Half-time substitution inspires first win in five

AN INSPIRED decision by Gable Endies’ boss Steven Tweed during Saturday’s match against East Stirling was enough to ensure the first win in five games for Montrose.

The Links Park men were behind to an early goal by the Shire when Paul Wilkie headed in a cross from Ryan Wilkie after eight minutes and until the interval it looked like the run of bad luck was due to continue.

But manager Tweed replaced star striker Paul Tosh with Martin Boyle at half-time and it wasn’t long before the substitute brought Montrose level with their hosts.

This was enough to give the Gable Endies the momentum they needed and Nicky Smith drove home the winning goal from 12 yards later in the second half.

Tweed said: “I was looking for an immediate impact by bringing on two subs at half-time and I got it.”

Assistant manager Ray Farningham admits that the management team was unhappy with how the game started but were pleased with the final result.

He said: “The first half was disappointing. East Stirling started well and we lost a cheap goal to them.”

Farningham agreed that it was the changes made at the break which inspired the change of fortune for the visiting side.

He said: “We made the changes in the second half and brought on Boyle for a bit of pace up front and it paid off with the first goal.

“I feel that we deserved the win.”

Montrose are now looking to continue their winning ways when Albion Rovers come to Links Park this Saturday.

At the time of writing, the Coatbridge men are sitting third in the league and are 18 points ahead of Montrose, so it is vital for the Gable Endies to go into this fixture with confidence.

Farningham continued: “Hopefully the team will take this win on board and it will give the players some confidence.

“The league is so tight just now anything could go for anybody.

“We just have to keep this momentum going.”

Meanwhile Montrose FC are offering a full hospitality package for this weekend’s home game. This includes entry to the match, programme and team lines, pre-match drinks and a three course meal with wine, half-time refreshments and use of the complementary bar until 5.30pm. After 5.30pm a cash bar is available. The cost for the package is £65.

The club is also pleased to announce that they will now be showing Sky Sports games at Links Park and the Willie Johnstone Lounge can be opened early on match days should you wish to watch a game here.

Should you wish to stay on to enjoy the match at Links Park arrangements can be made at a cost of £15 including entry to the game and half-time refreshments.