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Montrose 3 East Stirlingshire 1

MONTROSE returned to winning ways as they resumed Irn Bru Division Three duty after their cup misery of the previous week.

Having crashed out of the Scottish Cup with a limp performance against Edinburgh City a week earlier, Montrose brushed aside their Falkirk-based opponents with apparent ease.

The home side made one change to their line-up, McLeish replacing McGuire, with Crawford moved to centre back.

Montrose started on the offensive, Wood firing a low shot just wide of the post from a Gray corner.

Gray was involved again when Montrose took the lead, whipping a low cross in to the feet of McINTOSH in the box. The on-loan Dundee striker’s touch took him around his marker, and he sent a low shot across Hay and in near the far post.

Lunan could have doubled the Montrose lead three minutes later, but his shot fizzed wide.

Montrose didn’t have long to wait for their second goal, thanks to a moment of madness from ‘Shire centre back Jackson. Young chipped the ball into the box, but instead of heading clear, Jackson leapt up to palm it away. Referee Paul Robertson pointed to the penalty spot, and GRAY made no mistake with his kick, sending Hay the wrong way.

Wood then had the ball in the net, having beaten the Shire backline, only to be ruled offside.

Montrose eventually found a third goal through MASSON. The midfielder burst through the Shire backline, turned past Jackson and slipped his shot past Hay.

Shire’s first real chance came seven minutes before the break, Turner firing a low shot across goal. Kelly had a chance, but his free kick was easily held by Montrose ‘keeper Crawford.

Half-time: Montrose 3, East Stirlingshire 0.

The first clear-cut chance of the second half came 20 minutes from the end, ‘Shire substitute Zufle’s 40-yard shot easily held by Crawford. Turner came close, but his header was grabbed by the Montrose goalkeeper.

The best chance of the second half saw Young burst down the left wing, knock the ball past Jackson and home in on goal. His shot was fierce, but flew wide.

‘Shire continued to seek a way back, substitute Savage having a shot well blocked by Crawford.

Their breakthrough finally came four minutes from time in bizarre fashion. HUME’s cross evaded all of the Montrose back line, confused Crawford and bounced in at the goalkeeper’s far post.

Montrose used the final two minutes to push for more goals, Scott Johnston having a shot saved and trialist Scott Morton hitting a weak shot straight at Hay from Masson’s cutback.

Montrose: D. Crawford, McNally, R. McIntosh, J. Crawford, Lunan, Masson, Gray (Winter 76), McLeish, L. McIntosh (Trialist [Morton] 83), G. Wood (Johnston 68), Young. Unused substitutes: McGuire, S. Wood. Booked: Gray 73, J. Crawford 90.

East Stirlingshire: Hay, Hume, Kelly, Miller, Jackson, Hunter (Shepherd 46), Greenhill, Begg (Zufle 46), Turner, Quinn (Trialist 76), Maxwell. Unused substitutes: Gillespie, Gordon. Booked: Jackson 20, Hunter 37, Turner 66.

Attendance: 244