Around the grounds

Forfar Athletic is the only Angus club to have made it through to the second round of this year’s Ramsdens Cup, writes Sarah McLean.

The Loons recorded a 2-1 win against East Fife on Saturday with all goals coming in the first half.

Omar Kader took the home side into the lead just before the half-hour mark followed soon after by a Stuart Malcolm header. Liam Buchanan pulled one back for the visitors with a penalty in the 40th minute but with no goals in the second half that was how the score remained.

Brechin suffered a 2-1 defeat to Peterhead. Goals came from David Cox, Jordan Brown and Ryan Strachan gifting Brechin an own goal just on the half time mark.

Arbroath had the most action-packed game of the day for the local clubs with a 4-4 draw against Stenhousemuir going into extra time then penalties.

The Lichties took the lead in 21 minutes courtesy of Robert Linn. The home side equalised four minutes later with a Sean Higgins strike but Arbroath took the lead again just over 10 minutes later thanks to David Banjo. But goals from John Gemmell and Erroll Douglas for Stenhousemuir and from Steven Milne for Arbroath meant it was still equal at the end of added time.

After penalties Stenhousemuir eventually booked themselves into the second round with the scoreline of 3-2.

Despite playing well in the first half Montrose were defeated 2-0 by Elgin City after a poor second half performance. Craig Gunn took the lead for Elgin just before the hour mark and the deal was sealed by Shane Sutherland with six minutes to go.

The draw for the second round will take place on Wednesday, July 31 (today) at 3 p.m. Keep an eye on our websites for details.

This coming Saturday will be the first round of the Scottish League Cup with Forfar set for a big day when they host Rangers at Station Park.

There will be derby action nearer the coast when Montrose travel to Gayfield to face Arbroath for their first derby encounter in three years.

Meanwhile Brechin have a long journey ahead of them as they travel to Stranraer.