A MARTYN Fotheringham goal after 22 minutes was enough to ensure victory for Forfar over Angus neighbours Brechin City in Saturday’s derby at Station Park.
The win was the Loons’ fourth victory in succession and, although they didn’t perhaps perform to the high standards set in their three previous games, they were nevertheless well worth the three points at the end of the day.
The homesters started well and in the fifth minute, a Fotheringham drive from just outwith the 18-yard line went just over the bar.
City hit back and were denied claims for a penalty three minutes later when Michael Bolochoweckyj tackled Craig Molloy in the home penalty-box.
The hosts though began to assert their authority and Gavin Swankie curled a right-foot shot just past Michael Andrew’s left-hand post after eight minutes.
Seven minutes later, Chris Templeman wheeled round in the box and fired in a shot which was deflected for a corner.
The swirling wind was making things difficult for both sides but the Loons had the majority of pressure and possession and they made this count after 22 minutes when they grabbed the lead.
Swankie played a short pass to FOTHERINGHAM who forced his way through into the City box before firing home a superb left-foot drive which gave Andrews absolutely no chance.
City hit right back and claimed a goal just minutes later when a Scott Dalziel header was cleared off the line by Steven Tulloch but referee Frank McDermott waved away their protests.
The visitors started the second-half well and should have equalised nine minutes in when midfielder Alan Trouten forced his way through the Forfar defence and fired in a shot which was just inches past.
The hosts, though, began to reassert themselves and Swankie was unlucky after 66 minutes when Andrews did well to save his shot from a Kevin Motion cross.
With two minutes remaining, City thought they had levelled the match when former Loon Andy Jackson volleyed in a Johnny Brown cross. It looked a goal all the way, but ‘keeper Derek Soutar brought off a miraculous save to make sure the points stayed at Station Park.
Forfar manager Dick Campbell said: “I don’t think anyone would deny us our win today. Local derbies are all about winning so I’m delighted with the outcome.
“Our ‘keeper has had only one proper save to make in the entire game. What a save it was, it was outstanding.
“But we defended well and created a lot of chances although we did not take them.
“But I am very happy and don’t have any complaints.”