Penalty controversy for Gable Endies

Lewis Vaughan battles with Greg Pascazio
Lewis Vaughan battles with Greg Pascazio

A controversial penalty for Raith Rovers left Montrose on the wrong end of a defeat in last night’s (Tuesday) Betfred Cup clash.

The Championship men took an early lead on 12 minutes when Jason Thomson fired a low ball to the back post where Bobby Barr knocked it back into the middle for Chris Johnston to side-foot home from six yards.

Raith continued to press, with Osei shooting wide and McHattie striking the outside of the post all in the first half.

The pressure didn’t ease up in the early stages of the second half, with Bobby Barr having a glorious chance on 51 minutes when Vaughan played him in but the winger blasted wide of the near post.

A minute later, a superb double save from Millar denied Raith as first he got down to get a hand to Vaughan low effort, then got up quickly to save at the feet of Callachan.

However, Montrose fought back, scoring in 58 minutes with their first effort on target. Terry Masson’s corner was poorly defended as Bolochoweckyj sent a free header beyond Kevin Cuthbert from eight yards.

Raith struggled to reassert themselves and penalties loomed, but the hosts were handed a lifeline in the 85th minute when Kevin McHattie was caught by defender Greg Pascazio in the act of shooting and ref Colin Steven pointed to the spot.

Incensed Montrose players surrounded the official, and bookings were handed out for dissent, but Vaughan remained calm to slot home the winner.

As Raith celebrated the goal, Montrose striker Chris Templeman was shown a straight red card as he continued to remonstrate with the whistler.

Montrose are next in action on Saturday (July 23), when they welcome Alloa Athletic to Links Park.