There was heartbreak for Arbroath as their 2-0 defeat at Airdrieonians condemned them to relegation from Scottish League One, writes Scott Binnie.
A draw for the Red Lichties would have been enough to secure the relegation play-off place as East Fife were thrashed 4-1 by Ayr United but it wasn’t to be for Paul Sheerin’s side, as Caolan McAleer netted a curling effort right on the stroke of half time before Liam Coogans fired home in the 89th minute from a corner.
Arbroath fans will have four Angus derbies with Montrose to look forward to next year, but that’s scant consolation for supporters of the relegated outfit.
At the other end of League One, Forfar Athletic’s slim chances of making the Championship playoffs got off to the ideal start when Gavin Swankie found the bottom corner after five minutes of the Loons’ visit to Stranraer.
But it was Stranraer who would ultimately take the victory, Sean Winter equalising after 41 minutes before Scott Rumsby and Frank McKeown furthered the hosts’ lead, with Andrew Stirling assisting all three goals in a stellar performance.
Dick Campbell’s side needed Ayr United and Stenhousemuir to lose their games while recording a win of their own but both of those teams picked up victories, leaving Forfar in seventh place at the close of the season.
Stenhousemuir’s win came at Brechin City in a game that saw two red cards and three penalties as the hosts were beaten 3-1.
John Gemmell put Stenny ahead from the spot after Garry Kenneth handled in the box before Alan Trouten levelled with a penalty of his own, with Chris Smith receiving a red card for his part in the decision.
Kenneth was then sent off eight minutes later for a foul on Ben Greenhalgh, with Gemmell only too happy to convert the spot kick past Graeme Smith for 2-1 before Greenhalgh added the third.
In League Two new Montrose manager George Shields celebrated his first game as permanent boss with the side’s first away win since January at East Stirlingshire that saw them leapfrog their opponents into sixth place.
Garry Wood and Paul Watson gave the visitors a 2-0 lead before Michael Bolochoweckyj pulled one back.