Forfar West End produced their best performance of the season so far with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over high-flying Fife side Kennoway Star Hearts, writes John Cairney.
This result didn’t seem possible at the start of the day as the home side were missing several first team players - Gary Robertson, Mark Pirie, Neil Docherty, John Cairney, Graeme Hart, and Mark McDonald who pulled up in the warm-up - were all missing for the Strathmore men. McKenzie pulled in two trialists at the last minute to bolster the squad.
Forfar came out the blocks flying and nearly took an early lead when a scramble in the box nearly fell for Scott but the Kennoway back line kept him at bay. West End continued to press and Darren Scott was getting plenty room down the right hand side and his snap shot was well held by the home goalkeeper. West End finally took a deserved lead 22 minutes in when a Fullerton corner wasn’t cleared and Scott swivelled and slid the ball under the keeper.
West End should have added to their tally in the first period when Godfrey and Fullerton had shots cleared off the line and Scott had a good effort saved by the goalkeeper. As the half was closing the Fife side pushed but didn’t trouble Sloan in the home goal.
Half Time: Forfar West End JFC 1, Kennoway Star Hearts JFC 0
West End knew they had to kill this game off as a slender lead could easily be turned around. Kennoway needed to up their performance as they were below par following a decent run of results. On the hour mark Reynolds nearly doubled the home side’s lead when Godfrey’s flick on was met by the winger and he raced clear but the keeper was equal to the task.
Scott again was denied by some last-ditch defending. The long awaited second goal did arrive when a great passing move involving Reynolds, Godfrey and Scott was calmly dispatched by the oncoming Fullerton who rifled the ball home on the 75th minute mark.
West End then wrapped up the points six minutes later when a short pass back was pounced on by Scott and he slipped the ball past the onrushing keeper to slam the ball into the empty net. A young trialist came on for Ramsay in the closing stages.