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Cove Rangers 1 Montrose 0

Four changes were made for this top of the table clash at Cove Rangers. Lennox, Quinn, Webster and Callaghan replaced Fleming, Masson, Watson and Simpson in what looked a strong Montrose side. Three at the back meant Cammy B and Steeves could play attacking roles which was essential against a very competent Cove side who would exploit any side who simply defended. Referee was Matthew MacDermit.

Cove were first to show but Lennox gathered the through ball but took a knock in the process although play continued. Webster tried down the right but the cross fell behind two Mo attackers and was easily cleared. Cammy B was next but his shot went wide. The start was certainly not quiet as Lennox again gathered a through ball but again was lucky not to get caught again.

Cove opened the scoring on 10 minutes as Harry Milne bundled his way past Matty Allan and his low cross was a tap in for RORY McALLISTER at the far post. Not the sort of start Montrose wanted and early on Cove were in the ascendancy looking for a second. Then an injury to top scorer Mitch Megginson on 15 minutes was a blow to Cove. McIntosh replaced him and Cove remained on top for a while with some crisp passing moves. Montrose created chances themselves but the cutting edge was not there even when Logan was also substituted on 41 minutes to further disrupt the Cove game plan. He was replaced by Anderson. Montrose went close when Gardyne shot from 25 yards but just over the top.

In stoppage time Montrose were rocked by a totally unnecessary injury. McAllister, clearly in an offside position, chased down a through ball, but due to a late flag and whistle, Lennox had to rush from his goal and stretch to clear the ball, pulling his hamstring in the process. Fleming took his place in goals. The half-time whistle blew at 1-0 to Cove who probably deserved the lead on the balance of play.

For the second half Terry Masson came on for Matty Allan as Montrose went four at the back to shore up midfield a goal down. At the same time Cove made their third change with Scully replacing Vigurs. After another early shot from McAllister was saved by Fleming it was Montrose who became more dominant in possession with Webster having a shot conceded by McKenzie for a corner and Quinn with the resultant header just wide. Cove were still a threat however with their slick passing. Lyons worked his way into the area and won a corner then Webster came off with Simpson on at the 67th minute mark.

Mo tried hard to force a break through and both Cammy Ballantyne’s were yellow carded in the process. Gardyne dincked Simpson in but the latter was unable to control the ball and it ran out of play. Watson on for Callaghan in 75 minutes to try something different but still Montrose were not as slick as Cove as passes went astray. Lots of possession but Cove held out comfortably. Into stoppage time, McAllister shot wide from a decent position and the final act was as Simpson was yellow carded following something a linesman saw.

Final score 1-0 to Cove who are a very solid side and the Montrose unbeaten run came to an end. Montrose were not out-played in the second half particularly and against most other sides may well have triumphed on the day.

Report by Steve Doyle

Team Lineups & Stats

cinch League 1

Saturday 15th January 2022



1  Stuart McKenzie
21  Aaron Lennox (45+3)
2  Morgyn Neill
2  Cammy Ballantyne
3  Harry Milne
3  Andrew Steeves
5  Scott Ross
4  Matty Allan (s45)
6  Ryan Strachan
14  Seán Dillon (c)
8  Blair Yule
17  Aidan Quinn
9  Mitch Megginson (c) (s15)
7  Graham Webster (s67)
13  Rory McAllister
20  Cammy F Ballantyne
16  Iain Vigurs (s45)
12  Michael Gardyne
24  Fraser Fyvie
19  Liam Callaghan (s75)
25  Shay Logan (s41)
11  Blair Lyons
10  Jamie Masson
8  Terry Masson (s45)
4  Connor Scully (s45)
6  Paul Watson (s75)
11  Leighton McIntosh (s15)
5  Mark Whatley
15  Jevan Anderson (s41)
22  Craig Brown
17  Ola Adeyemo
18  Elijah Simpson (s67)
20  Robbie Leitch
9  James Keatings
23  Kyle Gourlay
1  Allan Fleming (GK) (s45+3)

Matthew MacDermid

Assistant Referees:
Alastair Mather, Andy Milne

Cove Rangers - Rory McAllister (10)

Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Cammy Ballantyne (72)

Red Cards:



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