Montrose - Queen's Park -
Montrose Football Club made it three games unbeaten out of four against Queen’s Park this season as a free kick goal from top goalscorer Gary Fraser gave them a valuable point. It was a hard fought point as Gus MacPherson’s side were on top for most of the game and even hit the underside of the bar twice but Paul Hegarty’s side showed great resolve to hold on.
With seven games remaining Montrose sit eight points off a play off spot and some nine points clear of East Stirlingshire who after defeat to Arbroath are now nine points behind Montrose and routed to the bottom.
After victory over East Stirlingshire the previous week Montrose showed two changes with Greg Pascazio having recovered from flu to take the place of trialist Kieran McWalter at right back and after his goal scoring appearance as a substitute last week Adrian Mallagaray replaced Graham Webster who was on the bench.
It was the visitors who had the first chance of the match when Vincent Berry got the ball at the edge of the box and curled and effort wide of Millar’s far post.
Two minutes later David Galt was fouled on the touchline but Martynuik was on hand to clear the danger.
It was Gus MacPherson’s side who opened the scoring in the fifteenth minute PAUL WOODS received the ball on the touchline and played the ball into Duggan he back healed the ball back to his first strike partner whose shot took a deflection and looped over Millar and into the net.
Five minutes later Queen’s had another opportunity when Masson fouled Berry. Berry took the free kick himself and Woods headed the ball down to Duggan who hooked his shot over the crossbar.
Montrose were finding it difficult to get into the match and Masson fouled Woods in the 24th minute. Scott Gibson swung the free kick into the box but Steeves was on hand to clear.
On the half hour mark Montrose won a corner kick. Mallagaray took it short and the return from Fraser, but his cross to the far post was too deep.
With three minutes of the half remaining Gary Fraser was fouled by Duggan on the touchline. Martynuik swung over the free kick but it went straight into the arms of Muir.
A great through ball from Masson put Fraser racing into the box, he turned his opponent and the ball seemed to go out for a corner kick, unfortunately for Montrose referee Millar signalled a bye kick.
With two minutes of the half remaining Jordan Millar looked sharp as he tipped a shot from Sean Burns over the crossbar.
Montrose came out with all guns blazing at the start of the second half and equalised in the 47th minute. Mallagaray went on a run and he was tripped some twenty five yards from goal. It was GARY FRASER who stepped up to curl home a beauty of a free kick into the postage stamp top corner for his 17th goal of the season with Muir well beaten.
It was now all Montrose and two minutes later a throw in from Comrie was headed on by Templeman to Campbell and he turned inside the box only to see his effort blocked.
On the hour mark play was held up after a clash of heads between Conor McVey and Montrose’s Jamie Clarke. Clarke was able to continue but McVey was unable to stay on his feet and he had to be stretchered off the pitch being replaced by John Carter.
Carter almost made the perfect impact when Queen’s Park hit Montrose on the break but he crashed his shot well over the bar.
Seconds later Martynuik was short with a pass back and when the cross came in David Galt could only head over the Montrose crossbar.
It was all Queen’s Park, as Montrose tried to get a foothold in the match and they came even closer to going ahead again in the 65th minute. The ball was flashed across the Montrose penalty area from the right and Galt this time crashed a shot off the underside of the bar.
Montrose had a rare opportunity when they won a free kick on the right, Mallagaray crossed into the box but Greg Pascazio was penalised for a foul as he headed at the goalkeeper.
Adrian Mallagaray became the first booking of the match in the 66th minute for a late tackle outside the box.
Before the free kick could be taken Adam Harwood replaced Greg Pascazio who had been suffering from flu the previous week.
Hooper took the free kick but Mallagaray was on hand to clear the danger.
In the 68th minute Masson and Duggan clashed on the half way line. The free kick had already gone the way of the visiting striker but he lashed out and was correctly booked by referee Millar.
With thirteen minutes left Aaron Comrie gave the ball away and Burns was able to race clear but again he hosted his shot over the Montrose crossbar.
It was still Queen’s Park who were creating the chances and they forced a couple of free kicks which Montrose defending well.
In the 80th minute Ryan McGeevar headed the ball down only for substitute John Carter to again blast over the Montrose bar from close range.
Six minutes later the visitors made a second change with Joseph Bradley replacing captain Sean Burns.
With three minutes of the match remaining a great ball from Masson put Gary Fraser clear at an angle but the hitman could only fire the ball into the arms of Willie Muir.
As the match reached its conclusion Terry Masson finally got his booking for another foul on Vincent Berry.
In stoppage time Queen’s Park came so close again Montrose failed to deal with a cross into the six yard area and his time Chris Duggan smashed a shot off the underside of the bar before Montrose cleared the danger.
There was still time for Montrose to make a change in stoppage time when Graham Webster came on in place of Gary Fraser who had run himself into the ground.