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Not one of the four Angus teams recorded a win on a disappointing opening day of SPFL league action on Saturday, writes Amanda Taylor.

Forfar Athletic were the only side not to lose as they shared six goals with Airdrieonians.

Gavin Malin was first to get in on the goal action, when he netted in the 17th minute. Airdrie hit back through Jim Lister in the 32nd minute, and took the lead in the 48th minute through William McLaren.

Despite a brace from Paul McManus, which came in the 53rd and 54th minutes, Airdie ensured they got a share of the spoils when Lewis Coults levelled the score.

Brechin City’s match away to Rangers didn’t get off to the best of starts when Chris Hegarty netted in the second minute. However, some fine goalkeeping from Graeme Smith kept the scoreline respectable, even with a Nicky Law goal coming in the 40th minute.

City reduced the deficit in the 65th minute with a sublime effort from defender Steve Jackson, who has put himself in contention for goal of the season with an overhead kick.

A penalty and subsequent red card for Paul McLean, saw Rangers increase their lead when Ian Black netted from the rebound. Dean Shiels netted a bonus for Rangers in the 85th minute as the league favourites took all three points.

Arbroath’s opening fixture at home to Ayr United ended in defeat as well. Michael Moffat scored twice in the 17th and 20th minutes to put Arbroath under pressure, and the visitors netted again in the 62nd minute through Alan Forrest to put the match out of Arbroath’s reach.

It was defeat for Montrose as well in the Scottish League Two, with Stirling Albion denying the 10 men of Montrose a home victory.

Montrose went behind in the seventh minute when Dale Fulton scored from the edge of the box. Montrose’s woes worsened in the 30th minute went Richard McIntosh was given his marching orders. Graham Webster equalised for Montrose eight minutes later but Mark Ferry restored the visitors lead in the 75th minute.

This weekend Brechin host East Fife, while Arbroath travel to take on regulated Dunfermline. Forfar travel to face Ayr United and Montrose are away to Annan.