Brechin City 3(0) Forfar Athletic 4(2)
Hay 57 Hilson 12
Trouten 75, 86 Bolochoweckyj 33
Forfar Athletic recorded only their second derby victory of the season against Brechin City despite almost throwing a three goal lead away on a still recovering Glebe Park pitch on Tuesday.
The Loons made just one change from Saturday’s win over East Fife, with Michael Bolochoweckyj coming back from a suspension in place of Stephen Tulloch in defence. The first ten minutes were quite even in terms of possession and chances, with Forfar’s only chances coming from the two Gavin’s, Swankie and Malin, both going nowhere near the goal.
DALE HILSON also had a shot go miles off target, but made up for it 60 seconds later when a free kick was knocked out towards him at the edge of the penalty area by Bolochoweckyj and he blasted the ball into the roof of the net to give Forfar the lead after 12 minutes.
Influential midfielder Martyn Fotheringham was unlucky to see his 30 yard effort tipped wide by Brechin keeper Michael Andrews in the 23rd minute while City’s on loan Ryan Ferguson saw his attempt deflected wide.
On the half hour mark Hilson came close again with another low shot from outside the box flying just past the post, and the pressure put on paid off three minutes later when a corner from Iain Campbell was met at the back by MICHAEL BOLOCHOWECKYJ to make it two-nil to the away side. Ray McKinnon must have thought a change was needed to get Brechin back into the game and took winger Derek Carcary off and put on a striker, in the shape of David McKenna.
Five minutes from half time City almost pulled one back after defender Paul McLean’s wayward shot was nodded towards goal by ex-Loon Andy Jackson but was unlucky to see it go over.
The Loons threatened twice again before half time with Iain Campbell’s free kick from a threatening position flash just off target and Fotheringham’s carbon copy of his earlier effort going wide this time.
The side in sky blue and navy started the second half in excellent fashion when Dale Hilson, who had been having one of his best games in a Forfar shirt won the ball in the Brechin half, beat half the home defence before cutting back to Gavin Malin, allowing him the simple task of slotting into an empty net from 12 yards for his 6th of the season and third in two games.
Three minutes later Ryan Ferguson rattled a free kick off the bar for Brechin and after a stramash in the area Iain Campbell cleared off the line. Alan Trouten was booked just after for attempting to punch the ball into the goal. The Loons then went up the park and almost grabbed a fourth if it wasn’t for keeper Michael Andrews, showing excellent reactions to push a Chris Templeman header onto the bar before it was cleared.
The home side regained some hope in the 57th minute after a corner into the penalty area ended with the ball at the feet of GRAHAM HAY and he sidestepped a defender before blasting past Darren Hill. Just after the hour mark they almost reduced the deficit to one goal, with Hill doing well to block a Ryan Stewart attempt.
Dale Hilson had yet another chance in the 64th minute, the ball played to him and he only had the keeper to beat but his last touch was too much and the keeper palmed away and eventually gathered the ball, with Gavin Swankie dragging a shot wide less than a minute afterwards. Dick Campbell made his first substitutions of the game with Omar Kader and Jordon Brown replacing Hilson and Martyn Fotheringham.
The Loons support were adamant they should have been given a penalty with twenty minutes to go when Gavin Swankie looked to have been hauled down in the box, although referee Des Roache wasn’t interested in any appeals.
In the 75th minute slack defending by Forfar let in ALAN TROUTEN who fired home to make it 3-2, Forfar supporters must have been biting their nails, having seen the team concede 16 goals in the last ten minutes of games this season. Six minutes later Chris Templeman dragged his shot across goal when it was much easier to cut back for Swankie.
The away support were relieved in the 83rd minute when it looked like the Loons had put the game to bed at 4-2, with Jordon Brown and Danny Denholm combining to set up GAVIN SWANKIE who thumped the ball into the roof of the net from 18 yards.
But alas, Forfar like to give the fans a scare, as three minutes later another poor clearance came towards ALAN TROUTEN and he volleyed home from the edge of the box. They almost equalised in the last minute as well, Darren Hill having to come to the rescue.
The Loons move up to 4th place again, two points ahead of Arbroath, having played the same amount of games as them and now look to capitalise on Tuesday’s result with another result against higher opposition, visiting second placed Alloa Athletic on Saturday. This season hasn’t been kind to Forfar in terms of playing Alloa though, with defeats in all three games so far.
Forfar are however the in form team outside of champions Queen of the South, with 16 points from the last 21 available.
Man of the Match: Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic)
I have added my own ratings to the teamlines underneath, although this is just to see how it looks, or how others feel about it, not sure if I should do it in future reports.
Brechin City: Andrews 7, Pursehouse 6, McLean 6, Hay 7, McLauchlan 5, Fusco 5, Trouten 8, Ferguson 7, Jackson 6, Carcary 5 (McKenna 33, 6), R Stewart 6 (J Stewart 87).
Subs not used: Cameron, Murdoch, Nelson (gk).
Forfar Athletic: Hill 6, McCulloch 6, I Campbell 7, Bolochoweckyj 7, Faeroe 6 (Robertson 73, 6), Malin 8, Hilson 9 (Kader 68, 6), Fotheringham 7 (Brown 69, 6), Templeman 6, Swankie 7, Denholm 6.
Subs Not Used: King, Salmon (gk).
Bookings: Trouten (Brechin City)