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East Fife 3 Forfar Athletic 0

Monday, 25 September 2017 08:37

Forfar Athletic slumped to another defeat as their poor start to the season continued with a 3-0 defeat away to East Fife.

Chris Duggan’s early opener was added to by a Mark Docherty double from the penalty spot while the Loons’ Michael Kennedy was sent off early in the second half for two bookings.

Interim managers Stuart Balmer and Barry Sellars made four changes from Gary Bollan’s last match in charge; Michael Travis amongst those dropped while Darren Whyte made his debut since signing on loan during the week.

The hosts took the lead just three minutes in; a ball over the top of the defence allowed former Loon Chris Duggan to race past Simon Mensing before rifling home past McCallum. Three minutes later Forfar were unlucky not to be level when David Cox rattled the crossbar before Patrick Cregg’s effort was blocked by a defender. Josh Peters was denied by Mark Hurst in the 10th minute after beating a defender with his follow up suffering the same fate at Cregg’s shot earlier. Mark Docherty saw his 25 yard effort tipped over by McCallum at the other end meanwhile Eddie Malone’s header was saved by Hurst. East Fife were awarded a penalty in the 20th minute when debutant Whyte fouled Aaron Dunsmore. Docherty stepped up and sent McCallum the wrong way to double their advantage. Five minutes later Keiran Miller saw his low effort hit the base of the post. Forfar looked to tighten things up at the back and made a switch with Michael Travis replacing Simon Mensing after 31 minutes. East Fife could have gone further ahead before the break with Duggan failing to find the target twice in quick succession.

The Loons were dealt a blow just three minutes into the second half; Michael Kennedy’s foul on Nathan Flanagan earning him a second yellow and an early bath. Despite this, they had chances to reduce the deficit before the hour mark as sub Jim Lister nodded wide before David Cox had an effort blocked after a smart turn inside the box. Referee David Lowe pointed to the spot again in the 61st minute when the ball bounce up quickly and hit the arm of the unsuspecting Cox. It was arguably a harsh decision but Docherty wasn’t caring as he stepped up to net his second of the afternoon. This was the killer blow for Forfar, who struggled to create a clear opportunity after this. The hosts came close again late on with Ross Mutch, Scott Linton and Nathan Flanagan all denied by the defence while the Loons’ Mark Millar sent a low effort past Hurst’s post in the dying stages of injury time.

Forfar will look to bounce back from this next week when they entertain Stranraer.

Match report by Lee Smith

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