Lucky 13 for West End as Roselea sunk in league opener

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Forfar West End cruised to victory in their East Region Premier League curtain-raiser at home to local rivals Montrose Roselea last night.

Goals from Darren Scott, Gary Robertson, Graeme Hart and Mark Pirie gave Daryl McKenzie’s side the perfect start to the campaign on a sunny night at Strathmore Park.

McKenzie lined the promoted outfit up in a 3-5-2 formation with Cammy Johnstone in goals behind a back three of Mark McDonald, Derek Paterson and Robertson. Craig Stephen and Ross McDonald were on the flanks with Matthew Ramsay, Gavin Tinley and John Farquharson in the middle. Up front were Hart and Scott.

Scott deservedly put Forfar ahead after 22 minutes having gone close to opening the scoring twice already.

Robertson made it two just six minutes later, sliding in at the back post to put a headed touch to Tinley’s brilliant cross from deep on the left flank.

Roselea were barely in the game until this point but they pulled one back shortly before half time, the first real occasion where West End’s defence looked less than solid.

Only the excellent reactions from Johnstone kept the score level at the interval as the goalie made a terrific block right on the stroke of the break.

Last season’s top scorer Hart got off the mark for this campaign shortly after the restart, smashing in a free kick from 20 yards in off the underside of the bar.

That goal put the game beyond Roselea and Forfar were able to control the game from there, with superior fitness allowing them to stroll to the final whistle.

Substitute Pirie added the fourth shortly after coming on and the hosts were unfortunate not to add to their tally further.