Montrose Roselea 0 v 0 Banchory St.Ternan
Banchory travelled over the Cairn for their second McBookie.com Superleague game of the new season, having opened their account with a 1-0 win over Hall Russell United on Tuesday 13th August with Mike Bruce maintaining his scoring spree with an excellent strike.
Manager Ewan Robb and his coaching staff were still minus with injuries to Grant Munro, Mark Reid and Greg Smith, whilst Conran Wilson and Connor Watt were still unavailable due to holiday. Montrose were worse off, with only 13 players available but it was the home side who took the initiative right from the start with Saints’ Josh Robertson blocking a shot for a corner and from the set piece an overhead kick went over Saints’ bar. Ross Salmon then made a low fingertip save and as the ball appeared to be trickling over the line Jack Dalgarno, playing against his old team, cleared off the line.
Banchory slowly got into the game and on 12 minutes Jordan Clark beat the offside trap to send in an angled low shot that was well saved and then a Liam Cheyne corner was headed over by Josh Robertson. Then at the other end, Montrose’s centre forward failed with a chance going just past the post.
Midway through the first half Saints were creating the better chances. Mike Bruce’s looping header from a Steve Travers‘ corner went inches over and this was followed with a Clark move down the left and low cross found Ryan Whelan who half volleyed over the bar. The Banchory side were in full flow now and an excellent Connor Kelly Mike Bruce move won yet another corner.
Montrose relieved the pressure a bit on 28 minutes with a low dangerous cross that was deflected for a corner which was cleared easily. But Saints continued to have the better of the play with a series of corners.
Connor Kelly found Whelan with a slide rule pass and the striker forced a great save from the Montrose keeper at the expense of a corner which was driven in by Cheyne across the six yard box, but missed by all.
Into the second half and Banchory had the wind at their back and within three minutes left back Liam Cheyne was brought down outside the box and captain Steve Travers‘ free kick went inches past the keepers top right corner. A Montrose attack immediately followed but Saints cleared up and broke forward with a Whelan shot deflected for a corner.
Connor Kelly beat his marker on the right and laid the ball off to Whelan whose shot was blocked and then a second attempt resulted in loud shouts and claims for a hand ball in the box, but the referee was having none of it.
On 55 minutes a Whelan free kick was just missed by Mike Bruce as the striker slid forward. Then Bruce had a great chance but sent his low effort flashing past the far post as Saints continued to have the better of the game and chances.
But the home side went very close on 62 minutes with a 20 yard strike that went inches past the base of Salmon’s post. Five minutes later Bruce was clear having successfully beat the offside trap, but the referee without any official Assistants blew for offside much to the disgust of the Banchory striker.
With 20 minutes remaining Jordan Clark and Steve Young made way for Darren Reid and Dean Henderson making the formation now even more attacking. Steve Travers almost managed to wriggle his way into a shooting position but was crowded out at the vital moment. Followed by Bruce once again just failing to get on the end of a low Whelan cross by a brave save from the home keeper.
In the final five minutes Montrose looked the more likely to score. A 35 yard effort went well over and then a quick break resulted in Ross Salmon diving full stretch to his right to fingertip a shot round the post. Travers had the last chance but his free kick was easily cleared by the home defence.
The draw which perhaps could have been three points on chances alone, maintains Banchory’s unbeaten start to the season and lifts them to 4th place in the Superleague.
We’re all a bit frustrated we’ve not won the game. It certainly feels like two dropped rather than one gained. Even more frustrating is it being the only Superleague game not to have linesman as it probably plays a huge part in the outcome. Mikey Bruce has one, if not two more 1 on 1 chances with the keeper but he’s pulled back for offside. We felt we’d 2 massive penalty claims also which were waved away. We’re creating chances and were defensively solid again. It’s a point away from home against the team who finished third last season. We’ll take the positives and move on to next week.
Next Saturday continues with McBookie.com Superleague duty with a home game against Ellon United, kick off 2pm.
Team: Ross Salmon, Jack Dalgarno, Liam Cheyne, Aaron Thomson, Josh Robertson, Steve Young (Darren Reid), Mike Bruce, Steve Travers, Ryan Whelan, Connor Kelly, Jordan Clark (Dean Henderson). Subs: Craig Peters, Ben Ross, Euan Rose