Montrose 1 Annan Athletic 1
A second half equaliser from Annan Athletic denied Montrose the two points they required to go equal at the top of the table with Stirling Albion on Saturday.
For Montrose it certainly was a case of two points dropped as they were the better side throughout hitting the bar twice during the course of the match as well as seeing a late header from Cammy Ballantyne somehow kept out by an Annan defender as it looked set to drop into the net.
It was an even Montrose frustrating after especially as the visiting side were reduced to ten men with twenty minutes left as goalscorer Swinglehurst was sent off for a second yellow card.
After the 3 – 1 victory over Cowdenbeath the previous Saturday Montrose showed one change to their line up with Jamie Redman returning to the line-up at the expense of Liam Callaghan who dropped to the bench.
In a first for Montrose Football Club in modern times the players were led onto the pitch by standard bearers before a solo bugler played the last post ahead of the traditional minute’s silence.
The Gable Endies started the game positively winning a free kick on the edge of the box after Ballantyne was brought down but Iain Campbell’s free kick was bitterly disappointing going well wide of the target.
The home fans however were soon on their toes after only seven minutes when Montrose went ahead. Ballantyne did well to keep the ball in play and find Craig Johnston down the right and he skipped past the challenge of Jack Brannan to finish with a near post low cross which CHRIS TEMPLEMAN knocked into the corner of the net from close range. It was the striker’s fourth goal of the season.
Templeman then almost doubled the home teams lead minutes later when his header crashed against the cross bar from Iain Campbell’s corner kick.
It was a nervy start from the visitors but gradually they worked their way back into the game. With 17th minutes gone Scott Roberts squandered a golden opportunity when he headed past from a Dan Orsi cross, it was an opportunity lost. Annan continued to look dangerous with Aidan Smith shooting past the post. It was a good period from Annan as they took the game to Montrose and in the 23rd minute Dan Orsi once again did well when he set up Blair Henderson whose well struck shot flashed past the post.
Steven Swinglehurst received his first yellow card on the half hour mark when he brought down Craig Johnston on the half way line. Annan finished the first half on the front foot, Scott Hooper’s 40th minute effort went over the bar and Peter Watson’s header from a Sinnamon corner was directed straight into the arms of keeper Fleming.
The visitors had Atkinson to thank when he saved Templeman’s well struck low shot with his feet. It was a promising start to the half by the home team but once again Annan started to get a foot in the match and in the 60th minute Annan struck when they won a free kick 30 yards out. Sinnamon’s free kick was perfectly flighted and caused uncertainty in the Montrose defence and STEVEN SWINGLEHURST header from six yards left keeper Allan Fleming pulling the ball out of the back of the net.
Montrose responded minutes later after a promising move saw Campbell setting up Sean Dillon who’s well struck effort landed on the top of the net. Moxon was next to try his luck but his 30 yard effort sailed over the bar.
The visitors were reduced to ten men in the 70th minute when Swinglehurst received his second booking in the 70th minute for another late tackle on Templeman
Montrose pushed forward to try and make the most of the one man advantage and Cammy Ballantyne’s well-directed effort struck the top of the cross bar as Annan were being forced to defend as the home team tried to prize open the Annan defence. The visitors had another let off with Montrose piling on the pressure and Peter Watson rescued a potential scoring opportunity hooking Ballantyne’s effort off the goal line as it looked to be heading into the net from Steeves cross.
The game finished with Montrose pushing forward but unable to break down the well organised Annan defence.
It was an opportunity lost for Montrose to go top of the league after Stirling could only manage a 1-1 draw at Clyde. Stenhousemuir completed the double over Peterhead with a late winner to secure a 3-2 victory. Edinburgh City and Berwick shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Shielfield. Elgin City moved up to within touching distance of the play off zone with a 3-1 victory over bottom of the table Cowdenbeath.
Team Lineups & Stats
Saturday 11th November 2017
|21||Allan Fleming||1||Jim Atkinson
|15||Cammy Ballantyne||2||Scott Hooper
|3||Andrew Steeves||3||Jack Brannan
|14||Seán Dillon||5||Peter Watson
|2||Terry Masson (s78)
||7||Daniel Orsi (s90)
|16||Craig Johnston (s54)
|17||Jamie Redman (s76)
||11||Scott Roberts (s73)
|7||Graham Webster (s78)
||14||Ayrton Sonkur (s73)
||15||Brandon Luke (s90)
|19||Liam Callaghan (s76)
|22||Connor McLaren (s54)
|1||Euan Rose (GK)||12||Alex Mitchell
Stuart Stevenson, Colin McAlpine
Montrose - Chris Templeman (8)
Annan Athletic - Steven Swinglehurst (61)
Annan Athletic - Steven Swinglehusrt (29), Scott Hooper (55), Owen Moxon (86), Jim Atkinson (90)
Annan Athletic - Steven Swinglehurst(69)