REPORT: Montrose pick up first League Two win of the season at Edinburgh City

Photographer Ian Georgeson, 07921 567360
Edinburgh City Vs Montrose
Edi: Ross Allum
Mon: Allan Fleming
Photographer Ian Georgeson, 07921 567360 Edinburgh City Vs Montrose Edi: Ross Allum Mon: Allan Fleming

Montrose striker Gary Fraser’s third goal of the season gave Paul Hegarty’s side their first victory of the season against SPFL League newcomers Edinburgh City at Meadowbank.

The 33-year-old capitalised on goalkeeper Calum Antell’s mistake just past the hour to fire the only goal of the game handing the Gable Endies their first win in six attempts.

Fraser, who netted from the spot in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Cowdenbeath, had the game’s first opportunity as he caught glimpse of the visitors’ goal but was eventually outmuscled by Joe Mbu before he could get his shot away.

City’s dangerman Ross Allum almost capitalised on a hesitant Montrose rearguard as he nicked the ball away from Links Park No.1 Allan Fleming but defender Masson won the sprint to clear the ball for a corner.

Ryan Ferguson was beginning to influence the visiting side’s midfield and having played a neat one-two with Chris Templeman, the former’s effort disappointingly went straight at Antell who gathered with ease.

Captain Ross Campbell should have made more of his chance ten minutes before the interval but again shot straight at Antell after Kieran McWalter’s initial strike fell favourably for the former Forfar and East Fife man.

City full-back Jordan Caddow brought out a smart stop from Fleming ten minutes after the interval, tipping away the defender’s angled shot from the edge of the box following former Celtic and Hearts striker Craig Beattie’s pass.

But the goal the travelling fans had been waiting for came on 61 minutes when Fraser was hand to knock home a loose ball from an Andrew Steeves free-kick.

Templeman went in search of a second but failed to generate enough power to trouble the former Hibs stopper.

Fleming stood the test of a Beattie effort with 15 minutes remaining before Masson was given his marching orders for picking up a second yellow card on 85 minutes.