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Ladbrokes SPFL
League 2
Links Park Stadium, Montrose

Saturday 23rd March 2019
Kick Off: 3.00pm

League 1 Table 2018/19

Team   P 
Pts
Arbroath
27 60
Forfar Athletic
27 46
Raith Rovers
27 45
East Fife
25 39
MONTROSE
27
35
Airdrieonians 27 34
Dumbarton
27 31
Stranraer
26 29
Brechin City
25 26
Stenhousemuir 26 24

Falkirk 0 Montrose 1

An away day at a Championship club might not have seemed ideal for Montrose in their build up to the new League 1 season but the Mo certainly rose to the occasion and put in a very solid performance at the Falkirk Stadium. Over 1000 spectators including around 150 to 200 from Montrose watched the game take place on a hot, energy sapping afternoon.

Montrose lined up with Allan Fleming in goal with a back five of Matty Allan, Michael Bolochoweckyj, Sean Dillon, Iain Campbell and Andy Steeves. Across midfield were Terry Masson, Paul Watson and Jamie Redman with Craig Johnston and Martin Rennie up front. On the bench were Martin Fotheringham, Ryan Ferguson, Stuart McFarlane, Danny Cavanagh, Ross Campbell, Jordan Millar and Josh Skelly.

Falkirk had made 12 new signings over the summer so it was an unrecognisable squad – and it showed as they struggled all afternoon to put together or at least finish off any promising moves.

Referee Graham Beaton made his mark early on by booking Paul Watson for a late tackle after only two minutes but the free kick came to nothing. Mo then took the early game to their Championship hosts and won a corner wide left but Campbell’s kick was easily cleared. Then Bolo had a shot saved and in the next foray forward Johnston was caught offside. Falkirk survived that early ten minutes and started to come more into it and a promising attack came to an abrupt end when the attacker lost control of the ball. Shortly afterwards Montrose had a let off as a cracking Falkirk shot came back off the crossbar and to safety.

It was Montrose who broke the deadlock however. Firstly Johnston had a chance but failed to pull the trigger and the ball was cleared. Only cleared as far as Redman however and he slotted a great ball down the throat of the Falkirk back line for MARTIN RENNIE to run on to and fire an unstoppable shot past keeper Leo Fasan – 1-0 to the Mo after 19 minutes. On the balance of play you have to say it was deserved. Johnston had another chance moments later but it was scrambled away before Bolo went down injured whilst cleaning up a Falkirk attack and allowing Fleming to collect the ball. There followed predictably a period of intense Falkirk pressure but Montrose coped well with Fleming not in the mood to let anything past him. Falkirk’s Ruben Sammut looked dangerous each time he got the ball. He was fast and he was everywhere but Dillon and company held the line although the ball did finally travel past Fleming but Dennon Lewis was clearly offside.

As half time approached Dillon and Fleming had a mix up but Bolo was on hand to shepherd the loose ball away for a goal kick. 1-0 to the Mo, 45 minutes to go.

For the start of the second half Jamie Redman was replaced by Danny Cavanagh who slotted in to the same attacking midfield role and did very well there. Indeed it was Cavanagh who almost put Montrose another goal up as his 20 yard shot fizzed past Fasan’s left hand post – just. Falkirk were awoken and fired up now and had the ball in the net again but that too was ruled out for offside. Falkirk were leaving gaps down the flanks however and both Steeves and Masson crashed shots in but both were saved. Falkirk huffed and puffed without causing any great alarm until Manager Paul Harley decided enough was enough and started the substitutions merry go round on the hour mark. Off came Lewis and on came Dan Turner. Montrose responded with Johnston off and Ross Campbell on.

Dillon came to the rescue when cutting out a dangerous through ball to set up a Montrose raid at the other end which was hacked away to safety. The second Falkirk sub was Kevin O’Hara coming on for Dylan Macklin after 70 minutes with Manager Stewart Petrie responding by bringing off Watson and putting on the speedy Ryan Ferguson to stretch Falkirk down the right hand side. Fergy almost made an instant impact as his shot was saved on the line and pushed out for a corner which was headed clear with Masson flashing the rebound just wide.

Fleming earned his keep with a few more efficient saves as Mo wound down the clock by making a desperate Falkirk side shoot from distance. The nearest they came was in the 90th minute when Fleming had to move smartly to whip the ball off the toe of the oncoming attacker. Falkirk spent stoppage time encamped in the Montrose half and along the way managed to pick up a yellow card but the final chance went high and wide into the empty stand behind Fleming’s goalmouth.

A 95th minute scare was when Rennie went down injured but picked up in time to rejoice as the full time whistle went to signal a deserved 1-0 win for the Mo who top Group B for a few days – at least. A very solid performance indeed albeit against a poor looking Falkirk side but a win’s a win.

Steve Doyle

Team Lineup & Stats



Betfred Cup
Group B

Saturday 14th July 2018


 
 
       
1 Leo Fasan
1 Allan Fleming
3 Jordan McGhee (s70)
2 Terry Masson
4 Aaron Muirhead
3 Andrew Steeves
6 Paul Paton
4 Matty Allan
7 Deimantas Petravicius
5 Michael Bolochoweckyj
8 Ruben Sammut
8 Paul Watson (s71)
9 Dennon Lewis (s61)
9 Martin Rennie
10 Tom Owen Evans
14 Seán Dillon
15 Scott Harrison
16 Craig Johnston (s66)
18 Patrick Brough
17 Jamie Redman (s45)
21 Dylan Mackin (s70)
18 Iain Campbell
       
31 Robbie Mutch (GK)
6 Martyn Fotheringham
2 Lewis Kidd
11 Ryan Ferguson (s71)
11 Dimitris Froxylias (s70)
12 Stuart McFarlane
14 Tommy Robson
15 Danny Cavanagh (s45)
16 Dan Turner (s61)
20 Ross Campbell (s66)
20 Kevin O'Hara (s70)
21 Jordan Millar (GK)
    24 Josh Skelly
       


Referee:
Graham Beaton

Assistant Referees:
Graeme Stewart, Gary Logan

Goalscorers:
Montrose - Martin Rennie (19)

Yellow Cards:
Falkirk - Jordan McGhee (40)
Montrose - Paul Watson (2)

Red Cards:
None

Attendance:
1,730

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