MONTROSE FC fought back against all odds to take a point against Elgin City on Saturday.
With the memory of a 6-1 defeat at Borough Briggs just two weeks previously fresh in the mind, the Gable Endies were determined not to succumb to the same fate at Links Park.
They did not take the easy route, however, and after going down to 10 men at the half-hour mark they had their work cut out for them.
Two spectacular goals, the first from Garry Wood and, in the last gasps of the game, Jamie Winter, stopped City taking the three points.
Elgin looked dangerous from the outset with ‘keeper Wood forced into making a save within the first minute.
Play continued with a number of chances for the visitors and the Gable Endies did well to stave off the attack.
In the eighth minute Craig McLeish had a good chance for Montrose but saw his effort caught by John Gibson.
Jamie Winter had a great opportunity on the 15 minute mark but his free kick was also denied by Gibson.
In the 25th minute the deadlock was broken, and unfortunately for the home side it was Elgin who had the goal following a neat finish by Stuart Leslie.
Montrose immediately responded determined to level up the score but both Craig McLeish and Scott Morton both saw their efforts go unrewarded.
Disaster struck for the home side on the half-hour mark when ‘keeper Sandy Wood saw red for a professional foul on Leslie.
With a swift reshuffle by manager Stuart Garden, Scott Morton came off to be replaced by substitute ‘keeper David Crawford.
Unfortunately, Crawford’s first part to play in the game was to watch the ball roll into the back of the net after Daniel Moore’s penalty kick.
Down by two goals, Montrose began to wane as the half drew to a close.
But they came out for the second half looking to make amends for the first 45 minutes.
In the 52nd minute, Craig McLeish came off to make way for Garry Wood in the home side’s second substitution.
Leighton McIntosh had a clear-cut chance in the 15 minutes later, but the ball went high and wide.
Two minutes later Ricky McIntosh came close but Gibson punched the ball to safety.
In the 73rd minute Montrose eventually pulled back their much needed goal when Garry Wood’s volley sailed past ‘keeper Gibson.
It looked dangerous for the Gable Endies in the 75th minute when a penalty was awarded following Terry Masson’s handball in the box.
Daniel Moore failed to find the net, however and the score remained 2-1.
In the very last gasps of the game Jamie Winter saved the day and ensured a point for the home side with a trademark thunderbolt shot from 35 yards out.
Montrose: Sandy Wood, Alan Campbell, Ricky McIntosh, Jonathan Crawford, Paul Lunan, Jamie Winter, Terry Masson, Craig McLeish, Leighton McIntosh, Scott Morton, Scott Johnston. Subs - Garry Wood, Lloyd Young, David Gray, Phil McGuire, David Crawford.