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Preview Montrose

Saturday, 22nd Oct 2022

cinch League One (away) v Montrose, Saturday 22nd October 2022, kick off 3.00pm at Links Park

Dunfermline head to Montrose on Saturday for their first league match at Links Park since May 1987. The opposition manager is Stewart Petrie but we can be certain that the Pars favourite will be out to make sure the three points stay in Angus.

James McPake will be hoping that his side can extend their current three match winning run and their impressive away form.

Milestones v Montrose (away)

Last victory | 12/08/92 | 6-0 | League Cup
Last defeat | 09/05/87 | 0-1 | First Division
Best victory | 12/08/92 | 6-0 | League Cup
Worst defeat | 06/09/30 | 0-3 | Division Two (old)

Dunfermline have won 24 of the 38 games between the clubs, all four of Montrose’s wins have been at home.

Last time at Links Park
Saturday 8th January 2011, Scottish Cup
Montrose 2 Dunfermline 2

It was well against the run of play when the Third Division side took the lead after 27 minutes. Nicky Smith fed Paul TOSH the ball on the right, he then raced away from Keddie before despatching a shot that found the net off the left post. 1-0

It took Jim McIntyre’s team some time to get back on level terms. In 73 minutes latching on to a pass from Graham, substitute Pat CLARKE pulled out a shot from 25 yards that Wood in the home goal just couldn`t hold.  The ball took a deflection off Steven Tweed and travelled off him into the net for a very welcome equaliser. 1-1

When Clarke was pulled down nine minutes from time, Willis fired in a free kick from the left that Clarke flicked on as the ball made its way on to the right post.  McGregor failed to connect as the ball rebounded across goal but KIRK in front of the keeper, turned it in off his knee for the Pars second. 2-1 to the Fifers.

Montrose fought to the bitter end to deserve another crack at overcoming the Pars. A McNally throw in towards goal was cleared initially but pumped back in for Tweed to challenge on the six yard line along with McGregor and Keddie.  The ball fell to TOSH on the right side and his left foot was too quick for the efforts of Clarke and Phinn to prevent his shot and the ball was sent crashing past Chris Smith. 

The equaliser came in the first minute of added time so there was no time to respond and a replay that the Pars would win 5-3 was necessary ten days later.

MONTROSE: Sandy Wood; Stephen McNally,Alan Campbell, Steven Tweed, Gordon Pope; Ross McCord (Martin Boyle 80), Terry Masson (Connor Thomson, 86), Aaron Sinclair, Dougie Cameron; Nicky Smith (Hugh Davidson 60), Paul Tosh
SUBS NOT USED: Sean Crighton, Tim Capstick (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Chris Smith; Calum Woods, Neil McGregor, Alex Keddie, Austin McCann (c); Paul Willis, Nick Phinn, Gary Mason, David Graham; Andy Kirk, Steven McDougall (Pat Clarke 65)
SUBS NOT USED: Alex Burke, Ryan Thomson, Andy Dowie, Kyle Allison (GK)

Last Twelve Matches v Montrose

In the last twelve meetings, Dunfermline have won eight, Montrose one and three have been drawn.

13/08/22 | W | Dunfermline 1 Montrose 0 | League One
28/08/12 | W| Dunfermline 3 Montrose 0 | League Cup

18/01/11 | W | Dunfermline 5 Montrose 3 | Scottish Cup

08/01/11 | D | Montrose 2 Dunfermline 2 | Scottish Cup

12/08/92 | W | Montrose 0 Dunfermline 2 | League Cup

08/05/87 | L | Montrose 1 Dunfermline 0 | Division One 

03/03/87 | W | Dunfermline 2 Montrose 0 | Division One

29/11/86 | W | Montrose 0 Dunfermline 2 | Division One

30/09/86 | W | Dunfermline 1 Montrose 0 | Division One 

20/04/85 | D | Dunfermline 0 Montrose 0 | Division Two 

22/12/84 | D | Dunfermline 1 Montrose 1 | Division Two 

25/08/84 | W | Montrose 2 Dunfermline 4 | Division Two

Recent Form

Dunfermline, the only unbeaten team in the SPFL, EPL and EFL. Not only are they undefeated away from home they have not conceded an away goal this league season.

Going by their first against the Pars this season and their form since then, Montrose will provide stiff opposition. The Gable Endies have won two and drawn one of their last three league matches and have lost only once in the league this season.

Last six matches


Clyde (A) W 2-0
FC Edinburgh (H) W 1-0

Alloa Athletic (A) W 3-0

Peterhead (H) D 2-2

Falkirk (H) D 1-1

Queen of the South (A) W 2-0


Falkirk (H) D 1-1
Clyde (A) W 3-1
Airdrieonians (H) W 4-2
FC Edinburgh (H) L 1-2
Kilmarnock B (H) W 4-2
Alloa Athletic (A) L 1-2

League Record


League Position: 1st

League Points: 25

Goal Difference: +13

Away League Record: P5 W4 D1 L0 GF10 GA0

Last Six Match Form: WDDWWW


League position: 4th

League points 18

Goal Difference +7

Home League Record: P6 W3 D2 L1 GF11 GA6

Last Six Match Form: LWLWWD

Last time out

Deniz Mehmet: Sam Fisher, Kyle Benedictus (c), Rhys Breen: Aaron Comrie, Joe Chalmers, Josh Edwards: Chris Mochrie, Matthew Todd: Craig Wighton (Chris Hamilton 71), Nikolay Todorov (Lewis McCann 64 (Robbie Mahon 81)).
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Sam Young, Andrew Tod, Michael Beagley, Max Little (GK)

MONTROSE (v Falkirk): Ross Sinclair: Matty Allan, Andrew Steeves (c), Sean Dillon, Kerr Waddell, Cammy Ballantyne, Mark Whatley (Craig Johnston HT), Adam McKinnon (Paul Watson 89), Rory McAllister (Blair Lyons 28), Matthew Wright (Craig Brown 72), Michael Gardyne
SUBS NOT USED: Liam Callaghan, Aidan Quinn, Martin Rennie, Aaron Lennox (GK).

Other cinch League One fixtures

Clyde v Queen of the South
FC Edinburgh v Airdrieonians
Falkirk v Kelty Hearts
Peterhead v Alloa Athletic

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