Elgin City 1 Montrose 1
Montrose Football Club recorded their second one all draw in a row as they picked up another well earned point at Borough Briggs on Saturday against Jim Weir’s Elgin City side.
In the team’s second meeting in a month it wasn’t difficult to see why Elgin have only had one home defeat this season with the power and pace to hit on the break. Once Craig Gunn opened the scoring for Elgin City things looked difficult for Montrose but they managed to ride the storm and grabbed a deserved equalised through captain Ross Campbell. After that neither side could find a winning goal and a draw was about a fair result.
Montrose made one change to the side that drew with Queen’s Park with Kieran McWalter replaced Greg Pascazio at full back. Pascazio moved onto the bench with Kyle McLeod dropping out of the squad.
It was the Gable Endies who created the first opening of the match in the third minute a long throw in from McWalter found its way to Comrie at the edge of the area but he could only hook his shot wide.
Five minutes later Dylan Easton found space on the edge of the Montrose box but he could only curl his effort wide of goal.
Montrose had a great opportunity to open the scoring in the 12th minute when Templeman was pushed by Reilly on the edge of the box. It was in a similar position to Fraser’s goal the previous week but his time Ross Campbell decided on a low effort which was deflected wide for a Montrose corner. Keeper Hurst was able to push clear the corner from Mallagaray.
Paul Hegarty’s men had another great opportunity to open the scoring with 15 minutes on the clock. A Masson through ball put top goalscorer Gary Fraser through on goal but with only keeper Hurst to beat he managed to lob him and the crossbar.
The visitors had another great chance to score in the 23rd minute. This time a kick up field from Jordan Millar found Fraser who played in his strike partner Chris Templeman his first shot from the edge of the box was brilliantly saved by Hurst and the on loan St Johnstone keeper somehow managed to get down to beat away the net bound follow up from the same player.
Montrose were made to pay for this as Elgin City hit them on the counter attack to open the scoring seconds later. The move started down the right and when the cut back came in from Connor McLaren, Montrose couldn’t clear and CRAIG GUNN was on hand to sweep home his 22nd goal of the season.
It could have been worse for Montrose as Elgin City should have scored again two minutes later. A cross from the right by Gunn wasn’t cut out by the Gable Endies defence and Brian Cameron saw his shot crash off the underside of the bar before being cleared.
Montrose thought they had grabbed an equaliser the following minute when Fraser latched onto a Jamie Clarke free kick from the half way line and from the tightest of angles inside the box he managed to find the top corner. Unfortunately the whistle had gone for a very dubious looking offside flag.
Gunn then scored for the home side but the flag was also up against him.
The Gable Endies had totally fallen out of the game and Easton was left unmarked at the far post but he could only blast high over the crossbar.
Ten minutes from the interval Terry Masson tried his luck from 25 yards out but his effort flew over the crossbar.
With five minutes of the half remaining Steeves fouled Cameron in a dangerous area but Darryl McHardy sent his effort well over the crossbar.
Three minutes into the second half Clarke gave away a free kick on the edge of the Montrose box when he fouled the dangerous Easton, thankfully for Montrose captain Darryl McHardy blasted his effort wide of the post.
In the 50th minute Montrose came so close to an equaliser. Masson was fouled by Cameron and when Steeves free kick was cleared Gary Fraser did brilliantly to turn and hook in an improvised effort which smacked off the post and ran along the goalmouth before being cleared by the home defence.
Elgin City where still a danger on their tried and trusted counter attack and this time it was Craig Gunn who turned inside the box and hit the side netting.
With 53 minutes gone Kieran McWalter became the first Montrose player to be booked when fouled Easton.
Montrose made a positive change in the 55th minute when Graham Webster came on to replace Adrian Mallagaray on the right flank.
In the 62nd minute Montrose found the equaliser. Fraser started the move by playing a pass back to Webster he strode across field before finding Masson on the edge of the box and he slipped a delightful pass to the on coming ROSS CAMPBELL who took the ball in his stride and lifted a beauty into the roof of the net past Hurst.
Jamie Clarke became the second Montrose player to be booked on 65 minutes for a foul on Steven Ross.
In the 71st minute Montrose made a second switch with Adam Harwood coming on to replace Neil Martynuik at left back.
Four minutes later came a double switch from the home side with Daniel Moore and Marc McKenzie coming on in place of McLaren and Easton.
With ten minutes left Elgin made a third and final change with Kyle McLeod on for Gunn.
In the 85th minute Fraser won Montrose a free kick when he was fouled by Cooper. Clarke played the free kick into the box but Templeman just couldn’t connect with the ball across the face of the goal and it was put out for the throw in. Harwood took the throw in and McWalter could only fire in an effort which hit Webster.
The home side were pushing for a winning goal and when Masson fouled Cameron on the touchline, McPhee’s free kick found McHardy whose header went straight into the arms of Millar.
Montrose had one last free kick from Moore to defend in the fifth minute of stoppage time which they did and shortly afterwards referee Craig Napier signalled the end of the match and another well deserved point for the Gable Endies.