DALBEATTIE STAR 0
Colin Wilson’s first ever goal gave Montrose FC victory over Dalbeattie Star and a place in the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
The win was Stuart Garden’s men’s third in a row and one that they had to work extremely hard for against last season’s South of Scotland League champions.
Dalbeattie Star, now playing in the newly formed Lowland League, were always going to be tough opposition for Montrose, and so it proved the case. Dalbeattie, managed by Paul McGinley, were a powerful outfit, and wasted a few oppertunities to take something out of the tie.
After the victory over Clyde, manager Stuart Garden was forced into two changes to his line up, Gareth Rodger was cup tied and was replaced by Jonathan Crawford and the previous weekend’s goalscorer Scott Johnston came in to replace Lloyd Young who was ruled out due to work commitments.
Montrose lined up with Stuart McKenzie in goal, McNally and McIntosh at full back, Wilson and Crawford in central defence for the first time, Gray and Johnston occupyed the wings, Mason and Watson in the centre of midfield, and Wood and Deasley were once again in attack. The Montrose bench consisted of Webster, McCord, Sturrock, Bonar and Dean Easton.
Dalbeattie Star lined up with a number of former Annan Athletic players including John MacBeth, Hugh Cameron, Jack Steele and Lewis Sloan.
The match was the first ever between the two sides and took place at the picturesque Islecroft Stadium.
A healthy contingent of Montrose fans had made the long journey down from Angus on what was another perfect day for football.
The Gable Endies won an early free kick after Masson was fouled, but the home defence cleared Paul Watson’s in swinging cross.
With 12 minutes gone, McKenzie launched another free kick into the box but Wood could only head it into the arms of the goalkeeper.
Montrose continued to try and break down the home defence, and in the 25th minute a low pass from Johnston put David Gray in on the left but his shot was well blocked by a home defender.
Two minutes later, Montrose were close to opening the scoring, Scott Johnston went on a great run up the left but his first time cross was headed inches wide of the far post by captain Garry Wood
Soon after, they had another great chance to open the scoring, and again the danger came from the left wing. Ricky McIntosh lofted a deep cross to the far post and David Gray beat his marker only to see the keeper tip his header over the crossbar.
On the half hour mark, Dalbeattie Star had their first real opportunity. John MacBeth was fouled by Masson in the middle of the park and Struthers headed wide of the post from the resulting free kick.
Both sides looked to find a breakthrough, and a cross from Deasley caused panic in the home box but Paul Watson’s effort was blocked near the goal line by Warren.
In the 35th minute, Paul Watson fired in a spectacular thirty yard shot but Martin pulled off a wonderful save to tip the ball over the crossbar at full stretch.
Then, with half time iminant, Dalbeattie Star had another half chance when striker Jamie Struthers turned on the edge of the area before firing over the crossbar.
Half time: Montrose 0, Dalbeattie Star 0.
Montrose started the second half well and finally made the breakthrough in the 53rd minute. Gray won a corner and Colin WILSON came racing in to bullet home a header for his first goal for the club from Gray’s delivery.
Two minutes later Montrose could have gone further ahead when Paul Watson headed just wide at the far post from another corner.
On the hour mark, Montrose had a let off when Hugh Cameron appeared to be fouled inside the box after Montrose failed to clear the danger, but referee Nick Walsh awarded a corner kick. Scott Milligan of Dalbeattie Star was booked for his protests.
Montrose tried to kill off the tie, and when a Gray cross fell to Watson, his hooked effort on the volley was tipped behind for a corner. From Gray’s cross, Colin Wilson saw his header blocked and when the ball broke back to Watson, his volley was somehow headed off the line.
In the 66th minute, Wood found himself onside in a wide position, he took on his marker up the flank and cut across the penalty box before setting up Masson, who could only blast over the bar.
Play continued from end to end, and Wood again set up Terry Masson, but the midfielder again couldn’t find the target from the edge of the area.
A mistake from Jonathan Crawford allowed Sloan in on goal, but Colin Wilson made a last-ditch tackle inside the area at the expense of a corner kick.
In the 80th minute Bryan Deasley had a chance to put the match to bed, but after outpacing his marker on the half way line, he wasted the opportunity by firing into the side netting when a goal seemed certain.
Seconds later a deep cross from McIntosh found Garry Wood inside the box, but he could only send his header into the arms of Martin.
A late mistake by Wilson almost proved costly for Montrose when he allowed Scott Milligan a run at the goal, but his shot went wide of the goal.
In the end it’s Montrose who progress and the will play either Edinburgh City or Fraserburgh in the third round.
Montrose: McKenzie, McNally, McIntosh, Wilson, Crawford, Masson, Gray(Webster), Watson, Wood, Deasley, Johnston(Bonar) Subs not used – McCord, Sturrock, Easton