It’s a cup derby

THE OPENER: New signing Omar Kader opens Forfar Athletic's competitive account for the 2012-2013 season by netting the first goal in the three-two Ramsdens Cup victory over Dunferlmine Athletic.'Picture by Chris Coutts, Forfar.

THE OPENER: New signing Omar Kader opens Forfar Athletic's competitive account for the 2012-2013 season by netting the first goal in the three-two Ramsdens Cup victory over Dunferlmine Athletic.'Picture by Chris Coutts, Forfar.

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FORFAR Athletic’s reward for a superb Ramsdens Cup victory over first division Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday is a derby clash with near-neighbours Arbroath in round two of the tourney.

The Loons would have preferred another home draw after their eye-catching three-two victory over the Pars, but a derby joust at Gayfield will be just the ticket for the fans.

Dick Campbell’s men have a decent enough record at Gayfield in recent years and another trip to the seaside will hold no fears, despite the fact that the Lichties banged in seven in a 12-goal thriller against third division Elgin City in their first round clash on Saturday.

The game will be played on Tuesday or Wednesday, August 14 or 15.

But before that game will be another mouth-watering cup fixture this coming Saturday, followed by an away-day to open the 2012-2013 league campaign on Saturday, August 11.

Visitors to Station Park in the opening round of the Scottish Communities Cup in three days time will be Partick Thistle, and, unlike Saturday past, no crowd segregation will be enforced.

Forfar will go into the Jags clash in confident mood after coming from behind to get the better of Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday (see report on page 39).

Having taken an early lead through latest signing Omar Kader, Forfar found themselves trailing by two goals to one at the interval.

But they came storming back in the second period, and secured victory courtesy of strikes by Danny Denholm and Gavin Swankie.

The performance against one of the favourites to win the Scottish first division this season delighted the Forfar management team.

“It was a really hard game against a good Dunfermline side,” commented assistant boss Ian Campbell.

“We started very well and got the lead, but Dunfermline came back at us and probably deserved to take the lead.

“But we kept our shape and played very well in the second half.

“We worked our socks off, our organisation was good and we have players who were able to cause Dunfermline bother.”

Manager Dick Campbell was delighted with the way his side responded to going behind after taking an early lead.

“The goals we scored were fabulous, and in young Danny Denholm we have something special.

“Any team that my brother and I are involved in play with natural width and it was from there we got our goals on Saturday.

“We are certainly enjoying a better start than we had last season and hopefully that will continue.”

By winning in early season cup competition the games come thick and fast and, following the home Scottish Communities League Cup tie with Partick Thistle on Saturday, Forfar will make the long journey south west the following Saturday, opening their league campaign at Queen of the South.

Thereafter, there will be that midweek trip to take on Arbroath in the Ramsdens Cup second round, before the opening league match at Station Park, when Stranraer are visitors, on Saturday, August 18.