Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...
It may not be the ideal training elixir but a Forfar Athletic fan hopes he has been able to tap into a brew which may yet be a toast for a successful Station Park season. Local publican Ian Whyte has launched Loons Ale and brought it to the bar of his Vine and Monkey premises in West High Street, Forfar. The amber ale has already been given the seal of approval by past and present Loons heroes. Ian's dream has taken months to realise, but after mooting the idea to small brewers, receiving club support, tasting a number of possible contenders and negotiating a purchase price, the Loons Ale from Inveralmond Brewery of Perth is now in town. "The beer is a 4.2% ABV amber ale and was sampled for the first time by a few fans, players past and present and members of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)," said Ian. Loons record goal scorer John Clark joined current stars Dale Hilson, Bryan Deasley and Martyn Fotheringham in sampling the beer. "The upshot of it all is that 40 pence of every pint sold goes to Forfar Athletic, so hopefully everybody benefits," said Ian.
The deadly Diamonds sucker-punched Forfar for their second win over the Loons in four days. Having recovered from a nightmarish start with the gift of a goal to their visitors after just four minutes, the Station Park side looked set to take a point and arrest a worrying dip in form. But a strike in the dying stages from Airdrie sub Scott Morton put the Sky Blues' play-off into reverse. Manager Dick Campbell admitted the slump is a concern. "We're going through a bad spell and we've got to show some real character," he said. "We started by giving away a horrible goal and then brought ourselves back into the game, but all credit to Airdrie they kept working hard and hit us with the sucker punch." Campbell made a couple of changes from the Sky Blue side that suffered a 3-1 reverse at New Broomfield, with starts for Bryan Deasley and Jamie Bishop at the expense of Barry Sellars and Ryan Dow who dropped to the bench. The Loons created an early opportunity when Deasley's driving run set Ross Campbell up to give visiting keeper Mark Ridgers his opening test, but a couple of minutes later the hosts were on the back foot. From an Airdrie break up the right flank, the Station Park defence stood rooted, while Ryan Donnelly ghosted in to skim the Diamonds' opener past Scott Gallacher. Forfar regrouped and Paul McQuade had a 16th-minute shot, but hit it straight at the keeper, before Michael Bolochoweckyj headed away a dangerous Gary McKay-Stevens free kick at the opposite end.Pressure rewardedA McQuade header and then a Dale Hilson volley from a Ross Campbell pass were part of Forfar's first-half response, and the Loons were rewarded with an equaliser before the break. From a free kick, Bolochoweckyj's downward header was blocked at the post, but McQuade was on hand to bundle the leveller over. A quick-fire 51st-minute Forfar break gave Ross Campbell an opening, but he pushed a right foot effort wide of the target and the Loons continued to press. Airdrie then upped the tempo and responded with decent efforts from Graeme Owens and Ryan McCord, whose 16-yard volley brought a fine stop from Gallacher. Ross Campbell then tried his luck with a looping effort before latching on to a Hilson pass for another Forfar assault. At the other end, Gallacher got down to hold an Owens free kick and the same player came within inches of connecting a diving header with a tantalising Morton cross. Ryan Donnelly then sprung the Forfar offside trap with six minutes left to force a great block from the Forfar keeper. The Diamonds' determination to take the win continued with a blistering drive from substitute Jamie Stevenson that clipped the post, and their reward came with the late, late show involving Owens in a supporting role with a neat flick on which Morton despatched from close in. Airdrie manager Jimmy Boyle felt his never say die side got their just reward. "I'm really delighted for the players, I thought they worked hard and deserved it," he said. Attendance 419. Forfar Gallacher, Ross, McCulloch, Bishop, Bolochoweckyj, I. Campbell (Sellars 63), Hilson, Mowat, McQuade, R. Campbell (Templeman 76), Deasley (Dow). Subs not used Gibson, Duffy. Airdrie Utd Ridgers, Bain, Smith, Devlin, Grant, Owens, Johnston, McCord, Gemmill (Morton 63), Donnelly (Shaw 90), McKay-Stevens (Stevenson 56). Not used Blockley, Szpilcynski.Referee Steve Nicholls.
