euan Henderson did come close to adding to the scoresheet in the 70th minute, controlling the ball in the box and firing a shot that McCallum held at the second attempt.
Thomas Reilly could have equalised for Forfar a minute later, but his low shot from the edge of the box flew through a crowd of players and narrowly wide of Fleming’s post.
A quick break from Montrose in the 75th minute almost paid dividends. Terry Masson stole the ball from Brad Spencer in the middle of the park and carried it forwards to the edge of the Forfar box before sliding a through ball in to the feet of Martin Rennie, whose shot was deflected wide.
Graham Webster came close a minute later, driving the ball at McCallum’s goal from the edge of the box, the Loons goalkeeper managing to parry the ball to safety.
Forfar continued to search for an equaliser, Dale Hilson sending a free kick high and wide of the target from 25 yards out in the 83rd minute.
But the visitors’ challenge was all but snuffed out with two minutes remaining when Montrose were awarded a penalty after John Baird tripped Euan Henderson in the box.
MARTIN RENNIE stepped up to take the kick, sending the ball to McCallum’s right and into the net.
Forfar’s misery was compounded in the first minute of stoppage time when Reilly was sent off after receiving a second yellow card following an off the ball altercation.
Montrose looked to capitalise on the brief numerical advantage, Henderson having a shot tipped wide of the post, and Rennie having a header from a Lewis Milne corner held on the line.
Team Lineups & Stats
Saturday 16th February 2019
|1||Allan Fleming||1||Marc McCallum
|7||Graham Webster (s78)
||8||Gary Irvine (s67)
|16||Craig Johnston (s39)
|10||Russell McLean (s61)
||10||Dylan Easton (s81)
||11||Lewis Moore (s64)
|9||Martin Rennie (s39)
|23||Euan Henderson (s61)
||16||Connor Coupe (s64)
|8||Paul Watson||17||Cedwyn Scott (s81)
|11||Lewis Milne (s78)
||18||Brad Spencer (s67)
|21||Ross Matthews (GK)
||21||Daniel Hoban (GK)|
Ross Haswell, Kevin Lindsay
Montrose - Craig Johnston (21), Martin Rennie (88pen)
Montrose - Russell McLean (26), Graham Webster (70)
Forfar Athletic - Thoma Reilly (69), John Baird (88), Dale Hilson (90)
Forfar Athletic - Thomas Reilly (90+1)
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Raith Rovers 4 Montrose 1
This was a day when what could have gone wrong, went wrong for Montrose. A mix up in the second minute led to a penalty for Raith which Kevin Nisbet converted to make it 1-0. Already a goal down Montrose had a higher mountain to climb against a team smarting from a crucial home defeat the previous week.
Raith were also playing with a strong swirling wind first half so very much backs to the wall for Montrose. The Mo line up looked to be right and play a containing game but that early penalty immediately put paid to the idea of all out containment.
In fairness as well Raith Rovers moved the ball well and despite 50/50 possession they always looked more of a threat going forward. Montrose on the other hand offered very little up front in the first half. Apart from a Rennie shot which went wide very little else happened in the next 20 minutes then Montrose had two quick corners neither of which caused problems to Raith.
Henderson worked the ball well down the left but without support he cut inside and was upended in the process. Nothing came from the free kick.
The game moved further away from Montrose after 33 minutes when centre-back Euan Murray rose unchallenged and headed a free kick delivery firmly into the net to make it 2-0.
It was now a question of damage limitation until half-time as Raith tried to capitalise on playing with the wind but apart from a great chance which was ballooned over the top Allan Fleming was not called on.
Manager Stewart Petrie made a change for the second half with Andrew Steeves on for Bolochoweckyi who had received treatment just before half-time. Iain Campbell moved to centre back to replace Bolo with Harrington moving to the right to accommodate Steeves on the left. There was more urgency from Montrose now but again without any threat up front despite probing from Graham Webster on the right. At one point it looked like Ross Campbell was booked on the touchline but as the game flowed on it soon became 3-0 to Raith. Centre forward Liam Buchannan got lucky as a shot was saved by Fleming but the rebound fell just right for Buchannan who buried it. That was after 55 minutes.
It was time for Stewart Petrie to make another change. On came Paul Watson for Iain Campbell and shortly after Terry Masson gave the Montrose fans some hope as he surged forward down the middle and unleashed an unstoppable ‘daisy cutter’ into the net to pull the score back to 3-1 in the 63rd minute.
Three more substitutions were then made, two by Raith with Flanagan and Barjonas off and McGuffie and Matthews on. For Montrose Callaghan came on for Cregg who had a quiet game and had just been booked for a high foot. Rennie was also booked for a clumsy tired looking tackle.
From a Montrose point of view nothing was going right, it was all a bit disjointed and Raith were without doubt confident being in control. The fourth Raith goal however was typical of the day. Craig McGuffie tried a speculative shot which Fleming would have gathered easily but it took a deflection and ballooned over Fleming and simply dropped steeply into the net.
