Derby despair for Brechin

Darren Taylor, Ray McKinnon and Grant Johnson.

Darren Taylor, Ray McKinnon and Grant Johnson.

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Brechin City welcomed local rivals Forfar Athletic to Glebe Park for their first match of 2014.

The visitors took an early lead, with just seven minutes on the clock when Martyn Fotheringham chipped Brechin ‘keeper Calum Antell.

Dale Hilson had a glorious opportunity to put Forfar further ahead in the 10th minute, when he found himself with an open goal to shoot at having skipped past an advancing Antell. However he somehow managed to hit the post, giving Brechin a very lucky escape.

Alan Trouten had an effort saved the 14th minute, but Rab Douglas was quick to make the save.

Forfar doubled their lead in the 17th minute after a Graham Hay clearance didn’t go to plan and fell to Chris Templeman, whose low hard shot found the bottom left corner of the goal.

A third goal came for the visitors in the 31st minute when Darren Dods bundled the ball in over the line after City failed to clear the danger.

The first half got even worse for City as their local rivals netted a fourth goal in the 35th minute, with Hilson easing past Steven Jackson to fire home.

Forfar had the chance to increase their lead when they were awarded a penalty in the second half, but Antell did well to save Iain Campbell’s spot kick.

City netted a consolation in the 75th minute when Alan Trouten cut the ball back to Bobby Barr who blasted the ball into the roof of the net.

Forfar further secured their victory in the 81st minute when Templeman slid home an Omar Kader cross to net his second goal, and Forfar’s fifth of the match.