Montrose 0, Albion Rovers 2
A CROWD of 235 braved the disastrous weather on Saturday to watch as Montrose faced yet another defeat after a lacklustre performance.
The Gable Endies failed to make any chances they created and Albion Rovers, too, did not take advantage of the many opportunities in a frustrating game for both sides. Two lucky goals resulted in a win for the visitors. However, manager Steven Tweed will not have been happy with the performance of his squad.
The Gable Endies would have been looking to take advantage of Albion Rovers’ mediocre away record and with reports circulating before the game of injury woes for the visitors, Montrose should have gone into the game with confidence.
Tweed tried to change his fortunes by mirroring the previous week’s half-time changes but it was not enough and Albion secured their three points with a Scott Chaplain strike in the 76th minute.
Montrose’s biggest threat came from a Sean Crighton header from a Douglas Cameron cross.
The homesters started optimistically with a Stephen McNally cross in the first minute unfortunately finding no takers in the middle.
Shortly afterwards Paul Tosh powered his way up the park towards the Albion goal but he was ruled offside.
The ball came dangerously close to the Montrose goal in the third minute but Tosh again did well to clear it away.
Former Gable Endies’ striker John Gemmell had already tested the home side’s Argentinian ‘keeper Gonzalez and there were only seven minutes on the clock when he sent the ball straight into the bottom corner.
Montrose immediately tried to equalise but McNally was thwarted with a tackle by Alan Benton.
The home side tried again just moments later when Sean Crighton headed over a Dougie Cameron cross after a handball by Albion’s Michael McGowan.
Frustrations grew as Paul Tosh was again ruled offside in the eighth minute.
Albion looked like they were about to make the score 2-0, but a Scott Chaplain volley went soaring well over the bar.
Gonzalez was under pressure again, this time from Steven Canning but he was lucky when the shot just brushed over the top of the bar.
Gemmell tried his luck again, but his volley went wide of the right hand side of the post.
Just before the half-hour mark Tosh was again ruled offside with McNally suffering the same fate just seconds later.
An Albion Rovers corner, taken by Steven Canning, looked like it might have caused a problem for Montrose but it was cleared away in time.
Gonzalez redeemed himself with an excellent block after a defensive mistake allowed Albion’s Robert Love to try an effort goal just before the break.
Half-time: Montrose 0, Albion Rovers 1.
At the interval Tweed make two substitutions with Paul Tosh coming off to make way for Aaron Sinclair and last week’s ‘super sub’ Martin Boyle replaced Nicky Smith.
There was an immediate improvement when the youngsters came on and Boyle looked dangerous as he immediately tried the goal but his shot went over on the back post.
McNally soon sent a powerful drive, but it went straight to Albion Rovers ‘keeper Thomas Flynn.
Moments later a desperate looking McNally tried a cross but the ball went straight out of play.
Another Cameron corner looked like it might provide the Gable Endies with a chance to equalise but Flynn did well to make a clean save.
In the 71st minute the most energetic player on the park, Boyle, came close again but his volley went over the bar.
A minute later Albion Rovers Anthony Stevenson had an attempt thwarted by Gonzalez.
Albion Rovers secured the three points when Scott Chaplain fired a shot into the net from six yards out in the 76th minute.
A minute later Rovers made their first substitution when Jamie Gilmartin replaced goalscorer John Gemmell.
Just minutes later they made their second and final substitution of the game when Daniel Ferry made way for Chris Hamilton.
In the 84th minute Alan Reid received the only booking of the game and was shown the yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Montrose found their fighting spirit again in the last few minutes of the game with Flynn having to work hard to save shots from both Boyle and Gordon Pope.
Aaron Sinclair had the last attempt of the game with a powerful header but Flynn again denied Montrose from taking away even a single point.
Both teams had found the weather a struggle especially the driving rain in the first half, with a strong wind coming in off the North Sea for the duration of the match it was clear both sides were having trouble trying to keep control of the ball.
Montrose will now face Annan Athletic away from home this weekend with hopes of recording a much better result.
Montrose: Ramiro Gonzalez, Sean Crighton, Douglas Cameron, Alan Campbell, Gordon Pope, Jonathan Crawford, Conor Thomson, Stephen McNally, Paul Tosh, Nicky Smith, Ross McCord. Substitutes – Aaron Sinclair, Daryl Nicol, Chris Hegarty, Martin Boyle and Sandy Wood.
Albion Rovers: Thomas Flynn, Alan Reid, Michael McGowan, Tony Stevenson, Ciaran Donnelly, Alan Benton, Robert Love, Steven Canning, John Gemmell, Scott Chaplain, Danny Ferry. Subs – Jamie Gilmartin, Chris Hamilton, Darren Smith, Todd Lumsden and Derek Gaston.
Referee: Des Roache.