Tuesday 8th July 2014
Alloa Athletic 1 Montrose 0
Montrose played their second game of their pre-season having narrowly lost 1-0 to neighbours Brechin City on Saturday, manager George Shields was still looking to strengthen his squad before the start of the season and included five “trialists” during the match against SPFL Championship side Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park on Tuesday evening. At this stage of the season it is more about match fitness and sharpness rather than the results but on the evening his players can be disappointed not take anything away from the game and could have earned a draw right at the end but the experienced Terry Masson fired over the bar when it looked easier to score.
Stuart McKenzie was in goal replacing “Trialist” Matthew McGinlay who was between the posts against Brechin City. Ross McCord started the game in which his brother Ryan lined up for “The Wasps”. Alloa Athletic opened brightly and Greig Spence who recently returned to Recreation Park for a second spell tussled with Stuart McKenzie for the ball and looked to open his account for a second time with “The Wasps”. Garry Wood had Montrose’s best change in the first half but he blasted high and wide of the goal. The home side did take the lead when Eddie Ferns latched on to an inch perfect pass from “trialist” Steven Hetherington from Motherwell. Eddie Ferns speed on the break had been causing Montrose problems with his pace and direct running.
In the second half manager George Shields made four chances at half-time introducing three trialists along with Terry Masson playing his first game in the pre season. Although the home side had the lion’s share of possession the visitors never gave up and in the closing minutes Terry Mason looked likely to score and achieve a creditable draw, but his shot flew high over the bar when it looked easier to score.