A late goal from supersub Martyn Fotheringham earned Forfar Athletic a Scottish Cup Fourth Round replay as they drew one-all with Brechin City.
With Aberdeen refusing permission for the Loons to field on loan midfielder Craig Storie, Odmar Faeroe was the man that Dick Campbell replaced him with, this being Faeroe’s first competitive game since April.
Brechin had the first chance of the game in the fifth minute as ex-Loon Andy Jackson saw his effort tipped over by Rab Douglas.
A minute later Forfar were down to ten men, a crunching tackle on Derek Carcary by Stuart Malcolm warranted a straight red from ref John McKendrick.
Alan Trouten caused the Forfar defence bother all day, and almost scored in the 14th minute, running through the away defence but his shot was blocked by Douglas whilst at the other end Darren Dods nodded wide from an Iain Campbell corner.
Iain Campbell was involved in another Loons effort just after 20 minutes, sending in a cross that Jamie McCluskey sent wide of the post.
In the 32nd minute McKendrick flashed another red card, this bizarrely being the sixth card he had shown in what wasn’t a heated game, Ewan Moyes hauling down Chris Templeman as he ran clear and as he was the last man he was shown a straight red. From this Iain Campbell sent his free kick inches over the bar.
Gavin Swankie sent Dale Hilson clear on the right just before half time, and his cross was inches away from Swankie reaching it as it was cleared out by a defender. From the corner Chris Templeman had a header cleared off the line by Johnny Brown.
HALF TIME: Brechin City 0, Forfar Athletic 0
Brechin made the better start to the second half and after Paul McLean headed wide, they took the lead in the 52nd minute, Derek Carcary weaved his way through the defence before cutting back for Trouten who slotted home.
He went close to grabbing a quick second two minutes later but his free kick was held well by Douglas.
Steven Jackson saved Brechin from conceding on the hour mark, keeper Graeme Smith’s poor clearance fell to Jamie McCluskey and his 30 yard effort was cleared off the line by Jackson.
Darren Dods headed wide and at the keeper in quick succession as Forfar looked for an equaliser.
Swankie came close on 70 minutes, a long ball was flicked on by Templeman but before Swankie could get a shot away Smith came out to block.
With 14 minutes left Brechin fans were unlucky not to be celebrating a second, a corner was met by Graham Hay and his header was brilliantly pushed onto the bar by Douglas whilst five minutes later sub Ryan Donnelly fired an effort across the face of goal.
Graeme Smith made an excellent double save in the 84th minute, a cross from Iain Campbell was met by the head of Gavin Swankie and Smith did well to make two saves as quickly as he did.
Not much happened in the final minutes until the ref awarded the away side a free kick 20 yards out to much protesting by Brechin players. Iain Campbell stepped over the free kick and sub Martyn Fotheringham hit a shot that took a deflection off a defender, sending the ball the opposite side of the keeper and into the back of the net.
After much celebrating by players and fans, the referee spotted an incident that occured involving Mark Baxter and he was shown a straight red for his actions.
Brechin City: Graeme Smith, Paul McLean, Johnny Brown, Graham Hay, Ewan Moyes, Darren Petrie, Alan Trouten, Craig Molloy (Allan Walker 59), Andy Jackson, Derek Carcary (Ryan Donnelly 75), Steven Jackson. Subs not used: Gerry McLauchlan, Greg Cameron, Steven Robb, Craig Nelson (gk).
Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas, Mark Baxter, Iain Campbell, Stuart Malcolm, Darren Dods, Gary Fusco, Jamie McCluskey (Gavin Malin 79), Odmar Faeroe, Chris Templeman (Martyn Fotheringham 79), Gavin Swankie, Dale Hilson (Ross Campbell 79). Subs not used: Marvin Andrews, Neil McCabe, Omar Kader, Darren Hill (gk).