Montrose are back in business

MONTROSE continued the form that brought them to the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup with another league win on Saturday.

Visitors East Stirlingshire have not won a game since the first game of the season in which they defeated the Gable Endies at home.

So revenge was on the cards for Ray Farningham and his side which remained unchanged from the cup fixture against Clyde two weeks previously.

The game started off strongly with Martin Boyle making an attempt within the first minute but he was denied by East Stirlingshire keeper Callum Antell.

It got even better for the home side just two minutes later when Scott Johnston drilled a shot in from the right side of the penalty area sending it straight past Antell.

Montrose kept up the pace in the following minutes with some good football and youngster Boyle fired in another shot in the fifth minute only to send his volley over the bar.

A minute later, a corner from Terry Masson was cleared by East Stirlingshire’s Steven Jackson but Montrose looked like they could further extend their lead with the rebound. The ball found Sean Pierce was he was unlucky to see his shot just miss the left post.

The lead only lasted a few more minutes, however, as East Stirlingshire brought the score level in the 12th minute with a shot from Andrew Stirling from the centre penalty area.

Fighting back, the Gable Endies had another couple of opportunities as the first half progressed. In the 14th minute Dougie Cameron took a direct free kick but it was cleared away again by Steven Jackson.

It looked worrying for Montrose in the 21st minute following a cross from Ally Love but keeper Michael Andrews did well to make the save.

In the 29th minute Cameron picked up the first booking of the game for unsporting behaviour.

Just seconds later Andrews was threatened again by Love but held the ball well.

Just before half time, Boyle took another chance but it proved to not be his day as his shot was punched away by Antell.

Half-time: Montrose 1, East Stirlingshire 1.

Neither side looked particularly dominant after the interval but it was Montrose who got their noses in front with a goal in the 59th minute. A Cameron corner found Jonathan Smart in the centre who then headed the ball into the net from six yards bringing the score to 2-1.

Optimistic once more, the home side looked like they could further their lead even more before the whistle blew for full-time.

Boyle again had a chance in the 70th minute but he was denied once again by Antell from the penalty area.

In the 72nd minute Bradley Coyne of East Stirlingshire was booked for dissent.

East Stirlingshire looked close to scoring again in the 75th minute but Andrew Stirling was denied by Andrews with another great save.

Taking yet another chance Boyle hit the post in the 76th minute.

In the 77th minute Montrose made two substitutions with Jamie Winter and Steven McNally coming on for Jonathan Crawford and Terry Masson.

Just three minutes later, Steven McNally was booked for unsporting behaviour.

East Stirlingshire took another chance in the 83rd minute but Bradley Coyne sent the ball past the right side of the post.

With just seconds left of the game Cameron took a chance with a powerful volley but was disappointed to see it go over the bar.