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Montrose picked up a point in a keenly contested encounter at fog bound Links Park. Stewart Petrie made one change to his side that defeated Dumbarton with the injured Craig Johnston being replaced by James Keatings.
The first half chance of the game fell to Montrose after only a few minutes. Ballantyne fizzed a ball into Keatings’ feet and he turned his man before he played a reverse ball into the box, but the returning Michael Doyle smothered the opportunity with a tremendous block and Calum Ferrie gathered comfortably.

In the 20th minute, Montrose had a chance to open the scoring however Queen’s keeper Ferrie saved striker Keatings’ shot from close range when it looked easier to score. LOUIS LONGRIDGE opened the scoring for the Spiders on the 25th minute. Grant Gillespie played a perfect outside of the boot pass in between the Montrose right back and central defender for the onrushing Longridge who took a touch before deftly dinking it over the onrushing Lennox.

It was a cagey affair in the first half, with both teams not giving away many chances in this top of the table clash. The second half had the best possible start for Montrose as 3 minutes after the restart they were awarded a penalty. Lyons danced past 3 or 4 players into the box before Thomson fouled him from behind and was yellow carded for his troubles. The resulting penalty saw GRAHAM WEBSTER send Ferrie the wrong way from the spot for his 14th goal of the season.

Boosted by the penalty equaliser, Montrose pressed forward, forcing Queen’s to defend. The next opportunity came in the 51st minute and it was that man again Webster but this time his strike at goal was more opportunistic as his effort sailed comfortably over the bar from 20 yards out.

A few minutes later Lyons jinked past Doyle before unleashing a ferocious effort into the bottom left-hand corner but Ferrie was equal to it with a terrific save. On the hour mark Montrose made their first change of the game as they looked to continue their terrific start to the second half. On came Craig Brown and it only took the substitute a mere five minutes to make his mark as he flashed a left footed effort from 25 yards, but his volley went just shy of the lefthand post.

Queen’s began to push forward in the closing stages as Head Coach Laurie Ellis encouraged his side to go for the win. Luca Connell shrugged off his man with ease before unleashing a curling effort at goal from the right-hand side of the box, bringing a good save from Lennox who took no chances with his dipping effort and punched it clear. Just a minute later Montrose pick up their first booking of the match which saw Ballantyne go into the book for his challenge on Doyle. Queen’s survived a succession of corners in the closing stages but defended well and the match ended all square.

The visitors had the better of the first half but Montrose came out strongly at the start of the second half and forced the Spiders back, who struggled at times without a focal point upfront having lost Simon Murray to injury before the break.

Report courtesy of Queen's Park Football Club

Team Lineups & Stats

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Saturday 18th December 2021



21  Aaron Lennox
12  Calum Ferrie
15  Mark Whatley
24  Michael Doyle (c)
3  Andrew Steeves
2  Jake Davidson
4  Matty Allan
19  Charlie Fox
14  Seán Dillon
3  Tommy Robson
8  Paul Watson (c) (s60)
21  Grant Gillespie
7  Graham Webster 
22  Jack Thomson
20  Cammy F Ballantyne
48  Luca Connell
9  James Keatings (s69)
7  Louis Longridge
19  Liam Callaghan
27  Connor Smith
11  Blair Lyons
23  Simon Murray (s43)
12  Chris Antoniazzi (s69)
14  Lewis Moore
18  Iain Campbell
16  Callum Yeats
23  Aaron Reid
18  Calum Biggar
2  Tristian Barker
28  Luis Longstasff (s43)
22  Craig Brown (s60)
1  Willie Muir (GK)
1  Allan Fleming    

Dan McFarlane

Assistant Referees:
Chris Rae, Terry Ormiston

Montrose - Graham Webster (49pen)
Queen's Park - Louis Longridge (26)

Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Cammy F Ballantyne (71)
Queen's Park - Jack Thomson (49)

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