Montrose 4 Dumbarton 0
Stewart Petrie had the rare luxury of options in most positions but chose to stick to a winning team so it was the same starting line-up which faced Dumbarton. Referee for the day was Matthew MacDermid as Montrose attacked the beach end first.
It was the visitors who threatened first as Ross Forbes fizzed a 30-yard shot wide of the right-hand post whilst Allan Fleming kept an eye on it. An early scare maybe but Montrose soon got going as McLean was allowed space twice in close order but first blocked and then a header went wide under pressure.
This early threat from Montrose soon paid off however when in the 8th minute Cammy F hit a superb cross from the right. McLean provided the perfect foil as the ball went over him and was met by ANDREW STEEVES who powered a header home from close range to make it 1-0 to the Mo.
The Sons might have felt hard done by as they had plenty of possession in the first 15 minutes with Daniel Church working it well down the left, yet there was no end product to their play. Forbes hit a 30-yard free kick straight at Fleming then McLean at the other end was unlucky to see a shot slide the wrong side of the post.
The scoreline changed again on 24 minutes as the impressive CAMMY F BALLANTYNE collected a through ball from Webster and slotted easily past keeper Dabrowski to make it 2-0 to Montrose.
A two-goal cushion so early in the game meant Montrose had to concentrate and avoid throwing away their advantage as Dumbarton were not out of it at all and things could change. Hamilton almost did just that on 26 minutes but Montrose scrambled it away to safety as far as McLean who was making his presence well felt up front and holding the line well.
Referee MacDermid remembered he had cards in his pocket so booked both Carswell of Dumbarton and Cochrane of Montrose within 60 seconds of each other for clumsy tackles. As the game angled towards half-time a goal at either end could change things greatly and that goal came again to Montrose on 40 minutes.
Firstly a Milne delivery into the box was followed by a Cammy F shot and the final touch by the in form RUSSELL McLEAN made it 3-0. Even then just before the half-time whistle Webster almost made it four for Montrose but keeper Dabrowski did well to turn the shot onto the post and out to safety so it stayed 3-0 at half-time.
Montrose made one change for the second half as young Harry Cochrane was replaced by Paul Watson. That was a sensible change by Montrose as the youngster had been booked so was under pressure and with a good lead there was no need to risk him further.
Dumbarton had to score to get back into the game so gaps were there for Montrose to exploit. Webster and Milne combined and the final shot looked in all the way until a slight touch by the keeper took the edge off it and it was hacked off the line. Waddell then was unlucky to see yellow as he barged his man on the touchline as he tried to stop his momentum.
That signalled the substitution ‘season’ on 65 minutes as Callaghan came on for Milne and Dillon was replaced by Allan and it was great to see Matty back in action again. Dumbarton responded on 69 minutes as McLuskey replaced Carswell and Jones replaced Church up front. Dumbarton upped the pace and Steeves did well to slide the ball away as a shot looked on in a dangerous position.
A further change immediately followed as Montrose brought on Johnston in place of Webster on 75 minutes whilst the Sons replaced Forbes with Langan with the clock running down. The Mo then brought on Quinn for Waddell on 75 minutes to give one some welcome pitch time and the other a rest with another game coming along on Tuesday night at Peterhead.
It should have been a further score for Montrose on 82 minutes as Callaghan did well down the left and his inch perfect cross found Mochrie in space but his snatched shot went too high.
It was the only blotch on the youngster’s otherwise faultless game. The score did advance to 4-0 however courtesy of the impressive CAMMY F BALLANTYNE as he gratefully put the finishing touch to a great ball from Matty Allan on 85 minutes with a shot from 18 yards to the bottom corner at the Dynamo end. Just a pity there were no fans there to see it.
The final event was a late change by Dumbarton as Frizzell was replaced by Morrison but too little too late as this impressive Montrose side eased to a 4-0 victory to take them second to the top of League 1
Man of the Match goes to Cammy F Ballantyne whose two goal contribution edged that accolade just ahead of similar good days for Chris Mochrie, Cammy B, Steeves and McLean in particular. Must mention Allan Fleming as well, not a lot for him to do but what he did do was faultless on the day. 4-0 to Montrose and fully deserved.
Report by Steve Doyle
Team Lineups & Stats
SPFL League 1
Saturday 19th December 2020
|1|| Allan Fleming
||1|| Kevin Dabrowski
|2|| Cammy Ballantyne
||3|| Rico Quitongo
|3|| Andrew Steeves
||6|| Stuart Carswell (c) (s69)
|12|| Harry Cochrane (s45)
||5|| Morgyn Neill
|15|| Kerr Waddell (c) (s75)
||8|| Ross Forbes (s77)
|14|| Seán Dillon (s65)
||9|| Denny Johnstone (s69)
|7|| Graham Webster (s70)
||11|| Adam Frizzell (s88)
|20|| Chris Mochrie
||19|| Daniel Church (s69)
|10|| Russell McLean
||18|| Chris Hamilton
|11|| Lewis Milne (s65)
||16|| Nathaniel Wedderburn
|22|| Cammy F Ballantyne
||12|| Sam Wardrop
|18|| Iain Campbell
||7|| Stefan McCluskey (s69)
|4|| Matty Allan (s65)
||15|| Donald Morrison (s88)
|17|| Aiden Quinn (s75)
||4|| Ruaridh Langan (s77)
|19|| Liam Callaghan (s65)
||10|| Robert Jones (s69)
|8|| Paul Watson (s45)
||14|| Jaime Wilson (s69)
|16|| Craig Johnston (s70)
|15|| Ross Campbell
|9|| Lewis Hawke
|21|| Aaron Lennox
Graham McNellie, Steven Traynor
Montrose - Andrew Steeves (8), Cammy F Ballantyne (24, 85), Russell McLean (40)
Montrose - Harry Cochrane (32), Kerr Waddell (59)
Dumbarton - Stuart Carswell (31)