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This is a game Montrose might have expected to win to at least cement their place in the top five but on a difficult night they simply didn’t do enough to win the game. Stewart Petrie made five changes to the starting line up with Callaghan, Rennie, Johnston, Cammy F and Quinn replacing Waddell, Mason, Watson, McLean and Mochrie. Dumbarton also made changes to their starting line up as games for all sides at present come thick and fast even for part-time players.

The referee was Calum Scott who was taking charge of a Montrose game for the first time. Montrose kicked with the wind and sun at their backs in the first half and despite an enormous amount of possession it has to be said the necessary cutting edge seemed sadly lacking. Chances were created with Milne, Steeves and Webster all very much involved and the first real chance came on 10 minutes to Rennie but the ball seemed to stick between his feet and was scrambled away. A Milne pass to Webster looked promising shortly after but unusually the final effort flew high and wide.

Despite being well on top there was always the chance a defensive slip up could throw away a goal and that almost came the way of Dumbarton as a mis-hit Dillon clearance almost ended as an own goal. On 20 minutes the Montrose corner count was stacking up but far too often was hit short and/or easily cleared without challenge. Another poor deep defensive Montrose pass almost gifted Dumbarton a goal but the chance was wasted and hit wide. It just reminded Montrose that they simply had to get their noses in front as the first goal could well be decisive.

Callaghan had two efforts worthy of a better end result as the game drifted to half-time. His first was a 25-yard shot which ended just wide and the second was a free kick from out wide on the right. It was a vicious inswinger of the sort defences hate and looked to be going in but bounced the wrong side of the post untouched by anyone.

Brindley tried a 30 yarder for Dumbarton which although high and wide was certainly worth a go and another worrying sign of what might be for Montrose. Half-time came without a goal, so 0-0 despite Montrose having by far more possession.

No changes for either side to start the second half but Montrose were soon on the offensive again. A record number of corners were won but wasted but the best chance so far fell to the usually reliable Webster but his volley from just outside the 18-yard area ended just wide whilst Dumbarton were limited to breakaways the best of which on 58 minutes saw McAllister have a great run down the right to force an awkward save low down by Lennox who pushed it away for a corner which came to nothing.

Montrose made a triple substitution on 65 minutes as Mochrie, Masson and McLean replaced Cammy F, Callaghan and Johnston whilst Dumbarton also made a single change.

Head tennis in the Montrose area might have ended better for Dumbarton but Wedderburn’s final effort went wide. At the other end Montrose were still winning corner after corner but without serious challenges until Mochrie and Cammy B combined to great effect only for the final ball to fall just short of McLean.

With the clock running down Montrose upped the pressure even more, another Webster volley failed to count when on another day it would have ended differently. More substitutions on 76 minutes with Dumbarton making another change and for Montrose Rennie was replaced by Antoniazzi who thus started his second spell at the club. Ten minutes to go with McLean now making an impact with a jinking run along the goal line only to be crowded out at the expense of a corner.

Frustration was evident as Cammy B saw yellow on 82 minutes although harshly it appeared as he won the ball but as the Dumbarton player hit the deck the referee ruled otherwise.

Antoniazzi almost won the game on 86 minutes after a good Mochrie run put him in a good position but a great defensive lunge deflected the ball safe and wide. It was to be the last chance for Montrose despite two more late corners in stoppage time.

At 0-0 Dumbarton despite their position near the foot of the table were possibly more pleased with a point than Montrose but the fact is that on the night neither side did enough to seal a victory. Montrose still have work to do to ensure at least a top five finish is achieved after the 18-game season and to be in the right half of the pack if another four games are played.

Report by Steve Doyle

 

Team Lineups & Stats




SPFL League 1

Tuesday 6th April 2021


 
 

 

 
       
1  Sam Ramsbottom
21  Aaron Lennox
18  Nicholas McAllister
2  Cammy Ballantyne
5  Morgyn Neill
3  Andrew Steeves (c)
2  Ryan McGeever
19  Liam Callaghan (s66)
3  Rico Quitongo
17  Aidan Quinn
17  Tom Brindley (s76)
14  Seán Dillon
16  Nat Wedderburn
7  Graham Webster
6  Stuart Carswell (c)
11  Lewis Milne
24  Paul Crossan
23  Martin Rennie (s80)
14  Jaime Wilson (s66)
16  Craig Johnston (s66)
7  Rabin Omar
22  Cammy F Ballantyne (s85)
       
15  Conner Duthie
4  Stuart MacFarlane
9  James Wallace (s76)
8  Paul Watson
4  Ruaridh Langan
6  Terry Masson (s66)
10  Robert Jones (s66)
9  Lewis Hawke
11  Adam Frizzll
10  Russell McLean (s85)
12  Sam Wardrop
24  Robbie McGale
    12  Chris Antoniazzi (s80)
    20  Chris Mochrie (s66)
    1  Allan Fleming (GK)


Referee:
Calum Scott

Assistant Referees:
Gordon Crawford, Steven MacDonald

Goalscorers:
None

Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Cammy Ballantyne (82)

Red Cards:
None

Attendance:
0

 


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