Forfar Athletic 3 Brechin City 1 (SPFL League One) 27th September 2014

Forfar Athletic                  3

Danny Denholm 12, Dale Hilson 34, 80 pen

Brechin City                        1

Colin Hamilton 44

Forfar Athletic moved to the top of League One on Saturday, their 3-1 victory over derby rivals Brechin City keeping intact their 100% home record this season.

It was an unchanged side for the third week in a row, and the Loons looked to make up for throwing a lead away last week, taking the game to Brechin from the off, Gavin Swankie having a shot pushed into the post by Graeme Smith after five minutes.

Darren Dods nodded wide from Stephen Husband’s corner before Forfar took the lead twelve minutes into the game, Omar Kader capitalising on poor defending to send a ball across the face of goal for Danny Denholm to bundle home at the back post.

City almost equalised eight minutes later, Gary Fusco having a shot from the edge of the penalty area cleared off the line by Mark Baxter.

Swankie blasted over before at the other end, Alan Trouten lashed past Douglas’ near post from close range.

Smith fumbled a Husband shot after excellent work by Kader again before he grabbed a second assist in the 34th minute, the wide man and Swankie exchanging passes, Kader reached the byline with the ball before cutting it back for Dale Hilson to stab home at the near post.

Brechin notched a goal back on the stroke of half time, Trouten setting up Colin Hamilton who fired home from the edge of the box.

HALF TIME: Forfar Athletic 2 Brechin City 1

Brechin started off the better side in the second half, Paul McLean having a header come back off the post before Hamilton fired miles over.

Denholm sent a long range effort wide of the mark in one of Forfar’s rare chances in the first part of the second half.

Former Loon Andy Jackson headed wide on the hour mark before Trouten’s shot from a tight angle was blocked by the foot of Douglas.

Shots then became few and far between until the 80th minute when Forfar were awarded a penalty after Darren McCormack tripped Dale Hilson as he prepared to shoot. The striker then stepped up to fire the spot kick past Smith for his second of the game.

Swankie had a chance from the edge of the box two minutes later as Forfar looked to add to their tally.

In the final action of the match, Hilson’s long range shot flew past Smith’s post.

The result moves Forfar up to the top of the table, one point ahead of favourites Dunfermline and Ayr United. The loons are also now only one of six clubs in the top four leagues in Scotland in England with a 100% home record for this season, fellow League One side Morton and English Premier League side Chelsea amongst the other five.

Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Omar Kader

Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas 6, Mark Baxter 6 (James Dale 46, 6), Jim Paterson 6, Stuart Malcolm 6, Darren Dods 6, Stephen Husband 7, Omar Kader 7, Derek Young 6 (Gavin Malin 81, 2), Dale Hilson 7, Gavin Swankie 7, Danny Denholm 7 (Chris Templeman 85, 1)

Subs not used: Martyn Fotheringham, Liam Keiller, Paul McLellan, Ross Salmon (gk)

Brechin City: Graeme Smith, Jamie McCormack, Colin Hamilton, Paul McLean, Darren McCormack, Gary Fusco (Kyle McAusland 57), Alan Trouten, Craig Molloy (Robert Thomson 64), Andy Jackson, Jamie Masson, Bobby Barr.

Subs not used: Steven Jackson, Gerry McLauchlan, Ryan Ferguson, Patrick O’Neill, Ben Tough (gk)

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