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.
Team Lineups & Stats
Saturday 8th September 2018
|3||William Dyer||4||Matty Allan (s51)
|9||Calum Gallagher (s67)
|23||Ryan Thomson||16||Craig Johnston (s79)
|33||Rory Loy (s66)
||24||Josh Skelly (s57)
||11||Ryan Ferguson (s51)
|7||Andrew Little (s66)
||3||Andrew Steeves (s57)
|14||Iain Russell (s67)
|9||Martin Rennie (s79)
|1||Allan Fleming (GK)|
John McCrossan, Colin Drummond
Montrose - Craig Johnston (19)
Dumbarton - Andrew Little (89)
Montrose - Michael Bolochoweckyj (42), Patrick Cregg (90+1)