Albion Rovers 0 Montrose 0
Scottish Professional Football League
Saturday 20th December 2014
Montrose and Albion Rovers shared the spoils at Cliftonhill Stadium on Saturday in a match that the Gable Endies really should have won.
George Shields side created numerous chances and forced a glut of corner kicks but they just lacked that killer instinct in front of goal. On another day they could have quite easily have had a few goals.
The goal-less draw their first of the season sets them up nicely for their match against Elgin City on Saturday at Links Park.
One change was made to the side that was defeated by Queen’s Park with the suspended captain Garry Wood being replaced in attack by Scott Johnston.
Trialist Michael Travis was once again at the heart of the Montrose defence wearing the number 8 jersey.
Montrose created the first opening in the fifth minute when a good passing move involving McCord, Deasley saw Graham put over a dangerous cross which was put behind for a corner. Deasley’s corner was headed on by Campbell and McIntosh only succeeded in heading wide at the far post.
The visitors had a great chance in the 13th minute a kick out from McKenzie sailed over the home defence and put McIntosh through on goal but he took a touch too many and Parry managed to push the ball behind.
The Gable Endies had another good chance in the 21st minute when McIntosh won another corner kick which Deasley took only for Campbell to head down and straight at the keeper.
Rovers had a rare chance four minutes later Davidson swung the ball over Phillips headed back across goal but McKenzie did well to scramble the ball clear.
McKenzie saved Montrose when Philips slipped through Chaplain but the Montrose keeper pulled off a great save.
Ten minutes from the interval a Fisher cross found ex Gable Endie John Gemmell at the back post but he headed wide of the far post.
With five minutes of the first half remaining Montrose had another opportunity. Johnston was fouled on the right, Watson curled over the free kick and trialist Michael Travis came racing in only to power a header wide of the far post.
Two minutes from half time Montrose had another chance. Deasley won a corner kick which he took but again McIntosh was only able to head wide.
Montrose were forced into a change in the 53rd minute when Ross Graham went off with an ankle injury and his place was taken by Adam Harwood.
In the next minute Ross McCord received a pass from Watson and his low effort was well saved by Parry.
Montrose kept up the pressure and Crawford forced his way through from the back and his lob just cleared the home crossbar.
Albion Rovers had a rare opportunity when dangerman Scott Chaplain was allowed to get clear but his low shot was held by McKenzie.
On the hour mark Rovers brought on Mark McGuigan for Phillips.
Paul Watson was next to have a try for Montrose when he made space at the edge of the box and Parry again did well to get down to save.
Terry Masson picked up a booking for a tackle on Cusack.
In the 64th minute Montrose should have opened the scoring. Deasley was allowed to pick up a clearance from his corner kick and he raced into the box and sent over a right footed cross which found the head of McIntosh but he could only head over when it seemed easier to score.
In the 69th minute Montrose made a change when Stephen Day replaced Deasley.
Scott Johnston then collected a McCord pass at the edge of the box but he could only fire wide from the edge of the box.
With ten minute left Ross McCord tried his luck with a lob which cleared the home crossbar as Montrose kept up the pressure.
Rovers made another change when they brought on Mark McKenzie for Chaplain.
With seven minutes remaining Montrose should have scored Day played a great through ball to Johnston with only the keeper to beat but he didn’t get his shot away quick enough and the chance was gone.
Paul Watson picked up the second Montrose booking of the afternoon for a late tackle.
Johnston then chased a lost cause to win Montrose a free kick in a dangerous position. Watson swung over a great ball only for Parry to manage to punch clear.
In stoppage time Day managed to get inside the box with some great foot work but slipped at the vital moment and the last opportunity of a good Montrose display was gone.