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Fraserburgh 2 Montrose 4

It was a sunny day at Bellslea Park, unlike the last time we were there but this Fraserburgh team were certainly not in the mood to make it easy for Montrose. Stewart Petrie brought Cammy B, Mochrie, Watson and Milne back into the starting line up in place of Quinn, Callaghan, Johnston and Cammy F

It was more than 10 years since Montrose made it to the last 16 of the Scottish Cup and it was obvious that if the Mo were going to progress this season a strong performance was required against The Broch.

From the very first minute Fraserburgh showed their attacking threat until Lennox halted their progress and hit the ball long down the left where CHRIS MOCHRIE gathered, body-swerved and hit a beauty into the far bottom corner to make it 1-0 to Montrose in the second minute.

Fraserburgh went straight back upfield and their impressive full back Owen Cairns hit a 20 yarder just wide. Indeed Cairns was at the centre of most attacks for the Broch and a constant threat all afternoon. Two corners were beaten out by Lennox before McLean lumped it away then followed upfield to receive a pass from Webster and wriggled his way into the box but keeper Leask saved. It was end to end stuff and only 15 minutes played.

An equalising goal came on 19 minutes with one of the harshest handball decisions imaginable as the ball crashed against the Montrose defender at point blank range. Up stepped GARY HARRIS to make it 1-1 from the penalty kick. As if that was not enough of a blow for Montrose they were forced into an early substitution as Waddell took a knock and was replaced by Quinn on 22 minutes. SCOTT BARBOUR made it 2-1 to Fraserburgh still on 22 minutes after a long cross from the right was played back into the danger area and Barbour was quickest to react to fire passed Lennox.

That lead barely lasted 10 minutes in what was a typical cup game as neither side dominated with chances at both ends. The equaliser came as the ball looked to be going out of play but Montrose kept it in and GRAHAM WEBSTER found space in the 6 yard box to hit it home from close range on 31 minutes. 2-2 with still time to see out until the half-time breather. Montrose had three successive corners but all were scrambled away then McLean went close with a shot which Leask turned away. Paul Watson saw yellow for a hard tackle as Referee Grant Irvine then called a halt at 2-2 for a well earned rest for both sides.

No changes for the second half as Fraserburgh took advantage of a slow re-start by Montrose. Cairns was still causing problems for Fraserburgh but Lennox was at his best in goal for Montrose on the day. On the hour mark it was clear Montrose needed to step up a gear and they did just that. Johnston came on for Watson on 65 minutes to add speed up front and push back Fraserburgh. Paul Young then saw yellow for Fraserburgh for a tackle referee Irvine didn’t like as Montrose stepped it up and gained control again.

Fraserburgh countered by replacing Gary Harris with Paul Campbell in search of a winner themselves but it was Montrose who made the vital breakthrough. A right wing cross was headed clear by the Broch defence but landed at the feet of Terry Masson who lumped it back into the box where RUSSELL McLEAN scored with a remarkable overhead kick which looped over keeper Leaske to make it 3-2 to Montrose on 69 minutes.

Still 20 minutes and more to go however as Fraserburgh hit back with a series of great crosses but Montrose defended well as they had to focus fully in the face of a very competitive home side and under sustained pressure. Cammy F replaced Chis Mochrie on 79 minutes and with five minutes to go Butcher replaced Campbell in a last throw of the dice for Fraserburgh whilst for Montrose Cammy F was yellow carded for a bit of time wasting.

As the hosts threw everyone forward in search of an equalising goal that left gaps at the back and who better to exploit that than LEWIS MILNE who made it 4-2 to Montrose in stoppage time. It was great work by Craig Johnston who caught a dallying defender and turned it wide to Milne who easily beat keeper Leaske and game over.

This was certainly a hard fought win for Montrose against a very good Fraserburgh side who from today’s efforts would do well in the SPFL if ever the opportunity came their way. For Montrose it was a good team effort in which it would be unfair to single out a MOTM – but no Mo fan will complain about that as they reached the last 16 of the Scottish Cup for the first time since Hibs away in the 2009/20 season.

Report by Steve Doyle

Team Lineups & Stats

Scottish Cup
Third Round

Saturday 3rd April 2021



1  Paul Leask
21  Aaron Lennox
2  Owen Cairns
2  Cammy Ballantyne
3  Bryan Hay
3  Andrew Steeves
4  Ryan Cowie
5  Kerr Wadell (s22)
5  Kieran Simpson (s75)
6  Terry Masson
6  Grant Campbell (s85)
7  Graham Webster
7  Jamie Beagrie
8  Paul Watson (c) (s65)
8  William West (c)
10  Russell McLean
9  Gary Harris (s69)
11  Lewis Milne
10  Paul Young
14  Seán Dillon
11  Scott Barbour
20  Chris Mochrie (s79)
12  Aidan Combe
4  Matty Allan
14  Paul Campbell (s69)
9  Lewis Hawke
15  Lewis Davidson
15  Ross Campbell
16  Ryan Sargent
16  Craig Johnston (s65)
17  Sean Butcher (s85)
17  Aidan Quinn (s22)
18  Connor Grant
19  Liam Callaghan
19  Lewis Duncan (75)
20  Cammy F Ballantyne (s79)
20  Scott Henry 23  Martin Rennie
21  Eddie Finn (GK) 1  Allan Fleming (GK)

Grant Irvine

Assistant Referees:
Craig Ferguson, David Dunne

Fraserburgh - Gary Harris (19pen), Scott Barbour (22)
Montrose - Chris Mochrie (2), Graham Webster (31), Russell McLean (69), Lewis Milne (90)

Yellow Cards:
Fraserburgh - Paul Young (67)
Montrose - Paul Watson (42), Cammy F Ballantyne (89)

Red Cards:



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