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MO! MO! MO! SANTA SET TO JOIN SP’s BLUE & WHITE ARMY With the number of sleeps to go now in single figures, Santa is set to take time out from his busy festive schedule to visit Links Park on Saturday and thanks to his little helpers he will arrive armed with gifts for some of our youngest fans. Ahead of the Gable Endies Ladbrokes League One match against Stenhousemuir, Santa will have selection boxes to give out to junior supporters, so if you don’t want to miss out, get down early and make sure you are in the Bryan Keith Stand just before kick-off, because once they are gone, they’re gone! Chris Antoniazzi, Ryan Harrington and Martin Rennie have all written their letter to Santa asking for a successful second half of the season, starting with a vital three points at the weekend.
FORFAR ATHLETIC 2-1 MONTROSE Our unbeaten run comes to an end with a harsh lesson in taking chances in a game we could have had wrapped up before the break. In atrocious conditions we started really well and a Henderson run set up Johnston but his cross evaded everyone. We kept up the pressure and when Watson intercepted the ball in his own, he drove forward before slipping in Henderson inside the box who was brought down by Bain for a penalty. Top scorer Rennie stepped up and blasted the spot kick past McCallum. Campbell looked to double our advantage with a driven 30 yard free kick, but McCallum was right behind it. Johnston, sharp as ever, robbed Bain and drove towards goal but curled his effort wide. We were well on top and on the half hour, Henderson cut in from the left and fired a right foot effort that McCallum had to tip onto the bar at full stretch. Ruing those missed chances, the home side suddenly found themselves back in the game when a determined run and shot from distance by Wilson flew past the despairing dive of Fleming. With half time looming, Watson played in Johnston who beat the offside trap but once again, faced only by the keeper he skewed his effort wide of target. The home side rallied and started the second half strongly and when Harrington made a mistake inside the area Easton slashed the ball across the face of goal. The striker came closer soon after when his shot was only parried by Fleming and Campbell had to clear off the line. The game drifted for a spell before Easton found time and space in the box but Fleming pulled off a smart save. We started to threaten again and a good move and cross from Johnston found Watson, whose drive was deflected wide. Johnston then sliced a shot into the side netting and a Henderson shot from outside the area was an easy save for McCallum before a goalmouth scrabble ensued but Johnston was unable to poke the ball home. With time running out the game was turned on its head when a slick passing move ended with Wilson beating offside and firing past Fleming from inside the box. Full report on our Facebook page....
STAT UPDATE Ahead of our pre-Xmas Angus Derby, here is a quick look back at our best performance of the season thus far, coming from behind to edge out Raith and climb into a play-off place for the first time.
WINKER MAKES TEAM OF THE WEEK Congratulations to Paul Watson in making the SPFL Team of the Week for a Captains performance in the dramatic win over Raith Rovers at the weekend.
MIGHTY MO HELP BOOST VETERAN FUNDS Ahead of the most exciting game of the season thus far, a double cheque presentation took place on Saturday at Links Park to the British Legion and Poppy Scotland. At the Club’s recent Ladies Day, a ball, signed by the first team squad was auctioned off and raised £125 for the Montrose branch of the British Legion, thanks to the winning bid from Anna Ronan and Caroline Urquhart In a first for the Gable Endies, a limited edition run of Club poppy pin badges proved highly successful, selling out within minutes of going on sale last month, raising £185 for Poppy Scotland. Presenting the cheques were Ross Thomson, Club Announcer, who ran the auction and Anne Kenny, who organised the design, production and sale of the poppy badges. Receiving both cheques was Cath Paton in her dual role as Poppy Convener and Vice Chair of the British Legion Montrose Women's Section. Photo courtesy of Phoenix Photography.
