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Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

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...

Scottish League 2

Return of Terry Masson would be a timely boost for Montrose

September 30 2017

The return of Terry Masson will be a big boost to Montrose as they seek to get back to winning ways in League Two. The experienced midfielder hasn’t started a match since getting injured in the Betfred Cup and was an unused substitute in the 3-0 defeat to Elgin City last weekend. With manager Stewart Petrie set to make changes for the visit of Clyde today, Masson’s comeback may be one of them. “Terry is knocking on the door,” he said. “He’s a big player for us. I might freshen things up a little bit.“ Montrose have lost to two strong teams in the division recently – Stirling Albion and Elgin – but some of their wounds were self-inflicted. Petrie said: “We were on top of the game at Elgin when we lost the first goal and we gave away a soft second. “It was similar to the week before when we let Stirling score at the start of the second half. “Clyde will be another tough game for us but we’ll struggle against anybody if we give teams a head-start. “We’re at home and we’ll be looking to take the game to them.”

Scottish League 2

Montrose 0 Elgin 3: Poor finishing sees Gable Endies’ play-off hopes fade

March 31 2014

The Montrose dream of the play-offs appears to be over after a defeat at home to Elgin City left them six points off fourth place with five games to play. The Gable Endies dominated the first half and missed a host of chances and must be wondering how they managed to lose by a three-goal margin. A Paul Watson drive was turned round the post by John Gibson on two minutes and that set the tone. Alan Campbell, David Gray and Bryan Deasley all went close in the opening 10 minutes, then on 38 minutes another glorious chance was wasted. Watson hit the post with a free-kick and Deasley hit Gibson with his follow-up effort from one yard. A Terry Masson drive was turned round the post by the inspirational Gibson, then right on half-time the goal keeper denied Scott Johnston. The pattern continued three minutes into the second half when a Deasley run put the ball on a plate for Masson and he shot wide. Elgin took the lead on 53 minutes when Shane Sutherland broke on the left and squeezed the ball home. Ten minutes later, Gibson turned a Watson drive round the post. On 74 minutes, substitute Adam McLeod broke on a long ball and supplied a cool finish, then four minutes from time the 20-year-old led another quick break and completed the scoring. Montrose manager Stuart Garden said: “Our finishing was not great. We got into some good positions, but our final ball or final shot let us down. “Terry Masson’s miss was the worst. I thought he was certain to score as he is one of the best finishers at the club. They then went up the park and scored. “We chased the game and Elgin were able to hit us on the counter. The scoreline looks like a doing, but it was far from it. “We still have a mathematical chance of the play-offs, but we have made it a lot harder for ourselves.”

Scottish League 2

East Stirlingshire 2 Montrose 2: ‘Consistency’ plea to referees

December 30 2013

Montrose fought back twice to earn a point at Ochilview despite playing the last quarter of an hour with 10 men, but manager Stuart Garden was still fuming long after the final whistle. The gaffer was sent to the stand after Terry Masson was given his marching orders in the 74th minute for a foul on Shire’s Max Wright. Garden later said: “I’ve absolutely no complaints about Terry’s ordering off, but if we had been given the penalty we should have had moments earlier he would not have had to make the tackle. “Their centre half (Michael Bolochoweckyj) clearly brought down Garry Wood in the box and it was a definite penalty. “It was from that clearance that Terry made the foul, and I was making that point to the referee when he sent me off. “What made it worse was that Bolochoweckyj made a tackle on Bryan Deasley that was every bit as bad ... and he did not even get booked. All we are looking for is a bit of consistency and I don’t think we got it here.” The Shire were aggrieved when referee Kevin Graham turned down a couple of penalty shouts for them. Shire’s on-loan Ranger Calum Gallagher marked his debut with the opener in the seventh minute. Wood rifled home the leveller in 26 minutes. Six minutes after the break Iain Thomson put the home side ahead, before Graham Webster restored parity seven minutes later. Following Masson’s exit John Coughlin’s team battered the visitors to the end, but could not get past Gable Endies keeper Stuart McKenzie for their first home win since September. Shire boss Coughlin said: “Our goalkeeper’s put his hands up for the second goal we lost, and we missed a hat-load of chances. “It explains why we have won only two home games this season, and I think this has to be seen as a great opportunity spurned.”


