A LATE goal from Berwick’s Damon Gray saw Montrose surrender a win at Links Park in Saturday’s Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Division Three encounter.
The Gable Endies, after an impressive win over Clyde the previous week, were without the suspended Lunan and injured Dimilta, while Winter and Campbell were among the substitutes. Smart partnered Crighton at centre back, with McNally on the right side of defence and Cameron on the left. Crawford and Masson started in central midfield, flanked by Young and Johnston, with Boyle and G. Wood in attack.
Half-an-hour passed before the first chance of note, Masson heading wide from a Cameron cross. At the other end, Gray nodded over from McLaren’s cross.
If the opening half-hour had lacked chances, the final 10 minutes of the half was an end-to-end affair, Currie rattling Montrose ‘keeper Andrews’ crossbar with a free kick from the edge of the box and Boyle denied by a great save from Barclay after shrugging off Foster’s challenge on the edge of the box.
Young should have put Montrose ahead with a minute remaining in the half, but headed wide from Crawford’s cross to the back post.
Berwick’s Noble could have put the visitors ahead with the final chance, but his low shot was saved by Andrews after the home defence failed to clear.
Half-time: Montrose 0, Berwick 0.
Montrose made the breakthrough three minutes into the second half. Young did well to head Johnston’s cross down while under pressure, and Montrose’s leading goalscorer BOYLE reacted quickest to send a low shot zipping past Barclay and into the net.
Berwick could have pulled level almost immediately, Andrews having to react quickly to hold a 40-yard shot from Chris Townsley.
The home side should have extended their lead in the 53rd minute when Boyle and Masson linked well. Masson’s through ball to Boyle was returned quickly, but the midfielder mistimed his shot.
Into the final 20 minutes, Montrose sat deeper, causing problems for themselves and allowing Berwick to create chances. Gray shot wide from 30 yards, while Andrews did well to save a Noble shot at the second attempt.
Johnston could have put the result beyond doubt with 15 minutes to go, but shot wide from the edge of the box after Boyle’s cross had been headed away.
Andrews was again in action in the 79th minute, blocking a Gray shot. But the ‘keeper was helpless a minute later when GRAY beat Smart and Crighton in the air to head Currie’s corner into the net.
The goalscorer could have snatched a dramatic late winner for the visitors, but his shot from the edge of the box flew wide.
Montrose: Andrews, McNally, Cameron, Crighton, Smart, Masson (Winter 71), Young, Crawford, Boyle, Johnston, G. Wood. Substitutes: McGowan, Campbell, Brown and S. Wood.
Booked: McNally 35, Crawford 39, Winter 84.