MONTROSE 3-2 RAITH ROVERS A five goal thriller that we thoroughly deserved to edge and record back to back victories, taking us into a play-off place for the first time this season. The game started with a bang when after getting the break of the ball, Flanagan’s cross evaded everyone in the box and Armstrong finished high into the net at the back post. We had an even game after 10 minutes when Rennie brilliantly dispatched an unstoppable 25 yard free kick into the top right corner. It was end to end stuff and Buchanan latched onto a loose ball but shot straight at Fleming. At the other end a Watson cross was held by Thomson under challenge from Rennie. The visitors had two efforts by Armstrong cleared before Nisbet put a long range free kick just over the bar. Harrington showed good footwork to create space but he put his shot over. A Campbell corner fell to Rennie but his shot was half blocked and then cleared. We should have gone in at the break ahead when Henderson led a breakaway from inside his own half before feeding Johnston whose shot was deflected and Thomson had to dive at the feet of Rennie to smother the danger. The second half was only minutes old when Watson showed great composure on the edge of the box to chip Thomson, but with the Mo faithful rising up off their seats, the ball agonisingly clipped the underside of the bar. We were on top at this point and when Campbell found Masson in space inside the area, he seemed to get caught in two minds and volleyed over. On the hour we turned the game on it’s head when a Dillon free kick from inside our own half was knocked down by Watson and poked home by Johnston. The visitors responded and a corner was headed down for Buchanan, who swivelled and shot but Fleming smothered well. With 15 to play The Rovers made it all square when after a scrappy passage of play, Mathews showed strength to receive the ball inside the area, turn and shoot past the diving Fleming into the bottom corner. See Facebook page for full report...
SUPPORTER INFO FOR RAITH With a busy day expected tomorrow, please see parking arrangements below (Note: there will be NO segregation). Admission will be £15 Adult, £8 OAP/U16 and £18 Family. Please arrive in plenty time to allow safe entry to the Stadium and fans are reminded of the clubs Unacceptable Conduct Policy, which can be found on our website. We hope both sets of supporters witness a highly competitive game and have a thoroughly enjoyable and safe afternoon.
STAT UPDATE Ahead of our tricky clash tomorrow, here is a look back at one of our best performances of the season that took us to within 3 points of the play off places.
DILLO MAKES TEAM OF THE WEEK Congratulations to Sean Dillon, whose solid performance during Saturday’s impressive 2-0 win at Bayview has earned him a place in this week’s SPFL Team of the week.
FROM LEAGUE 2 TO LEAGUE 1 - SP ‘TWO YEARS ON’ On the 4th December 2016, Stewart Petrie walked into Links Park with the Gable Endies propping up the League 2 table. In just two short years the first time boss has created history, not only securing promotion for the Angus side, but doing it in style by winning the Ladbrokes League 2 last season in what was a nail biting, helicopter Saturday climax. Fittingly, (as our photo shows) the gaffer got the chance to share the moment with former Montrose boss, Ian Stewart, the only other man in the Club’s 140 year history to bring a league trophy to Links Park, back in 1984-85. Petrie’s impact in December 2016 was instant with a home win against Clyde that started a 4 game unbeaten run and a steady climb up the table that went on to secure a promotion play off place for the first time in 9 years. Despite a semi-final defeat to the then League 1 side Peterhead, SP’s Blue and White Army sensed the tide was turning and by the time the Manager reached his first anniversary in post, the Gable Endies sat proudly at the top of the table. With many long standing Club records falling along the way, Stewart saw his side go on to amass an incredible 40 points in the second half of last season, with only 2 defeats in 18 games, culminating in that historic draw at home to Elgin on April 28th, ensuring the Mighty Mo would start this campaign in League 1, the first time in 22 years. Competing at this higher level, as expected has been tough, but Petrie and his backroom staff are certainly up for the challenge and they currently sit 7th in league, only 3 points off a play-off place. Cup runs, noticeable sparse in recent years, have also been on the Managers radar and this season a win at Falkirk and narrow defeat at home to St Johnstone in the Betfred Cup, coupled with a third round Irn-Bru exit at Dingwall were all commendable performances against top class opposition. However, having overcome Annan Athletic last week in a 7 goal, 3rd Round reply thriller, the Gable Endies now face the prospect of a mouth-watering, 4th Round Scottish Cup tie, their first for 8 years, at home to Dundee United on Saturday 19th January.