Montrose manager Stuart Garden was disappointed as his side failed to hold a lead against 10-man Elgin at Borough Briggs. He said: “I felt we had a real chance to win it but the way we conceded the goals was very poor. That is the disappointing side of it, but the positives were that we deserved to win the game. “Bryan Deasley has done great the two games that he has played and he has made a real difference to us up front and had two great finishes today,” he said. Deasley gave Montrose the lead just inside 20 minutes as he curled a shot into the top corner. Elgin equalised through skipper David Niven on the 59th minute. The home side took the lead just after the hour mark as Ross McKinnon scored with a right-footed effort from outside the box. Elgin were hit with a blow a minute later as captain David Niven saw a straight red for a lunge on Deasley. Montrose responded almost straight away as Lloyd Young scored in the 63rd minute. An incredible 10 minutes in the game saw Montrose take the lead on the 67th minute with Deasley netting his second. Ex-Montrose defender Sean Crighton headed home on the 79th minute to secure Elgin a point. Garden added: “I think the red card was definitely a red card.”
Montrose defender Paul Watson believes he and his team-mates are playing for their futures at Links Park. The 28-year-old scored the goal that gained a point for caretaker manager George Shields in his first game in charge against Queen’s Park on Saturday. However Watson insists the team are focused on finishing on a high and admitted it was a tough week. He said: “It’s been difficult for everyone and no-one likes to see a manager get the sack. “George spoke to us all and told us what he expected. All we can do as players is finish the season as high as we can in the league.” The Gable Endies came away with a point at bottom of the table Queen’s Park, but Gus McPherson’s men were left rueing the chances they missed. Montrose goalie Stuart McKenzie saw a chance from Queen’s Craig Sutherland zip wide after Eammon Brophy fed him with a diagonal pass. Blair Lochhead at the other end had a fair quiet first half, with Watson seeing a free kick go wide and Bryan Deasley’s easily scooped by the Spiders’ keeper. Queen’s Park took the lead five minutes into the restart when Brophy slammed his shot through McKenzie’s lead to give the home team the lead. Watson netted the equaliser seven minutes later when he took advantage of James Brough’s poor headed clearance to ram home with a left foot shot.
Courier Sport understands that Forfar are going to allow Bryan Deasley to extend his loan spell with Montrose. The 25-year-old striker has been a big success for Stuart Garden’s League Two side, netting eight times since moving to Links Park at the end of August. The Gable Endies boss has been keen to tie up Deasley until the end of the season, and it now looks likely his wish will be granted. That’s despite Forfar still awaiting news on whether their own on-loan Dundee United player, Dale Hilson, will be remaining at Station Park beyond next month. The Loons are hoping the 20-year-old front man, who is on his fourth loan spell at Station Park and has scored five times for Dick Campbell’s side so far this season, will accept the opportunity of continuing to play regular football with the Angus club.
Bryan Deasley took his tally to five goals in three games, with a deadly double, as Montrose came from behind to beat Peterhead 2-1. Montrose survived a scare in the 11th minute when keeper Stuart McKenzie sent a clearance straight to David Cox. Instead of shooting, Cox passed to Rory McAllister, who was caught offside. Two minutes later, McAllister showed his class when he flicked a through ball over a hesitant defence and found the bottom corner. Montrose levelled on 29 minutes when Garry Wood headed on for Deasley to lift the ball over keeper Graeme Smith and into the net. Montrose had the best of the chances in a second half in which both sides pushed to try to win the game. David Gray brought the best out of Smith with a curling free-kick in 62 minutes, then two minutes later, a replica effort dipped wide. The winning goal came in 80 minutes. A Lloyd Young ball released Deasley on the right and the striker ran in to score. Four minutes from time, Deasley almost completed his hat-trick but hit the keeper. Three minutes in to added time, McKenzie made sure of victory when he spread himself to block from Andy Rodgers. Montrose boss Stuart Garden said: “That was our first home win and a great three points. It wasn’t pretty, and we can play a lot better, but we ground it out. “Bryan Deasley was brilliant, with two good finishes. I told him I would play him through the middle as that is his best position. He is a finisher and his link up play is really good as well.”
