Scorching start to new season as Fifers hit six

Robert Ogelby scores for East Fife in Ramsdens Cup tie at Montrose
Robert Ogelby scores for East Fife in Ramsdens Cup tie at Montrose

EAST Fife had this Ramsdens Cup tie wrapped up well before half-time in a searing start to the new football season.

Amid a Robert Ogleby hat-trick, they missed several chances to go ahead before their opening goal - then two opportunist strikes finished the game as a contest.

In fairness to Third Division Montrose, they did score a fine goal in the second half and Mark Ridgers had a couple of saves to make in that period.

After 16 minutes of powerful pressure, the visitors took the lead when Bobby Linn went past a couple of defenders on the edge of the area and thrashed home the opener.

The second goal arrived with a touch of pantomime about it.

The home keeper had collected a Johnstone cross and was about to kick clear when the alert Ogleby, who had not left the penalty area, stole the ball from in front of the keeper and rolled home his debut goal.

Four minutes later, it was 3-0 when David Muir took a quick short free kick to Ryan Wallace, who ran through the static home defence and side-footed home off the inside of the post.

The second half was only six minutes old when East Fife got their fourth. A long kick out from Ridgers was misjudged by former Fifer Jonny Smart and Campbell . Ogleby swerved round them and went clear to finish clinically.

The Fife onslaught continued, with Wallace shooting over and Ogleby firing wide before Andrews brought down Johnstone in the area for a penalty kick.

Ogleby completed his hat-trick when he smashed it home to make it 5-0. The debutant hat-trick man got his reward ‑ he was replaced by Scott Dalziel!

The sixth and final Fife goal came a minute later when a Johnstone pass got Young into a shooting position and the sub placed the ball into the top left-hand corner of the net from outside the area.

Andrews managed to claw away a Linn 30-yard free kick and, a few minutes later, saved from Scott Durie.

Montrose got on the scoresheet after 73 minutes when sub McPhee beat Ridgers from 20 yards with a well-hit shot.

The match finished with Montrose having more possession and Ridgers did well to save low down from Pierce with five minutes to go.

Substitute Dalziel almost got on the scoresheet right at the death when his effort was pushed on to the post by Andrews and stayed out.

Montrose ‑ Andrews, McNally, Campbell, Smart, Crighton (McPhee 47), Cameron, Masson, Crawford, Boyle, Johnston (McGowan 63), Dimilta (Pierce 74); subs (not used) ‑ Wood.

East Fife ‑ Ridgers, Durie, Park, Ovenstone, Campbell, Muir, Linn, Smith (Young 52), Ogleby (Dalziel 63), Wallace (Sloan 79), Johnstone; subs (not used) ‑ Murdoch, Collier.

Referee - E. Anderson.

Attendance - 404.

Starcheck ‑ Ogleby 3 points, Linn 2 , Wallace 1.