Mixed start for West End

West End player-manager Daryl McKenzie.
West End player-manager Daryl McKenzie.

West End boss Daryl McKenzie was left disappointed after a poor result at Dundee North End undid all his side’s great work at home to Montrose Roselea earlier in the week.

Forfar opened their Premier League season with a romping 4-1 victory over Montrose on Wednesday evening after a performance that spoke of great promise for the coming campaign.

But the West End lads were beaten 5-3 by fellow new boys North End on Saturday and McKenzie was upset with the naive display from his players.

He said: “We were very happy with the result and the performance in the game against Montrose. They’re a decent team and they’re in this division for the second time, they’re a strong physical team and I thought we were well worthy of the 4-1 victory. We could have scored a few more. It was a team we’ve always struggled against and it showed we’ve made that progression over pre-season.

“Saturday was a very different story, it was a very poor performance from us. I still felt like we dominated the game but I felt like we were very naive and very inexperienced. We played into North End’s game plan. It’s very well known that they’re a good counter attacking team, they allow you to have the ball and they let you control the game. They look to let you commit bodies forward and hit you on the counter. We spoke about that at length before the game but unfortunately we got caught with that sucker punch time and again and we were 2-0 down after 25 minutes.

“The third goal was a calamity, the guy managed to score from his own half. Their striker cut out a pass from one of our defenders, took a shot from the halfway line and caught our goalkeeper off guard.

“We got back to 3-1 and we had a great 10 minute spell where we hit the post and the bar before half time so we could have gone in 3-3 at half time. We came out and dominated the play, we had some half-chances and again they’ve hit us with two counter attacks and gone 5-1 up. We again dominated after that but the game was dead by then, and we managed to get some respectability into the scoreline.”

Matthew Ramsay’s unstoppable strike and Graeme Hart’s double helped West End maintain some respectability against their Dundee rivals while on Wednesday night, Hart, Darren Scott, Gary Robertson and Mark Pirie found themselves on the scoresheet for McKenzie’s charges.

Elsewhere, Forfar have been drawn to face Brechin Victoria away in the preliminary round of the GA Cup with the winners taking in Carnoustie Panmure at Laing Park.

No date for this fixture has been released yet.

This Saturday West End host Dalkeith Thistle at Strathmore Park with a 2 p.m. kick-off.

Our other junior clubs enjoyed a mixed bag in their first competitive games, Forfar Albion losing out 4-2 to Kirrie Thistle in the opener before crashing out 7-2 to Brechin Vics on Saturday. Kirrie Thistle meanwhile followed that victory with a 3-3 draw at home to Kennoway Star Hearts.