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Montrose 1 Stirling 3

Montrose 1 Stirling 3

Albion made it four wins out of four to leapfrog Montrose and climb to fifth place in Ladbrokes League 2.

Darren Smith, Ross Kavanagh and substitute Connor McLaren got the goals and we played the last 16 minutes with 10 men after Liam Caddis was harshly sent off for a second yellow card.

Chris Smith was denied a fourth consecutive clean sheet when Kerr Hay found the corner from 20 yards just after McLaren had scored our third goal towards the end.

Binos boss Dave Mackay named an unchanged team in the wake of the 2-0 win at Cowdenbeath, with Ross McMillan, Jack McCue, Callumn Morrison, Willie Robertson, Andy Little and Calvin Colquhoun all ruled out.

The hosts, beaten by Annan last week, started brightly but we took the lead inside five minutes when Conor Quigley picked out Darren Smith with a perfect through ball and the former Motherwell man rounded keeper Allan Fleming to score.

In a keenly-contested game, Stewart Petrie’s men hit back and Chris Smith made a superb save from Hay just before the break before Darren Smith headed off the line from the corner that followed.

Montrose were unfortunate to be behind at the break but we were the better team in the second half and doubled our lead on the hour mark.

McLaren, just on as a sub, floated in a corner from the left and Kavanagh’s header found the net despite the efforts of a defender on the line.

Caddis saw red in 74 minutes although he appeared to win the ball in a tackle and we scored again with four minutes left when Darren Smith played in the unmarked McLaren to fire home.

Hay reduced the deficit almost immediately but we saw the game out comfortably to make it six matches without defeat going into next week’s home game with Annan.

Montrose: Fleming, Ballantyne, Steeves, Watson (Callaghan 60), MacDonald (McWalter 77), Bolochoweckyj, Smith (Webster 60), Masson, Fraser, Templeman, Hay.
Subs (not used): Allan, Thomas, Campbell, Millar (GK).

Goal: Hay 87

Stirling Albion: C Smith, Caddis, R McGeachie, R Smith, Quigley, Black, McMullan (McLaren 59) Dickson, D Smith, Henderson (Petrie 81), Kavanagh (Jeffries 68).
Subs (not used): Wright, Mills, Forsyth, Binnie (GK).

Goals: D Smith 5, Kavanagh 60, McLaren 86

Crowd: 401

Referee: Steven Kirkland