West End inch closer to the top

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Four goals in the opening 25 minutes were enough to move Forfar West End to within two points of the top of the league in a 4-0 victory over East Craigie at Strathmore Park, writes Lee Smith.

They made an excellent start to the game, with Darren Scott nodding home from a Matthew Ramsay cross within 90 seconds of kick-off.

Scott almost set up Ramsay for a second in the third minute but he fired over from close range.

West End made it two after only eight minutes when on loan defender Steven Narey passed to Scott, whose low cross was collected by Gary Irons and he sent the ball the opposite way of the keeper and into the bottom corner.

Irons went close again minutes later but he put his effort over when it was easier to keep it low.

The advantage was increased in the 19th minute when an East Craigie corner was fumbled on the line by debutant loanee Darryl Burns, although he gathered before the away side could capitalise.

From this, he sent out a long kick out that reached Ramsay and he set up Irons to slot home for his second and West End’s third.

They made it four less than five minutes later when a cross from Ramsay landed at Liam Godfrey’s feet and, although his first shot was blocked, he made no mistake with his second effort.

East Craigie attempted to get back into the game before half time but their efforts went wide.

West End looked to increase their goal tally in the second half, with Godfrey and Graeme Hart heading wide whilst goalscorer Scott hit the bar.

Irons came close to grabbing a hat-trick on the hour mark but couldn’t keep his shot down and ended up blasting over.

Darren Scott had a long range effort saved well in the 71st minute while East Craigie started to get more forward in the last 15 minutes of the second half, although neither side could get a clear chance at goal in a stuffy second half.