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Montrose 0 Forfar Athletic 0

One change for Montrose as Chris Mochrie replaced Russell McLean in the starting line up on a very cold, sunny but windy day at Links Park. Referee Scott Lambie got things going with Forfar kicking towards the Dynamo end first.

Montrose threatened in the very first minute when a corner kick found its way to Webster whose shot looked in all the way until keeper McCallum acrobatically turned it away for a corner which was easily cleared. Shepherd was next to try his luck for Forfar with what looked like a great chance until keeper Fleming spotted the danger and was out in a flash to clear. At the other end Cammy B was through on goal but again McCallum was equal to the end product.

Although Montrose had the bulk of possession Forfar carved out chances and Shepherd again hit one just wide of the post from a good position whilst Webster did exactly the same at the other end a minute later.

At the 15 minute mark Montrose started to take more control with a series of chances. Firstly Webster was just wide again from 18 yards then he was foiled by McCallum again who conceded a corner. From the delivery Mochrie found Waddell whose header went wide under pressure. Johnston was next to try but again McCallum was in the right place.

All Montrose now up to the half hour but still no breakthrough. A Milne 30 yarder went over the top, Webster cut in from the right but was well wide then shots from both Johnston and Mochrie lacked power.

After so much possession and no gain it became likely Forfar would create something at the other end and Coll almost did just that as he chipped a shot just wide from inside the box. It was a let off for Montrose who surged forward again and an almighty scramble in the Forfar box ended with it being hacked away to safety. As the half drew to a close Dillon tried with a 30 yarder but McCallum parried it away to safety and on the stroke of half time Mochrie was just wide again.

No changes for the start of the second half but an enforced change for Forfar on 48 minutes when Thomas was hurt in a challenge and was replaced by Antoniazzi.

Montrose kept up the pace with more possession as Mochrie found Steeves who in turn found that man McCallum in his way again. Johnston to Webster again next but a great defensive block ended that move although somewhere in the build up Barr of Forfar was yellow carded possibly for dissent.

The longer it went on it was likely Forfar might strike the telling blow themselves and MacIntosh could well have done better on the hour mark with Fleming at full stretch pushing it past the post.

Montrose replaced Cochrane with Watson who gained a corner which came to nothing except Coll of Forfar was yellow carded for a subsequent foul and to balance it up so too was Waddell for Montrose moments later.

Play became scrappy in the last quarter of the game as long balls went astray more often than not but Forfar had a spell of pressure themselves.

Callaghan replaced Cammy F on 70 minutes then Milne lobbed a shot just over the bar under pressure when he might well have scored. Ross Campbell came on for Mochrie on 74 minutes but at the other end he watched in horror as a loose defensive ball found its way to Shepherd and only a last ditch tackle saved the day.

Fleming did the same on 75 minutes by pushing a shot for a corner as Forfar threatened to punish Montrose for what chances they had squandered earlier. Still Montrose tried to break the deadlock going into the last few minutes and Watson down the left swung it in for Ross Campbell to glance a header into the side netting.

Fisher was then yellow carded for Forfar as the last chance of the game for Forfar fell to Antoniazzi whose shot again was pushed for a corner by Fleming and the final piece of action was a Webster pass to Campbell but Forfar’s Man of the Match McCallum had the last say as his side earned a point.

For Montrose there was plenty of effort and possession but it seldom looked like that final telling ball would happen to break the deadlock.

Report by Steve Doyle

Team Lineups & Stats

SPFL League 1

Saturday 2nd January 2021


1  Allan Fleming
1  Marc McCallum
2  Cammy Ballantyne
2  Sam Fisher
3  Andrew Steeves (c)
3  Jack MacKenzie
12  Harry Cochrane (s62)
4  Gary Irvine (c)
15  Kerr Waddell
5  Ross Meechan
14  Seán Dillon
6  Bernard Coll
7  Graham Webster
7  Archie Thomas (s48)
20  Chris Mochrie (s74)
8  Murray Mackintosh
16  Craig Johnston
9  Scott Shepherd
11  Lewis Milne
10  Bobby Barr
22  Cammy F Ballantyne (s71)
11  Florent Hoti
18  Iain Campbell
12  Kyle Dalling
4  Matty Allan
15  Jordan Allan
17  Aiden Quinn
16  Chris Antoniazzi (s48)
19  Liam Callaghan (s71)
17  Mark Hill
8  Paul Watson (s62)
18  Steven Doris
6  Terry Masson
19  Martyn Fotheringham
15  Ross Campbell (s74)
20  C Starrs
9  Lewis Hawke
14  Trialist
21  Aaron Lennox
21  Daniel Hoban

Scott Lambie

Assistant Referees:
Graeme Leaslie, Brent Falconer


Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Kerr Waddell (67)
Forfar Athletic - Bobby Barr (58), Bernard Coll (67), Sam Fisher (88)

Red Cards:



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