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To say it was a windy day would be an understatement, even the cameraman had difficulty but referee Lloyd Wilson had not travelled from Dumfriesshire for nothing and got the game going anyway.

The first pivotal event was an unfortunate injury to experienced keeper Marc McCallum as he looked to injure a foot in a clash for a 50/50 ball with Webster in the 4th minute. On came replacement keeper Dan Hoban who immediately had to be awake as a 60 yard wind assisted free kick by Campbell tried to catch him unawares.

The first chance fell to Montrose as Johnston chased down a long ball from Lennox but Hoban blocked the shot. The wind certainly was affecting the game and Montrose had to make the most of the first half as the swirling wind was more in their favour. They did just that as PAUL WATSON used his height and strength to power home a header on 30 minutes following a short corner which was then swung back in by Campbell to make it 1-0 to the Mo.

From the re-start Robertson of Forfar saw yellow for dissent probably through frustration caused by the conditions. The first half ended as Steeves tried his luck from distance but it caused Forfar no problems.

Forfar came out for the second half looking more determined so it looked odds on that Montrose would need to score again to win the game. Young debutant Harry Cochrane had his first shot at goal on 48 minutes but it was deflected away for a corner. Then another Montrose chance as Webster did well down the right, slotted it in to Johnston but keeper Hoban managed to scramble it away for a corner.

Under the cosh a bit Forfar made their first change as big Steven Doris came on for Thomas on 54 minutes and the equaliser should have come shortly after as a great delivery from a free kick wide right was put high and wide from a good position. The equaliser did arrive on 59 minutes however as JORDAN ALLAN latched on to a clearance and hit it cleanly home from 15 yards to make it game on at 1-1

Montrose were stunned but did not collapse even against the wind. Webster hit a volley just wide when usually he might have scored then Watson hit a trademark 30 yarder which flew narrowly passed the upright.

Mochrie did well to swivel and get his shot away which Hoban pushed out for a corner and from the delivery PAUL WATSON connected with a weak clearance to make it 2-1 to Montrose with a hard low shot from 15 yards.

Montrose immediately made a double change to mix it up more. McLean and Rennie came on in place of Watson and Cochrane on 68 minutes while Forfar also did a double change with Breadner and Antoniazzi on for Shepherd and Robertson.

With 15 minutes to go the wind looked stronger and the ball at times seemed to have a mind of its own! Then the second equaliser as CHRIS ANONIAZZI scored against his old club when firing in a shot from 15 yards when the ball suddenly landed at his feet in a good position in the 71st minute.

Cue another Montrose change as Liam Callaghan came on for Milne on 80 minutes and the useful utility player was soon to prove his worth. Montrose were determined to win this game as another change on 84 minutes saw Lewis Hawke join fellow strikers McLean and Rennie on the pitch.

But, Forfar still looked dangerous themselves and wind assisted they could also snatch a winner. Webster was harshly booked for dissent as handball was given against him when the ball bounced awkwardly and hit his hand.

Then the ‘grandstand’ style finish very similar to the last Montrose visit to Station Park as Montrose grabbed a last gasp winner. Young Mochrie cut inside his man and slotted it to the onrushing LIAM CALLAGHAN who hit a 25 yard screamer against the wind low into the net to give Montrose the 3-2 win in the 3rd minute of stoppage time.

In the conditions it was never going to be a silky smooth performance but Montrose were determined and none more so than the experienced Paul Watson whose presence on the day proved decisive and not forgetting Liam Callaghan who used his 13 minutes to prove his worth.

Report by Steve Doyle

 

Team Lineups & Stats




SPFL League 1

Saturday 31st October 2020


 
 

 

 
       
1  Marc McCallum (s6)
21  Aaron Lennox
2  Murray MacKintosh
18  Iain Campbell
3  Jack MacKenzie
3  Andrew Steeves
4  Gary Irvine (c)
20  Chris Mochrie
5  Sam Fisher
17  Aidan Quinn
6  Ross Meechan
12  Harry Cochrane (s68)
7  Bobby Barr
7  Graham Webster
8  Archie Thomas (s54)
8  Paul Watson (c) (s68)
9  Scott Shepherd (s71)
16  Craig Johnston (s84)
10  Jordan Allan
11  Lewis Milne (s80)
11  John Robertson (s71)
22  Cammy F Ballantyne
        
12  Cameron Breadner (s71)
10  Russell McLean (s68)
14  Chris Antoniazzi (s71)
23  Martin Rennie (s68)
15  Cole Starrs
15  Ross Campbell
16  M Fotheringham
9  Lewis Hawke (s84)
17  Steven Doris (s54)
19  Liam Callaghan (s80)
19  Mark Hill
2  Rhys Clark
21  Daniel Hoban (s6)
4  Jack Rollo
    6  Jack McCormick
    1  Allan Fleming


Referee:
Lloyd Wilson

Assistant Referees:
Gordon Crawford, Caluim Doyle

Goalscorers:
Forfar Athletic - Jordan Allan (60), Chris Antoniazzi (80)
Montrose - Paul Watson (30, 65), Liam Callaghan (90+3)

Yellow Cards:
Forfar Athletic - John Robertson (30), Gary Irvine (85)
Montrose - Harry Cochrane (20), Graham Webster (90+1)

Red Cards:
None

Attendance:
0

 


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