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Montrose rested several of their first team squad with the oncoming play-off games in the next few days and with the risk of further injuries and suspensions very possible. The referee was Craig Napier.

Rested were Fleming, Dillon, Masson, Cameron, Johnston, Lyons, Steeves and Cammy B but in a game with relatively nothing to play for it was an opportunity to give Liam Callaghan a full game as well as young Tristan Baxter along with youth team players Luca Giacomini, Callum Grant and keeper Cameron Middleton who all made appearances. Also good to see Martin Rennie having some pitch time albeit for only 20 minutes. Otherwise the starting line-up was nothing like it usually is!

That said, against a good Alloa side the Mo played well and had plenty of possession but lacked the finishing touch that made all the difference with former Mo loanee Euan Henderson showing what he was capable of – and how!

The game started quietly with not a lot happening, Sammon failed to get on the end of a cross for Alloa and Webster down the right for Montrose found the keeper with his cross. Alloa looked sharper going forward against the makeshift Montrose defence but it was the Mo who took the lead against the run of play in the 22nd minute. Simpson got the better of his marker deep into the penalty area and was brought down from behind and Andy Graham was red carded for the offence by referee Napier. Up stepped GRAHAM WEBSTER to do what he usually does and scored from the spot to make it 1-0 to Montrose.

The lead was short lived however and Alloa were back on level terms four minutes later as a corner was headed on and EUAN HENDERSON applied the finishing touch to make it 1-1.
Simpson should have made it a second for Montrose on 34 minutes when Gardyne crossed long for Webster to slot it along the deck for a close-range tap in by Simpson but before the big striker reacted keeper Morrison recovered to smother the effort. At 1-1 it was a reasonable effort by Montrose who had switched play well and were well in the game.

That was to change markedly at the start of the second half. Connor Sammond was substituted by O’Donnell and Montrose had hardly got their act together as they went 1-3 down. On 47 minutes EUAN HENDERSON had acres of room down the left and easily slotted it past Lennox then on 49 minutes a sloppy pass in midfield set up another break by Alloa as EUAN HENDERSON completed his hat-trick with a cool finish which gave Lennox no chance.
Ross Campbell started as centre-back but moved to a striking position to try to capitalise on the chances created by Montrose who were having plenty of possession. Tristan Baxter hit the post full on from 25 yards which would have given the Mo a lift but a change then brought on Lyall Cameron for Michael Gardyne on 56 minutes.

Soon after they were undone again on 66 minutes when losing the ball in midfield again and EUAN HENDERSON did what he had done three times before and slotted in home again to make it 4-1 to Alloa.

Webster was moving further forward now from his right back position and had two shots both of which were just wide before the next change by Montrose brought youngsters Luca Giacomini and Callum Grant to replace Cammy F and Lewis Milne on 69 minutes. Paul Watson was very harshly yellow carded by referee Napier when colliding with a Alloa player in an arial battle.

Alloa content to play out the game well ahead brought on King for Scougall and Montrose brought off keeper Lennox for young keeper Cameron Middleton on 79 minutes.

Both sides had several corners none of which came to anything and when Alloa brought on Riley-Snow and Armstrong for Niang and Henderson there was only time for a last Montrose corner to be wasted with no one to pull the trigger as the full-time whistle sounded.

Montrose should have a fresh squad to choose from for the upcoming play-off games no matter what the score was today and can go into those games with confidence. Man of the match today was Paul Watson for his commanding leadership on the pitch which was an example to all the youngsters brought in to do a job on the day.

Report by Steve Doyle

Team Lineups & Stats

cinch League 1

Saturday 30th April 2022



1  PJ Morrison
21  Aaron Lennox (s79)
4  Craig Howie
7  Graham Webster
5  Andy Graham
19  Liam Callaghan
6  Mark Durnan
9  Ross Campbell
3  Daniel Church
8  Paul Watson(c)
19  Mouhamed Niang (s88)
10  Lewis Milne (s70)
7  Kevin Cawley
20  Cammy F Ballantyne (s69)
12  Stefan Scougall (s75)
15  Mark Whatley
15  Ross MacIver
11  Tristan Baxter
22  Euan Henderson (s89)
18  Elijah Simpson (s79)
18  Conor Sammon (s47)
12  Michael Gardyne (s56)
28  Blaise Riley-Snow (s88)
6  Terry Masson
17  Jordan Armstrong (s89)
22  Lyall Cameron (s56)
16  Adam King (s75)
23  Martin Rennie (s79)
20  Cameron O'Donnell (s47)
14  Luca Giacomini (s69)
31  David Hutton (GK)
16  Callum Grant (s70)
     1  Cameron Middleton (GK) (s79)

Craig Napier

Assistant Referees:
Alan Mulvanny, Paul McAvinue

Alloa Athletic - Euan Henderson (26, 47, 49, 66)
Montrose - Graham Webster (22pen)

Yellow Cards:

Red Cards:
Alloa Athletic - Andy Graham (22)



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