Defiant Bryan Deasley admitted Montrose were fortunate to rescue a point but believes the Links Park team’s fighting spirit augurs well for the remainder of the season. The former Dundee and Forfar striker said: “We got lucky as Clyde could have had the game out of sight and the draw was harsh on them. “Our keeper Stuart McKenzie made a couple of great saves and we scrambled a late equaliser. This team fights for the 90 minutes so even if we are not at our best we still have a chance. “It’s a good sign that we have not been at our best recently but we are getting points. Peterhead are well ahead at the top but there are a number of teams that can be in the play-offs.” Clyde opened the game well and forced a great save from McKenzie who saved at the feet of Stuart McColm who had been put clean through by John Sweeney’s pass. However, the Bully Wee opened the scoring on 34 minutes with a great move and a brilliant finish. Brian McQueen’s pass caught out the Gable Endies’ defence and Stefan McCluskey kept his cool to lob McKenzie. McKenzie kept his side in contention with a fine diving save from McCluskey’s shot that took a wicked deflection on 38 minutes. At the other end Jamie Barclay dived to save from Jonathon Crawford’s bullet header from a Callum Ferguson corner on 44 minutes. Montrose looked like heading home empty handed but with eight minutes left Deasley headed down for Scott Johnston who shot into the bottom left corner from 15 yards. Montrose boss Stuart Garden said: “We were fortunate as Clyde were much better than us in the first half. We changed things at 1-0 as we had to get tighter but also the wind was on our side after the break.”
Montrose boss Stuart Garden remained upbeat about his side’s play-off hopes despite being gutted by this thrashing. Despite a dismal defeat, the Gable Endies are only six points behind East Stirling in a play-off berth with eight games remaining. That statistic offered the only comfort for Garden, who said: “That performance was hard to take and it’s a day we want to forget and want to bounce back from. “Nobody turned up for us and although full credit goes to Berwick our performance was not acceptable.” Some of the Montrose players were going to Newcastle for a night out after the game but they would have been in no mood to celebrate after being outplayed from the first to the final minute at Shielfield Park. Darren Lavery started the demolition when he sent his 20-yard shot into the bottom left corner on six minutes. Montrose almost levelled when Bryan Deasley fired a 25-yard shot narrowly wide of the Berwick goal on 14 minutes. On 24 minutes good wing play from Gray saw him cross from the byeline for Steven Notman to tap home. A minute later Notman turned provider with a perfect cross for Lee Currie who headed home unmarked. Montrose missed a great chance on 37 minutes with Deasley heading straight at the keeper from Graham Webster’s cross. Currie then made it 4-0 on 61 minutes, sending the keeper the wrong way from a penalty he won after being fouled by Ricky McIntosh. Sub Scott Dalziel completed the rout in stoppage time when he turned in the box before shooting home from Currie’s cutback. Delighted Berwick player/manager Colin Cameron said: “That is our best performance since I came here.”
Montrose made sure that the club’s annual sportsman’s dinner on Saturday would have an extra buzz when two goals from Bryan Deasley gave them victory over Albion Rovers. Deasley opened the scoring on nine minutes when he sent a scorcher into the top corner from 25 yards. Albion equalised on 25 minutes. Montrose claimed the ball was out of play before Mark McGuigan scored with a header at the back post. The goal enlivened Albion and they should have been ahead on 50 minutes when Mark Shankland headed wide from close range. Montrose settled and Paul Watson sent a free-kick curling just wide then, in 72 minutes, a Gareth Rodger piledriver was tipped over by Neil Parry. The keeper was denied credit for his save when the officials gave a goal-kick. Deasley grabbed the winner a minute later when he sent a glorious lob over Parry from 30 yards. Montrose boss Stuart Garden said: “I am delighted to get the three points. It was a tough game and it needed two magnificent strikes from Deasley to win it. “Bryan has done brilliantly since coming here and has given us a new dimension. His work rate off the ball is different class and he puts defenders under pressure. “The win will give an extra buzz to our sportsman’s dinner and we must now go down to Berwick on Wednesday and try to win the game.”