LAST Saturday saw the new era begin at Strathmore Park, as Daryl McKenzie’s new look Forfar West End side took to the park for the first time.
Facing Super League outfit Carnoustie Panmure JFC, this was always going to be a tough test for the side, but all the hard work in pre-season paid off with a 4-2 win.
A good sized crowd packed inside Strathmore Park as the game got off to a frantic pace with both sides on the front foot but it was West End who were putting the Carnoustie backline under pressure.
That pressure paid off in the 10th minute when Scott found space out on the right and fizzed in great cross were the onrushing COX bundled the ball home with his chest to make it 1-0.
A great start to the match, and it nearly got better five minutes later when some neat play down the left from Black found McKenzie with a cross but his header went agonisingly over the bar.
Carnoustie seemed shell shocked and started to amount some attacks of their own, with Cairney bringing one of the attacks to a close with a lunge on Dailly and received the first caution of the season. But it was West End who would strike again, in the 28th minute a neat interchange between Scott to Cox stretched the home side’s advantage as COX doubled his tally with a tidy finish just inside the box making it 2-0.
Carnoustie then began to string some passes together and got themselves back into the tie, as in the 38th minute a cross was cleared by a Cairney header and then Cook looped the ball back into the box were DAILLY was all alone to smash the ball past the helpless Johnston, a hint of offside but the referee waved away any appeals to make it 2-1.
So the visitors had pulled themselves right back in to the game, and on the stroke of half time they levelled the game up when Dailly found space out wide and delivered a ball into the box were the onrushing CLARK met with a bullet header to level the match up to 2-2.
West End came out the brighter of the two after half time displaying some slick passing and some decent efforts at goal by Cox and Scott was keeping the visitors busy.
Carnoustie tried to push forward and attack but with the West End backline standing firm and McDonald keeping the danger man Clark quiet, West End were in control of the possession.
West end then made two changes with Skelly and the lively McBride being replaced by Taylor and Ramsay. Then the breakthrough West End were looking for came in the 68th minute, a threaded pass from McKenzie found Cox whose trickery found himself in the box and with the onrushing keeper diving in with his feet and tripping Cox, the referee had no option but to point to the spot.
Up stepped SCOTT, captain for the day, who slotted the ball in off the post to send the home crowd into raptures with a score of 3-2.
Cox should have then completed his hat trick when the ball broke kindly to him in the box, he somehow blazed the ball over. As the game was entering the final stages Carnoustie were pushing more men forward and were then hit with a sukerpunch from West End, as Ramsay hooked a ball over the defence SCOTT raced clear from the half way line and coolly slotted the ball home to all but assure the home side of three points at 4-2.
Carnoustie rallied late on but is was in vain, as the referee brought the game to a close with West End claiming all three points in a well deserved victory.