East Fife 0 Montrose 2
A great performance to move us into the final play-off place with the finishing line in sight.
We kicked off into a very strong wind coming off the sea and it was soon evident that it would be a hard task in the first 45 minutes just getting the ball out of our own half.
We attacked first and a cross from the right which would normally have flown well over the top was held up in play by the wind and resulted in a scramble under the crossbar until cleared by the East Fife defence.
At the other end East Fife had two corners and a free kick from just outside the box, all dangerous with the wind behind them. Fleming kept them out however and one went high over the top.
Milne then tried his luck at the other end from 25 yards but the wind rendered it harmless. Cregg was first to see yellow when pulling back an East Fife player on 20 minutes and that was to be our only card as referee Newlands controlled things sensibly.
We were very much playing a holding game against the elements in the first half but the Fifers were not dealing with matters in a way which made it difficult for us. In fact the two best efforts came immediately before the break when an East Fife free kick floated just wide (Fleming had it covered of course).
At the other end Euan Henderson broke clear and hit a shot which keeper Long pushed out for a corner as the wind took the steam out of the shot. So, 0-0 at half-time.
The travelling Mo fans sensed something could be got from this game and so too did the players who immediately took the game to their hosts. A Campbell cross hovered just under the bar but no Montrose player was on hand to give it the final touch, then we had a succession of corners all of which were either too long or dealt with easily.
Meanwhile East Fife were restricted to breakaways against the still strong wind but each time Fleming did what he does best and did a great job in controlling his area.
We sensed an away goal had to come and the presence of sub Paul Watson was to make all the difference when after only on the park for a couple of minutes he seemed to nod in a cross from close range to make it 1-0 to the Mo but the goal was subsequently credited to Ryan Harrington.
Fleming fielded another 25 yarder like he was having afternoon tea then set up another Montrose attack with a long ball. Another series of Mo corners ensued during which East Fife defender Dunsmore saw yellow for kicking Terry Masson instead of the ball.
Lewis Milne should have made it another score when clean through but the ball ran away from him on the plastic surface in a strong wind and the keeper snuffed out the chance.
As we moved into stoppage time we hit long balls into enemy territory but Martin Rennie scampered after one, kept it in and hit a low cross from the left and who got on the end to turn it in but Paul Watson to make it 2-0 and game over.
A great result just at the right time of the season and next week we welcome Airdrieonians, C’Mon the Mighty MO!!
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Saturday 20th April 2019