Edinburgh City 0 Montrose 1
Montrose Football Club recorded their first league win of the season at Meadowbank Stadium on Saturday against league newcomers Edinburgh City. It took a goal from top scorer Gary Fraser just after the hour to give them all three points although they did create a few other good openings which would have made the scoreline more comfortable.
It was Montrose’s first visit to the ground since a Scottish Cup tie in January 2010 and since then the former East of Scotland League side have worked their way through the Lowland League before securing promotion in the summer to the SPFL after defeating East Stirlingshire in a two legged play off in May. The City have found results hard to come by since joining the league and only secured their first point the previous Saturday at Stirling Albion.
After the disappointing home defeat by Cowdenbeath manager Paul Hegarty made three changes to his line up as he looked for the winning formula with Ross Campbell playing at right back, Ryan Ferguson and Graham Webster coming in for loan signings David McKay, Cammy Ballantyne and Scott Hynd, who were all on the bench.
Edinburgh City had the first opening in the fourth minute when Ross Allum latched onto a clearance from the Montrose defence but his low shot was held by Fleming.
Three minutes later a great cross from the left by Iain Campbell found the inrushing Fraser but he allowed the keeper to get to the ball before him and a good opening was gone.
The home side were putting the Gable Endies under some pressure and forced a succession of throw ins and corner kicks but the Montrose defence held firm and broke clear through Ferguson on a quick break that came to nothing.
In the 18th minute a mistake by the Montrose defence left Ross Allum with a glorious opportunity to score but with the goal gapping he lost track of the ball and allowed Montrose to clear for a corner kick.
Home keeper Calum Antell then kept City in the match when he saved a volley from Gary Fraser.
With 27th minutes Ryan Ferguson linked up with Templeman on the right flank, he broke into the box but could only curl his effort into the arms of Antell.
Six minutes later Montrose should have opened the scoring. A corner kick from Masson found McWalter whose shot was blocked and rebounded to captain Ross Campbell totally unmarked at the far post but with only Antell to beat he drove the ball into his arms from point blank range.
With ten minutes left in the first half Terry Masson was booked for a late tackle on McFarland when he appeared to block the ball.
In the 40th minute Fraser broke clear on the left for Montrose and his cross was headed over the crossbar by Graham Webster on his 100th appearance for the club.
In the following minute the home side match a change with full back Aaron Dunsmore being replaced by former Celtic and Hearts striker Craig Beattie.
On the stroke of half time Kieran McWalter became the second Montrose player to be booked for a push on John Dunn.
Two minutes into the second period and Ryan Ferguson had a chance for Montrose but he curled his effort over the crossbar.
In the 52nd minute Montrose gave away a free kick when Fraser fouled right back Jordan Caddow. Chris McKee once again took the set piece the ball was cleared by the Montrose defence but only as far as Craig Beattie who volleyed wide.
In the following minute Beattie won a free kick for Edinburgh City when he was fouled by Bolochoweckyj. McKee’s free kick was cleared as far as Beattie who found full back Jordan Caddow who fired straight into the arms of Fleming.
With 61 minutes gone Montrose opened the scoring. Webster was fouled by McConnell and after a taking too from referee Irvine Iain Campbell was allowed to take the free kick. The ball was deflected up into the path of GARY FRASER whose header was blocked by Antell but the striker showed his razor sharp instincts but firing the rebound into the roof of the net for his third goal in three games.
Seconds later Montrose could have made it two when another Iain Campbell free kick found its way to Chris Templeman but his low shot was saved by City goalkeeper Antell
Montrose won a corner in the 71st minute. Iain Campbell’s corner found its way to Bolochoweckyj but he could only volley over the crossbar.
Edinburgh City made their second switch when they replaced Dean Cummings with Ousman See.
Substitute Craig Beattie was proving to be the home side’s most dangerous player and he shot at Fleming with fifteen minutes left.
Montrose wasted another good opening when Templeman got on the end of an Iain Campbell corner kick but could only head over the crossbar.
Edinburgh City made a final change with eleven minutes left as they tried to get back into the match with Sean Mushin coming on for Ian McFarland.
With ten minutes left the Gable Endies missed a glorious chance to make it two. A cross come shot from Graham Webster found its way through to Fraser but at point blank range with the ball coming towards him so quickly he managed to scoop the ball over the bar when it seemed easier to score.
Edinburgh City’s John Dunn was booked by referee Irvine when he dived to win a free kick outside the box.
Montrose suffered a blow with six minutes remaining when Terry Masson received his second yellow card for high feet followed by a red to leave his team mates hanging on. It seemed a soft booking but in the letter of the law a correct decision.
With three minutes left Montrose made a change when Scott Hynd came on to replace Ryan Ferguson.
But despite a long period of injury time and a few hairy moments the Gable Endies held on for a deserved first three points of the season.