Montrose ended a run of four league matches without a point when they picked up a morale boosting draw against league leaders Annan Athletic at Links Park on Tuesday, and it was no more than they deserved.
In a game of two halves Jim Chapman’s side controlled the first half but in the second the Gable Endies, using the elements to their favour, fully deserved a share of the spoils.
The home side played some nice football in a re-jigged line-up and once Graham Webster had equalised it looked as though they would go on and take all three points but it wasn’t to be.
After the defeat to Stirling Albion, manager Paul Hegarty made three changes; into the line up came emergency transfer signing right back Aaron Comrie from St Johnstone, Adam Harwood and Gavin Malin. Out went Ryan Ferguson, Scott Johnston and Kyle McLeod.
Annan Athletic forced an early corner through McNiff but Mallagaray was on hand to clear.
Montrose had a great chance in the 17th minute; a cross from Kenneth reached Mallagaray inside the box with only Hart to beat but Gary Fraser nicked the ball off the Spaniard and shot straight at Hart.
In the 26th minute the league leaders opened the scoring. A long throw in from Martin McNiff was cleared by the home defence but only as far as RYAN FINNIE whose long range effort appeared to be deflected as it wrong footed Millar to end up in the net.
Six minutes into the second half Montrose equalised.
A surging run from Ryan Kenneth saw him find Malin inside the box and the on-loan midfielder touched the ball back into the path of GRAHAM WEBSTER who drilled home his eighth goal of the season.
In the 57th minute Annan’s Weatherston knocked the ball into the path of Matty Flynn but he fired well over.
The home side continued to keep up the pressure and with 65 minutes gone a great run from the impressive Mallagaray saw him slide through a great pass which saw Fraser caught just offside.
Sixty seconds later Annan’s Ryan Finnie became the first booking when he sliced down Ryan Kenneth on the touchline. Malin took the kick but it went straight to Hart.
In the 71st minute Montrose almost took the lead kin a bizarre way.
Jordan Millar launched a wind assisted goal kick which caught in the wind and sailed over the head of his opposite number Jordan Hart - just wide.
Montrose almost grabbed the lead in 75 minutes when full back Ryan Kenneth got to the byeline and sent a low cross screaming along the ground.
The inrushing Mallagaray just failed to make contact.
Montrose raced forward three on three with on loan Gavin Malin leading the charge.
Unfortunately his pass for Gary Fraser was just inches ahead of the leading scorer and Hart was just able to gather the ball.
Steven Swinglehurst was the second booking for Annan when he sliced down Mallagaray in the middle of the park.