East Stirling 2 Montrose 2: Draw takes Angus men into play-off place

December 20 2012

GARRY WOOD salvaged a share of the spoils for Monrose as they jumped into the all-important Third Division play-off places. His team put up a fine display against Rangers at the weekend and had to fight again in last night’s encounter. Manager Stuart Garden said: “We did not play particularly well. We got a good goal and let them back into the game with some sloppy defending. “We created quite a few chances in the second half and looked like winning. “It’s never easy coming down from a high against Rangers and we were a bit worried about that.” Montrose started brightly and after three minutes a Leighton McIntosh shot was deflected for a corner. Jamie Winter was only inches away with a 25-yarder but in the 13th minute the visitors deservedly took the lead through Lloyd Young’s shot from eight yards after good work by Jamie McKernon. McIntosh had a chance to make it 2-0 but screwed the ball wide from six yards. Shire hauled themselves back into the game when Kevin Turner beat Sandy Wood from 14 yards. Michael Herd’s left foot effort was saved by Wood and then he saw another effort fly just wide before the keeper dived at his feet to snuff out more danger. Turner pounced for Shire just before the break, firing into the roof of the net. In the second half Montrose’s Terry Masson unleashed a terrific effort from 25 yards but it was blocked by Hay. Wood levelled it in the 63rd minute with a tap in but the Angus side could not force the victory. East Stirling Hay, Jackson, Hunter (Kelly 83), Miller, Buchanan, Zufle, Herd, McKernon, Turner, Stirling, Maxwell. Subs not used Quinn, Greenhill, Begg, Kelly, Gordon. Montrose Wood, McNally, Watson, Crawford, Campbell, Winter, Young, Masson, L McIntosh (Johnston 56), Wood, R McIntosh (Gray 70). Subs not used McLeish, Morton, Crawford. Referee - Barry Cook.

Angus & The Mearns

Car crash could have been ‘quite devastating’

April 22 2015

The actions of a careless driver could have been “quite devastating” had circumstances been different, a sheriff in Forfar said. Paul Masson, 22, had been driving at high speed, at night, in wet conditions, on a single-lane road near Montrose, when he lost control of his R-reg Vauxhall trying to negotiate a sharp bend. The car hit a tree and Masson’s two friends passengers at the time were injured and required hospital treatment. One suffered two broken ankles, a broken wrist and cracked ribs. The other sustained muscle and ligament injuries and a leg cut needed stitches. Masson’s solicitor, Brian Bell, accepted that having previously been charged with the more serious offences of dangerous driving, the accused’s actions were at the high end of careless driving. Describing the “wake up call” the incident had provided, he said Masson, a farm ground maintenance worker, fully recognised there could have been a totally different outcome for everyone involved. Sheriff Pino Di Emidio agreed, noting the circumstances of excessive speed and a single carriageway road in wet conditions. He said that a different outcome “could have been quite devastating and he could have had several years in jail, assuming he survived.” Masson, of Cadger’s Path, Finavon, by Forfar, admitted driving a car carelessly and at excessive speed on an unclassified road between Barnhead and Bridge of Dun on September 9, losing control of the car, colliding with a tree, injuring his passengers and damaging the car. The car was written off. Fining Masson £1,400 and endorsing his driving licence with nine penalty points, Sheriff Di Emidio said: “This is an incident which could have had even more serious consequences than it actually did. “There are a number of factors that highlight the seriousness of the offence.” He said he had accounted for Masson’s personal circumstances and previous clean record and employment and was “just” persuaded to deal with the matter without imposing a driving ban.

Road tests

Audi Q2 puts quality over size

March 21 2018

Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km

This student took his Tinder profile to the next level by turning it into a PowerPoint presentation

February 21 2018

Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.

