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MFC RACE NIGHT Our annual Race Night is almost upon us once more. A great fun night out and a chance to WIN BIG so don’t delay, get your tickets today at only £5!!
NEL WINS BIG AT BINGO Nel Taylor walked away with the top cash prize of £60 at the recent MFC Bingo Night. A great evening of fun was had by in the capable hands of Ross Thomson with a total of £220 being paid out.
ROSS COUNTY 3-1 MONTROSE Our cup run may have come to an end, but we were by no means disgraced against an extremely good Championship side. The home side had the lions share of possession and started on the front foot with a low driven cross by McManus being well held by Fleming. Stewart was played in soon after but his shot was saved at the second attempt. McManus was next to try his luck, heading just over a Cowie cross. It took us 20 mins to get near the Staggies goal when Johnston played a one-two with Masson but the striker was unable to collect the return inside the box. The home side went in front moments later when a good move from the back ended with Stewart slotting low past Fleming from a narrow angle. McManus tried to double the lead but blasted his 30 yard free kick well over the bar and when Stewart was given time and space in the box we feared the worst, but Fleming saved well. Cowie fired in a cutback cross that Fleming had to parry over then Keillor-Dunn showed good skill to turn and shoot from the edge of the box that went just wide of the post. The tricky midfield man was not to be denied and minutes from the break he drove into the box and despite Fleming blocking his first effort he fired the rebound past the keeper. Thinking it was game over at this point, we changed the Ross County half time team talk right on the whistle when a Dillon long ball was flicked on by Redman and Johnston nipped in behind the defence to poke past Fox. Sensing an upset, our hopes were dashed early in the second half when a miss placed pass from Campbell allowed a counter attack and Keillor-Dunn slotted past Fleming. Lindsay’s drive from the edge of the box had to be pushed wide by Fleming for a corner and then Stewart’s header from 6 yards landed on the top of the net. Stewart had the ball in the net but the linesman deemed him offside and a great Cowie cross was headed just wide by Lindsay at the far post. See our Facebook page for full report...
TICKET INFO FOR TOMORROW The ticket office will be open in Dingwall from 11am tomorrow with prices, £10 Adults and £5 OAP/U18/Student.
STAT UPDATE Ahead of our tricky cup tie tomorrow here is a look back at what was a good performance last Saturday, from which we deserved much more.
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STAGGIES WILL BE STIFF TEST We travel to Dingwall on Saturday to face Ross County on cup business for the third year in a row. In 2016, we took the then League Cup holders to within 4 minutes of a commendable draw at home in the Betfred Cup Group stage before a soft penalty separated the sides. Last year, drawn together again in the League Cup groups, the then Premiership outfit came to Links Park and cruised to a 6-0 win. This time out, it’s the Irn Bru Challenge Cup last 16 and the Championship side are the highest ranked team left in the competition. So how do you think we will fare and can you see a giant killing on the cards?
BINGO ON FRIDAY Ross is busy polishing his balls ahead of another fun packed Bingo evening on Friday so make it a date and see you all there!
STENHOUSEMUIR 3-2 MONTROSE Having come back not once but twice, we somehow managed to take nothing from the game and finish the first quarter of matches propping up the table. Our first half was excellent and we should have been comfortably ahead at the break. Antoniazzi was first to threaten when with a great touch and turn in the middle of the park he drove to the edge of the box before pulling his shot wide. Cavanagh then delivered a great cross that bounced just out of reach of Johnston in front of keeper. We should have gone ahead when a Campbell cross was parried by Smith and Webster fired in the rebound that but it was cleared off the line. The home side responded when a good turn and shot inside the box from Cook was well blocked by Dillon. Despite our pressure the Warriors opened the scoring with a counter attack when a flick from McMenamin played in Cook who ran through and fired past Millar from 20 yards despite getting a hand to it. If was almost two when Tena curled a 30 yard free kick just wide, but it was ourselves that scored next to level things when Johnston played a through ball for Antoniazzi who slipped it under the outrushing Smith to score his first goal for the Club. We should have taken the lead from the spot after Cavanagh was fouled, but Campbell’s well struck penalty was well saved at full stretch by Smith. Making matters worse, right on the whistle a great headed goal from Masson off a Webster cross was chalked off for a foul that few on the pitch or in the stands seen. The home side came out strong in the second half and first from a Donaldson cross, McGuigan headed over from close range before soon after from a low Cook driven cross, McMenamin got there just ahead of Campbell to fire past Millar. Webster had a great chance to level when from a Campbell cross he found space 10 yards out but put his header over. Rennie came off the bench and almost made an immediate impact when Johnston set him up but his powerful drive was well saved. Campbell delivered a string a great corners throughout the game, all of which were defended well, bar one when Smith misjudged the cross but Dillon was unable to react quickly enough a
SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD Montrose Football Club are proudly supporting Show Racism the Red Card’s Fortnight of Action – working to eradicate racism and discrimination of any form from our game. We urge fans to continue to support the anti-racism message; it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that it is carried out beyond the Fortnight of Action and beyond the terraces. Club Captain Paul Watson said, “This is a great campaign and one we are all fully behind. Racism has no place in society, let alone football and if we all play our part in raising awareness we can hopefully eradicate it completely.” Montrose Football Club condemn all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated within the club. Football is a sport followed by people across the world and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their background. We all have a part to play in challenging racism in football and society.
STAT UPDATE Ahead of an away day to Stenny tomorrow, here is a look back to our determined fightback last Saturday, coming from 2 down and almost nicking it at the death.
BINGO’s BACK Our ever popular Bingo returns next Friday, so stick it in your diary and see you there!