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Stewart Petrie’s men grabbed their second win of the week with a comfortable 3-0 win against a struggling Edinburgh City.

It only took Montrose three minutes to get their first attempt at goal, when Matheus Machado attempted a shot from long range. The effort was just too high to test visiting keeper Ruairidh Adams.

Michael McIndoe’s team have been able to score 27 goals so far this campaign and could have drawn first blood 12 minutes in when the quick Frankie Deane collected the ball from a throw-in. His shot ended wide of the goal.

Two minutes later Montrose broke the deadlock from an unlikely source.

The ball found its way into the box and, after a backwards header from Webster, was collected by captain Paul Watson who struck for 1-0.

In the 24th minute, Montrose and Winker got their second of the game.

A Machado corner seemed to have been headed in from Sean Dillon. Despite calls from some that the ball crossed the line Watson pulled off an acrobatic attempt to ensure that Montrose had doubled their lead.

The Citizens thought they made their way back into the game in the 36th minute when Quinn Mitchell’s shot was deflected into the net.

The linesman ruled that the final touch was by a City player in an offside position and the goal was ruled out.

Montrose scored what turned out to be the match winner in the 43rd minute.

Machado whipped in another corner that was met by the head of Aidan Quinn that looked like it was cleared by a defender, however referee Peter Stuart ruled that the ball had crossed the line, giving the Mo a three-goal lead going into half time.

The tempo of the match slowed right down in the second half. 

Five minutes into the half Watson nearly grabbed a hat-trick. Luke Graham floated a cross into the box and the captain’s header was caught by Adams.

With the points out of reach for the visitors, Petrie made the most of the five substitutions by giving 16-year-old Harry Craig another run out.

The midfielder, who made his first team debut against Queen of the South in December, looked promising in the middle of the park.

Montrose return to Links Park next Saturday when they face a Kelty Hearts side snapping at their ankles in sixth place.

Report by Ben McDonald

Pic by Phoenix Photography 

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