REPORT: Montrose hit by late sucker punch as Stirling Albion steal a point

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A goal in the last minute from Stirling Albion substitute Craig Beattie denied Montrose a deserved three points in a match they dominated from start to finish.

Paul Hegarty’s side created the bulk of the chances throughout the match and will be disappointed not to have seen out the ninety minutes and record a good and much needed victory.

The result took Montrose up one place in the league to eighth a place above great rivals Arbroath, a side who they meet at Gayfield Park on Saturday in their final away match and derby of the season.

Montrose had an early opportunity when a long throw in from Harwood was helped on by Templeman but Fraser could only chest the ball straight into the arms of Smith.

Montrose should have opened the scoring when Mallagaray slide a great pass through to captain Campbell but he could only shot tamely at keeper Smith.

The Gable Endies passed up a glorious opportunity to open the scoring in the 22nd minute.

Terry Masson did brilliantly to gain possession on the byeline and after looking up and finding the unmarked Gary Fraser, the normally deadly hitman saw his shot blocked at point blank range by keeper Smith who was keeping Stirling Albion in the match.

Templeman then sprayed a pass wide to Webster who cut inside his marker and found the unmarked Masson who could only blast over the crossbar.

With ten minutes of a one way first half remaining Montrose passed up another good chance when Mallagaray found Pascazio with a corner kick but he could only head wide of goal.

Montrose had another good chance at the start of the half when another Harwood long throw caused panic in the visitor’s penalty area but Ross Campbell somehow managed to stab wide of the post from six yards out.

Montrose finally opened the scoring with a great goal.

Campbell won possession and found full back Comrie. He slid a great pass through to Graham Webster on the edge of the area and the midfielder spun around to wrong foot his marker before curling home a wonderful effort for his tenth goal of the season via the far post.

With 20 minutes remaining Stirling Albion finally created an opening when Steven Doris turned inside the area and got in a shot but Jordan Millar pulled off a great stop with his feet.

Mallagaray then came in from his wide position to find Webster but he turned inside only to fire his shot at the keeper.

Webster and Masson cut open the away defence with some great passing down the right which but Terry through on goal but he went for the chip shot, which beat keeper Smith only to fall wide of the far post.

Adrian Mallagaray almost sealed the victory eight minutes later when he cut inside from the right and shot just wide of the post from twenty yards out.

Montrose looked all set to grab their first win of the season over Stirling Albion when disaster struck with a minute left.

Former Scotland internationalist Craig Beattie, who had looked yards off the pace during the match, managed to fire the ball into the top corner from a free kick, denying Millar his first clean sheet since October.

It was a disappointing end to a match which Montrose really should have won.