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Montrose v Formartine United
Pre-Season Friendly
Links Park Stadium, Montrose
Saturday 29th June 2019
Kick Off: 3.00pm

League 1 Table 2019/20

Team   P 
Pts
Airdrieonians
0 0
Clyde
0 0
Dumbarton
0 0
East Fife
0 0
Falkirk
0
0
Forfar Athletic
0 0
MONTROSE
0 0
Peterhead
0 0
Raith Rovers
0 0
Stranraer
0 0

 

Queen of the South 5 Montrose 0

It proved to be a step too far for gallant Montrose as Queen of the South quickly overturned a 1-2 deficit from the first leg of this Championship promotion play-off semi-final. Having said that, nothing should be taken away from the great season the Mo have had and following the League 2 title before that. Pity it had to end as it did but Stewart Petrie and his squad did exceptionally well to get as far as they did and that is what we should focus on rather than how it all ended in at Palmerston Park, Dumfries.

Montrose made three changes with Rennie, Watson and Redman back in the starting line up with Milne, Cregg and Henderson dropping to the bench. They started with three at the back, Dillon, Harrington and Iain Campbell then with overlapping back Webster on the right and Steeves on the left. Rennie and Ross Campbell were up front with Masson, Watson and Redman in midfield. Referee was Greg Aitken.

And so to the game itself. Queens showed they were a good passing side in the first leg at Links Park but they lacked a serious goal threat that night. In the second leg they were still a good passing side but that cutting edge was present in the form of their talisman, striker Stephen Dobbie. It was Dobbie who wiped out Montrose’s goal advantage after just 11 minutes when put through the middle and wrong footing Fleming to score with ease. That goal equalled Queens’s all time scoring record of 41 goals in a season previously held jointly by Nicky Clark and Jimmy Rutherford. Dobbie was to go on and break that record a few minutes later but not before the impressive Lyndon Dykes had punished Montrose to score the second following a disastrous defensive mix up which let him nip in to tuck it away.

At 2-0 after only 23 minutes Montrose no longer had anything to defend but they were under the cosh as Queens continued to ruthlessly dominate every part of the pitch. Early Montrose formation and tactics had been blown apart and Dobbie made it 3-0 after 28 minutes when amazingly he was allowed far too much space and tucked it away giving Fleming with no chance. Another defensive lapse cost Montrose a fourth goal in the 32nd minute when Doyle found himself given the ball in the box and smartly chipped the ball over the static defence and into the top corner. Queens were rampant and with the crowd behind them Dobbie scored his third goal and Queens fifth a few minutes before half time. It was another through the middle with Dobbie hammering it past Fleming.

Hard to recall Montrose having any attacking threat during that opening 45 minutes although Terry Masson was clean through but foiled by keeper Martin who intercepted the shot and scrambled it away. Ross Campbell saw yellow for a tussle with a defender who appeared throughout that half to be giving as much as he got from Campbell.

For the second half Ross Campbell was replaced by Russell McLean but by now it was damage limitation for Montrose who at least tried to change the pattern of play by going 4-4-2. Miracle man Dobbie left the field of play after 53 minutes, job done for him and Queens. He came off rightly to a standing ovation after notching his sixth hat-trick of the season. He’s on 43 goals with two more games to play.

From that point on the game became very flat as Queens lost their attacking threat and Montrose came more into the game. It was in fact much more evenly balanced then and Montrose did have chances – but so too did Queens. Rennie looked to be in but failed to control the ball then two free kicks by Campbell of the Yano variety were blocked or saved. Bolo came on for Rennie after 58 minutes to make his farewell appearance in a Mo shirt. In fact it was a rare moment shortly afterwards as Bolo was caught offside – something I can not recall ever having happened before! Callaghan the replaced Webster for the last half hour as Queens wound the clock down by completing their own substitutions.
 
The final 15 minutes were completely flat – job done by Queens and with Montrose having saved face somewhat in the second half. During the latter stages Ryan Harrington moved up to the left wing strangely as Callaghan dropped into the right back position. Stuart Petrie was right to let McLean have more pitch time and he certainly needs it to be ready for next season and to show Mo fans why he is a highly regarded striker.

At 5-0 it was a matter of being beaten by a better side – end of. Montrose made far too many errors in giving the ball away in crucial areas and were punished by a side better than most they had played in League 1.

