City take all three points in local derby

Alan Trouten slots the ball into the back of the net for Brechin's second of the afternoon.

Alan Trouten slots the ball into the back of the net for Brechin's second of the afternoon.

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Brechin city took all three points from the first Angus derby of the season - despite conceding two penalties at home to Forfar Athletic.

City took the lead in the 18th minute after an Andy Jackson shot hit a Forfar player and fell to Craig Molloy, who fired the ball into the back of the net.

Forfar almost equalised minutes later, when Gavin Swankie’s cross found the head of Paul McManus, but his header went over the crossbar.

Jackson had a chance to make it 2-0 in the later stages of the first half but the striker’s effort was pushed out by Hill for a corner.

Half-time: Brechin City, 1; Forfar, 0.

Forfar started the second half brightly and almost got an equaliser in the first few minutes of the restart. Swankie looked to have just Smith to beat, but Paul McLean was able to track back and clear the ball.

City doubled their lead in the 54th minute after some fantastic passing play. Jackson played in Barr, who Hill came out to close down, but Barr was able to play in Trouten who easily slotted the ball into the back of an empty net.

City almost netted a third just four minutes later, again with some fine passing play from Jackson to Trouten, but his effort hit the post.

Iain Campbell went close for Forfar in the 71st minute with a free kick from around 30 yards out, but Smith pulled off an impressive save to deny the visitors yet again.

Forfar were awarded a penalty in the 89th minute after Gerry McLauchlan was deemed to have fouled Chris Templeman. Campbell took the spot kick and buried it in the bottom left corner of the goal.

Moments later, Smith was deemed to have fouled Swankie and referee awarded a second penalty. Smith duly saved Campbell’s second spot kick, with the full-time whistle coming shortly after.