What a night in SPFL League 1! Montrose in the play-offs against all odds.
The situation before 7pm Tuesday evening was as follows: Partick Thistle already guaranteed promotion meaning last night’s trip to Angus was pointless to an extent for Ian McCall’s outfit.
Cove Rangers sat in 2nd with Airdrie in 3rd & 4th respectively with Montrose sitting on the outside awaiting a miracle.
Onto last night’s action & Montrose started the game well taking a 2-1 lead over champions Thistle at half time before Joe Cardle levelled after 62 minutes.
With Man City v PSG on the BT Sport cameras yesterday evening within the same timeframe, anyone that switched their eye off proceedings on the latest ongoings in League 1 missed all the drama that comes with the final day of a league campaign.
Cameron Ballantyne won the game for Stewart Petrie’s side on 87 minutes before Airdrie secured 2nd place with late goals by Craig Thomson & Kyle Turner, bringing joyous scenes to Links Park once confirmation tuned in that Airdrie beat Falkirk.
Travesty for Falkirk, embarrassing in a context considering the resources & full time capabilities they have. League 1 has some underestimated, tremendous talent but the past week has shown that you never write off teams within this league.
From a Falkirk perspective, they’ve suffered various sticky patches during their tenancy in League 1 which has now been extended by at least 1 more year.
Anyway, onto Montrose, a side that deserves tremendous praise & they aren’t finished yet. Stewart Petrie has worked wonders at the Angus outfit.
Considering the success Montrose have had in recent years, it’s hard to imagine they almost faced relegation out of the SPFL league structure 6 years ago.
The hierarchy at Montrose had to get Paul Hegarty’s replacement spot-on and Petrie has more than exceeded expectations. Petrie will always give plaudits to players & justified but a manager plants the philosophy and allows the plant to grow.
Morton lie in wait for Montrose, a game which has significant meaning for both sides, Morton won’t want to fall into a potential trapdoor that is the League 1 that is improving continuously whilst Montrose have every capability to be playing in the Championship next term.
Montrose won’t have anything to fear over the next week and have experienced the highs & lows of the play-off structure with defeat to Queen Of The South recently despite a valiant effort.
The local derby blockbuster of Montrose v Arbroath in the Championship would be massive for the Angus community next term, especially as the country is building up a way out of the pandemic which has took it’s toll on us all.
It’s one message & it’s a simple one, Stewart Petrie has worked wonders at Links Park but it would have legacy definition to his name if he managed to guide Mo into the Championship next term, that assignment begins again this weekend.