Forget about that result Montrose, remember the previous 37 games and credit to all the squad for an otherwise excellent season. Moving forward Manager Petrie will be well aware of what needs to happen for Montrose to move to a higher level. Finally farewell to Michael Bolochoweckji, Bolo to you and me. He has been an inspiration at times, he’s been a villain at times but one thing is for sure, he will be missed and we wish him well in the future.

Sassmo

Team Lineups & Stats

Ladbrokes SPFL
Championship Playoffs
Semi Final Second Leg

Saturday 11th May 2019


 
 
       
1 Alan Martin
1 Allan Fleming
2 Scott Mercer
2 Terry Masson
3 Jordan Marshall
3 Andrew Steeves
17 Connor Murray
7 Graham Webster (s64)
5 Darren Brownlie
14 Seán Dillon
6 Michael Doyle
18 Iain Campbell
8 Kyle Jacobs (s63)
9 Martin Rennie (s60)
11 Stephen Dobbie (c) (s54)
8 Paul Watson (c)
10 Josh Todd
6 Ross Campbell (s45)
21 Iain Wilson
12 Ryan Harrington
25 Lyndon Dykes (s73)
17 Jamie Redman
   
   
13 Deniz Mehment
21 Ross Matthews (GK)
30 Barry Maguire (s63)
11 Lewis Milne
14 Nicky Low
19 Liam Callaghan (s64)
4 Callum Fordyce
10 Russell McLean (s45)
7 Andrew Stirling (s73)
22 Patrick Cregg
12 Ian McGrath (s54)
5 Michael Bolochoweckyj (s60)
9 Fraser Aird
23 Ross Matthews (GK)
       


Referee:
Greg Aitken

Assistant Referees:
David Doig, Joseph Lawson

Fourth Official:
Steven Kirkland

Goalscorers:
Queen of the South - Stephen Dobbie (11, 28, 40), Lyndon Dykes (23), Michael Doyle (32)

Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Ross Campbell (22), Russell McLean (50)

Red Cards:
None 

Attendance:
2,001

 

Montrose 2 Queen of the South 1

Montrose recorded a priceless win in the first leg of their Championship play-off tie with Queen Of The South.

A brace of goals from player/assistant manager Ross Campbell cancelled out Connor Murray’s second half strike and gave the Gable Endies the advantage ahead of the second leg in Dumfries.

The Doonhammers were the first side to seriously threaten, Lyndon Dykes turning Ryan Harrington in the box before cracking a shot off the base of Allan Fleming’s post, Iain Campbell stepping in to boot the rebound clear.

Josh Todd also came close, connecting with Callum Fordyce’s ball over the top of the defence at full stretch, but able only to poke his shot straight at Fleming.

Montrose’s first real chance came in the 32nd minute, but Euan Henderson shot over the crossbar from 30 yards out.

Henderson came close again three minutes later after a good move linking Patrick Cregg and Lewis Milne, but again the on-loan Hearts forward shot high.

Iain Campbell fired a free kick over Alan Martin’s crossbar in the 38th minute.

Dykes should have put Queen Of The South ahead in the 42nd minute when he was sent clear in the Montrose box, but unmarked with only Fleming to beat, he shot wide of the target from 12 yards out.

The let-off proved crucial, as Montrose took the lead almost immediately. A long ball forward was flicked over the top of the Queen Of The South defence by Lewis Milne, ROSS CAMPBELL darting in to turn the ball into the net.

Montrose started the second half looking to extend their advantage, Milne heading wide from a Terry Masson cross.

At the other end, Fraser Aird shot wide from the edge of the box, and Dykes was denied by a full-stretch save from Fleming, who recovered to turn the loose ball around the post to safety.

The Palmerston side continued to threaten, Aird’s free kick into the box headed wide by Callum Fordyce.

Queen Of The South finally found an equaliser in the 68th minute when CONNOR MURRAY turned Steeves 30 yards from goal and smashed a shot into the top corner.

But their lead lasted less than a minute, Andrew Steeves’ cross into the box missed by the Queen Of The South defenders and smashed in at the back post by ROSS CAMPBELL

Montrose weren’t content to rest on their lead, Redman heading at Martin from an Iain Campbell free kick, and Terry Masson racing through the middle of the Queen Of The South defence before crashing a shot off the crossbar and out to safety.

