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Forfar Athletic returned to the top of Scottish League One with a 3-0 win over 10-man Stenhousemuir at Station Park, writes Scott Binnie.

Dale Hilson opened the scoring for the Loons, who had been removed from the league summit after Dunfermline defeated Ayr United 1-0 the night before, after just four minutes.

Ciaran Summers was booked after a foul on Omar Kader before Gavin Swankie hit a lovely strike just after the break.

Summers was dismissed after another foul on Kader before sub Martyn Fotheringham made sure of the three points with a cracking free kick from 20 yards.

The win ensures the Loons continue their 100 per cent record at home in all competitions and sit one point clear of the Pars in second and five clear of Morton in third.

Brechin City were dumped out of the playoff places after a surprise 4-0 loss to Airdrieonians.

The Diamonds were well on the way for their first home win of the campaign when Scott Fraser made it 1-0 with an early free kick before David Proctor made it two on 21 minutes.

James Lister and Keigan Parker were both on the scoresheet in the second half to lift Airdrieonians off of the bottom of the league.

It took 210 minutes to separate Arbroath and Montrose in the Scottish Cup after their replay went to extra time on Saturday.

Paul McManus opened for the Lichties early on but Paul Harkins levelled in first half injury time.

The game ended 1-1 and McManus grabbed two goals in the first period of extra time to seal his hat-trick and his side’s place in the third round at home to Nairn County.

In this weekend’s League One action, Forfar will be preparing for a huge clash away to Dunfermline on Saturday, with the league’s two high-flying sides on a collision course.

Brechin are due to face Stranraer at home, with Blues boss Steve Aitken just confirmed as manager of the month for September.

Meanwhile in League Two, Montrose make the long trek south to Berwick Rangers tonight (Wednesday) in league action before they visit Queen’s Park on Saturday.

Arbroath will be hosting East Stirling as they look to continue their excellent league run.