Lead slips away

For THE second consecutive Saturday Montrose let a two-goal lead slip as they drew 2–2 with Queen’s Park at Hampden Park with the home side leaving it late in a match they didn’t deserve to take anything from.

With top goalscorer Martin Boyle moving onto SPL football with Dundee, boss Stuart Garden was forced into making two enforced changes to his side with Boyle being replaced by Lloyd Young. The reshuffle also saw Scott Johnston taking over the number nine jersey. With Sandy Wood suffering a broken nose against Raith Rovers his place was taken in goal by trialist David Crawford.

It was a glorious day as Queen’s Park got the match under way at Hampden Park. Montrose won an early free kick when Wood was fouled by Robertson. Young played the kick wide to Gray but his cross was headed back to keeper Parry by Shankland.

With 10 minutes gone a great passing move from the home side resulted in a corner kick which Robertson took only for Keenan to head over at the near post.

Nine minutes later a surging Terry Masson run was halted by a solid challenge from Giuseppe Capuano which resulted in a booking for the Queen’s Park man. Paul Watson stepped up to take the free kick from some 25 yards out but the top scorer couldn’t make it five goals in five matches when he curled his effort inches wide of the post.

In the 23rd minute the Spiders won a free kick of their own when Stephen McNally fouled Anderson. Left back Andy Robertson swung the ball over only for Montrose to clear. It fell kindly to Michael Keenan but he fired over from the edge of the area.

It was Montrose who opened the scoring in the 27th minute with a delightful goal. McNally took a throw in and received the ball back he then raced along the byeline and fired in a cross which was met by the head of the diving LLOYD YOUNG who bulleted a header into the corner of the net for his third goal in three matches, having failed to net in his previous 23 matches for the club.

With 50 minutes gone a great ball from McLeish split open the home defence and put Johnston clear. He found Wood who made space once again for a shot but his low effort went straight into the arms of Neil Parry.

In the 63rd minute the visitors added a second goal. Anderson and McNally tangled with the each other with Montrose being awarded the free kick. Campbell launched the free kick into the box Wood headed the ball down to SCOTT JOHNSTON who turned and fired an absolute beauty into the roof of the net from 10 yards out. It was the player’s first goal since January 14 when he netted in the 4–0 home win over Clyde.

With four minutes remaining Queen’s Park pulled a goal back out of nothing. The ball was crossed from the right and when the ball was headed back down by Watt, JAMIE LONGWORTH was on hand to sweep the ball home past David Crawford. Crawford was then booked by referee Cook for holding onto the ball to prevent centre being taken.

Disaster then struck Montrose for the second time in seven days as they failed to see the game out and let Queen’s Park grab an undeserved equaliser in the first minute of stoppage time. Masson put the ball out for a corner kick. Burns’ effort sailed in and struck the crossbar after Crawford had got a touch to it and when it landed at the feet of CRAIG SMITH he lashed the ball home from point blank range to salvage a point for the home team out of nowhere.

Referee Cook continued to play on and in the fifth minute of injury time Masson was booked for dissent as Montrose held on for a point in a match they really should have won easily.

Montrose: D. Crawford, McNally, Watson, Campbell, Lunan, Masson, Gray (McIntosh), McLeish (J. Crawford), Johnston, G. Wood, Young (Mosson) Subs not used – Gordon and S. Wood.