Brechin City 2
Paul McLean 5, Andy Jackson 84
Forfar Athletic 3
Derek Young 12, Chris Templeman 14, Darren Dods 64
Forfar Athletic kept their title hopes alive with a comfortable 3-2 victory over derby rivals Brechin City at Glebe Park.
Goals from Derek Young, Chris Templeman and Darren Dods were enough for the win, with Paul McLean and Andy Jackson scoring for City. The result keeps the side a point behind Stranraer and equal with Morton.
There was one change from the win over Stranraer a week before, fan favourite Martyn Fotheringham coming in for Stephen Husband to do what he does best and pull the strings in midfield.
Brechin took the lead in the fifth minute, Paul McLean blocking a Danny Denholm run and making his way towards goal before firing home from twenty five yards despite Rab Douglas getting a hand to it.
Forfar went close to a quickfire equaliser when Gavin Swankie fired low at Graeme Smith but they eventually netted in the twelfth minute, Denholm making amends for his error that led to Brechin’s goal, darting towards goal from the halfway line and setting up Derek Young, whose shot took a slight deflection and looped over Smith for Young’s first of the season.
Chris Templeman, a former City player, put Forfar in front two minutes later, latching onto a Gavin Swankie cross before having all the time in the world to slot home with a static home defence claiming for offside.
Templeman was having a great game and almost grabbed an assist of his own in the 28th minute, receiving a throw in from Baxter before juggling the ball with his back to goal several times, surrounded by defenders, laying the ball off for Denholm to send to the back post, where Gavin Swankie went for an overhead kick, which was blocked.
Hilson and then Templeman had shots saved as Forfar looked to kill the game before half time, although Brechin had a couple of chances on the stroke of half time, with Craig Molloy heading over before ex-Loon Andy Jackson had an effort blocked by the excellent Darren Dods.
After a slow start to the second half Templeman and Hilson put Swankie through on goal but his shot was blocked. In the 64th minute Templeman also saw a shot saved and from the resultant corner by Fotheringham Darren Dods powered a header home.
Templeman almost added a fourth a minute later after racing onto a poor passback but his effort was saved. Robert Thomson then nodded wide from Barr’s corner.
Swankie fired Denholm’s low cross inches over in the 74th minute before combining with Templeman yet again, with Smith doing well to deny the striker.
Brechin gave themselves hope of taking a point in the 84th minute when Jackson headed home a Callum Tapping corner.
City had the final chance of the game in the last minute with a free kick at the edge of the Forfar box and brought on Steven Jackson to take the set piece, he failed to threaten Rab Douglas though, firing low and nowhere near goal.
Brechin City: Graeme Smith, Ewan McNeil, Paul McLean, Darren McCormack, Gerry McLauchlan, Gary Fusco (Ryan Ferguson 59), Craig Storie (Callum Tapping 71), Craig Molloy, Andy Jackson, Robert Thomson, Bobby Barr (Steven Jackson 90)
Subs not used: Ollie Durojaiye, Patrick O’Neil (gk)
Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas, Mark Baxter, Iain Campbell, Michael Travis, Darren Dods, Derek Young (James Dale 25), Danny Denholm (Omar Kader 90), Martyn Fotheringham (Stephen Husband 76), Chris Templeman, Gavin Swankie, Dale Hilson
Subs not used: Michael Dunlop, Gavin Malin, Kerr Hay, Jason King (gk)