Montrose 1 Stirling Albion 3Montrose suffered a second consecutive home defeat to 10 men, Stirling Albion leapfrogging the Links Park side with a 3-1 win.
DARREN SMITH gave the visitors an early lead when he collected Conor Quigley's pass and took the ball round home goalkeeper Allan Fleming before poking the ball into the net.
ROSS KAVANAGH doubled their advantage on the hour mark, heading in from Connor McLaren's corner.
Albion were reduced to 10 men in the 74th minute when Liam Caddis was shown a second yellow card.
The visitors looked to have completed the scoring in the 86th minute when CONNOR McLAREN fired a low shot into the net from Darren Smith's square ball.
But KERR HAY scored a consolation goal for Montrose a minute later, shooting into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Montrose could have little complaint with the final score, the home side having failed to test the Stirling defence often enough, giving goalkeeper Chris Smith few saves to make.
One of their best chances came in the 10th minute when Chris Templeman beat Ross McGeachie with some neat footwork and sent a cross across goal, but Matty Smith headed over. Paul Watson also came close, heading wide from a Hay corner.
Watson tested Smith again in the 28th minute, but his low shot with his weaker right foot was held by the goalkeeper.
Andrew Steeves found Templeman with a long ball in the 30th minute, and the striker did well to flick the ball into the path of Smith, but the winger lashed his volley across goal and wide of the post.
Hay was denied by a great save in the 38th minute, Smith palming his powerful shot over the crossbar. Watson did well to connect with the corner that followed, his header cleared off the line.
At the other end, Sean Dickson almost scored a freak goal, Fleming hacking his corner off the line.