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Montrose made four changes to the starting eleven with Lennox, Quinn, Gardyne and Simpson to replace Fleming, Allan, Cammy B and Webster. It was perhaps an experimental starting line-up with an eye to the rest of this season but also with a view to the next one and the performance will hopefully the day will have told us a lot.

The referee Graham Beaton got the game underway against a much-changed Clyde side and it was uneventful for the first 15 minutes other than a cross from Gardyne from the right which was headed wide. The first yellow card was given to Gomis on 14 minutes and quickly followed by another this time for Ross Campbell on the Montrose bench. Montrose were on top at that stage with Gardyne showing his class with good crosses and Johnston supplying a tempting cross from the left to where he himself usually is for a tap in except he wasn’t there and neither was anybody else so the ball sped away to the far side for a throw in.

Simpson was next to try with a firm header but straight at keeper Parry.

The game looked to heading in Montrose’s direction as a penalty was awarded for handball by a Clyde defender but with Webster on the subs bench up stepped Johnston who seemed an unusual choice and so it turned out as his tame effort was easily saved by keeper Parry. That in fact was the turning point as the game turned on its head and Clyde took the lead against the run of play moments later. A good ball from the left was headed past Lennox from close in by NICK McALLISTER to make it 1-0 to Clyde.

Montrose had to do better with the chances they created with free kicks following yellow cards to both McAllister and Splaine for Clyde and on 32 minutes they did just that which Masson to Simpson then to Gardyne ended with a tap in from close range by BLAIR LYONS to make it 1-1

The rest of the first half was still pressure by Montrose without any real threat as a free kick from 25 yards went high and wide, then another from Dillon went the same way and Gardyne at least hit the target but his effort was tuned for a corner which was too easily cleared. Cammy Ballantyne was yellow carded just before the interval so at 1-1 by half-time it was poor by Montrose standards.

No changes for the second half as a Gardyne cross was cut out for another fruitless corner then a Simpson cross was collected by Parry with ease. Clyde were still a threat even though chances were limited and Montrose were grateful for an offside flag. Dillon apparently spoke out of turn and was yellow carded.

More huff and puff followed until Montrose made the first change on 59 minutes with Webster replacing Simpson who had made little impact up to that point. Clyde also made a change with Cunningham on for Splaine then shortly afterwards with Jones on for Tade the for the Mo Cammy F replaced Johnston. With that latest change it was unclear who might lead the Montrose attack though it appeared to be Cammy F at the time. All those changes soaked up a good ten minutes followed by a Cunningham shot for Clyde which was just wide and a Webster effort for Montrose deflected for a corner which came to nothing.

Into the 75th minute and Lyons charged int the box but his shot was scrambled away by Parry. Lyons soon after departed the scene following a straight red card which it seemed was seen by the linesman during a tackle. The final 10 minutes plus stoppage time were played with 10 men for Montrose but only seven of them before that as on 84 minutes Whatley, Brown and Ross Campbell replaced Masson, Gardyne and Milne.

Still Montrose looked for a winner but had to beware of a Clyde winner at the other end. It all became a bit frantic. For Clyde captain Ally Love gave way for Mortimer, Quinn was yellow carded for Montrose and a Mo shot flew over the top from a decent position and Webster could have put away a great effort in stoppage time but it was not to be as it ended 1-1

Clyde will be happy with the point and maybe might have won it but that early season spark has evaded Montrose recently and Manager Petrie will no doubt look back and get back to the formation which scored goals even without a regular talisman goal scorer in the first half of the season but there is also still time to get back on track this season. Queen’s Park away would be a good start next Saturday.

Report by Steve Doyle

Team Lineups & Stats

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Saturday 19th February 2022



1  Aaron Lennox
1  Neil Parry
2  Cammy Ballantyne
12  Mark Docherty
3  Andrew Steeves 
5  Scott Rumsby
14  Seán Dillon
20  Jonathan Page
17  Aidan Quinn
18  Nick McAllister
6  Terry Masson (c) (s84)
3  Adam Livingstone
12  Michael Gardyne (s84)
4  Morgaro Gomis
10  Lewis Milne (s84)
16  Aaron Splaine (s63)
18  Elijah Simpson (s59)
8  Barry Cuddihy
16  Craig Johnston (s69)
11  Ally Love (c) (s82)
11  Blair Lyons
24  Gregory Tade (s68)
15  Mark Whatley (s84)
2  Billy Mortimer (s82)
4  Matty Allan
17  Robert Jones (s68)
22  Craig Brown (s84)
10  Ross Cunningham (s63)
20  Cammy F Ballantyne (s69)
23  Owen Andrew
7  Graham Webster (s59)
6  Conrad Balatoni
9  Ross Campbell (s84)
26  Matty Eldson
19  Kaden Houghton
21  Joshua Bradley-Hust
23  Aaron Bell    
1  Allan Fleming    

Graham Beaton

Assistant Referees:
Paul O'Neill, John Stewart

Montrose - Blair Lyons (32)
- Nick McAllister (28)

Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Ross Campbell (14), Cammy Ballantyne (40), Seán Dillon (51), Aidan Quinn (90+4)
- Morgaro Gomis (14), Nick McAllister (22), Aaron Splaine (34)

Red Cards:
Montrose - Blair Lyons (80)



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