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Stranraer 3 Forfar Athletic 0

Sunday, 17 December 2017 10:39

Forfar Athletic lost for the fifth time in a row on Saturday as they were defeated 3-0 at Stranraer while suffering more injuries to add to their crisis.
Marc McCallum saved an early penalty but he was unable to stop Ryan Wallace’s second half spot kick with Angus Beith adding a late double to add to the Loons’ woes with injuries to Mark Millar and Darren Whyte.
Jim Weir made two changes to his squad following last week’s defeat to Alloa Athletic as Lewis Milne and Mark Millar replaced Josh Peters and an ill Scott Lochhead.
The Loons started off well with a chance in the opening sixty seconds; Matthew Aitken and Lewis Milne combining for the latter to set up Mark Millar but his effort was held by Cameron Belford.
The hosts went closer seven minutes later when Kyle Turner saw his effort pushed round the post by Marc McCallum. The resulting corner was floated into the box and the referee awarded a penalty for a handball by Jamie Bain.
Jamie Hamill stepped up to take the spot kick but McCallum guessed correctly and saved the effort before denying Grant Anderson with the follow up.
Dylan Easton was denied by the Stranraer defence before Michael Travis headed over from a Millar cross in the ninth minute.
Ryan Wallace blasted over for the hosts in the 17th minute before Milne blasted over for Forfar at the other end shortly after.
The game turned into a midfield battle as it approached half time with the only chances falling to Easton but he failed to find the target either time with the defence blocking his efforts.
Milne fired into Belford’s arms at the start of the second half but it was at the other end there was controversy in the 51st minute. Anderson looked to have beaten McCallum to the ball before slotting home but referee Steven Reid disallowed the goal and awarded a free kick to Forfar.
Four minutes later he gave Stranraer another chance to take the lead when Ryan Wallace looked to have been fouled inside the box. The striker took it upon himself to take the penalty after Hamill’s earlier miss and sent the ball under McCallum to break the deadlock.
Just after the hour mark Aitken had his shot blocked while Wallace curled a free kick over at the other end.
A bright note on the defeat came in the 69th minute when 17 year old attacker Ben Starkey came on for his senior debut, replacing his U20 coach Kevin McNaughton.
There was no action of note until the 83rd minute when the hosts doubled their advantage; a Hamill free kick was flicked on by Wallace and Angus Beith slipped the ball under McCallum.
Forfar were forced to play with ten men when the game restarted after the goal with Darren Whyte limping off, Jim Weir having used all his substitutes.
Stranraer completed their victory in added time as Beith netted his second of the afternoon, firing home a Paul Woods cross.
The result, coupled with Queen’s Park’s draw, means that Forfar are equal with the Spiders ahead of the two sides clashing this weekend.

Match report by Lee Smith

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