Gable Endies go down to Arbroath - but beat Dundee United!

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JONATHAN Crawford slipped a pass down the right flank to BOYLE who outpaced his marker before firing into the corner of the net past Hill.

In the fifth minute Montrose had another good opportunity when Malcolm brought down McGowan on the edge of the area. Masson stepped up to take the free kick and blasted the ball at goal only for Hill to produce a great save and tip the ball around the post.

The Gable Endies didn’t have long to wait for a second goal and it came in the 10th minute. This time it was Masson who produced the killer pass with a ball down the right to BOYLE. The youngster this time outpaced McAnespie, cut inside another Arbroath player in the box before again finding the bottom corner from close range. It was his fourth pre-season goal.

In the 12th minute Smart put in a solid tackle on Doris and there was a flare-up before play could resume and referee McDermott warned both Smart and Arbroath’s Swankie. The Third Division Player of the Year took the kick but fired it straight into the Montrose wall.

In the 19th minute Montrose had another chance when a McNally cross was headed out straight at Boyle but his volley was saved.

Montrose started the second half with a couple of changes. Pierce and trialist Winter came on in place of the injured Campbell and Johnston.

Montrose hadn’t quite settled in their new system when Arbroath pulled a goal back in the 46th minute. The visitors failed to deal with a cross ball and the unmarked SIBANDA was on hand to net from close range.

Three minutes later the match was all square. A deep cross from Sibanda was missed by ‘keeper Andrews and player-boss SHEERIN was on hand to lob back into the corner of the net.

Two minutes later Montrose had a chance to go back in front. Masson crossed from the right and McGowan headed past the post.

On the hour-mark Arbroath took off goalscorer Sibanda and replaced him with Bryce.

Montrose then made a final switch with another trialist, ex-Forfar Athletic and Arbroath player Lunan coming on in place of Dimilta. Lunan went to a right-back position with Crawford moving back into midfield.

Andrews pulled off a great save when he tipped a shot from Bryce around the post.

With 15 minutes remaining Arbroath made a double switch, sending on Elfverson and Wedderburn for Busch and Swankie.

Four minutes later the homesters completed their comeback when they scored a third goal. With Montrose claiming offside Bryce broke through the visitors’ defence and unselfishly squared the ball to SHEERIN who knocked home his second of the afternoon from close range.

With five minutes left Montrose were almost gifted an equaliser when White kicked a clearance straight at Boyle but he just couldn’t gather the ball quickly enough to get a shot at the unguarded net.

Montrose: Andrews, McNally, Campbell (Winter), Crighton, Smart, Masson, Dimilta (trialist), Crawford, Johnston (Pierce), McGowan and Boyle. Substitute: Wood.

Dundee United XI 0, Montrose 3

Montrose FC continued their build-up to the new season with victory over a youthful Dundee United side at their training base in St Andrews last Tuesday.

Manager Ray Farningham again changed about his line-up as he looked to get every player match fit. Back after injury came new signing McGowan and he lined up in a three-man attack with Johnston and Pierce.

The Gable Endies opened the scoring in the 13th minute when trialist Winter sprayed a pass wide to Cameron on the left and his first time cross was met on the edge of the area by McGOWAN who drove the ball into the corner of the net.

Montrose added a second just short of the half-hour mark when Sean Pierce drove through the home defence and slipped a pass to McGOWAN who rounded ‘keeper McCallum to score.

At half-time Montrose took off Wood, Smart, Crawford and Johnston and on in their place came trialist keeper Kyle Allison, McNally, Dimilta and Boyle.

It didn’t take Montrose long to score again when in the 47th minute CRIGHTON volleyed home a near post corner from Winter.

Montrose used their final substitute in the 69th minute when McPhee replaced Winter.

Boyle should have scored twice for Montrose but was denied by the home ‘keeper.

Dundee United went close twice but ‘keeper Allison pulled off two great saves.

Montrose suffered a late blow when new signing Steven McPhee suffered with a knee injury.

Montrose: Wood (trialist), Crighton, Cameron, Campbell, Smart (McNally), trialist (McPhee), Masson, Crawford (Dimilta), Pierce, Johnston (Boyle) and McGowan.