Montrose picked up their first league points of the season with an emphatic victory over derby rivals Arbroath.
The result leaves the Lichties bottom of League Two with no points after two games.
Striker Gary Fraser was the man-of-the-moment for Montrose with two goals and an assist as Arbroath were put to the sword.
Gable Endies boss Paul Hegarty praised his men and said they appreciated just what an Angus derby means to the club’s fans.
He said: “We played really well in spells and could have scored more than three goals. My keeper and back four showed resilience and character and were outstanding.
“After decent displays in two cup ties I think we didn’t deserve to lose at Berwick last week and today we came out all guns blazing.
“My players know this derby means a lot to the people of Montrose. My senior players led by example and the young players followed suit.
“We know what is required and we must build from here. I still want to bring two or three players in to help bring the young lads through.
“If offered a 1-0 win today I would have grabbed it with both hands. I know how important it was to get off the mark. It will help the confidence and let us grow as players.”
Lichties boss Todd Lumsden is promising changes for the game against Queen’s Park this week.
He said: “I am really disappointed with the performance and the result and I am left wondering what has happened since pre-season when we were so bright.
“I think I will now give new players an opportunity. I stayed loyal to the players who started last week as we played for 60 minutes with 10 men. These players may not have that same chance next week.”
Montrose grabbed the lead in 21 minutes. Ross Campbell headed the ball down and Fraser smashed it high into the net from inside the box.
Arbroath replied and on 33 minutes a drive from Jamie Clark was tipped over by keeper Jordan Millar.
The Gable Endies stretched their lead on 40 minutes. Ross McCord headed the ball into the box and Fraser pounced to score. Montrose looked for more with Campbell meeting a Paul Watson cutback but he was denied by Fleming.
A minute from the break, a shot on the turn from David Gold was saved by Millar.
Montrose added a third in 57 minutes. McCord released Fraser on the left and his cross was slid home by Campbell.
The home side held out comfortably against everything Arbroath could muster and could have added to their tally on 75 minutes. Fraser rounded the onrushing Fleming but was forced wide and a defender got back to clear.