East Stirlingshire 4 Montrose 0
Scottish Professional Football League
Saturday 22nd November 2014
Montrose Football Club continued their poor run of form against East Stirlingshire on Saturday when the home side ran out big winners with a scoreline few could have grudged them. It was the home side’s first win against the Gable Endies since January 2012.
Montrose have now failed to win any of their fixtures in league and cup stretching back to 23rd September and have only won two points in that run from two away fixtures at Berwick Rangers and Annan Athletic.
Amazingly enough despite slipping to second bottom in the table they are only two points off fourth spot.
Hopefully the side will return to winning ways in their next league fixture at home to Berwick Rangers on Tuesday 2nd December but it will have to be a big improvement on this fixture to achieve that.
After the pleasing performance and result at Annan Athletic manager George Shields stuck by the same line up right down to the substitutes bench.
The home side went into the match looking to follow up on their 1 – 0 victory over Clyde the previous Saturday.
In the second minute Stephen Day was warned by referee Barry Cook for a late tackle on East Stirlingshire goalkeeper Richie Barnard.
In the seventh minute a great pass from Garry Wood released Crawford down the right flank but his cross found none of his Montrose team-mates in the middle.
Two minutes later Crawford became the first Montrose player to be booked for a late tackle on David Greenhill.
With 13 minutes gone Leighton McIntosh won Montrose a free kick after a good run up the right wing. O’Neil’s corner kick found Wood who hooked the ball on for Watson whose shot was well blocked by the home defence.
East Stirlingshire came close in the 15th minute when Chris Townsley got on the end of another Greenhill free kick but this time he headed the ball well over the crossbar.
Seconds later Montrose won a free kick of their own when Day was held back. O’Neil took the kick but blasted his right footed effort against the home wall.
It was the home side who opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Wright won a free kick off Harwood. Montrose didn’t deal with Greenhill’s corner kick and DAVID McKENNA was on hand to scramble the ball home from close range.
Montrose almost fell further behind four minutes later. A pass from left back Lloyd Kinnaird split open the Montrose defence and McKenna was through on goal but thankfully on loan Dundee United goalkeeper Joe McGovern was able to block this effort.
Montrose tried to hit back and almost grabbed an equaliser Terry Masson played a one two with Danny Cavanagh but only succeeded in driving his shot into the arms of goalkeeper Richie Bernard.
In the 26th minute a cross from Greenhill found the head of Neil McCabe but he only managed to head over the crossbar from inside the box.
The Gable Endies afternoon got worse in the 28th minute when the home side grabbed a second goal. Montrose were slow to deal with a mishit shot from Wood and the ball found its way to LUKE DONNELLY who stuck out a foot to divert the ball over McGovern into the far corner of the net.
Montrose claimed offside side but the whole Shire attack was being played on by Paul Watson who was lying on the ground inside the six yard box.
East Stirlingshire could have gone further ahead when Wood fouled Donnelly outside the box but thankfully Max Wright curled his free kick well over the bar.
With three minutes of the half remaining referee Cook warned Shire’s Greenhill and Jonathan Crawford as tempers began to get the better of both players.
The home side went for Montrose straight from kick off and Max Wright was too far off with a shot after he cut inside from the left flank.
In the 48th minute the dominate East Stirlingshire went close again when they won a free kick. Greenhill played a free kick short to Donnelly before fire the return over the bar from outside the box.
Two minutes later McGovern kept Montrose in the match when he tipped an effort from Wright over the bar from point blank range.
Montrose went close to pulling a goal back in the 53rd minute when Leighton McIntosh got on the end of a cross from Day but headed over the bar.
A mistake from Craig Bell almost cost Montrose dear when he allowed Greenhill to race clear down the right his cross was met by a diving header from Wright but thankfully for Montrose he bulleted his header over the crossbar.
East Stirlinghsire didn’t have to wait long for a deserved third goal when it arrived on the hour mark. A mistake by Montrose gifted possession to McKenna and he set up MAX WRIGHT who knocked home a deserved goal.
It could have been four three minutes later when McKenna cut inside his marker and found Greenhill whose curling after was heading for the net until McGovern leapt up to push the ball over the bar.
George Shields made a double switch in the 67th minute taking off Craig Bell and Stephen Day and bringing on Ross Graham and Paul Harkins.
Three minutes later the home side took off the impressive Max Wright and brought on Billy Vidler.
Vidler was immediately into action and was involved in a flare up with Garry Wood after the Montrose captain appeared to catch the substitute with an accidental arm after the players tried to gather the ball. After some strong words to the referee Shire’s Bolochoweckwj was booked along with both Vidler and Wood.
Seconds later Montrose should have pulled a goal back when Watson set up the unmarked Cavanagh inside the box but the Montrose striker curled his effort over the crossbar.
Cavanagh then set up Terry Masson at the edge of the box but the midfielder could only blast the ball well over the bar and another chance had gone.
Montrose had another opportunity in the 79th minute when Crawford was fouled Harkins swung over a free kick which found its way back to Stephen O’Neil whose shot from the edge of the box was tipped wide by Barnard.
With eight minutes left East Stirlingshire rubbed salt on the Montrose wounds with a fourth goal and no more than they deserved. Harkins lost the ball on the edge of the box and it eventually found its way to DAVID McKENNA who skipped around McGovern and calmly knocked the ball home for his second goal of the afternoon.
In the 85th minute the Shire replace Townsley with Jordan Tapping and three minutes later McKenna was replaced by Brennan.
The final action of the afternoon came in stoppage time when Paul Watson was booked for a late tackle in the middle of the park.