Around the grounds

THERE were only two clubs in Angus to see action over the weekend and it didn’t go particularly well for either of them, writes Sarah McLean.

Arbroath met Queen of the South in the semi-final of the Ramsdens Cup with hopes of going through. It was not to be for Paul Sheerin’s side, however, and they lost 2-1 after extra-time.

The final of the Ramsdens Cup will be played on April 7, 2013, between Partick Thistle, who defeated Cowdenbeath, and the Doonhamers.

Montrose had a shocker of an away day to Elgin City on Saturday when they lost out 6-1 to Elgin City. Despite a penalty from David Gray, goals from Stuart Leslie, Daniel Moore, Mark Nicolson and Ceiran McLean put paid to any hopes for the visitors.

There was some good news for Montrose, however, with the signing of striker Scott Morton, who was released before the end of the last transfer window by Airdrie United.

Meanwhile, Brechin City have appointed Ray McKinnon as their new manager following the departure of Jim Weir.

McKinnon’s first game in charge will be this Saturday when Brechin City welcome Stranraer to Glebe Park.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Arbroath will travel to Albion Rovers, Montrose head to Stirling Albion and Forfar Athletic are also away to East Fife.

On the international front, Scotland did not fare well on Friday evening when they lost 2-1 to Wales. With supporters baying for Craig Levein’s blood it was all to play for against Belgium on Tuesday night as the Brechiner went to press.