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Montrose 2 Stirling Albion 2

Montrose 2 Stirling Albion 2

Winger Josh Flood came off the bench to grab a late equaliser as we extended our good run to just one defeat in 13 games on the plastic pitch at Links Park.

Mark Ferry fired Albion in front after just seven minutes but Martin Boyle equalised before the break and Ricky McIntosh’s 18-yarder midway through the second half had the hosts ahead.

Flood got on the end of a fine cross from fellow substitute Scott Davidson with three minutes left to glance a header in off the post as we followed up Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Hampden with an identical result here.

In reality, we had to win to keep alive our slim hopes of a play-off berth – we are eight points shy of the top four with just four games remaining – but a draw was a decent return against a good Montrose side, who slipped a place to fourth.

Binos boss Greig McDonald made two changes, with Jamie Bishop (back from a ban) and Phil Johnston returning to the side in place of Davidson and Flood. Brian Allison again missed out with a knee injury and Ross Forsyth was replaced by Danny Ashe at half-time, also with a knee knock.

Stirling started well and within four minutes Kieran McAnespie, who was deployed just behind top scorer Jordan White, saw his shot come back off the post after being teed up by Johnston.

The opener wasn’t long in coming. White did brilliantly to control a pass and hold the ball up for Ferry, who coolly guided a low shot beyond John Gibson and into the corner for his 11th goal of the season.

Montrose came back strongly and Sam Filler did well to keep out a Lloyd Young header and he also denied the dangerous on-loan Dundee striker Boyle.

We almost doubled our lead on the break when McAnespie found White in space but his finish lacked power and a defender was able to get back to clear.

Almost immediately, Stuart Garden’s side were level. Boyle found himself one-on-one after a long ball forward and he was able to beat Filler with a header after the keeper was forced to come out to the edge of his box.

Montrose enjoyed good spells of possession without creating many chances in the second half but they went ahead in 66 minutes when a defensive slip allowed Boyle to find McIntosh and his shot looped into the net.

Davidson had an effort blocked after a good run as we tried to hit back and the former Falkirk player picked out Flood to score his fourth goal of the season with a well-timed header as the game ended all square.

Montrose:
Gibson, McNally, Watson, Campbell, Lunan, Winter (McCord 71), Young, Masson, Boyle, Johnston, R McIntosh.
Subs (not used): Gray, L McIntosh, McLeish, Wood (GK).

Scorers:
Boyle 36, R McIntosh 66

Stirling Albion:
Filler, McCunnie, Forsyth (Ashe 46), McClune, Thom, Bishop, Johnston (Flood 79), Ferry, White, Weir (Davidson 75), McAnespie.
Subs (not used): Cunningham, Crawford (GK).

Scorers: Ferry 7, Flood 87

Referee: Kevin Graham

Crowd: 448