MONTROSE had a great start to their pre-season campaign with a well-deserved 2-0 win over their Second Division opponents Stenhousemuir at Links Park on Saturday.
The home team was by far the dominant side in the first half and it paid off in the 15th minute when Martin Boyle opened the scoring.
Stenhousemuir tried to pull back a goal but the efforts of Montrose ‘keeper Sandy Wood kept them at bay.
In the 36th minute Dougie Cameron almost gave Montrose their second goal of the game but he was denied by ‘keeper Chris McClusky.
Just two minutes later Montrose furthered the gap when trialist Scott Jackson took advantage of a defensive mistake to clip the ball over the ‘keeper.
At half-time Stenhousemuir brought on Ally Brown to replace McClusky in goal.
Both sides had a couple of chances in the second half, but the Gable Endies maintained their two-goal lead for the remainder of the game.
A delighted Ray Farningham said after the game that his players’ fitness levels had been first class, and that it had been a great workout.
He added that his side had been up against a team of good quality from a higher division, and that it was gratifying to see the Links Parkers play so well.
Mr Farningham had a special word of praise for trialists Scott Jackson and Steve McPhee.
A trialist on the bench was Jamie Winter, who has played for Aberdeen and Leeds United. The Links Park boss says he will be offered a deal if he proves his fitness.
Montrose: Sandy Wood, Stephen McNally, Alan Campbell, Jonathan Smart, Sean Crighton, Dougie Cameron, Terry Masson, Jonathan Crawford, Martin Boyle, Scott Jackson (trialist), Stephen McPhee (trialist). Subs: Trialist, Trialist, Trialist and Matty Smith.