Loons see off battling Mo in tough derby clash

Photo - Chris Coutts.
Photo - Chris Coutts.

New boy Kevin Nicoll hopes Forfar Athletic can carry their second half display against Montrose to Queen’s Park this Saturday.

Nicoll was the star man as the Loons edged past their Angus rivals into the second round of the Petrofac Training Cup thanks to an Iain Campbell free kick in the 79th minute.

The goal was the least Forfar deserved for their second half performance but they were fortunate to go in at half-time goalless as the visitors dominated the opening 45 minutes.

Nicoll said: “First half we couldn’t keep the ball or penetrate them. We came in at half time and we knew we had to do better. After the break we all pushed higher up the park.

“The midfield got up and supported, and Templeman coming on was a big help for us, he was holding the ball up.

“We want to build on that for next week. I think we were coming forward and finding much more space.

“We looked a lot more of a threat and hopefully we can carry that to next week. It’s early doors and hopefully we can take it forward. After the slow start we knew we had to do better so I was getting all about the place.”

The midfield destroyer was making his competitive debut for Forfar after a summer switch from Arbroath and Kevin said he’s loving his Station Park career so far.

The former Lichties man continued: “I’m really enjoying it here. I like the way we play football here.

“It’s probably one of the best clubs I’ve been at in terms of looking after you. They’ve always looked after their players.”