West End up to fifth with Hart still firing

Forfar West End continued their sensational start to life in the Premier League as they ran out 3-1 winners over leaders Dundonald Bluebell.

The victory puts last week’s disappointing finish behind them in style as Daryl McKenzie’s side move into fifth in the table.

Graeme Hart opened the scoring with his 14th of the season, continuing an astonishing run of goalscoring form.

Matty Reynolds doubled the lead right on half time after great work from Matthew Ramsay and Scott Fullerton.

It was a tighter affair after half time and Dundonald were the first to score, Morrison netting after a long ball caught out the hosts’ defence.

But the West End lads pushed on, learning from the previous week’s mistake and killing the game off with a decisive third goal from sub Mark Pirie.

That makes it five wins out of six ahead of their very tough Scottish Cup tie at home to Super League leaders Kelty Hearts this weekend.

For the second week running Kirrie Thistle failed to collect three points, this time losing 3-1 to local rivals Blairgowrie at Westview Park. Blair had the early chances and continued to press in an attempt to claim an opener and would have claimed it if not for a superb save from Knox, the goalie pushing Kelly’s effort onto the bar.

The second half started as the first had finished with a frantic pace, which presented Kirrie a glorious chance when O’Brien mis-kicked on the edge of his box but neither McBride, Muckersie or Duffy could convert from the slip up. The opening goal came in the 61st minute when substitute Findlay crossed for the troublesome Neave to head in from six yards.

The visitors pushed on and killed the game off within a five minute spell in which Millar slotted into the side netting from close range, before Hood volleyed in a half cleared cross at the near post. Kirrie claimed a consolation when Ogg played Smith through again and his shot was deflected in off defender Millar.

They face Thorniewood United in the Cup while Forfar Albion visit Luncarty.