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Clyde 0 Forfar Athletic 1

Sunday, 25 September 2016 08:43


Loons Extend Lead

Forfar made their first visit to Broadwood Stadium since August 2009, to face Clyde in a league match for the first time his century, and at full time the Loons had maintained their steady start to the league campaign with a narrow single goal victory against the Bully Wee.

Forfar started on the front foot and in the first few minutes Milne fired a low shot past the post and Cox headed a Kennedy cross over the bar.  Clyde passed up a great chance to take the lead just before the quarter hour mark when Higgins headed over the bar from close range then Linton tried his luck with a low shot from outside the box which Adam saved at his right hand post.  Clyde then had the ball in the net after a close range finish by Higgins after Adam had parried another Linton shot, however the Clyde attacker was adjudged to have been offside.  Five minutes from halftime a well worked corner from Forfar saw Peters dummy a low delivery into the box for Swankie to side foot an excellent effort on goal which was deflected over the home crossbar.  From the resultant corner O’Brien rose highest to head home for the Loons.


Early in the second half Clyde’s Perry flicked a cross just past the far post with a deft header, then soon afterwards with McDonald on the ground in the Forfar box Adam had to look smart to save a low deflected effort.  Clyde were having the best of the possession in the second half, but a Forfar break saw Cox set up Scott to fire a low shot into the side netting from a tight angle on the right.  Just after the mid-point in the second half Clyde’s Johnston was challenged by Kennedy on the edge of the Forfar box on the right, and with both players committed to winning the challenge the ball was deflected off the home player and out for a goal kick with the home optimists claiming a penalty.  Clyde continued to have more of the ball, but they were always susceptible to a Forfar break away.  This was proved when Cox made his way down the right and had his cut back blocked and later on when Denholm’s cut back from the left went unconverted by Milne as he tried to work the ball into a position to shoot.  Right at the death a Clyde corner into the Forfar box caused a bit of a stramash, but three blocks and an excellent save by Adam made sure the Loons were not to be denied the three points.

Ironically, it was on the back of arguably Forfar’s poorest display this season from middle to front that they achieved their first clean sheet, and with it being away from home to one of the title favourites, the tenacity and collective effort on display impressively showed another way of getting the job done.


Match report by Cameron Davidson


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