REPORT: Weekend to forget as Montrose go down to champions elect East Fife

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This is not an afternoon which will live long in the memories of the band of Montrose fans who made the trip south to Bayview.

The Methil men are champions elect, and on a pretty ruthless mission to wrap up the League Two title sooner rather than later.

For Paul Hegarty’s side, the opportunity was there to banish any lingering threat of a place in the end of season relegation play-off.

Mo’ have improved this campaign, and have caused Gary Naysmith’s Fifers more than a few problems over the season.

But this wasn’t one of those afternoons.

From the first whistle to the last, the home side were in complete control of the game with ‘keeper Liam Kelly a virtual spectator.

Jamie Insall and Scott Mercer had both gone close before the opening goal duly arrived.

Montrose were unable to clear their lines from an East Fife corner and the ball broke kindly to Jason Kerr.

The centre half fired a shot goalwards which was turned past Jordan Millar by Jonathan Page.

Within two minutes they’d doubled their lead.

The goal again came from a set piece with Stevie Campbell lashing an unstoppable free-kick high into Millar’s top corner.

It was complete backs to the wall stuff for Montrose who had the game put beyond them before the break when Nathan Austin collected a Naysmith through ball and fired home.

Hegarty had to do something and re-jigged his defence, bringing on Adam Harwood for Jamie Clarke on the half hour mark.

It was a move made to limit the damage being inflicted on his side and in fairness it paid off, with the visitors restricting their hosts.