COMING on the back of their resounding 4–0 home victory over Clyde the previous Saturday this was a poor performance by Montrose at Ochilview.
East Stirlingshire were the bottom side with only two wins all season. Sadly Ray Farningham’s side just didn’t show up.
Lloyd Young was unavailable so Garry Wood made his first start since re-signing.
Sandy Wood was in goal with Crawford and Cameron full backs. Crighton and Smart were in central defence. The midfield three comprised Masson, Winter and Johnston. Up front were Wood through the middle, McGowan on the left and Boyle on the right. On the bench were ‘keeper Andrews with McNally, Lunan, Campbell and McPhee.
The Gable Endies kicked off but the home side had the gale in their favour.
Montrose won an early free kick which Cameron whipped in but the home defence cleared.
With 11 minutes gone Horner tried his luck with a wind-assisted 25-yard shot which flew high. Horner tested Sandy Wood with a low shot which the ‘keeper gathered.
In the 15th minute McGowan played through to Boyle. He rounded ‘keeper Antell who blocked. The ball came back to the Montrose striker but his effort was cleared.
Montrose created another chance in 22 minutes when a Winter through ball put Johnston clear. He was tripped on the edge of the area by Chisholm who was booked. Winter’s free kick hit the Shire wall.
Masson picked up a booking for a foul on Stirling when it appeared that both went for a 50-50 ball.
Montrose gifted Shire the opening goal. Sandy Wood’s kick out fell to Crighton but LURINSKY robbed the Montrose defender and ran through to slot the ball into the corner of the net.
Half-time: East Stirlingshire 1, Montrose 0.
The Gable Endies had claims for a penalty turned down in the opening minutes. A Winter pass put Boyle in down the right and he raced into the area and along the byeline before appearing to be felled. Referee Robertson waved play on.
In the 49th minute the referee gave a penalty to the home side when Lurinsky was brought down by Cameron. LURINSKY stepped up to send Sandy Wood the wrong way.
It got worse in the 55th minute. A Maxwell cross was headed home inside the six-yard area by the unmarked TURNER.
Montrose sent on McPhee in place of McGowan and he caused problems for the home defence. In the 59th minute Montrose won a penalty. McPhee had his legs taken from him by Lurinsky who was booked. WINTER scored from the spot to give Montrose a glimmer of hope.
In the 65th minute McPhee cut inside to tee up Winter with a long range shot but again Antell got down well to save.
Montrose made another change in the 72 minute with Lunan in place of Masson. For Shire Ramage replaced Lurinsky.
With 10 minutes left Johnston worked himself into a goalscoring position but his run ended when he toe-poked wide.
Montrose had claims for another penalty turned down. Boyle got clear of the home defence and with only the ‘keeper to beat he had his legs taken from him, but referee Robertson was having none of it.
Boyle’s frustrations boiled over when a foul was given against him. He threw away the ball and earned a yellow card.
McNally came on in place of Crawford and the home side brought on Devlin for Maxwell. In the 89th minute the Shire made a final switch with Team replacing Turner.
There was one final opportunity for Montrose when Boyle got free down the right. His shot was blocked and spilled by Antell but there was no team-mate to put away the rebound.
In what was one of the poorest displays of the season only Jamie Winter and Steven McPhee put in worthwhile performances.
Montrose: S. Wood, Crawford (McNally), Cameron, Crighton, Smart, Masson (Lunan), McGowan (McPhee), Winter, Boyle, Johnston, G. Wood. Substitutes: Campbell and Andrews.