Loons claim massive win

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

Goals from Derek Young, Chris Templeman and Darren Dods sent Forfar Athletic on their way to a 3-2 derby win over Brechin City.

Paul McLean had given the hosts a third minute lead with a fantastic goal from more than 25 yards out.

But midfielder Young restored parity shortly after, before ex-City man Templeman completed the swift turnaround a minute later, putting Forfar 2-1 in front.

Dods made it three in the second half with a stunning header from Martyn Fotheringham’s corner before Andy Jackson’s late headed effort provided little more than consolation for Ray McKinnon’s side.

Templeman was pleased to help the visitors to a huge derby victory that sees the Loons keep pace at the top of League One, with the side level on 54 points with Greenock Morton and just one behind leaders Stanraer, who have 55.

Chris said: “It was a good win, we know how good a team they are and coming here to win is a great result. It’s always nice to win a derby, especially when it matters so much at the top of the league.

We’ve got none of the top four left to play but the teams at the bottom are fighting for their own things, so it’s going to be just as hard.

Chris Templeman

“We’ve got none of the top four left to play but the teams at the bottom are fighting for their own things, so it’s going to be just as hard. We’ve got to play Stenhousemuir and Ayr and they’re fighting not to be in the relegation play-offs.

“The title race is certainly very tight, I think it’s the tightest I’ve ever known it. I’ve no idea where it’s going but hopefully to us. But as they always say we just need to take each game as it comes. It’s a hard game for us again next week against Stirling.”

Dick Campbell made just one change to the starting 11 that saw off Stranraer 1-0 at Station Park a week previously, Fotheringham returning to the midfield in place of Stephen Husband.

McKinnon made three changes to his own starting line-up, McLean, Gary Fusco and Craig Molloy all earning starting berths.

City started the fixture in the ascendancy and took the lead after just a few minutes, McLean blasting past Rab Douglas after surging through the napping Loons midfield from his own half.

Templeman then forced Graeme Smith into a low save.

But it was level in the 13th minute when Young saw his deflected effort from inside the box come off Darren McCormack and sail over Smith.

And moments later it was two when Templeman sprang the offside trap in great style, leaving the City defenders protesting for offside as the towering striker collected Gavin Swankie’s pass and slid the ball past the goalkeeper.

McLean and Bobby Barr had chances for an equaliser after the break before Dods put the game beyond Brechin, Fotheringham firing in a delightful corner for the experienced defender to head home in fine style.

Skipper Gavin Swankie missed two great opportunities to extend the lead go before Jackson powered home a header from Calum Tapping’s late corner.

They next host Stirling Albion before travelling to face Stenhousemuir.

brechin city (4-2-1-3): Smith; McNeil, McCormack, McLauchlan, McLean; Fusco (Ferguson, 59); Storie (Tapping, 72), Molloy; Thomson, Barr (S Jackson, 90), A Jackson.

Subs not used: O’Neil, Durojaiye.

forfar athletic (4-4-2): Douglas; Baxter, Dods, Travis, Campbell; Denholm (Kader, 90), Young (Dale, 25), Fotheringham (Husband, 76), Swankie; Templeman, Hilson.

Subs not used: King, Dunlop, Malin, Hay.