MONTROSE were looking for a win against Stirling Albion in the race to stay in the play offs, but had to make do with a draw in a hard fought encounter at Links Park.
Stuart Garden made a couple of changes to the side that played Third Division Champions Rangers the previous weekend with Garry Wood out after picking up an injury during training midweek. However Paul Lunan was available for selection once again after suspension ruled him out the previous weekend.
Jamie Winter took a chance for the home side just a minute in but his shot was saved well by Binos ‘keeper Sam Filler.
But it was the visitors who looked the most dangerous three minutes in when Kieran McAnespie’s right footed drive hit the post.
Then disaster struck for the Gable Endies in the seventh minute when Mark Perry gave the visitors an early lead. He poked the ball home past Montrose ‘keeper Gibson after good work from Jordan White.
In the 34th minute Winter picked up the first booking of the game for dissent.
But then Montrose pulled back a goal in the 36th minute when a Winter header was latched onto by Martin Boyle who made an outstanding effort to send the ball into the net.
With Boyle down injured after a clash with the Albion ‘keeper in the run up to the goal Filler was shown the yellow card by referee Keven Graham for unsporting behaviour.
Montrose 1, Stirling Albion 1
With the scores level at the break Stirling Albion made a half time change with manager bringing Danny Ashe on to replace Ross Forsythe.
In the 56th minute a Terry Masson corner looked like it might take the home side into the lead but it was cleared well by Daniel Ashe.
A minute later another Masson corner was cleared by Jamie Bishop.
Masson tried a header in the 58th minute but it was caught well by Filler.
Winter had another good chance on the hour mark but his shot went right of the post.
In the 67th minute Ricky McIntosh brought the home side into the lead with a well taken shot to beat Albion ‘keeper Filler. Good work from Boyle and Masson gave McIntosh an excellent opportunity and he slotted the ball home.
Albion responded just three minutes later with a strong right footed drive by McAnespie but he was unlucky to see his shot just skim the top of the bar.
Stirling Albion made a further change in the 74th minute when Graham Weir was replaced by Scott Davidson.
In the 78th minute Stuart Garden made his first change of the day when Jamie Winter made way for Ross McCord. Albion made their third and final substitution when Joshua Flood came on for Phillip Johnston.
A minute later Paul Watson was booked for unsporting behaviour for Montrose.
But with Montrose hoping to see the game out with three points they were sorely disappointed when sub Flood pulled back a point in the 86th minute after turning in a Scott Davidson cross.
Montrose - Gibson, McNally, Watson,Campbell, Lunan, Winter, Young, Masson, Boyle, Johnston, R. McIntosh. Subs - Gray, L. McIntosh, McCord, McLeish, S. Wood.
Stirling Albion - Filler, McCunnie, Forsyth, McClune, Thom, Bishop, Johnston, Perry, White, Weir, McAnespie. Subs - Davidson, Ashe, Flood, Cunningham, Crawford.