Queen’s Park 1
MONTROSE Football Club finally put to bed a seven-year hoodoo when they convincingly beat Gardner Speirs’ Queen’s Park side at Links Park on Saturday.
It was the first win in 18 matches and the first since December, 2005, when they won 3-0 at Hampden.
After the defeat at Peterhead, Montrose made two changes. In goal came Sandy Wood for his first match since January in place of Andrews while suspended captain Cameron was replaced by Campbell.
Montrose lined up with Wood in goal, Crighton at right-back and McNally on the left. Lunan and Campbell were in central defence. Masson was on the right of midfield with Young on the left. This left Crawford and Winter in the middle. Boyle was partnered in attack by Johnston.
On the bench Garry Wood returned from injury and Smart was back from suspension alongside McGowan, McPhee and ‘keeper Andrews.
In the opening minute Montrose created a good opening. Jamie Winter cut open the Queen’s Park defence with a great pass to Boyle. He found the by-line but his low cross found no takers.
The home side missed a chance to open the scoring in six minutes. Johnston did the work out on the left and found Winter. His first time cross was met on the volley by Boyle only for the ball to flash wide.
In the 16th minute Paul Lunan was the first booking when he fouled Longworth 25 yards out. McBride’s kick hit the Montrose wall and from the rebound Anderson shot straight at Wood.
Five minutes later Bradley of Queen’s Park was booked for a late tackle on Masson. Despite all the pressure from Montrose the visitors opened the scoring in the 24th minute. Bradley skipped down the left and played a perfect pass to the unmarked QUINN some 10 yards out. He curled a shot past Wood and into the net.
It was third time lucky for the Gable Endies in the 41st minute when they got the equaliser their play deserved from a corner. Winter was again the man to swing over the dangerous ball and CRIGHTON climbed highest to bullet his header past Parry via the far post for his first goal of the season.
Half-time: Montrose 1, Queen’s Park 1.
Montrose took the lead in the 51st minute. Lloyd Young did brilliantly to keep the ball in play at the corner flag. He whipped over a first-time cross which was headed powerfully home by the unmarked BOYLE for his 16th of the season.
Young fouled Anderson giving Queen’s Park a free kick in a dangerous position 25 yards from goal. Sean Burns fired in the effort and Sandy Wood got down well to save.
McNally was booked in the following minute after referee Tumilty decided that he had fouled Ronald again unfairly.
Montrose scored a third goal in the 63rd minute when some great link-up play put WINTER through on goal. He beat two defenders before blasting the ball low into the corner of the net for his 12th of 2011/12. Queen’s Park complained about a foul in the lead-up to the goal and ‘keeper Neil Parry was booked for dissent.
In the 69th minute the Spiders almost pulled a goal back. A corner kick from Sean Burns found the head of Tony Quinn. But from point-blank range Sandy Wood did well to tip his shot over the crossbar.
In the 75th minute Montrose made their first change with Garry Wood returning after injury to replace Scott Johnston.
The substitutions continued and Queen’s Park made a double switch bringing on Craig Smith and Michael Daly for Owen Ronald and Tony Quinn.
With five minutes of an entertaining match left Montrose almost added a fourth. Winter, who had a fine match, flicked the ball on but Martin Boyle could only fire over the crossbar.
The final action of the game came in the third minute of stoppage time when Crawford gave away a free kick but thankfully for Montrose Martin McBride sliced the free kick so badly, it when out for a throw in to Montrose.
Montrose: S. Wood, McNally, Crighton, Lunan, Campbell, Crawford, Mason, Winter, Boyle, Johnston (G. Wood), Young (McPhee) Substitutes: Smart, McGowan and Andrews.