Montrose earn first win after five defeats in a row

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20110402- Montrose vs Elgin. 'Elgin's David Gormley is denied by a great save from Montrose keeper Ramiro Gonzalez. ''"Andy Thompson Photography",'"No use without payment",'"Tel: 07795437362" ,'"" ,

THE GABLE Endies were celebrating after putting a long awaited end to their five-game losing streak on Saturday at Links Park.

Within the first 15 minutes of the game Jonathan Crawford had put Montrose in the lead and although it was the only goal of the game it was enough to ensure the much-needed win.

Argentinian goalkeeper Ramiro Gonzalez made sure Montrose didn’t concede a single goal after he made a number of spectacular saves.

Caretaker manager Ray Farningham made two changes from the side that were defeated against Queen’s Park on Tuesday night.

Hugh Davidson and Daryl Nicol were both included in the starting line-up while top scorer Paul Tosh has left Montrose to join Second Division side Peterhead until the end of the season.

On the bench were Chris Hegarty, Connor Thomson, Terry Masson, Sandy Wood and new signing Sean Pierce.

Montrose completed the signing of Port Glasgow juniors striker Pierce earlier this week. The 20-year-old Greenock-based player started the season with Greenock Juniors before his move to Port Glasgow.

Last season Pierce hit the net 54 times in 39 appearances for Drumchapel United U21s.

Montrose set off immediately on the offensive with Daryl Nicol unlucky to send a half volley over the bar from a Dougie Cameron cross just three minutes in.

Nicol came close again just minutes later following a Ross McCord pass but that again went wide of the mark.

Both teams had started strongly but it was Elgin who had the first chance. Luckily for Montrose Gonzalez pulled off a spectacular diving save to stop a David Gormley shot in the 10th minute.

Just three minutes later Montrose responded when Jonathan Crawford nodded home a Daryl Nicol cross on the back post.

With obvious confidence following their goal, Montrose looked determined to add to their lead.

Elgin were not a side to back down, however, and they too looked close to scoring a couple of times in the first half.

Gonzalez again came to the rescue just after the half-hour mark by stopping another Gormley shot.

With youngsters Nicol and Martin Boyle up front they constantly kept the Elgin defence on their toes and came close to adding to the goal tally on more than one occasion.

Boyle had a shot blocked by keeper John Calder in the 36th minute with Nicol swiftly catching the rebound but was unlucky to see it just whip past the post.

Just before half time there was a spate of bookings when Edwards was shown the yellow card for a foul on Aaron Sinclair.

Moments later Nicol and Elgin’s Nicholson were both shown the yellow card following an argument.

The half-time score was 1-0 to Montrose.

Elgin started as the stronger side in the second half but Montrose soon began to gather momentum once again.

Cameron had an excellent chance to further Montrose’s lead in the 54th minute but instead he sent a volley high and far wide of the post.

In the 59th minute Gormley made way for Blair Lawrie for Elgin.

Soon after, Gonzalez pulled off another great save from a Craig Gunn shot.

In the 68th minute Crawford made way for Terry Masson while Elgin substituted Edwards for Barry Wilson.

Youngster Boyle provided himself with another opportunity with 20 minutes of the game left to go, but he was disappointed to see his shot blocked once again by Calder.

Nicol responded with a shot following a McCord pass to Cameron but Calder held on to his shot well.

In the 76th minute Neil McDonald replaced Craig Frizzell for Elgin.

In the 81st minute Sean Pierce replaced Nicol for Montrose.

Gonzalez made his last great save of the game five minutes from time when he held onto a low free kick taken by Elgin’s Barry Wilson.

New signing Pierce came close to starting his Montrose career with a bang but his shot went straight into Calder’s arms.

Montrose: Ramiro Gonzalez, Stephen McNally, Aaron Sinclair, Alan Campbell, Sean Crighton, Douglas Cameron, Jonathan Crawford, Hugh Davidson, Martin Boyle, Ross McCord, Daryl Nicol; Subs: Chris Hegarty, Conor Thomson, Terry Masson, Sean Pierce, Sandy Wood.

Elgin City: John Calder, Alan Dempsie, Jake Inglis, Craig Frizzell, Jamie Duff, Jason Crooks, Craig Gunn, Ross O’Donaghue, David Gormley, Mark Nicholson, Steven Edwards; Subs: Blair Lawrie, Barry Wilson, Neil McDonald, Paul Millar, Peter Donelly.

Referee John McKendrick