REPORT: Hard-fought victory for Gable Endies

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Montrose got their pre-season build up underway on Friday night when they beat Highland League side Deveronvale 1-0 on what was a glorious summer’s night for football.

It was a useful work out for Paul Hegarty’s side despite the Montrose manager being unable to call on the services of Adam Harwood, new signing Michael Bolochoweckyj, Jamie Clarke, Andrew Steeves, Graham Webster, Ryan Ferguson and Paul Watson for one reason or another.

This meant for his first line up of the season Hegarty called upon the services of his son Chris, a former Montrose player, Ross McCord playing as a trialist and a further five trialists in his match day squad.

There was also a start for left back Kyle Willox who had spent last season with junior side Aberdeen East End.

Montrose should have opened the scoring when a Ross McCord free kick was headed down by Templeman, keeper Pennet pulled off a great save and the ball landed at the feet of the normally deadly Gary Fraser who blasted over from point blank range.

In the 32nd minute Montrose opened the scoring - Templeman made his way along the byline before being sent tumbling by Steven Fraser.

Referee Northcroft pointed to the spot and up stepped captain Ross Campbell who sent Pennet the wrong way.

Three minutes later the visitors should have equalised when Gary Harris got free on the edge of the area but his low effort went just wide of the post.

Montrose made four changes at the start of the second half with goalkeeper Allan Fleming, a trialist centre half, midfielder and striker coming on in place of Jordan Millar, the trialist centre half, Terry Masson and Chris Templeman.

McWalter gave away a free kick in a dangerous position when he fouled Harris; the striker took the free kick himself but could only fire the ball at Fleming.

Montrose almost made it two - the other trialist striker won the ball in midfield took on a couple of visiting players before aiming for goal only to see his netbound effort crash off the crossbar and rebound to safety.

Montrose held on to record victory in what was a tough encounter against ‘Vale.