IRN BRU Scottish Football League
Saturday 23rd February 2013
Montrose 5 Annan Athletic 1
A Martin Boyle-inspired Montrose destroyed Annan Athletic at Links Park as they continued their push for a promotion play-off place.
The on-loan Dundee striker hit four goals as Annan failed to deal with his ferocious pace, while Jamie Winter added a fifth goal from the penalty spot.
Only a late Ally Love goal gave Annan some consolation from the one-sided encounter.
Montrose, fresh from a 4-1 win over Elgin the week before, started the match on the front foot, Winter testing Craig Summersgill with a 30-yard free kick.
But it was BOYLE who opened the scoring in the eleventh minute, latching onto a long ball over the top from David Gray, controlling outside the box and lobbing Summersgill from 20 yards out.
The reigning Ginger Boot holder doubled his tally for the afternoon four minutes later in comical fashion. Summersgill, thinking he was alone in his box, dropped the ball at his feet, having failed to notice BOYLE standing behind him. The youngster stole the ball and had the easy task of rolling it into the empty net.
Annan looked demoralised, but came close in the 22nd minute when Michael Daly had a low shot deflected narrowly wide of the post.
But the result looked to have been put beyond doubt in the 25th minute when Martin McNiff tripped Ricky McIntosh in the box. Captain Jamie WINTER pulled rank, denying Boyle the chance to complete his hat-trick from the penalty as he powered the ball into the bottom corner.
Annan again tried to find a way back into the match, David Hopkirk curling the ball over the bar from the edge of the box.
BOYLE did complete his hat-trick with 10 minutes of the first half remaining, robbing Harry Monaghan deep inside the Annan half and rolling the ball low past Summersgill.
It took BOYLE only two minutes of the second half to score his fourth, shooting low into the net from the edge of the box.
The remainder of the second half passed largely without incident, Annan resigned to their fate while Montrose were happy to keep the ball.
But Annan managed to find a late consolation goal, LOVE firing home from close range from a David Murray cutback.
Match Report by Mark Rae