Vics edge Albion in local derby

Brechin Vics 3, Forfar Albion 2

BRECHIN Vics came from behind to clinch all three points in their home derby with Forfar Albion on Saturday.

Vics had a full squad available, with only broken leg victim Chris Eaton missing.

The home side took the game straight to Albion in the opening minutes but were unable to create a clear cut chance.

Vics took the lead in 19 minutes. McNaught raced clear into the box and, as he rounded the keeper, he was brought down and a penalty awarded.

McNaught saw his spot-kick saved by the keeper but the alert D. Ross was on hand to volley the rebound into the net from 18 yards.

Vics had their tails up at this point and almost extended their lead when Buggins did well down the right but his shot was well saved by the keeper.

The ever-dangerous Albion got on level terms a minute later and it was a bad goal to lose. A cross from the right found Reynolds unmarked in the six-yard box and he headed past the helpless Robbie.

The second half started with both sides playing attacking football. Albion took the lead in 55 minutes. Vics lost possession in the middle of the park and, when the ball was played over the defence, McIntosh was allowed to run through and slot passed the diving Robbie.

Vics replaced Buggins with McKellar and continued to look dangerous. Strachan had a run and shot saved by the keeper.

Gauld again had an effort from a corner, this time seeing his header cleared off the line.

Strachan produced a bit of skill when he set up McNaught, but this time his shot was caught between the keeper’s legs.

Vics eventually equalised on the hour with a well-worked goal. Cairney found Young who advanced into the Albion half, before releasing Strachan, who beat his man before crossing for McKellar to head the ball into the back of the net.

The home side deservedly took the lead with ten minuets to go, D. Ross scoring his second of the afternoon. A good Gauld cross into the box found Ross who powerfully headed the ball past the diving Albion keeper.

Albion came back into the match and Robbie produced a good save from a free-kick. Both sides continued to attack but the match came to an end with no further goals.

Team - Robbie, Gauld, Young, Cairney, Low, P. Ross, Buggins, McKenzie, McNaught, D. Ross and Strachan Subs- McKellar, S. Eaton, Valentine, Nicoll, Cooper, Matthews, Colquhoun and Stewart.