DESPITE a frustrating season Montrose managed to end 2011/12 on a high with a 5-0 win against Clyde at Links Park on Saturday.
With the news that manager Ray Farningham might be on the move back to former club Dundee, the Gable Endies gave it their all for the full 90 minutes.
And goals from Terry Masson, Alan Campbell and Martin Boyle’s first senior hat-trick ensured victory for the home side.
Just three minutes in Montrose gave Clyde their first challenge when Dougie Cameron curled a shot towards the net but was denied by Clyde ‘keeper Nicholas Feely.
Clyde were quick to retaliate but only really came close in the ninth minute with an attempt by Jason Marr from the penalty area which was caught well by Sandy Wood.
Just seconds later, Wood was forced into making another save following a Drew Ramsay corner.
The Links Park men broke the deadlock in the 20th minute with Boyle’s first of the game. His volley, following an assist from Steven McNally, was sent straight past Feely.
Two minutes later Cameron’s free kick was cleared by Declan Gallagher.
Boyle could have got his second on the half-hour mark but the shot was cleared by Marr.
His second did come 10 minutes later with an assist by Jon Crawford bringing the score to 2-0 just before the break.
The Bully Wee made a half-time substitution bringing on Grant Dickie to replace Gavin Brown.
Montrose showed no sign of letting up after half-time and within seconds McNally had an attempt only for it to be caught by Feely.
A minute later a Clyde corner taken by John Sweeney was cleared to safety by Alan Campbell.
On the 50-minute mark John Sweeney’s cross was met by Michael Oliver but his subsequent header went wide of the post.
A minute later, yet another Sweeney corner was caught by Wood.
Three minutes later Montrose got their third of the game when Cameron’s corner made it’s way to Garry Wood who passed to Masson. ‘Keeper Feely didn’t stand a chance against the volley and the score became 3-0.
Just before the 60 minute mark the Cumbernauld men had another chance but Dickie sent the ball over the bar.
In the 63rd minute Clyde made two further changes with Jack Sloss on for Drew Ramsay and Kris Irvine on for Paul Hay.
Almost ten minutes later, on 71 minutes, Campbell brought the score to 4-0 with an assist from Sean Crighton.
Montrose made two substitutions a minute later with Steven McPhee on for Terry Masson and Scott Johnston on for G. Wood.
The Gable Endies got their final goal of the game and Boyle completed his hat-trick in the 74th minute when he met Cameron’s corner and easily headed the ball into the net.
In the 76th minute Sweeney picked up the only booking of the game for dissent.
With Montrose certain to take a win by this point, Clyde attempted to pull back a goal, but Sloss’s volley in the 80th minute was their only real chance but it went wide of the post.
Crighton could have made it six for Montrose in the last few minutes of the game but was denied by Feely.
Boyle took a final shot just before time but was blocked by Gallagher.
Montrose: Sandy Wood, Sean Crighton, Dougie Cameron, Paul Lunan, Alan Campbell, Jonathan Crawford, Stephen McNally, Lloyd Young, Martin Boyle, Garry Wood, Terry Masson. Substitutes: Scott Johnston, Jonathan Smart, Steven McPhee, David McGowan, Michael Andrews.
Clyde: Nicholas Feely, Gavin Brown, Lee Sharp, Declan Gallagher, Jason McQueen, Paul Hay, Michael Oliver, John Sweeney, Ian Gray, Patrick Scullion, Drew Ramsay. Substitutes: Chris Irvine, Grant Dickie, Jack Sloss, Kieran Daw, Barry McCue.
Referee: Paul Robertson.