Montrose 2 Berwick Rangers 1
Scottish Professional Football League
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Montrose Football Club recorded their first league win since September 23rd when they came from behind to beat Berwick Rangers at Links Park on Tuesday night. The match having been switched due to Berwick Rangers involvement in the Scottish Cup on the Saturday.
After falling behind to a goal from Andrew Russell Montrose fought back well and won the match due to goals from Bryan Deasley and Paul Watson.
The side must now look too take the form into their away fixture against East Fife on the Saturday.
After the poor showing and heavy defeat at East Stirlingshire manager George Shields side showed six changes out went Joe McGovern, Adam Harwood, Craig Bell, Stephen O’Neil, Stephen Day and Danny Cavanagh.
Into the line up came Stuart McKenzie, Graham Webster, Ross Graham, Ross McCord, Scott Johnston and Bryan Deasley.
McKenzie was in goal with Webster and Graham in the full back positions. Crawford and Wood teamed up in central defence.
Masson was on the right hand side of midfield with McCord and Watson in the middle. Deasley took up a wide left position. Johnston and McIntosh were in attack.
There were a couple of surprises on the Montrose bench with ex Forfar Athletic, Dundee and St Johnstone striker Steven Milne who had recently been player/manager of Forfar Albion listed as a trialist alongside Kieran Sturrock who has been on loan to Lochee United since August. They were joined by O’Neil, Harkins, Day, Robb and goalkeeper McGovern.
The Berwick Rangers side was missing top goalscorer Darren Lavery but did contain former Montrose goalkeeper Michael Andrews.
Montrose won an early free kick at a frosty Links Park but thankfully for Berwick Rangers Paul Watson hit his free kick into the visitor’s wall.
In the eighth minute Montrose came close again when McIntosh connected with a McCord corner kick but could only head the ball straight into the arms of Michael Andrews.
Berwick Rangers had their first opening in the 18th minute McKenzie in the home goal punched clear a Currie corner kick only as far as Paul Willis but he blasted wildly over the crossbar.
Three minutes later the home sides Terry Masson latched on to the ball some 25 yards out but Michael Andrews was able to tip his effort around the post.
From McCord’s corner kick Garry Wood connected with the ball only to fire over at the front post.
Despite Montrose having the better opening it was Berwick Rangers who opened the scoring on the half hour mark. The home defence failed to clear the ball and it landed kindly for ANDREW RUSSELL who beat Jonathan Crawford to the ball and opened up his body to curl a beauty into the bottom corner.
Ten minutes later Russell had another opportunity after picking the ball up at the edge of the box but he blasted well over.
Five minutes before the interval Leighton McIntosh was fouled by Dean Hoskins giving Montrose a free kick which was taken by Paul Watson. Watson’s effort lead to a Gable Endies corner kick taken by McCord. Captain Wood again got on end of the ball but this time he headed wide.
In first half stoppage time Montrose equalised a 35 yarder from Paul Watson on the run was tipped over by Andrews. McCord’s corner kick was cleared but when the ball came back to the midfielder his cross picked out BRYAN DEASLEY at the back post and he knocked the ball past Andrews at the second attempt. It was Deasley’s first goal of the season and one his play deserved.
Andrews kept Berwick in the match with a great save at the feet of McIntosh after the striker latched onto a great through ball from his strike partner Scott Johnston as Montrose looked for a second goal.
Full back Devon Jacobs then tried his luck from distant but Stuart McKenzie was equal to the task and tipped the ball wide.
Steven Notman became the first booking of the match in the 57th minute for holding a Montrose player back.
On the hour mark a deep Garry Wood free kick was headed down in the box by McIntosh but Deasley looking for his second goal of the night could only shoot straight at ex Montrose keeper Michael Andrews.
Six minutes later Wood became the first Montrose player to be booked when he held back a Berwick Rangers inside the centre circle.
Terry Masson followed him into the book after a crunching tackle on Lee Currie.
Berwick Rangers then made their first switch bringing on Scott Maxwell for Ross Drummond.
Before the free kick was taken Montrose were faced to take off the unwell Jonathan Crawford and replace him with Steven Robb. The switch saw Graham move into central defence with Robb taking up position at left back.
Berwick wasted the free kick when Maxwell blasted high over the crossbar.
Johnston was then fouled in a dangerous position for Montrose but Watson fired the free kick straight at Andrews
Berwick made a second change with Scott Dalziel on for Craig Dargo.
Montrose made the breakthrough with the all important second goal in the 77th minute. Deasley did the spade work with a great run down the left wing and sent over a perfect cross which PAUL WATSON caught perfectly to volley to fire into the bottom corner with Andrews well beaten. It was the midfielder fifth goal of the season.
Deasley was immediately subbed by Stephen Day.
The visitors then replaced Paul Willis with Ross Gray.
McIntosh almost made it three for the home side when he latched onto a Webster cutback but Andrews again blocked for a corner kick.
Berwick Rangers almost grabbed an equaliser in the 90th minute when Lee Currie let fly from 20 yards out but McKenzie got down well to save.
The visitors had one last chance to grab a second goal three minutes into stoppage time. Robb fouled Gray and was promptly booked by referee Munro. Currie fired in the free kick but McKenzie in the home goal was able to push Russell’s header over the bar.