City made only one change from last week with Steven Ross in place of Daniel Moore. He slotted in to a midfield role allowing Brian Cameron to play a bit more forward than usual, just in behind Gunny and Dylan. Montrose won the toss and elected to kick towards the Cooper Park end. City were playing into a slight breeze in the first half. Dylan Easton was first to show for City with a mazy dribble, but his attempt on goal was wide. Twiggy was penalised for a foul on Templeman, but the City wall did their job on the edge of the box. Malagaray and Templeman then had efforts on the City goal saved by Mark Hurst.
After 24 mins City went ahead. They broke very quickly up the field and Connor’s final pass reached Gunny who slotted it past the Montrose keeper from 10 yards. Just after this a Steven Ross shot came back into play rebounding off the underside of the crossbar. Connor McLaren was next to have a go but his effort drifted wide of goal. Dylan Easton then came close for City but his effort was just too high. Archie MacPhee was next to try his luck with a direct free kick but, again, it scraped the top of the crossbar. Half-time came with City leading 1-0.
Early in 2nd half Dylan won a free kick just outside the Montrose penalty box. He took the kick himself, but his effort scraped the crossbar. (How many times have I said that in this report?) But 5 mins into the second half City had an escape when a long range shot from Ross Campbell hit Mark Hurst’s right hand post and rebounded to safety. Gunny came close again but his shot missed to the right. Then Archie MacPhee shot just past also. 20 mins into the half Terry Masson played Ross Campbell in and he made no mistake from 10 yards.
Marc McKenzie and Daniel Moore replaced Dylan Easton and Connor McLaren in an attempt by Jim Weir to force a win out of the game. Then Kyle Macleod replaced Gunny to vary the City attack, but none of City’s substitutions could alter the game and in the end we had dropped a further 2 points behind East Fife.