MONTROSE found themselves with another frustration filled Saturday as they lost out 3-2 to Elgin City at Links Park.
Despite goals from Terry Masson and Martin Boyle keeping the Gable Endies level it was a third Elgin goal in the second half that finished off the game.
Elgin’s Craig Gunn opened the scoring six minutes in when he fired a low shot into the bottom corner of the Montrose goal.
Just before the ten minute mark Jamie Winter has one of Montrose’s first chances to open their own account but he saw his 25-yard drive go wide.
In the 26th minute ‘Tallest Player in the World’ Paul Miller was denied his penalty area header by Montrose ‘keeper Michael Andrews.
Moments later Montrose got their equaliser with a superb goal from Terry Masson just before the half hour mark. Masson picked the ball up outside the box and curled a left footed shot inside the far post.
In the 37th minute Montrose picked up the first booking of the game when Scott Johnston saw the yellow card for arguing with the linesman.
Further chances came to Montrose in the run up to half-time but Gunn again took Elgin into the lead in the 42nd minute. Although he appeared to be over a foot offside when the ball was played through to him, the flag stayed down and Gunn powered past Smart and fired into the net.
With Montrose sitting a goal down at half-time the team came back after the break looking to equalise. That moment came in the 51st minute with a low shot past Elgin ‘keeper Zander Clark and into the net.
In the 62nd minute Elgin picked up their first booking when Mark Nicholson saw yellow for unsporting behaviour.
A minute later Martin Boyle looked like he was about to extend his goal tally for the game but was ruled offside.
Montrose picked up a further booking in the 70th minute with Dougie Cameron.
Gunn got his hat-trick a minute later bringing the score to 2-3. A long free kick into the box dropped to Gunn who secured the win with a right-footed poke into the net.
In the 73rd minute Montrose picked up another booking, this time Jamie Winter who saw the yellow card for dissent.
Elgin could have extended their lead three minutes later but Paul Millar sent his shot wide. In the 77th minute Archie MacPhee had a chance but his long range shot also went wide.
Determined not to give up Martin Boyle continued trying to find an equaliser for Montrose with his closest chance coming six minutes from time which unfortunately went wide.
The last chance of the game for the Gable Endies saw Cameron’s free-kick punched away by Clark and Winter shooting the loose ball wide of the post.
Montrose: Michael Andrews, Stephen McNally, Douglas Cameron, Alan Campbell, Jonathan Smart, Terry Masson, Lloyd Young, Jamie Winter, Martin Boyle, Scott Johnston, Garry Wood. Substitutes: Paul Lunan, Jonathan Crawford, Sean Crighton, David McGowan, Sandy Wood.