Montrose survived a late scare as they beat Cowdenbeath in the first round of the Scottish Communities League Cup.

The hosts took the lead just after the half-hour mark when Martin Boyle climbed highest to head home David Grey's cross.

Paul Watson doubled the advantage two minutes before the break when he produced a neat finish from the edge of the box after good work by Craig McLeish.

Watson could have put them out of sight before the interval but for a superb save from Thomas Flynn who tipped his free-kick round the post.

The Miners rarely threatened after the restart and substitute Kyle Miller failed to hit the target with his header 10 minutes from time.

But Marc McKenzie ensured a nervy end for Montrose when he pulled a goal back inside the area in the final minute but the Gable Endies held out to progress through.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (3)

Montrose

  • 01 Wood
  • 02 McNalley
  • 05 Campbell
  • 03 Watson Booked
  • 04 Lunan Booked
  • 06 Masson
  • 08 McLeish Booked
  • 07 Grey
  • 09 Boyle
  • 10 Wood (Crawford - 80' )
  • 11 Johnstone

Substitutes

  • 19 Easton
  • 12 Crawford
  • 14 Young
  • 15 Gordon
  • 16 Reid

Cowdenbeath

  • 01 Flynn
  • 03 Linton
  • 05 Armstrong
  • 06 Mbu
  • 02 Brett (Milne - 67' )
  • 04 Garcia-Rey Booked (Miller - 46' )
  • 07 McKenzie
  • 08 O'Brien
  • 09 Cameron
  • 11 Stephenson
  • 10 Coult

Substitutes

  • 20 Wilson
  • 12 Milne
  • 14 Miller
  • 15 Makel
  • 16 Nicholson
Ref: Roache
Att: 312

Match Stats

Shots

7 7

On target

4 2

Corners

7 4

Fouls

14 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:07 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +1:33

Colin Cameron restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:33 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Paul Lunan for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +1:30

Paul Lunan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Linton.

90:00 +0:37

The official flags Scott Linton offside. Sandy Wood takes the indirect free kick.

89:07

Lewis Coult provided the assist for the goal.

89:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Marc McKenzie - Montrose 2 - 1 Cowdenb'th Marc McKenzie scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Montrose 2-1 Cowdenbeath.

88:07

Foul by John Armstrong on Scott Johnston, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Watson.

86:38

John Crawford challenges Jamie Stevenson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Stevenson takes the free kick.

85:18

Corner taken by Scott Linton from the right by-line, clearance made by Paul Lunan. Corner taken by Jamie Stevenson from the left by-line, Paul Watson makes a clearance.

84:43

Paul Watson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Stevenson. Direct free kick taken by Scott Linton.

81:53

The official flags Martin Boyle offside. Thomas Flynn restarts play with the free kick.

80:35

Corner taken left-footed by Scott Linton, Kyle Miller takes a shot. Alan Cambell manages to make a clearance.

79:35 Substitution

Substitution John Crawford comes on in place of Gary Wood.

76:18

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Thomas O'Brien, save made by Sandy Wood.

73:59

Outswinging corner taken by Craig McLeish from the left by-line played to the near post, Alan Cambell concedes a free kick for a foul on Joseph Mbu. Thomas Flynn takes the free kick.

73:20

Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig McLeish, Thomas Flynn makes a save.

72:20

Kyle Miller is caught offside. Sandy Wood takes the free kick.

70:57

The referee blows for offside. John Armstrong takes the indirect free kick.

66:13 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Milne comes on in place of Dean Brett.

64:54

Foul by Terry Masson on Kyle Miller, free kick awarded. Colin Cameron takes the free kick.

63:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Armstrong on Gary Wood. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Paul Watson.

61:35

The ball is sent over by Marc McKenzie, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Kyle Miller goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

59:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Johnston by Jamie Stevenson. Steven McNalley restarts play with the free kick.

59:08

Lewis Coult is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sandy Wood.

54:12

Thomas Flynn restarts play with the free kick.

54:12 Booking

Booking Craig McLeish is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

54:08

Craig McLeish challenges Colin Cameron unfairly and gives away a free kick.

52:20

Steven McNalley sends in a cross, Shot from close in by Martin Boyle misses to the left of the target.

50:51

Marc McKenzie has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

48:55

Foul by Gary Wood on John Armstrong, free kick awarded. Colin Cameron takes the direct free kick.

46:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Wood by Thomas O'Brien. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Paul Watson, save by Thomas Flynn. Corner taken by Craig McLeish from the left by-line, save by Thomas Flynn.

45:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Johnston on John Armstrong. Dean Brett restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Kyle Miller comes on in place of Ruben Garcia-Rey.

45:00 +0:08 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

42:16

Assist on the goal came from Craig McLeish.

42:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Watson - Montrose 2 - 0 Cowdenb'th Paul Watson scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Montrose 2-0 Cowdenbeath.

41:32

David Grey takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Flynn. Corner taken left-footed by Craig McLeish,

39:56

Unfair challenge on Marc McKenzie by Paul Watson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ruben Garcia-Rey.

38:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Brett by Scott Johnston. Scott Linton produces a cross, Effort on goal by Ruben Garcia-Rey from just inside the area clears the bar.

36:40

Free kick crossed by Paul Watson.

36:40 Booking

Booking Ruben Garcia-Rey is shown a yellow card.

36:20

Unfair challenge on Terry Masson by Ruben Garcia-Rey results in a free kick.

32:16

Scott Linton challenges David Grey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Grey.

30:09

Assist on the goal came from David Grey.

30:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Martin Boyle - Montrose 1 - 0 Cowdenb'th Martin Boyle grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Montrose 1-0 Cowdenbeath.

28:57

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig McLeish, clearance by Joseph Mbu.

28:30

Dean Brett concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Johnston. Paul Watson restarts play with the free kick.

25:38

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig McLeish.

23:59

Paul Lunan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis Coult. Colin Cameron restarts play with the free kick.

22:40

Unfair challenge on Paul Watson by Dean Brett results in a free kick. Paul Watson takes the direct free kick.

18:18

Marc McKenzie takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

17:01

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marc McKenzie. Free kick taken by Sandy Wood.

16:52

The assistant referee signals for offside against Martin Boyle. Thomas Flynn takes the free kick.

13:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Terry Masson by Thomas O'Brien. David Grey has an effort direct from the free kick.

11:15

Marc McKenzie fouled by Paul Watson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Linton, Lewis Coult produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

8:43

Craig McLeish takes the outswinging corner, clearance by John Armstrong.

7:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas O'Brien on Gary Wood. Paul Watson crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Thomas Flynn.

4:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Terry Masson on Thomas O'Brien. Thomas O'Brien takes the direct free kick.

0:40

Dean Brett takes the direct free kick.

0:40 Booking

Booking Paul Watson receives a caution.

0:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc McKenzie by Paul Watson.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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