Forfar West End 0, Brechin Vics 1
BRECHIN Vics travelled to Forfar in their penultimate league cup section match, looking for a moral boosting victory.
West End started the brighter and Robbie was forced into a save in the fifth minute.
After this initial Forfar pressure Vics settled and began to dominate the game.
McNaught had a chance on when he was played in but he failed to get any power in his shot and it was easily saved by the keeper.
Vics were having most of the possession and almost took the leadin the 20th minute, when a D. Ross shot from 20 yards went narrowly over the crossbar.
Mihaylov was next to have an attempt but his header from eight yards was cleared of the line with the West End keeper beaten.
Longmuir was next to come close and this time the Forfar keeper tipped the free-kick from 30 yards over the bar.
The second half followed the same pattern, with Vics on the offensive.
Nicol made a great run down the left and, when his cross came in, McNaught just failed to make contact.
A goalmouth scramble on 50 minutes saw both Gauld and Buggins have efforts blocked on the Forfar goal-line and eventually cleared to safety.
Forfar came storming back, however, and Vics keeper Robbie had to look lively to save a close range effort.
Vics made a change in the 65th minute, with Young replacing Nicoll. Young made an immediate impact when he set up up McNaught but his shot from 20 yards was just too high.
Black was next to try his luck 15 minutes from time, but again his shot from 18 yards was just too high.
Vics made a further change, with Milne replacing Black.
With five minutes to go it was all Vics. First a Gourlay shot from 25 yards was parried by the keeper with McNaught just failing to connect with the rebound.
Soon after, Gourlay, Longmuir and Milne combined with the latter’s effort hitting the post, with the keeper well beaten.
Vics finally scored a deserved goal with virtually the last kick of the game.
S. Eaton picked out Mihaylov, who dribbled his way passed three players before slipping in Longmuir, who squared the ball for McNaught to bundle the ball over the line from five yards.
Team - Robbie, Gauld, Longmuir, Buggins, Low, Gourlay, Mihaylov, D. Ross, McNaught, Black and Nicol; subs- Young, Milne, S. Eaton, McKellar
This was a deserved victory for Vics and which will hopefully prove to be a moral boasting victory.
Vics are at home to Coupar Angus on Wednesday evening (tonight), with a 6.45 pm kick-off.