Around the grounds

All four Angus clubs crashed out of the Scottish League Cup at the weekend as each side was defeated by opposition from higher leagues.

The pick of the games was Forfar Athletic’s visit to Raith Rovers that ended 4-2 to the hosts after extra time.

Danny Denholm put the Loons in front with a beauty before Ryan Conroy levelled.

Calum Elliot put Raith ahead with a second half penalty before Denholm equalised with a header 10 minutes later.

It stayed 2-2 till full time and remained that way till Elliot scored a stunning volley just before the interval.

Forfar were then denied a penalty when Omar Kader looked to have been clearly fouled by Christian Nade but it wasn’t given.

Minutes later Danny Denholm shot wide when he should have scored before Derek Young turned the ball past his own goalkeeper.

Brechin City were narrowly beaten by Dumbarton at Glebe Park, Andrew Graham forcing the ball home just before the hour mark following Scott Linton’s long throw into the area for the 1-0 win.

Robert Thomson and Alan Trouten had gone close for City in the first half.

Montrose got the best possible start at home to Championship side Falkirk when Garry Wood headed them into the lead after 24 minutes.

But Blair Alston levelled with a penalty just six minutes later before Alex Cooper fired home late in the first period to give the Bairns a 2-1 lead.

Scott Shepherd made it 3-1 right at the death following good work by Conor McGrandles.

Premiership new boys Hamilton looked on course to hammer Arbroath at home when they went ahead through Dougie Imrie after just three minutes, but it was the 69th minute before the Accies were able to add to their tally.

Kevin Buchan pulled one back for the Red Lichties late on but that was to prove scant consolation for Allan Moore’s side.

This weekend, Brechin visit title favourites Dunfermline and Forfar visit Stranraer in League One while in League Two, Montrose host East Stirling as Arbroath visit Berwick Rangers.