Arbroath’s amazing start to the season continued when they crushed Angus rivals Montrose 5-1 at Links Park on Saturday.
This was Allan Moore’s men’s ninth win in 10 games and, remarkably, a third derby success of the campaign.
The miraculous Maroons continue to lead the SPFL League Two table by eight points as they take a break from the action to face Nairn County in the Scottish Cup at Gayfield tomorrow (Saturday).
Simon Murray opened the scoring before Dylan Carreiro bagged a second. There was a setback when Garry Wood netted a penalty for the Gable Endies, but a remarkable free kick from goalkeeper David Crawford made it 3-1.
Paul McManus netted a spot kick and struck a second to make it five, remarkably his sixth goal against Montrose this season.
Understandably Lichties’ boss Allan Moore was thrilled by his side’s victory.
A delighted Allan Moore said: “We could have been 5-0 up at half-time and I went mental at my strikers for not taking their chances.
“I knew that with the wind behind us in the second half we would have plenty more opportunities.
“We always come on strong in the second half of matches because of our good fitness.
“At 2-0 we were comfortable then let them back into it with a penalty.
“Crawford’s goal clinched it for us but we were never going to lose and were always on top.
“Montrose say the ball was moving, but if our ‘keeper had kicked it to one of their players and they had scored, they would have taken that.”
Simon Murray opened the scoring in the 17th minutes when he fired past Birstingl for his second goal against his former club.
On loan Canadian star Dylan Carreiro netted a second seven minutes after the interval when he made a powerful run at goal and struck home from 20 yards.
Kevin Nicoll gave away a penalty in the 57th minute with a foul in the box. Garry Wood converted the spot kick to give the home side hope.
But it was 3-1 in the 78th minute when Lichties’ ‘keeper David Crawford launched a high free kick into the Montrose box which took a bounce over Birstingl and ended up in the net.
Birstingl’s day got even worse when he pulled down Paul McManus in 84 minutes and was given a straight red card. McManus dusted himself down and fired home the spot kick past Wood, who had taken over in goal, to make it 4-1.
And the leading marksman took Moore’s men nap when he shot past Wood in injury time.
Without wishing to get carried away, Arbroath are one of the form teams in Scotland with only one small blot on their copybook - a defeat to East Fife.
Their lead over second placed Queen’s Park is eight points, while the goal difference is a healthy plus 17.
So far it is top marks!