It looked to be a great match up between rivals Forfar Athletic and Montrose F.C and it was hard to tell who would come out on top.
The game started off well, with both teams pushing to grab an early goal. Montrose won a free kick, Zak Wilson swung the ball into the box and then Ryan Cameron headed the ball towards goal but it went narrowly wide. Forfar had their own chance soon after when Cameron Clark was played through into the Montrose box. Clark dribbled into the box but his shot was blocked well by the Montrose defence.
Forfar were starting to settle into the game, and began passing the ball about well. Kerr Hay was played through into the Montrose box in the 16th minute, Hay was about to take a shot at goal but it was blocked by Ross McLeary. Forfar came close with another chance when Callum McOnnell crossed a low ball into the centre of the box from the left side. Liam Keiller connected with the ball well and hit it towards goal but Dean Easton made a brilliant reaction save.
Forfar took the lead after winning a penalty in the 33rd minute. Kerr Hay stepped up to the spot, and placed the ball right into the bottom left corner making it 1-0.
Montrose did put their heads down though, and continued to push for an equaliser. Montrose made a quick passing move through the midfield, and then played Adam McWilliam through on goal but his shot went wide.
Montrose came close to getting a goal back in the 37th minute. Ryan Cameron managed to dribble past two Forfar players, but was then tackled. The ball spilled out to Ryan Winter who smacked the ball towards goal but it narrowly missed the post.
Montrose continued to attack but the first half whistle blew and Forfar were still 1-0 up. Forfar were playing well, creating some good chances from quick passing moves. Montrose were putting in a strong performance but were not creating enough opportunities to score.