TWO LATE goals cost Montrose the game against league leaders Alloa on Saturday.
Manager Ray Farningham made just one change to the starting line-up which won 2-1 against Annan the previous week, Steven McPhee replacing the injured Garry Wood.
With both teams down to 10 men by the end of the 90 minutes, the Gable Endies never looked to be much of a threat to the Clackmannanshire side.
Montrose had an early chance but McPhee’s cross was caught easily by Alloa ‘keeper Scott Bain.
Wasps’ Ryan Harding was the first to be shown a straight red following a late tackle on youngster Martin Boyle in the 19th minute.
Down to 10 men the visitors then made a tactical substitution replacing Robert Winters with Mark McCullagh.
In the 25th minute Montrose ‘keeper Michael Andrews was forced into catching a Ryan McCord save.
The next real chance of the game also came for Alloa. However, Graeme Holmes 25-yard drive was tipped round the post by Andrews.
With neither side really looking likely to score the first half ended with a frustrating 0-0.
Five minutes into the second half the homesters looked like they might be about to take the lead. However, Boyle’s shot from the penalty area was blocked by Bain.
Alloa responded seconds later but Jamie Winter did well to block the Stephen May attempt.
Winter again, a minute later, had a shot stopped by Bain.
Montrose made their first substitutions of the game in the 72nd minute bringing on the returning David DiMilta for Lloyd Young and Terry Masson on for McPhee.
Seven minutes later, the Gable Endies lost their numerical advantage when Alan Campbell was controversially sent off for a tackle on Stephen May in the penalty area.
From there things really started to unravel for the home side as Ryan McCORD scored the subsequent penalty.
Two minutes later the Wasps’ Darren Young hit the post but McCORD again was there to score close range from the rebound.
In the 85th minute Montrose were awarded a free kick but Winter’s trademark thunderbolt of a shot hit the wall.
In the closing seconds of the game Masson tried to pull back at least a goal for the homes side but was denied by Bain.
Still sitting eighth in the league Montrose will be looking for three points from Saturday’s away fixture at Peterhead.
Montrose: Michael Andrews, Stephen McNally, Douglas Cameron, Paul Lunan, Alan Campbell, Jonathan Crawford, Lloyd Young, Jamie Winter, Martin Boyle, Scott Johnston, Steven McPhee. Substitutes: David McGowan, Sean Crighton, David DiMilta, Terry Masson, Sandy Wood.
Alloa: Scott Bain, James Doyle, Ross McKinnon, Ben Gordon, Ryan Harding, Darren Young, Kevin Crawley, Ryan McCord, Steven May, Graeme Holmes, Robert Winters. Substitutes: Ross McCord, Mark McCullagh, Mark Docherty, Craig Campbell, Craig McDowell.