Mark Rae

Team Lineups & Stats

 

Ladbrokes SPFL
Campionship Playoff
Semi-Final, First Leg

Tuesday 7th May 2019


 
 
       
1 Allan Fleming 1 Alan Martin
2 Terry Masson (c)
2 Scott Mercer (s45)
3 Andrew Steeves
3 Jordan Marshall
7 Graham Webster (s70)
4 Callum Fordyce (c)
14 Seán Dillon 5 Darren Brownlie
18 Iain Campbell
6 Michael Doyle
11 Lewis Milne (s78) 8 Kyle Jacobs
22 Patrick Cregg
9 Fraser Aird
6 Ross Campbell (s73)
10 Josh Todd (s75)
12 Ryan Harrington
21 Iain Wilson
23 Euan Henderson (s63)
25 Lyndon Dykes
       
8 Paul Watson
13 Deniz Mehmet
19 Liam Callaghan
30 Barry Maguire
10 Russell McLean (s73)
14 Nicky Low
9 Martin Rennie (s63)
17 Connor Murray (s45)
5 Michael Bolochoweckyj
7 Andrew Stirling (s75)
17 Jamie Redman (s78)
12 Ian McGrath
21 Ross Matthews (GK) 11 Stephen Dobbie
       


Referee:
John McKendrick

Assistant Referees:
Alastair Mather, Andy Milne

Fourth Official:
Alan Newland

Goalscorers:
Montrose - Ross Campbell (43, 69)
Queen of the South - Connor Murray (68)

Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Andrew Steeves (57)

Red Cards:

None

Match Ball Sponsor:
Ian Gray

Attendance:
1,124

 

Forfar Athletic 1 Montrose 0

A day of mixed emotions with a below average performance, but our attention at full time was focused on events elsewhere as we secured our first ever Championship Playoff place.

The first half was lacking in action with both teams cancelling each other out in the main but the home side, determined to remain in second place, had the better of the chances.

Baird had two efforts after quarter of an hour, the first a chip that was tame and the second from a short corner when he headed an Eckersley cross at the back post but the flag was up.

Bain was next to threaten, when turning sharply inside the area but his shot was tipped away by Fleming at full stretch.

It took us 20 mins to get close to the Loons goal when a Steeves cross found Campbell but his header was soft and and easy catch for McCallum.

Minutes later, Milne let fly from 40 yards but it was straight at the keeper.

The best chance of the half fell to Hilson when Cregg lost the ball on the edge of the box. Easton ran to the line and cut the ball back but Hilson’s effort from close range was brilliantly saved by Fleming.

The home side remained on the front foot after the break and when Baird got the break of ball inside the box Fleming had to react sharply to sprint from his line and block the shot.

We tried to up the anti when Masson played a good ball over the top for Campbell to chase but his left foot volley hit the side netting.

Forfar almost benefitted from the same tactic when a long ball from Meechan found Baird, who beat the off side trap but blasted over.

A moment of controversy arrived on the hour mark when Masson appeared to be fouled in the box, but instead of pointing to the spot, the ref showed the midfielder a yellow card for simulation.

Moments later we did earn a set piece, but despite clearing the wall, Milne’s 20 yard free kick lacked pace and was an easy catch for McCallum.

Fleming was called upon again at the other end when first Bain controlled a cross from Irvine, but his firm shot was straight at the keeper and moments later Hilson beat two men just outside the area but Fleming smothered his shot well.

With it looking more like a one goal game, we had our best chance when sub Henderson went on a dribbling run inside the box before hitting a low shot across goal that McCallum did well to get a touch to low down with McLean’s follow up effort blocked.

Easton had been quiet in the main, but as defensive legs tired he started to have more of an influence and almost scored a spectacular goal when he twisted and turned our defence inside out before unleashing a fierce drive that Fleming once again did brilliantly to tip over.

With time running out and it looking like Fleming would earn us a point, we were undone with another long ball that just beat the outstretched Campbell, finding Hilson whose cross was met by Baird and despite getting a strong hand to his shot, Fleming on this occasion just couldn’t do enough to keep it out.

And so all eyes moved to events at Ochilview, creating a strange situation at full time with the great travelling support delighted and celebrating despite the loss of our final Angus Derby.

Unbelievable season and great effort by all the boys and SP and his staff. Next week we welcome Raith in what will no longer be our last home game of the season, C’Mon the Mighty MO!!!

