Premier season finishes with 5-2 win over rivals

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

Daryl McKenzie was thrilled to see his Forfar West End side see off long-time rivals Dundee North End to bring their season to a close.

Graeme Hart and Darren Scott both hit doubles while John Farquharson also got on the scoresheet as West End hammered the visitors 5-2.

When you look at the table, we’ve finished 10th and it’s justified.

Daryl McKenzie

The hosts were 4-0 up at half time after a display of clinical finishing, with Hart opening the scoring inside five minutes with a typically smart finish - his 30th of the campaign.

West End hardly had more than half a dozen efforts on goal in the first period, so the massive margin at the interval said everything about their predatory finishing.

Poor defending right after the restart allowed North End hopes of a comeback as they netted two goals in quick succession, but they slipped out of the game from there and Forfar deservedly added a fifth late on through Premier League top scorer Hart.

Daryl said: “North End have been our rivals for the last three years and we’ve been to and fro with them so often.

“We were up 4-0 at half time and deservedly so, because we were by far the better team.

“After half time we switched off and they scored two goals from throw-ins, pretty much out of nothing. As the more the game went on we looked the more likely to score again and Graeme got the fifth.

“I didn’t notice the wind that much in the first half, it was only in the second half when they put us under so much pressure.

“That we had the wind in the first place gave us the edge. I was glad to see out the three points.

“We’re usually a team that takes a bit of time to get into the game. We scored in the first minute on Wednesday night and we scored very early against North End. When we’re in the lead we’re a very good team. I think we keep the ball well and frustrate teams, we counter very well.”

The gaffer was chuffed that his top scorer Hart was able to grab his 30th and 31st goals of the campaign, saying that he’s a terrific asset to the club.

McKenzie continued: “Graeme didn’t take long to get the 30th. We’ve talked about it all week, we gave him some stick because he’s been on 27 for so long. He got two late on against Edinburgh to take him to 29 then he went and scored two for 31. That’s 25 in the league.

“He’s a great asset to have in the team. He’s hit the ground running and if he’s being honest, he could have genuinely had a lot more.

“We want him to get 30 again next year but we also want more players to get closer to him.”

Attention now turns to the new campaign and Daryl hopes to see his side build on their 10th-place Premier League finish.

He added: “We always felt we were too good to be in that fight but with the way the fixtures went we always had a bit of ground to make up. When you look at the table, we’ve finished 10th and it’s justified. We’ll handpick three or four key acquisitions in important areas to boost the quality, they won’t be squad players.

“We’re looking at quality in and around us. We’re not a million miles away from Dalkeith, Broughty and so on.”