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Kelty Hearts 0 Montrose 0

For this first ever competitive game against Kelty Hearts the all in white Montrose lined up with a strong team with progress to the next round of the Scottish Cup very much in mind. Lennox was in goal with an unchanged back four of Cammy B, Steeves, Waddell, Quinn then Masson, Whatley and Watson in the midfield and Johnston, Milne and Lyons everywhere else. Only five on the bench who were Fleming, Allan, Callaghan, Brown and Antoniazzi.

The referee was Barry Cook and the Kelty line-up was also strong so they too had every intention of being in the hat for the next round. Montrose were first to attack and Masson had his shot saved low down by Jamieson as Johnston did well down the left to provide the cross. Kelty were on the back foot early on and only stopped by fouls in quick succession by Agyeman, Cardle and Black but none of the resultant free kicks came to anything although Waddell came close with a header just wide and two shots were blocked with the one from Cammy B saved at the last gasp by Jamieson low down and scrambled away.

Blair Lyons was scythed down more than once but the first yellow card was shown to Andrew Black of Kelty for a foul on Cammy B. Shortly afterwards Steeves was also yellow carded as he went down in the box which was adjudged to be simulation much to his disgust. Meanwhile Waddell and Austin were having their own private battle and Cammy B tried again on a charge but Jamieson was equal to it.

Then probably the best chance of the first half came on 35 minutes when danger man Cardle broke away with a clear sight on goal but his effort was pushed away by Lennox. McNab replaced Higginbotham who had taken a knock. Johnston was then yellow carded for something off the ball as the referee pulled play back. Into first half stoppage time and Montrose should have scored as Watson hammered a shot from 20 yards just wide with his right foot. Deep into stoppage time The Mo made a change with Brown on for Milne who had taken a knock but it remained 0-0 at the break.

The second half started with a rash of yellow cards shown to Hill and Forster of Kelty and Masson and Watson of Montrose all within the same 60 seconds. True both sides were playing at full throttle but it wasn’t out of control by any means. Both sides were creating chances with Austin and Cardle for Kelty looking dangerous whilst for Montrose the speed of Johnston and Lyons was a threat to Kelty. Waddell and Austin were still having their private battle but Austin went a bit too far and saw yellow on 71 minutes but not before he went one-on-one with Lennox who saved the day.

Another change for Kelty on 73 minutes when Hooper replaced Hill. Lyons shaved the wrong side of the post with a shot then was scythed down again without a free kick.

The clock was ticking down and Callaghan replaced Masson for Montrose and Antoniazzi replaced Johnston.

Jamieson was the hero for Kelty in saving a short range effort from Antoniazzi on the line then Austin was perhaps fortunate to avoid a second yellow as he was penalised for handball and Callaghan hit the resultant free kick just too high.

Into the final five minutes and Cardle was replaced by Barjonas for Kelty and Quinn was just wide with a header going into stoppage time which was all out Montrose effort to win the game with Waddell and Watson both going close before the final whistle sounded and we all go back to Links Park for the replay.

A draw was probably a fair result but both sides certainly created chances to win the game and were at full throttle throughout. Stand out man for Montrose was Kerr Waddell at the heart of the defence and he was ably assisted by Aidan Quinn again with Aaron Lennox also equal to everything which came his way. The crowd numbered 805 with many Mo fans who were as noisy as usual.

Report by Steve Doyle

Team Lineups & Stats

Scottish Cup 3rd Round

Saturday 27th November 2021



1  Darren Jamieson
21  Aaron Lennox
2  Andy Black
2  Cammy Ballantyne 
4  Dougie Hill (s73)
3  Andrew Steeves
6  Jordon Forster
5  Kerr Waddell
7  Joe Cardle (s86)
17  Aidan Quinn
9  Nathan Austin
15  Mark Whatley
11  Kallum Higginbotham (s38)
6  Terry Masson (s76)
12  Michael Tidser (c)
8  Paul Watson (c)
14  Ross Philp
10  Lewis Milne (45+4)
15  Daniel Finlayson
16  Craig Johnston (s79)
22  Alfredo Agyeman
11  Blair Lyons
5  Scott Hooper (s73)
4  Matty Allan
8  Thomas Reilly
12  Chris Antoniazzi (s79)
10  Jamie Barjonas (s86)
17  Liam Callaghan (s76)
16  Robbie McNab (s38)
22  Craig Brown (45+4)
21  Botti Biabi
1  Allan Fleming (GK)
21  Josh Donaldson (GK)

Barry Cook

Assistant Referees:
Craig Ferguson, Regan Wallace


Yellow Cards:
Kelty Hearts - Andy Black (19), Dougie Hill (48), Jordon Forster (48), Nathan Austin (71)
Montrose - Andrew Steeves (22), Craig Johnston (41), Terry Masson (48), Paul Watson (49)

Red Cards:



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