Stirling Albion earned a deserved victory at Links Park to end Montrose’s unbeaten start and move four points clear at the top of Ladbrokes League 2.
It was an impressive response to last week’s 3-2 defeat to Clyde and means we have won all three away games this season, scoring 10 goals in the process.
A Callumn Morrison double and a Sean Dickson goal did the damage as we gained revenge for a 3-1 defeat to Stewart Petrie’s men in the IRN-BRU Cup.
It was an excellent all-round team performance, typified by the midfield industry of Willie Robertson and Andy Black, as we extended our unbeaten Links Park run to eight matches.
Binos boss Dave Mackay made one change to the team from last week, with Robertson replacing Kavanagh, while Dickson was introduced as a half-time substitute after Liam Caddis hobbled off.
Chris Templeman came close for Montrose before we took the lead in 13 minutes. A Caddis free-kick was only partially cleared and Morrison hammered the ball home with the aid of a deflection.
There wasn’t much between the teams in the first half and Iain Campbell was only inches too high with a 20-yard free kick for the Gable Endies while Robertson forced a good save from Allan Fleming after bursting into the box.
The decisive second goal arrived with a minute of the restart. Full-back Ewan McNeil sent over a perfect cross from the right and Dickson, on his first appearance after a month out injured, scored with a terrific back-post header.
We coped well as Montrose tried to hit back although there was a scare when a corner was scrambled clear then Robertson came close to a third goal when his low drive was saved after a brilliant turn in the box.
Montrose got one back in the 90th-minute when sub Ryan Ferguson netted from close range but we sealed a repeat of our 3-1 success here in March in stoppage time.
The hosts threw keeper Fleming up for a corner but the ball was cleared and Morrison raced up the park to roll it into the empty net for his seventh goal of the season.
Montrose: Fleming, Ballantyne, Steeves, Allan, Dillon, I Campbell, Redman, Watson (Fotheringham 46) Hay, Templeman (Ferguson 73), Webster (McLaren 55).
Subs (not used): Johnston, Callaghan, R Campbell, Millar (GK).
Goal: Ferguson 90
Stirling Albion: Binnie, McGeachie, Hamilton, McNeil, R Smith, Black, Morrison, Caddis (Dickson 46), MacDonald (Kavanagh 67), D Smith (McLaughlin 79) Robertson.
Subs (not used): Noble, Davidson, McMullan, Foden (GK).
Goals: Morrison 13, 90+3, Dickson 46
Referee: Mat Northcroft