Team Lineups & Stats

 

Ladbrokes SPFL
League 1

Saturday 27th April 2019


 
 
       
1 Marc McCallum
1 Allan Fleming
2 Ross Meechan
2 Terry Masson
3 Adam Eckersley
3 Andrew Steeves
4 Darren Whyte
7 Graham Webster 
5 Michael Travis
12 Ryan Harrington
6 Gary Irvine
18 Iain Campbell
7 Dale Hilson
11 Lewis Milne
8 Jamie Bain (s67)
22 Patrick Cregg
9 John Baird
6 Ross Campbell (s64)
10 Dylan Easton (s81)
9 Martin Rennie (s58)
11 Brad Spencer
17 Jamie Redman (c) (s81)
   
   
12 Lewis Moore (s67)
8 Paul Watson
14 Murray Mackintosh
19 Liam Callaghan (s81)
15 Connor Coupe (s81)
23 Euan Henderson (s58)
16 Eddie Malone
10 Russell McLean (s64)
17 Thomas Reilly
5 Michael Bolochoweckyj
18 Matthew Aitken 14 Seán Dillon
21 Daniel Hoban 21 Ross Matthews (GK)
       


Referee:
David Dickinson

Assistant Referees:
Gary Hilland, Chris Rae

Goalscorers:
Forfar Athletic - John Baird (76)

Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Graham Webster (2), Terry Masson (60)

Red Cards:
None

Attendance:
850


 

Montrose 1 Raith Rovers 1

Montrose's league campaign ended with a draw against fellow promotion playoff participants Raith Rovers at Links Park.

Ahead of Tuesday’s semi-finals, both sides made a number of changes to their starting elevens, with key players rested.

Montrose, captained by Michael Bolochoweckyj ahead of his transfer to Spartans, took the lead through GRAHAM WEBSTER in the 10th minute. The winger collected Allan Fleming’s long kick-out on the right wing and lashed a shot across visiting goalkeeper Dean Lyness and into the top corner.

But the Gable Endies’ lead lasted only 10 minutes, Nat Wedderburn crossing to CRAIG McGUFFIE, who fired into Fleming’s net from the left side of the box.

Raith came close to taking the lead four minutes later, a short corner leading to a scramble in the Montrose box. Ross Matthews looked to have poked the ball into the net, but Fleming did well to smother the ball on the goal line.

The Fifers looked the team more likely to add to the score sheet in the second half, James Gullan sending a driven shot just over the crossbar in the 59th minute, and McGuffie heading over from a Callum Crane cross two minutes later.

Keiran Bowie should have given Raith the lead in the 69th minute, but he shot well wide when sent one on one with Fleming.

Raith substitute Nathan Flanagan almost added to the scoreline in the 75th minute, cutting inside Sean Dillon but shooting high and wide. He had two further chances in quick succession, sending a half volley over the crossbar in the 77th minute, and seeing a low shot held five minutes later.

The final clear-cut chance of the match fell to Crane, who shot at Fleming from the edge of the box.

Mark Rae

Team Lineups & Stats


Ladbrokes SPFL
League 1

Saturday 4th May 2019


 
 
       
1 Allan Fleming 17 Dean Lyness
20 Chris Antionazzi (s45)
3 Callum Crane
19 Liam Callaghan
5 Euan Murray (c)
7 Graham Webster (s70)
8 Grant Gillespie
12 Ryan Harrington (s79)
12 Ross Matthews
5 Michael Bolochoweckyj (c)
14 Nat Wedderburn (s66)
14 Seán Dillon 18 David McKay
8 Paul Watson
20 Jamie Watson
10 Russell McLean
26 Craig McGuffie (s73)
9 Martin Rennie
27 Keiran Bowie (s87)
17 Jamie Redman
30 James Gullan
       
18 Iain Campbell
6 Kyle Benedictus
3 Andrew Steeves (s70)
9 Liam Buchanan
22 Patrick Cregg
15 Kevin Nisbet
23 Euan Henderson (s45)
16 Nathan Flanagan (s73)
6 Ross Campbell
24 Jamie Barjonas (s66)
15 Rohan Terrell (s79)
28 Dylan Tait (s87)
21 Ross Matthews (GK) 22 Sam McGuff (GK)
       


Referee:
Lloyd Wilson

Assistant Referees:
John McCross, Jordan Cousland

Goalscorers:
Montrose - Graham Webster (10)
Raith Rovers - Craig McGuffie (20)

Yellow Cards:
None

Red Cards:
None

Match Sponsor:
The Cosmic Wanderers Social Dining & Piking Club

Attendance:
688



 

Montrose 2 Aidrieonians 1

An egg’cellent Easter performance and deserved victory despite a nervy last few minutes.

