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Forfar Athletic 0 Arbroath 1

Monday, 12 December 2016 14:49


Forfar looked to reverse the defeat suffered by Arbroath at Gayfield earlier in the season but it wasn't to be and the Loons are still waiting for their first Angus Derby win for the season.

Arbroath looked threatening early doors when Josh Skelly played a clever free kick to Bobby Linn who fired the ball along the 6yard line. Skelly couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity but he cause some panic within the central Forfar defence.
Marc Scott had a speculative shot from 30yards out but it didn’t trouble Ricky Gomes. Forfar seemed to be reliant on the ball being launched by Grant Adam and almost paid off with David Cox collected the ball and cut it back for the onrushing Eoghan McCawl. However McCawl decided to chest the ball allowing Colin Hamilton to get the tackle in and snuff out the danger. Ryan McCord came closest to opening the scoring in the first half with a ball that broke nicely to him 12yards out and his powerful drive rattled the crossbar with Grant Adam beaten. Forfar’s last chance of the half again saw the ball kicked out from Grant Adam. This time it did beat the Arbroath defence for David Cox to have a header.
Cox didn’t quite get the connection he hoped for and it caused no problems for the Arbroath keeper.


During the second half Forfar Athletic certainly had the bulk of the possession and had wave after wave of attack although they lacked that cutting edge in the final third. A corner kick delivered by Lewis Milne was flicked on by David Cox for Gavin Swankie to volley right in front of the keeper but the ball flew over the crossbar. Another attack was built up by good play between Marc Scott and Jamie Bain with Gavin Swankie dinking a nice ball for David Cox to get his head on it but it was cleared off the line by David Gold. The only goal of the game came from a free kick just outside the penalty area beside the touchline. Delivered by Skelly the ball was driven into the danger area where Ryan McCord headed the ball firmly into the net past Grant Adam. Arbroath almost doubled their lead with a counter attack at speed with Omar Kader driving at the Forfar goal, cutting the ball back for Ryan McCord.  Grant Adam saved well and saved the rebound from Martin Scott. Forfar thought they had grabbed a share of the points right at the death when a curling shot from McCawl looked to have beaten Ricky Gomes but it came off his left hand post. The ball came out too quick for Allan Smith to control and went out for goal kick.


Match report by Brian Henderson


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