Arbroath Vics 3,
East Craigie 2
Having been frozen out last week, Vics got their league campaign back on track with a home match against East Craigie on Saturday.
On a perfect afternoon for football, the visitors were first to create an opening, winning a corner which Andy McDonald whipped into the box where Ross McFarlane headed it down, but the ball ran through to Lee Hutcheson without any Craigie player able to get on the end of it.
At the other end, Garry Warren sent a free-kick into the East Craigie box after Abdourahman Njie was fouled, but Matty Johnston was penalised for high feet as the ball was headed clear.
In 15 minutes the visitors took the lead. Andy McDonald sent over a dangerous corner and this time Greg Anderson got on the end of it to nod it goalwards and DAVID SALISBURY applied the finishing touch from almost on the line.
East Craigie then had penalty appeals waved away when Kieran Small went down in the box following a solo run, but the referee was unimpressed.
There followed a quick trio of bookings with Mark Fotheringham and Brian Scrimgeour being yellow carded for a clash before Ross McFarlane also found his name noted for lunging into a tackle on Craig Sturrock.
Vics at last began to put a bit of pressure on the Craigie defence, winning a corner, which saw Garry Warren’s cross headed out to Steve Florence and when his attempt was blocked it came back out to Matty Johnston who fired a shot over the bar.
As half-time approached, Ross Kenny got in a shot, which looped high into the air and ‘keeper Shaun Logie looked none too clever as he spilled it inside his own six-yard area, but he recovered to grab it before anyone in a Vics jersey could take advantage.
Half-time: Arbroath Vics 0, East Craigie 1.
East Craigie made a change at the start of the second-half when Paul Constable came on for Salisbury who had picked up a knock.
Vics kicked off and almost scored within seconds when Logie made a hash of clearance from outside his own box and sent the ball straight to Warren whose first-time shot skipped just wide of the post. The home side were temporarily down to 10 men when Craig Stephen limped off, but that soon became permanent when Garry Warren was red-carded following a coming together of several players on the far side of the pitch in 55 minutes. Before play resumed, Kevin Durno came on for Craig Stephen.
Midway through the half, David Black was booked for a foul on Njie before Colin Lawson befell a similar fate for a trip on Ranald Bowie.
Vics made a double substitution in the 73rd minute when Andy Cowan and Ross Kenny made way for Chris Simpson and Grant Mowatt.
In 76 minutes, Vics got back on level terms. Florence made a great run down the left before crossing into the box where MOWATT cracked a drive beyond Logie at the second attempt. East Craigie made an immediate change on the restart, when Greg Birmingham was sent on for Scrimgeour.
Despite being down to 10 men, the impetus was now with Vics and in the 80th minute they took the lead when NJIE was sent away down the right and he kept his composure to drill an angled drive low into the far corner beyond the reach of Shaun Logie.
Lee Hutcheson then did well to beat away a stinging drive from Kieran Small as Craigie responded, with Mark Fotheringham calmly nodding the rebound back into the ‘keeper’s arms inside a crowded box.
Just when it looked as if Vics had done enough to claim the points, East Craigie grabbed an equaliser in the 88th minute. Kieran Small and Ross McFarlane worked the ball up the left to set up a shooting chance for Andrew Walls and although his shot was blocked, it rebounded into the path of CONSTABLE who fired a 19-yard drive into the corner of the net.
Vics refused to give in and grabbed a winner in the 90th minute. Craig Sturrock advanced down the left and whipped in a cross, which FOTHERINGHAM headed on to Njie, before taking the return and sending a 12 yard shot beyond Shaun Logie.
Arbroath Vics: Hutcheson, Stephen (Durno 55), Sturrock, Cowan (Simpson 73), Johnston, Florence, Lawson, Fotheringham, Njie, Kenny (Mowatt 73), Warren. Unused subdtitute: Jake McWalter.
East Craigie: Logie, Welsh, Small, Black, Anderson, Scringeour (Birmingham 77) , Walls, McFarlane, McDonald, Salisbury (Constable 46), Bowie. Unused substitutes: Potter, Gray and Davidson.
Referee: Mr. M. Ritchie (Arbroath).
Vics are again at home tomorrow (Saturday) when they play host to Thornton Hibs in the league. Kick-off is at 1.45 p.m.
Winners for the past two weeks were: £70 – No. 67, Stuart Smith; £30 – No. 19, Steve Florence; £15 – No. 132, Kevin Durno; £15 – No. 63, June Booth; £10 – No. 128, Hugh McQuade; £10 – No. 3, Howard Cargill; £5 – No. 12, Matty Johnston; £5 – No. 121, Andy Cowan.
P W D L F A Pts
Dundee NE 13 9 3 1 50 14 30
Luncarty 13 9 1 3 46 19 28
Lochore Wel 14 7 3 4 31 28 24
Forfar WE 13 7 2 4 36 26 23
Kennoway SH 12 7 1 4 48 24 22
Newburgh 11 6 4 1 38 19 22
Blairgowrie 13 7 1 5 39 24 22
Downfield 12 6 4 2 29 20 22
Arbr Vics 13 6 3 4 32 29 21
Thorn Hibs 14 6 1 7 44 32 19
East Craigie 14 6 1 7 33 27 19
Scone Thistle 14 4 2 8 28 43 14
Forfar Albion 14 4 0 10 21 65 12
Lochee Harp 12 3 2 7 20 30 11
Brechin Vics 13 2 2 9 12 30 8
Coupar Angus 13 0 0 13 9 86 0