IRN BRU Scottish Football League
Saturday 2nd March 2013
Queen's Park 1 Montrose 2
Montrose Football Club made in three wins in a row when they came from behind to defeat second top Queen’s Park at Hampden Park on Saturday.
The result cemented the Gable Endies position in third spot in the league some two points behind the Hampden Park side who still have two matches in hand. It was the first time a side other than Rangers had defeated Gardner Spiers side since early November and a result that Stuart Garden’s changed line up worked really hard for.
Although they passed the ball around well on the big open spaces of the National Stadium there was no real end produce to the home sides performance. Whilst not at their best Montrose created the better changes and with Martin Boyle currently on fire Montrose have somebody in the mood to finish the chances that can his side’s way.
With both fourth placed Peterhead and fifth place Elgin City both losing Montrose are now six clear of Jim McInally’s side and some nine ahead of Ross Jack’s team who have a game in hand and are now certainly in a strong position to make the end of season play offs.
The win was also the first by a Montrose side at the National Stadium since December 2005 when they won 3 – 0.
With Ricky McIntosh missing his first match of the season due to injury and both Jonathan Crawford and Terry Masson both suspended Stuart Garden made three changes to his line up. Into the side for his first starting appearance since October 22nd came captain Paul Lunan as well as Ross McCord starting for the first time since his return on loan from Alloa Athletic and Lloyd Young.
This saw Montrose line up with Gibson in goal, McNally and Watson in the full back positions with Campbell and Lunan in central defence. On the right of midfield was David Gray with Young on the left. There was a new central pairing of Ross McCord and Winter. Boyle was in attack along side Wood.
On the bench for Montrose was Leighton McIntosh, Johnston, Morton and McLeish along with Sandy Wood.
It was Montrose who got the match underway at Hampden Park and could have taken the lead inside the opening eleven seconds. The ball was played back to McNally and his first time through ball put Martin Boyle clean through with only keeper Parry to beat. The youngster did everything right by rounding the goalkeeper and firing towards the empty goal but Little somehow got back to clear the ball off the line, injuring himself in the process.
McCord’s corner kick was cleared only as far as Gray who played the ball into the box his cross was cleared out for a corner from the other side but this time the home defence managed to clear the danger up the park.
In the seventh minute McCord found Gray racing forward but the midfielder chipped his effort over the bar.
Two minutes later Shankland had an effort on goal for Queen’s Park but the ball hit off his own player Longworth and he was flagged offside.
In the 12th minute Montrose won a free kick in a dangerous central position some thirty yards out when Wood was fouled. Gray played the free kick to Jamie Winter but his shot was deflected out for a corner kick.
Seconds later Montrose had another great chance when Wood’s reverse pass put in Boyle but keeper Parry pulled off a great save to block the strikers shot.
Two minutes later John Gibson in the Montrose goal pulled off a great save to keep out a netbound shot from Sean Burns at his near post.
Martin Boyle had the ball in the net for Montrose in the 17th minute but the flag had already gone up for offside.
Six minutes later a pass inside the box from Shankland gave Jamie Longworth a shooting opportunity but again Gibson was equal to the task tipping the ball around the post.
With 24 minutes gone Queen’s Park won a free kick when Keenan was fouled in a central position the free kick was taken by Lawrence Shankland but Gibson pushed the ball behind for a corner kick.
Three minutes later Campbell fouled Keenan but this time Gibson holds the free kick driven in by Peter Bradley.
Boyle was continuing to cause problems for the home defence and after another great run he won a corner kick but yet again the Gable Endies could not capitalise on the set piece.
In the 34th minute Ross McCord split open the home defence with an excellent pass to Boyle he once again outpaced Ricky Little but home goalkeeper Neil Parry pulled off a great save to keep out his effort.
Three minutes later and Boyle was at it again, this time he gathered another McCord pass again he got the better of his marker Little but the Queen’s defender this time managed to stick to his task and block his shot for a corner kick.
After all the chances it was Montrose who were hit by the sucker punch when the home side opened the scoring in the 39th minute. Robertson was allowed to get free on the left and when his cross came over MICHAEL KEENAN was on hand to side foot home the ball from six yards out.
Montrose tried to hit back and Young won a corner kick which was taken by McCord but Alan Campbell just couldn’t force the ball home from close range and the chance was gone.
In the 50th minute Queen’s Park striker Michael Keenan turned on the edge of the area and got in a shot which the Montrose defence cleared in the melee Alan Campbell was injured but he was able to continue after treatment.
Shankland then outpaced Watson down the right and drove the ball across the six yard box thankfully for Montrose nobody was able to end on the end of it and the chance was gone.
Montrose were forced into a change in the 55th minute when it was clear Campbell wouldn’t be able to continue and he was replaced by Leighton McIntosh. McIntosh went up front with Garry Wood dropping back in central defence for the third time this season.
In the following minute a Watson free kick was knocked down by McNally to Gray who turned on the edge of the box only to see his shot blocked for a corner kick.
Paul Watson became the first booking of the afternoon for another late challenge on Shankland in the 58th minute.
Ten minutes later Tony McParland of the home side was booked for a late tackle on Leighton McIntosh.
The bookings continued to flow and with twenty minutes remaining David Gray became the second Montrose player to be yellow carded for dissent to the assistant referee after he disputed the awarding of a throw in.
Despite not having as much of the ball as they had in the first period Montrose equalised in the 73rd minute. Ross McCord played a perfect pass down the left to Martin Boyle he outpaced Little, not for the first time in the afternoon and squared the ball along the face of the six yard box where LEIGHTON McINTOSH was on hand to side foot home his seventh goal of the season.
Garry Wood became the third Montrose player to be booked for a crunching tackle on Jamie Longworth sixty seconds later.
Montrose turned the match around completely in the 76th minute when they took the lead with another cracking goal on the break. Winter spotted the run of MARTIN BOYLE racing down the left and once the youngster had the ball under control he outpaced Little and with keeper Parry coming out in dispatched the ball into the corner of the net for this ninth goal of the season and his sixth in three matches.
Before play could restart Little was booked by referee Cook for dissent.
The bookings continued and next in the book was Jamie Winter for another tackle in midfield.
Queen’s Park then made a change with Paul Gallacher coming on to replace Burns.
Leighton McIntosh then became the fifth Montrose player of the afternoon to be booked when he tripped David Anderson.
In the 84th minute Montrose made their second change of the afternoon with Scott Johnston coming on in place of Lloyd Young.
The following minute Montrose had a chance to score again when McIntosh played in Ross McCord who cut inside his man only for his shot to be blocked.
With two minutes of the match remaining Montrose were reduced to ten men when David Gray was shown a second yellow card followed by a red when he pulled back Spittal.
In the 90th minute John Gibson was the Montrose hero when he pulled off a wonderful stop to keep out an effort from Jamie Longworth as second top Queen’s Park pushed for an equaliser.
Queen’s Park had one last chance when they forced a corner kick and with everyone in the box including goalkeeper Neil Parry the Montrose defence held firm as Keenan’s header went sailing over the crossbar as did the three points.