Saturday, 11 August 2012 21:53
Queen of the South 2 Forfar Athletic 0
Forfar Athletic travelled the long journey to Palmerston Park to kick off their 2012 – 2013 league campaign, and unfortunately came back home with only a sun tan to show for their afternoon’s efforts. The Boss made a few changes to the starting line-up of last week, with Stephen Tulloch, Kevin Motion and Ross Campbell replacing Michael Dunlop, Omar Kader and Charlie King. Derek Soutar taking charge in goal.
The match began in a sweltering heat with the home side quickly attacking the Loons. Only 90 seconds had elapsed when Lyle’s cross from the left found Orsi and Mark McCulloch did well to deflect his header behind for a corner. The resulting cross was only cleared as far as Carmichael who powered a 25 yard effort goalwards, thankfully his shot was easily saved by Mr Soutar. Minutes later and it was Forfar’s turn to shoot from distance with Iain Campbell driving on target, however a deflection took the sting out of the shot. After 11 minutes Danny Denholm received the ball wide and cut inside racing towards Holt, as he tried to get past him he was brought down on the edge of the box. The defender was lucky only to receive a yellow card as Denholm would have been one-on-one with the keeper when past Holt. Gavin Swankie stepped up to take the free kick, and his fierce drive went inches over the bar. Soon after an in-swinging corner from Ross Campbell almost beat the keeper, but he managed to palm it over the woodwork.
The home side then began enjoying most of the possession, and the Forfar defence were being kept on their toes, and twice in quick succession Orsi and Clark’s efforts were blocked by last gasp deflections. Lyle was next to test the Forfar defence with a low drive from 18 yards which Soutar gathered cleanly. It was no surprise when the home side eventually opened their account, Holt hit a long ball for LYLE to control, he cut across Dunlop, who had only just replaced Gibson, and hammered home a good finish from 12 yards out. A second goal almost arrived immediately after when Soutar was forced to rush out to clear the ball, he chested the ball clear outside the penalty box, but the ball ran loose to Clark who lifted it over a crowd of players before Dunlop headed the effort off the line and out for a corner. The home side continued to have the upper hand for the remainder of the first half, but the Forfar defence stayed reasonably tight, and as the whistle sounded, there was only one goal in it.
The second period saw Forfar raise their game as they chased the equaliser. As time ticked away the Loons were using both flanks in a bid to grab a goal, but were struggling to create any real clear cut chances, having to settle for half chances. The home side were still in the game though and Orsi reminded Forfar of that when he headed inches wide Just as Forfar were gaining momentum, the home side came very close to doubling their lead. Carmichael zoomed down the right before crossing over for Clark who turned and from close range hammered a shot on target which ricocheted off the upright. As the game entered the closing stages, Forfar’s last chance arrived thanks to good work by substitutes King and Kader, Templeman benefited from this and his low effort was deflected inches wide of the target.
The sucker punch arrived in the final minute of the match, when another long ball caught the Forfar defence out, REILLY collected the ball outside the penalty box before angling a shot past Soutar from 15 yards out.
Match report by Kevin Brown