Scottish League 2

Montrose 1 Arbroath 1: Bosses agree red card changed the game

August 15 2016

Rival bosses Paul Hegarty and Dick Campbell were left with mixed emotions after Saturday’s derby draw, but both gaffers agreed that the 59th minute sending-off of Arbroath’s Ryan McCord was the turning point in the game. Hegarty said: “We had two gilt-edged chances in the first half and if we had taken them we would have been two points better off. Graham Webster and Ryan Ferguson both slashed the ball wide when through. “The turning point was the sending-off. They had to regroup and our first decent cross into the box got us a goal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4Bc1OyQg6g “At 1-0 down before their sending-off I would have taken a point as I couldn’t see us scoring. “It is a point on the board but I am disappointed as we should have done better with the chances we created.” Campbell said: “I didn’t think it was a sending-off and it changed the game as we stopped playing. “Montrose worked their socks off, but they were unlucky to be 1-0 down at half-time. “Late on I went 4-3-2 and gave our young kids a chance. Kane Hester missed a sitter, but that is why he is not playing every week as he is still a boy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIc2DoK1wUM “I am delighted with the point, but unhappy with the performance and that will be shown in my team selection on Wednesday. “We are undefeated after two games but we are not looking like scoring and that is a worry. We didn’t deserve any more than a point.” Montrose made all the running in the opening period and should have been ahead on 28 minutes. Webster was put clear after a sweeping move but pulled his shot wide of the post. Arbroath took the lead on 33 minutes. A blunder by Andrew Steeves let Bryan Prunty rob him and he set up McCord to score. Montrose missed another chance on 38 minutes when it was the turn of Ferguson to shoot wide with only the keeper to beat. On 50 minutes, McCord was booked for a late challenge on Kieran McWalter, then nine minutes later he pulled back Terry Masson to collect his second booking, leaving the visitors with 10 men. Montrose pressed forward and forced a string of corners before finally scoring on 77 minutes. Masson played in a corner and Chris Templeman scored on the near post. The 10 men almost won it, though, when substitute Hester blazed over after a scramble in the goalmouth.

Motoring news

Join the queue for littlest Audi Q

November 9 2016

Audi’s relentless release of new models continues with the launch of its smallest SUV. The Q2 goes on sale in the UK next week with prices starting at £22,380. There’s an extensive selection of petrol and diesel power trains as well as the option of front or Quattro four-wheel drive. More models will be added to the range later on, including powerful SQ2 and RSQ2 versions. Aimed squarely at a younger audience, the Q2 has bolder, sharper lines and a different shape to Audi’s bigger SUVs, the Q3, Q5 and Q7. Although it’s clearly meant more for buzzing around cities than growling across farmland, cladding and skid plates lend it an aura of ruggedness. Audi is also offering a range of vibrant colours to deepen the Q2’s appeal to youthful buyers. The interior is as plush as you’d expect from Audi, justifying its price hike over similarly sized SUVs like the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V. The materials are high quality – softtouch plastics, leather on higher spec cars and brushed aluminium trim elements all blended into a smart-looking package. As standard, drivers get a seven-inch infotainment screen on top of the dashboard. It’s operated through Audi’s rotary dial system that’s far more intuitive and easier to use when on the move than rivals’ touchscreen systems. Among the many options is Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit - a 12.3in screen that replaces the manual instruments behind the steering wheel. Overall, the Q2 is 4.7in shorter than the A3 hatchback, but Audi says there’s enough leg and headroom for two adult passengers in the back. Boot space comes in at 405 litres – 50 more than you’ll find in the A3 hatchback and rival Nissan Juke, although it trails the Mini Countryman by the same amount. To begin with, the only diesel option is a 1.6 litre with 114bhp, although a more powerful 184bhp 2.0 litre unit will be added to the range soon. Similarly, the petrol engine range is limited for now but will be expanded by the end of the year. The 1.4 litre, 148bhp unit offered now will be joined by 1.0 litre, 114bhp three cylinder turbo and 2.0 litre, 187bhp options – the latter coming with an S-Tronic automatic gearbox. When it arrives the 1.0 litre petrol version will be the cheapest model in the range with a price tag of £20,230. Courier Motoring has yet to get its hands on the car but early reviews have been very positive and Audi looks to have yet another winner on its hands. jmckeown@thecourier.co.uk