In the dying moments both Henderson and Watson tried their luck with shots from distance but it was not their day. Final score 4-1. Not a day for undue criticism as the better team on the day won but Montrose must not take their eye off the ball until at least mathematically clear of the danger zone.
Team Lineups & Stats
Saturday 23rd February 2019
|4||Iain Davidson (c)
||18||Iain Campbell (s61)|
|9||Liam Buchanan (s80)
||5||Michael Bolochoweckyj (s45)
|14||Nat Wedderburn||22||Patrick Cregg (s70)
|16||Nathan Flanagan (s67)
|24||Jamie Barjonas (s71)
||17||Jamie Redman (c)
|17||Dean Lyness (GK)
|12||Ross Matthews (s71)
||20||Chris Antoniazzi Chris Antoniazzi
||19||Liam Callaghan (s70)
||18||Paul Watson Paul Watson Paul Watson Paul Watson (s61)
|20||Jamie Watson||3||Andrew Steeves (s45)
|26||Craig McGuffie (s67)
|27||Kieron Bowie (s80)
||21||Ross Matthews (GK)|
Stuart Hodge, Scott Leslie
Raith Rovers - Kevin Nisbet (2pen), Euan Murray (33), Liam Buchannan (55), Craig McGuffie (82)
Montrose - Terry Masson (63)
Montrose - Iain Campbell (32), Ross Campbell (54), Patrick Cregg (68), Martin Rennie (76)
Stenhousemuir 1 Montrose 0
After a largely non-eventful first half, we were unable to capitalise on having the better of the second period with the home side more clinical in front of goal.
The strong wind and a low sun made conditions difficult from the off and it took 15 mins before any sort of chance was created when a quick Dillon Free kick found Webster whose driven cross was cleared.
Minutes later the Warriors had their first sight of goal when Webster tried to run the ball out but McGuigan kept it in and played in Cook who squaffed his effort wide.
On the half hour Cook fired in from 25 yards, which had to be watched carefully by Fleming in the low sun.
Campbell’s dead ball delivery was again to a very high standard and from his corner McLean’s glancing header was deflected for another corner from which Milne’s cross found Webster who out jumped the keeper but his effort was headed off the line by McGuigan.
With conditions continuing to play a part, a poor clearance from Fleming fell to Cook who tried his luck with a wind assisted shot from the half way line but it drifted just over.
Just before the break a great pass from Watson found Harrington whose cross to the far post was met by Webster’s head which went just wide.
Stenny started the second half brightly and created the best chance of the game when a ball into the box landed at McGuigan’s feet. The big striker quickly tee’ed up Cook whose shot beat Fleming but Bolochoweckyj cleared the danger.
We then had our best spell of the game with new signing McLean creating three good chances in quick succession.
First, a quick Campbell free kick found McLean inside the area and after out muscling Reid, from a tight angle he fired straight at Smith. Webster was next to supply the big striker, slipping in a neat ball and this time McLean held off
Marsh before turning and letting fly with Smith blocking well at close range.
Minutes later a chip from Milne again found McLean in the box and his neat touch, turn and shot went just wide.
At this point it looked like it was only a matter of time before the vital breakthrough would be made and a Campbell free kick from inside our own half created another chance when it caught out the Stenny back line and fell to Bolochoweckyj at the far post but the defender was unable to keep his shot down.
Breadner came off the bench for the home side and made an immediate impact when a clearance from a free kick fell to him 30 yards out and without hesitation he powered a drive goal-ward that ruffled the top of the net.
We responded by coming close from yet another Campbell free kick, that again found a stretching Bolochoweckyj at the far post whose ball back across the face was cleared.
With 20 mins to play, we payed the ultimate price when a long ball up to McGuigan was well controlled and when he laid it in to the path of Hurst his powerful angled drive beat Fleming.
Minutes later the Warriors were almost out of sight when McGuigan rose to meet a Cook chip but his header, despite looping over Fleming came back off the bar.
We peppered the Stenny box with crosses in the minutes that remained, but without creating any more clear cut chances against a team that defended for their lives.
Next week it’s another Angus Derby as we welcome Forfar Athletic, C’Mon the Mighty Mo!!!
Team Lineups & Stats
Saturday 9th February 2019
||7||Graham Webster (s75)
|6||Mark Ferry (c)
|9||Mark McGuigan (s90+4)
||20||Chris Antoniazzi (s65)
|15||Thomas Halleran (s61)
||8||Paul Watson (c) (s74)
|16||Sean Dickson (s61)
|17||Lewis McMinn (GK)
||23||Euan Henderson (s65)
|7||Kieran Gibbons (s90+4)
||9||Martin Rennie (s75)
|24||Greg Hurst (s61)||2||Terry Masson (s74)|
|12||Cameron Breadner (s61)||17||Jamie Redman|
Andy Milne, Colin Drummond
Stenhousemuir - Greg Hurst (68)
Stenhousemuir - Andy Munro (15), Alan Cook (72), Ruaridh Donaldson (85)
Montrose - Russell McLean (45+1), Patrick Cregg (89)