Arbroath’s two-goal lead sunk with the setting sun as the Maroons floundered in the first derby clash of 2015 to take only one point in a 2-2 draw.
Allan Moore’s boys went into the match today (Saturday) in a strong position with Montrose having a point to prove after losing 5-1 in their last meet.
On loan, Dylan Easton got his opportunity to show what he’s made of when he came on for Jordan Lowdon who took a knock in the 17th minute and had to leave the pitch.
The heavy pitch did nothing to help the speed of the game and the first half was a sedate affair until the 44th minute when Adam Hunter screamed in an Arbroath goal from outside the box.
Maroons continued to command the match, putting consistent pressure on the Montrose goal.
True to form, Simon Murray took a solo run up the centre of the park, evaded Montrose ‘keeper Stuart McKenzie to put Arbroath’s second goal in the back of the net.
The lead didn’t last, as the Lichties lost focus and a fumble in the home box resulted in an own goal conceded by Scott McBride.
Arbroath’s heads dropped and it wasn’t long before Montorse danger man Stephen Day put a close range shot into the centre of the goal.
Easton drew a penalty giving fans a glimmer of hope that they could regain the lead but McManus blew it as it sailed over the top bar.
A frustrated Allan Moore said after the match: “I’m really, really annoyed. We had great chances to put the game to bed and we just didn’t. The game should have been dead and buried.
“We shouldn’t be losing a two nil lead at home, it’s not acceptable.”
Moore also confirmed that Simon Murray has been scooped up by Dundee United but will be playing out the end of the season with Arbroath.