The visitors started brightly when a Hackshaw free kick was headed over by Crighton. Soon after, following a corner, McIntosh improvised with an overhead kick but it was an easy save for Fleming.

We then came close twice when a good run and cross from Steeves found Masson whose thunderbolt hit Crighton and the ricochet returned to Steeves whose clever flick brushed the top of the net.

Hawkshaw was looking bright and from his cutback Edwards blasted over from the edge of the area.

At the other end we had a flurry of chances with the best being a Webster shot from 18 yards well saved by Hutton.

Great work by Antoniazzi wide left released Steeves, who in turn found Campbell and when he set up Masson the midfielders shot from 15 yards was high.

Campbell then had a great chance to break the deadlock when he fed Antoniazzi, whose delicate return chip found the striker in front of goal but he just couldn’t get enough power on his header.

Just when it looked like our first half efforts were to go unrewarded, Robertson fouled Masson in the box and Campbell stepped up to bury the ball to Hutton’s left despite the keeper getting a hand to it.

The visitors reacted and almost equalised immediately when trying to make amends, Robertson got to the byline and just as his cutback was about to be fired home, Watson made a great tackle to clear the danger.

We kept up the pressure after the break when Webster’s chipped cross found Masson but his header looped wide and then a neat step over from Antoniazzi created space but his shot was well blocked by Hutton’s feat.

A Milne 25 yard free kick struck the wall with Hutton punching the deflected ball behind and from the second phase of the corner Milne crossed for Campbell to half volley from close range but Hutton saved comfortably.

We gave ourselves breathing space when a great ball wide from Antoniazzi released Milne who cut back for Masson to deliver a precise, guided shot across Hutton into the far bottom corner.

McIntosh came close to halving the arrears when, with time and space inside the box he got his shot away but Steeves blocked well.

The ex-Montrose front man did eventually get his name on the scoresheet as we entered added time when a free kick was headed down to him by Crighton and he turned and fired home into the top corner from 10 yards despite Fleming getting a hand to it.

We saw out the last few minutes and when Robertson saw red for his second booking, bringing down Henderson on the edge of the box, Campbell crashed the free kick off the bar with the last kick of the game.

A crazy 2 weeks, swiftly adjusting our view of the table and reassessing our aspirations and next week we travel to Forfar for the last Angus Derby of the year, C’Mon the Mighty MO!!!!

Team Lineups & Stats

 

Ladbrokes SPFL
League 1

Saturday 20th April 2019


 
 
       
1 Allan Fleming 1 David Hutton
2 Terry Masson 
2 Scott Robertson
3 Andrew Steeves
3 Kieran MacDonald
7 Graham Webster
4 Sean Crighton (c)
12 Ryan Harrington
5 Kieran Millar
18 Iain Campbell
6 Josh Campbell
11 Lewis Milne
7 Dean Hawkshaw (s66)
8 Paul Watson (c) (s71)
8 Josh Edwards
6 Ross Campbell (s77)
9 Darryl Duffy (s66)
20 Chris Antoniazzi (s80)
10 Ryan Conroy (s60)
22 Patrick Cregg
11 Leighton McIntosh
       
9 Martin Rennie
12 Declan Glass (s66)
17 Jamie Redman (s71)
14 Sean McIntosh
10 Russell McLean
15 Jonathan Page
23 Euan Henderson (s77)
16 Dean Cairns
5 Michael Bolochoweckj
18 Kyle Wilkie (s60)
14 Seán Dillon (s80)
19 Scott Stewart (s66)
21 Ross Matthews (GK) 17 Ben McKenzie
       


Referee:
Craig Napier

Assistant Referees:
Gordon Crawford, Alan Proctor

Goalscorers:
Montrose - Ross Campbell (41pen), Terry Masson (67)
Airdrieonians - Leighton McIntosh (90+1)

Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Terry Masson (90)
Airdrieonians - Scott Robertson (40)

Red Cards:
Airdrieonians - Scott Robertson (90+5)

Match Sponsor:
Celurca Investments

Match Ball Sponsor:
Stirfresh

Mascot:
Samuel Clarkson


Attendance:
738

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