Montrose 0 East Stirlingshire 1Montrose suffered a blow in their fight against the drop, losing to relegation rivals East Stirlingshire on a wintry Angus day.
The visitors scored the only goal of the game just before the hour mark. Montrose centre back Adam Harwood gave the ball away to Shire's Ross Gilmour inside his own half. The visiting substitute carried the ball to the edge of the box before squaring it to DAVID GREENHILL, the striker firing a low shot past Stuart McKenzie in the Montrose goal.
Although the balance of possession was fairly even throughout the match, Shire created more chances, and could have been ahead in the third minute when one of their two trialists shot wide.
Montrose centre back Marvin Andrews, making his home debut, could have opened the scoring in the fifth minute, but headed wide from a Ross McCord corner.
Greenhill tried his luck from long range in the 18th minute, but McKenzie held the shot. The keeper also held David McKenna's shot on the turn nine minutes later.
Shire should have opened the scoring in the 36th minute when Harwood missed his sliding challenge and let Greenhill in on goal, but his shot from the edge of the box flew across goal and out to safety.
The first half ended with Ross McCord bursting through the Shire defence, but the midfielder could only blast his shot high and wide.
Shire started the second half on the offensive, Graeme McGregor having a shot blocked and Connor Greene firing over.
Paul Harkins also tried his luck from long range, but his free kick from 35 yards out curled wide of the target.
Having gone behind to Greenhill's goal, Montrose almost found an immediate equaliser, Harkins showing some neat footwork on the edge of the box before having his shot blocked. Terry Masson was first to the loose ball, but he cannoned his shot over the crossbar.
McKenzie was called into action again in the 69th minute, doing well to hold Greene's header.
Chasing an equaliser, Montrose came close in the 74th minute, Andrews volleying over from Harkins' corner.
Shire could have put the result beyond doubt in the 81st minute when Ross Gilmour sent a low ball across goal, but Greenhill couldn't apply the finish.
Deep into injury time, Greenhill freed one of the Shire trialists in the box, but he slipped his shot wide of the post.