MONTROSE and Peterhead served up exciting festive fare at Balmoor on Monday, with Ray Farningham’s men securing the three points after a nail-biting climax.
There was only one goal in the first half, scored in 15 minutes by the home side’s Ryan STRACHAN - fortunately for the Montrose supporters, he put the ball into his own net.
Half-time: Peterhead 0, Montrose 1.
David McGOWAN carried on the good work for the Gable Endies in 62 minutes, taking the ball from Terry Masson on the wing and curling home a left-footed shot.
But the Blue Toon refused to lie down and accept defeat as STRACHAN scored again from 18 yards through the same goal - but this time for his own side, in 73 minutes.
Montrose defended their lead valiantly and two minutes into added time John CRAWFORD sent the ball high into the net.
The game was still not dead, and two minutes later Martin BAVIDGE scored for the home side, firing the ball past Sandy Wood.
The final whistle then blew, to the joyful relief of the travelling faithful.
The Gable Endies did their league campaign no harm at all, and have opened a seven-point gap between themselves and the bottom two, Peterhead and East Stirling.
Montrose: Wood, Crighton, Campbell, Smart, Douglas Cameron, Young, Masson, Winter, Johnston, Boyle, McGowan (Crawford 80). Substitutes not used: Andrews, Pierce, Dimilta and McPhee. Douglas Cameron, Young and Crawford were booked. Peterhead players booked were Beasley, McAllister and Conway.
On January 2, Montrose travel to play fifth-placed Berwick Rangers.