Win has been long time coming

MONTROSE defeated Berwick Rangers at Links Park for the first time in 18 years on Saturday.

And they enjoyed their first league win over the Berwick side since 1994 by defeating the Borderers 3-1 to earn three much needed points.

Goals came from Leighton McIntosh, on loan from Dundee, who netted two, while David Gray was spot on for the other.

The Gable Endies made a lively start, but Gray’s 15-yard shot was blocked by Berwick’s Dougie Brydon.

A minute later, however, Berwick responded with an attempt by Darren Lavery but his shot was stopped easily by Montrose ‘keeper David Crawford.

Five minutes in Berwick had another opportunity with a free kick but Chris Townsley’s shot curved just wide of the post barely troubling the Montrose ‘keeper.

It was then fairly quiet for both sides until the 17th minute but Garry Wood failed to take full advantage of the opportunity.

Seven minutes later the Wee Rangers were forced into making their first substitution of the game when Dene Drodge went off injured to make way for Devon Jacobs.

The breakthrough came through in the 27th minute following a Gray free kick. Garry Wood met the ball with a header which then fell to McIntosh who drove the ball into the net to make it 1-0.

Just two minutes later Montrose furthered their lead. Berwick’s Chris Townsley took down Garry Wood in the box and Gray stepped up to take the penalty. With a cool finish he slotted the ball past ‘keeper Youssef Bejaoui.

Unfortunately for the home side their two-goal lead did not last until the interval as Berwick pulled a goal back.

Just on the stroke of half-time Darren Lavery found the back of the net to make it 2-1.

At the break Berwick made a further substitution by bringing on Craig Stevenson to replace Phil Addison.

The second half got off to a frustrating start for the home side with Montrose never really managing to take their chances.

In the 58th minute Stephen McNally came close, but his effort failed to find the net.

A minute later, Lloyd Young was unlucky not to restore the two-goal advantage when his header struck the post.

Just after the hour mark Terry Masson picked up a booking for a foul on Steve Notman who was taken off to make way for John Ferguson in the 71st minute.

Four minutes later McIntosh had an attempt blocked by Bejaoui.

However, with 77 minutes on the clock, the hosts were eventually able to secure the win when McNally crossed for McIntosh to net his second of the afternoon.

In the 86th minute the Gable Endies made their only substitution of the game when Scott Johnston replaced Young.

In the closing stages, Montrose had another chance to extend their lead further but McNally’s final attempt was blasted straight over the bar.

The Links Park men are now looking ahead to their first meeting with Rangers this season at Ibrox on Sunday.

Montrose: David Crawford, Stephen McNally, Ricky McIntosh, Paul Lunan, Alan Campbell, Terry Masson, David Gray, Jonathan Crawford, Leighton McIntosh, Garry Wood, Lloyd Young. Subs: Scott Johnston, Jamie Winter, Phil McGuire, Scott Gordon and Sandy Wood.

Berwick Rangers: Youssef Bejaoui, Dene Drodge, Dean Hoskins, Dougie Brydon, Chris Townsley, Lee Currie, Steve Notman, Phil Addison, Darren Lavery, Fraser McLaren, Kevin McDonald. Subs: Devon Jacobs, John Ferguson, Craig Stevenson, Damian Gielty and Grant Sandison.