MIGHTY MO ANNOUNCE SALE OF HALF SEASON TICKETS Half Season Tickets for Montrose FC go on sale this coming Saturday and the Club are encouraging fans to join SP’s Blue and White Army as the season heads towards its climax. A special price has been set for Main Ground Entry tickets of Adult £90, OAP/U16 £45 and U12 £10. Additionally, those snapping up their tickets before Saturday 22nd December will gain admission to the Stenhousemuir match free as an additional bonus match. Club Chairman John Crawford said, “Our support this year has been fantastic both home and away and the players have really appreciated the backing and encouragement they get from the stand and terraces. “Our Manager Stewart Petrie has progressively built on last year’s title success and I’m sure the second half of the season has more excitement in store” Tickets (not valid for the Scottish Cup) are available from Davey at the Club office on 01674 673200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOURNEY CONTINUES FOR MO BOSS WITH EXTENDED SPONSORSHIP Montrose FC Manager Stewart Petrie has taken delivery of a new company car, courtesy of joint sponsorship from Pert-Bruce Construction and GPG Montrose Ltd. The local firms began their sponsorship of the Boss’s car at the start of last season, and the latest arrival at Links Park signals an extension of that deal for a further 18 months. Club Chairman John Crawford said, “We are again extremely grateful to Craig and everyone at Pert-Bruce along with Grant and Laura from GPG Montrose Ltd for their continued support. We have come a long way as a Club since Stewart arrived, and aside from the success last season on the pitch, I have been most pleased with how the local community and businesses have rallied round to collectively get behind their team.” Pert-Bruce Construction Ltd are a local company with a heritage dating back to 1871. Providing a broad range of services and solutions that meet the diverse demands of any client, both commercial and domestic, they undertake new build projects, extensions, refurbishment, conservation and general alterations works. GPG Montrose Ltd are a local, family run business, serving Montrose and the surrounding area with quality and reliable car servicing, repairs, breakdown and recovery through a team of qualified and experienced motor mechanics. Craig Bruce, Managing Director of Pert Bruce said, “We are delighted to be able to continue our support of Montrose FC in this way. As a Montrose based company we are always keen to give something back and play a role in the local community.” Our photo shows Manager Stewart Petrie, receiving the keys to his new car from Jack Bruce (Pert-Bruce’s Sponsorship Ambassador) in exchange for a ball, signed by the first team squad.
EAST FIFE 0-2 MONTROSE Two wins in 5 days sees the boys head off to Dublin for their Christmas party weekend on a well deserved high. The game was barely underway when Hetherington fed Henderson who ran from half way before cutting inside and unleashes a right foot drive across McDowall into the bottom far corner. Watson tried to increase our early lead when he first found space at a Campbell corner but his header drifted wide and then after some good interchange play he drove from distance but it was straight at the keeper. We were well on top and the home side took almost half an hour to create an opening when Dunsmore delivered a dangerous cross but there were no takers. Soon after, from a quickly taken free kick, Docherty’s cross found Kane who headed over from 8 yards. The score should have been level when the Fifers broke away but two top, point blank saves from Fleming, first from Court then from the rebound, Agnew before Steeves cleared the danger. Having survived that scare we almost increased our lead when another great run from the on fire Henderson ended with him playing in Rennie, whose shot from a tight angle was spilled by McDowall and when Cregg pounced on the loose ball and collided with the defence we were all shouting for a penalty, but the ref booked the Mo man for diving. We started the second half as brightly as the first and almost scored early again when a Watson header inside the box had to be cleared. The home side then built up a head of steam and Fleming had to smother a Docherty cross and following a short corner, Campbell had to clear the ball off the line. Agnew tried his luck when he spun on the edge of the box and chipped over Fleming, but the ball landed on the roof of the net. We rode the storm and when Rennie set up Watson for a 20 yard drive that needed a solid diving save from McDowall the tide started to turn in our favour once more. Dillon had two headers at goal from separate Campbell crosses, but both were easy catches. For full report see our Facebook page.