- Published: Saturday, 23 January 2016 15:02
Montrose 2 Clyde 1
Montrose came from a goal down against 10-man Clyde to pick up three valuable points at Links Park.
The visitors had Michael Bolochoweckyj sent off in the 16th minute for a professional foul on Ross Campbell. Gary Fraser stepped up to take the resulting penalty, but his low kick lacked conviction and was blocked by visiting goalkeeper John Gibson, who then managed to tip Fraser's shot from the rebound wide of the post.
Clyde made the most of the let-off, taking the lead six minutes later. Scott Linton's corner was headed into the air by Montrose winger Graham Webster. Montrose's assembled defenders failed to clear the second ball, and MARK McLAUGHLIN poked the ball into the net from less than a yard out.
It looked as though Montrose would finish the half a goal down, but they found an equaliser three minutes into stoppage time. Adrian Mallagaray's corner ricocheted off a Clyde defender and out to trialist JAMIE CLARKE, the former Arbroath midfielder controlling the ball and firing a half volley into the top corner.
Although Montrose controlled large portions of the second half, Barry Ferguson's remaining 10 men did well to keep the score level until the 76th minute. The stalemate was finally broken thanks to a surging run from Ross Campbell down the right, the Montrose skipper bursting past three Clyde defenders and squaring the ball to ADRIAN MALLAGARAY, who had time and space to apply the finish.
The match could have turned out in much different fashion if Clyde had been luckier in the 8th minute when McLaughlin's header from Linton's corner was booted off the line by Ryan Ferguson.
They could also have gone ahead in the 56th minute when they were awarded a penalty following Aaron Comrie's trip on Sean Higgins. Linton's penalty was forceful but clattered off Jordan Millar's left hand post and out to safety.
Match Report by Mark Rae