Montrose Football Club started their build up to season 2014/15 with a one goal defeat to neighbours Brechin City in a low key friendly in the Glebe Park sun on Saturday.
Brechin came into the match on the back of a 5–0 defeat by Premiership side Aberdeen the previous week, whilst for George Shield’s side it was their first game of the pre-season. With 13 signed players in place Montrose manager Shields was looking to add to his squad and this line up included five trialists in goalkeeper Matt McGinley, defender Scott Webster and three midfielders Stephen O’Neil, Danny Cavanagh and Stephen Day all looking to win contracts at Links Park.
The Gable Endies lined up with McGinley in goal. Scott Webster and Bell were in the full back roles with Colin Wilson and Alan Campbell in central defence. The midfield four was Cavanagh, O’Neil, Paul Watson and Day with Garry Wood and Scott Johnston in attack.
With Kyle McLeod injured and Terry Masson and Bryan Deasley on holiday the seven man Montrose bench consisted of Kieran Sturrock, Ross McCord, Declan Milne, Graham Webster, Jonathan Crawford, Connor Gray, another trialist and goalkeeper Stuart McKenzie.
From Barr’s corner the ball was cleared by the Montrose defence. A mistake by keeper McGinley saw the ball land at the feet of Ferguson.
Montrose created their first real opportunity in the 23rd minute when Scott Johnston broke from midfield and he slipped the ball to Garry Wood. Brechin City made a change in the 28th minute when new signing Darren McCormack had to leave the field with blood pouring from a head wound. He was replaced by McLean.
With 10 minutes of the first half remaining Brechin City went close when Barr had his effort saved by McGinley.
Brechin City went close again when Campbell fouled Thomson. Thomson took the free kick himself. The first half ended with Brechin City opening the scoring. Thomson’s pass found RYAN FERGUSON inside the area and he fired a low effort past McGinley. Half time: Brechin City 1, Montrose 0.
Brechin City restarted the second half with Trouten and Andy Jackson in place of Ferguson and Thomson.
Montrose made five changes with McCord, Milne, Graham Webster, Crawford and Gray coming onto replace Scott Webster, O’Neil, Cavanagh, Watson and Johnston. Montrose won a free kick when Wood was fouled. McCord’s free kick found Day but he could only hook the ball over the crossbar.
Brechin City’s trialist striker Liam Buchanan then raced in on goal but his shot was tipped wide by McGinley.
The home side then took off Steven Jackson and replaced him with a trialist. On 62 minutes Brechin City made another change with a trialist replacing their trialist full back. Montrose brought on goalkeeper Stuart McKenzie and Kieran Sturrock for Matthew McGinley and another trialist Day.
The changes continued and Brechin City took off Cameron and a trialist and replaced them with McLauchlan and another trialist. With 15 minutes remaining Brechin City went close to adding a second goal a great run by Bobby Barr saw him set up Andy Jackson who hit the bar from close range. In the 80th minute Jonathan Crawford looped in a header from outside the area which home keeper Graeme Smith gathered just under the crossbar. Colin Wilson became the only booking when he tripped up Barr as he threatened to run through the away defence. Thankfully for Montrose McKenzie was positioned to grab the trialist No. 19’s effort under the bar. MONTROSE: McGinley (McKenzie), S. Webster (Crawford), Bell, Campbell, Wilson, O’Neil (McCord), Cavanagh (G. Webster), Watson (Gray), Johnston (Milne), Wood, Day (Sturrock).