Fraserburgh 2 Montrose 4
Montrose kicked off their Premier Sports Cup Group B campaign with a convincing win against Highland League champions tonight at a very sunny Broch.
A first half hat-trick from Blair Lyons and a late Webster strike was enough to secure all 3 points despite Butcher bagging a brace for the home side.
Referee Chris Fordyce began proceedings with the visitors kicking into a stiff breeze and playing in an unusual red kit, drafted in to cover supply issues with their new away strip.
The home side started brightly but it was the visitors who threatened first when Watson, seeing the keeper off his line, tried his luck from 40 yards but Joe Barbour recovered quickly.
At the other end Lennox too had to be alert, punching clear a dangerous driven corner from Scott Barbour, but it was a corner for the visitors after 10 mins that would lead to the opening goal.
Milne delivered from the right and Lyons latched onto the knockdown, spinning and firing home from 10 yards.
The home side responded immediately with Butcher twisting and turning in the box but his shot was weak.
Just before the quarter hour mark, Lyons notched his second, again from a Milne corner, latching onto Watsons blocked shot before acrobatically finishing from 6 yards with an overhead kick.
Montrose were playing most of the football at this stage and should have extended their lead further when great play inside the area from Lyons resulted in a cutback to Webster, whose shot was well saved by Barbour, with the rebound falling to Brown, who was unable to connect fully with the goal at his mercy.
Sargent was bright and causing problems down the left and Lennox had to punch clear a cross under pressure from Barbour.
Just after the half hour the game was all but won when Lyons finished off a great move to complete his hat-trick. Picking up the ball in central midfield, the tricky winger showed great footwork to drive forward before sliding in Milne and despite Barbour saving the first effort, Lyons was again on hand to side foot home from close range.
The home side rallied towards the break, winning a series of corners with the Montrose back line standing firm, but from a Duncan free kick just over half way, Butcher found time and space 10 yards from goal and should have reduced the deficit but instead headed over.
The early stages of the second half were largely uneventful, but with just over an hour gone, Butcher gave the home fans hope and brought the game back to life when he beat Lennox to a chipped Barbour cross, flicking his header into the empty net.
The game became increasingly frantic, which suited Fraserburgh, and when Barbour spun inside the area and fired low into the corner the game was almost setup for a grandstand finish, but an offside flag curtailed the celebrations.
Webster could have settled any nerves when first blasting over from a narrow angle and then intercepting a slack pass out from Barbour but taking too long to get his shot away.
As the game entered its final stages, Fraserburgh made a final push, throwing balls into the box at every opportunity, but again the visiting rear guard was up to the challenge, and as the clock ticked past 90 mins, Montrose put the icing on a great away day performance with a well worked fourth goal.
A disguised Dillon free kick found Webster wide right, who headed down to Rennie. The striker showed good strength to hold the ball up before playing a return pass to Webster who slotted home from 8 yards.
With everyone thinking the game was done, their was still time for Butcher to finish a flowing move to narrow the scoreline before sub Laird saw red for a stamp on Masson just before the final whistle.
Team Lineups & Stats
Premier Sports Cup
Tuesday 12th July 2022
|21|| Joe Barbour
||1|| Aaaron Lennox
|3|| Bryan Hay
||15|| Mark Whatley
|5|| Kieran Simpson
||17|| Aidan Quinn (s72)
|6|| Paul Young (c)
||5|| Kerr Waddell
|10|| Lewis Duncan (s85)
||19|| Liam Callaghan
|11|| Scott Barbour
||8|| Paul Watson (c) (s62)
|14|| Logan Watt (s56)
||6|| Terry Masson
|17|| Sean Butcher
||10|| Lewis Milne
|19|| Ryan Sargent (s81)
||7|| Graham Webster
|22|| Ross Aitken
||22|| Craig Brown
|24|| Connor Grant (s81)
||11|| Blair Lyans
|12|| Ross Taylor (s85)
||23|| Martin Rennie (s62)
|15|| Jordan Guild (s56)
||14|| Seán Dillon (s72)
|16|| Jamie MacLellan (s81)
||21|| Ross Matthews (GK)
|18|| Zane Laird (s81)
|23|| Sam Inglis
Colin Drummond, Paul McAvinue
Fraserburgh - Sean Butcher (66, 90+3)
Montrose - Blair Lyons (11, 16, 33), Graham Webster (90+1)
Fraserburgh - Connor Grant (70)
Montrose - Paul Watson (16), Blair Lyons (86)
Fraserburgh - Zane Laird (90+5)