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Kilmarnock 3 Montrose 1

Montrose could be excused if this defeat in the Scottish Cup was a result of tiered legs from two long difficult away games inside 48 hours but if that was the case it certainly did not show. For good stretches of the game Montrose took the game to their Premier League opponents especially in the second half.

Manager Stewart Petrie made use of his squad again with four changes possibly with next Tuesday’s game also in mind. In came Chris Mochrie, Harry Cochrane, Liam Callaghan and Paul Watson in place of Terry Masson, Graham Webster, Cammy F and Chis Antoniazzi, the latter already cup-tied.

The referee was Nick Walsh who ended up booking six Montrose men in what was not a dirty game and played in a good atmosphere by both sides.

It was Montrose who attacked first as McLean worked his way into the area but ran out of space and support as the ball went for a goal kick. At the other end Fleming took control and ended a Kilmarnock attack. Unfortunately, in the very next Killie move it was Fleming who raced out to clear but was only second to the ball which was squared back to the onrushing KYLE LAFFERTY who didn’t hit it cleanly but it still ended in the net to make it 1-0 after only 6 minutes. Just what Montrose didn’t want, it was a soft goal to lose.

Undeterred Montrose tried to hit back and a Watson 25 yarder was blocked then an effort by Cochrane from 18 yards was just off target in what was a good chance for the Mo. Mochrie was next to have a go weaving his way down the left but ran out of options and was crowded out. Possession was fairly even at that point but finishing off the goal scoring opportunities was going to be a deciding factor and it was the Premiership side who were best at that. The second goal came on 24 minutes as a short corner was played to Burke who swung in a great cross which evaded everyone and ended in the back of the net to make it 2-0 and although the goal was credited to CHRIS BURKE it appeared to be Steeves who got the touch which deflected it in.

Montrose to their credit still played some good football but the finishing touch was missing to several very promising moves. On the flip side Killie also created chances and it was vital for Montrose not to concede again. On the half hour mark McLean had a glorious chance and should have scored. Milne did well down the right and pulled it back to McLean who put it wide from about 8 yards as he snatched at his shot. A few minutes later Callaghan was brought down on the edge of the 18-yard box, no yellow card however and the free kick by Milne was blocked as was the follow up shot. Callaghan got in another shot on 38 minutes and it was in fact the fourth great opportunity for Montrose in the first half alone. Watson was substituted on 43 minutes having taken a knock and replaced by Cammy F. Just before the half time whistle another goal was almost conceded when a sloppy midfield ball put Killie away but the chance was wasted as the lad fired it into the side netting and the last action of the first 45 minutes saw a Mochrie shot held at the second attempt by keeper Colin Doyle.

Montrose started the second half very much on the front foot and probably had more possession than their hosts but it was Lafferty and Burke who carved out the first chance which ended wide as Fleming ushered it past the post. Lewis Milne really should have scored on 50 minutes when a rare Killie defensive blunder put him 1 on 1 with Doyle but the keeper managed to get a hand to it and send it wide for a corner. Then another disastrous soft give away goal by Montrose as Dillon passed back to Fleming along the goal line but the keeper was closed down quickly and his attempted clearance was charged down and put away by GREG KILTIE in the 61st Minute to make it 3-0

With a comfortable three goal cushion Killie took off Burke replaced by McKenzie on 66 minutes then Cammy F saw yellow for a pull back offence. Mochrie made way for Masson on 69 minutes as Montrose attempted to score from some good interchange play. Steeves was felled crudely on a charge but just outside the 18-yard box for a free kick but strangely no card was shown. On 73 minutes Lafferty was replaced by Oakley then Masson was shown yellow for what can only be dissent as he won the ball and if anything it was he who appeared to be fouled.

Ten minutes to go and Killie seemed content to just keep possession but were shocked out of their comfort zone when Montrose pulled a goal back on 81 minutes. Steeves down the left on another charge slotted it to McLean who hit a great cross in for CAMMY BALLANTYNE to slide it into the net from close range to make it 3-1. It almost became another shock for Killie in the very next minute when Quinn got on the end of a corner only to see keeper Doyle stop it right on the goal line. Then a rash of yellow cards for Montrose players and staff who seemed not happy with some of referee Walsh’s decisions both for and against them. Enough said.

It was an unfortunate end to an enjoyable game in which Kilmarnock were excellent hosts on the day both on and off the pitch with the main difference affecting the result being the better finishing by the Premiership side but Montrose certainly played their part in a good cup-tie and were arguably the better side in the second half. If they had scored earlier from just one of the good chances they created the final result might well have been a lot less comfortable for Kilmarnock.

Report by Steve Doyle


Team Lineups & Stats

Scottish Cup Fourth Round

Saturday 17th April 2021



16  Colin Doyle
1  Allan Fleming
22  Ross Millen
2  Cammy Ballantyne
5  Kirk Broadfoot (c)
3  Andrew Steeves 
24  Zech Medeley
20  Chris Mochrie (s69)
18  Calum Waters
17  Aidan Quinn
6  Alan Power (s64)
14  Seán Dillon
21  Youssouf Mulumbu
12  Harry Cochrane (s85)
19  Mitch Pinnock
19  Liam Callaghan
29  Chris Burke (s66)
10  Russell McLean
10  Greg Kiltie
11  Lewis Milne
28  Kyle Lafferty (s73)
8  Paul Watson (s43)
23  Danny Rogers (GK)
7  Graham Webster
2  Aaron McGowan
6  Terry Masson (s69)
3  Brandon Haunstrup
22  Cammy F Ballantyne (s43)
14  Zeno Ibsen Rossi
23  Martin Rennie
8  Gary Dicker
16  Craig Johnston
27  Aaron Tshibola (s64)
9  Lewis Hawke (s85)
7  Rory McKenzie (s66)
15  Ross Campbell
12  Danny Whitehall 18  Iain Campbell
9  George Oakley (s73)
21  Aaron Lennox (GK)

Nick Walsh

Assistant Referees:
Gordon Crawford, Barry Cook

Kilmarnock - Kyle Lafferty (6), Mitch Pinnock (24), Greg Kiltie (61)
Montrose - Cammy Ballantyne (82)

Yellow Cards:
Kilmarnock - Kirk Broadfoot (63)
Montrose - Cammy F Ballantyne (67), Terry Masson (75), Aiden Quinn (86), Iain Campbell (89), Ross Campbell (90), Cammy Ballantyne (90+2)

Red Cards:



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