The Fordoun pitch was dry and bumpy making it difficult for either team to play any decent football.
The home team had most success down the right hand side in the first period with Montrose Athletic using their pacey front men to create chances on the break. Thomson, McComiskie and A Stirling all had first half efforts but were unable to beat the Athletic goalkeeper.
At the other end I Welsh had to leave his line quickly on more than one occasion to snuff out the threat of the Athletic attackers.
Fordoun took the lead when good work from Hector and Thomson created a chance for McComiskie and Galaxy’s top scorer finished well. The remainder of the half was played out in a similar fashion but there was no further score before the break.
The second half was more lively and Athletic got back into the game quickly after the restart. Fordoun gave the ball away cheaply, Athletic broke quickly and worked the ball to their front man who laid off for a team mate to fire into the top corner from just outside the box.
Fordoun used all three subs as they went in search of a winner and it was the introduction of manager Mark Forbes which was to prove decisive. With 15 minutes to go R Welsh swung in a corner which saw veteran striker Forbes work himself some space before leaping to bulleting a header past the keeper.
Athletic would not lie down though and came at Fordoun again. Their equaliser came from a shot which was on target but bobbled in front of ‘keeper Welsh and nestled into the bottom corner.
Time was running out and it looked like Galaxy might see two precious points slip away but they dug deep and found a winner. Again it was McComiskie who put the home side ahead from inside the box.
The drama was not over as the Mo’ Athletic keeper who’d enjoyed a fine game was first booked for scything McComiskie on the touchline and then received a red card after a clash with Forbes which saw Fordoun awarded a penalty. A Stirling stepped up and scored from the spot only for the referee to order a retake which was missed.
However, it didn’t matter in the end as Fordoun held out to win the match by the odd goal in five.
Fordoun are away to Marykirk in the quarter finals of the Matrix Cup on Sunday.
Fordoun: I Welsh, Davies (Norrie), Cuthill, Tough, A Stirling, Murray (Deans), R Stirling, R Welsh, Hector, McComiskie, Thomson (Forbes). Sub: Pearson.