Loons prepare for Scottish Cup replay

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The Loons and near neighbours Brechin City will lock horns at Station Park on Tuesday night with the carrot of not only a place in the last sixteen of the William Hill Scottish Cup at stake but with it a lucrative home derby fixture against Premier League St. Johnstone.

The two sides battled out a hard fought 1-1 draw at the Glebe a week past Saturday, with the visitors equalising in the 94th minute of the tie.

Since then Dick Campbell’s side have been well beaten as have many others at Ibrox, prior to securing a share of the spoils against second in the table Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park on Saturday past.

In the same period Ray McKinnon’s outfit have been inactive on the playing front, the wintry weather in North Angus on Thursday and Friday putting paid to their scheduled home league fixture with Airdrieonians.

Forfar’s at times heroic performance against the ‘Pars’ on Saturday which undoubtedly merited all three points may have come at a cost however with injuries suffered by Iain Campbell and Gavin Swankie on the day, both of whom may require late fitness checks.

The Station Park pool for tomorrow night is already depleted through suspension to Stuart Malcolm and Mark Baxter following their red cards in the first tie. In fact a few of the Under-19 squad who defeated their Dundee counterparts 7-1 on Sunday past could be on stand by.

The visitors Ewan Moyes will also be consigned to a stand seat on the night having been a recipient of a first half red card as well in the first confrontation between the sides.

Hopefully with exceptionally mild weather forecast for the area on Tuesday, a reasonable turnout can be counted on for what will be an important 90 or 120 minutes for both clubs.

The kick off is 7.45 p.m. with Forfar Athletic season ticket holders reminded that their tickets are not valid for Scottish Cup ties. Normal league admission prices of £12 for adults, £6 concessions apply.

The match will again be refereed by the experienced John McKendrick who was in charge for the first tie at Brechin.