WATCH: Woodwork shakes at DISC as East Region Cup hots up

The woodwork is still shaking at DISC after a night of oh-so-close things as the East Region Cup group stage took shape.

Matchday two kicked off with a hard-fought meeting of the SFL-Dundee top two before Dundee Stars edged towards the semi-finals and then Brandon Hawes used the goal-frame to his advantage to set his Celtic side up for victory.

Montrose knew a draw would see them through after winning their opening fixture but they were edged out by league champions Dundee West.

Montrose’s Mark Middleton eyes up Robert Black’s goal.

A goal in each half was enough to put West level with Montrose in Group B in a contest with goalkeepers Billy Hoon and Rob Black in top form, though both had to thank the woodwork at times.

West made much of the play in the first half and deservedly took the lead through Declan Gallagher’s fine strike after 13 minutes.

Keeper Black, however, was at full stretch to deny Montrose’s John McIntosh from grabbing an equaliser before the break.

Chances would come and go at both ends before Mikey Craig sealed the three points as West broke away on 31 minutes.

Dundee Stars and Dundee City (white) battle for possession.

Stars made it two wins from two in another tight contest, seeing off Dundee City 2-1.

Lewis Thomson and then Adam Shaffi’s finish on the rebound had them in control.

City, though, weren’t giving up without a fight as they cracked the woodwork on more than a couple of occasions in their bid for a way past Michael Smith.

Eventually, Steven McLauchlan found the net but with just two seconds left to play it was too late.

The result leaves Stars on the verge of the last four with a point next week against Dryburgh enough. City, meanwhile, need to beat Celtic and hope Stars topple Dryburgh to have any chance.

After two low-scoring contests, the final match of the night was anything but.

Brandon Hawes (No 3) opens the scoring with a thunderous strike for Dundee Celtic.

Celtic were in firm control at the break after Hawes cracked in the opener with a superb strike in off the post before an Alex Gibb double and a Finn Robson effort had them four up at half-time.

Dryburgh threatened a comeback in the second 20 with Matthew Ross and JJ Mutende getting two back only for Flynn Duffy’s goal two minutes later to regain control.

By the final buzzer, Gibb had his hat-trick and Hawes had smashed in another belter before Ross again and Peter Hine made it 7-4 by the end up with the woodwork also ringing on more than one occasion.