Match Report - By Steven Mew
Despite taking the lead ten minutes into the second period, it turned out to be a dismal derby day for City at Glebe Park yesterday as Montrose recorded their first league win since defeating City at Links Park back in August.
Manager Darren Dods rung the changes from the side that lost to East Fife last weekend with skipper Paul McLean, Dougie Hill and Boris Melingui all coming into the starting 11 with Lynas, Blues and Hendry dropping to the bench.
On what was a bitterly cold day at Glebe Park, there was very little action in the first half to warm up the 701 spectators that braved the elements, particularly from a home perspective.
There was an early scare for City on six minutes when Martin Rennie collected a pass inside the box and his angled shot struck the far post.
Former City midfielder Jamie Redman was next to try his luck for the visitors on 24 minutes when he struck wide from the edge of the box.
The last action of the half came seven minutes before the break when McLean fouled Johnston on the edge of the box - the free kick was taken by another ex City player in Terry Masson, however his effort was straight at Brennan.
City started the second half brightly with Boris Melingui having a shot blocked for a corner before the deadlock was broken on 55 minutes. SEAN BURNS whipped in a free kick from the right hand side which evaded everyone in the box and sneaked in at the back post.
That was as good as it got for City as the Gable Endies went on to take control of the derby and they were level just ten minutes later. Craig Johnston got to the byline before squaring the ball across the face of goal for MARTIN RENNIE to knock home.
With 72 minutes on the clock City found themselves behind. The impressive CRAIG JOHNSTON came through midfield unchallenged and he had plenty of time to line up a splendid curling shot into the corner which had Brennan well beaten.
With just several minutes remaining, Graham Webster hit the crossbar for the visitors but they would go on to put the icing on the cake shortly after. Webster was the architect as he drilled a low ball into the box for MARTIN RENNIE to tap into the net. The Montrose striker was given a booking for celebrating with the supporters behind the goal.
Overall, a thoroughly deserved victory for Montrose against an extremely poor City side who could only register one effort on target the entire game. Attention now turns to a difficult trip to face Raith Rovers at Starks Park next weekend.
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Forfar Athletic 3 Raith Rovers 2
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Stranraer 0 Arbroath 1
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