Match Reports - It's a Winter's Tale for the Victorious Sons

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It's a Winter's Tale for the Victorious Sons

Sunday, 25 September 2011 08:46


Forfar Athletic 0 Dumbarton 2

Forfar's recent great run came to an end on Saturday when Dumbarton left Station Park with a 2-0 victory under their belts. Following three wins on the trot, the Loons were flying high, and a home match against the basement club was a fine opportunity for Forfar to continue climbing the league table by bagging a home win.

The home side fielded the same starting eleven as began the match at Stirling, and all started well with Martyn Fotheringham testing Grindlay from 20 yards out. But as the first half progressed it was the Sons that were pressing for the opening goal. Kevin Nicol won a free header after 9 minutes only to see his effort sail over the woodwork. And after 16 minutes Dumbarton came even closer to breaking the deadlock, a goalmouth scramble saw the ball cleared off the line before another effort struck the bar and eventually the ball was fired home by Prunty, however he was offside and the effort was ruled out.

Forfar's response was quick, and thanks to a one-two between Stevie Crawford and David Mowat, Chris Templeman was put in space, he tried hard to maneuver a shot on target, however the stubborn visiting defence kept it solid and the danger was cleared. Minutues later and the Loons came close to opening the scoring after Adam McHugh fed the ball to Joe Shaughnessy, who in turn pinged a great pass to Crawford down the right flank, the ex Scotland star took the ball into the penalty box, before firing narrowly past the target.

The deadlock was broken after 32 minutes and the goal went to the visitors. A deep free kick from Scott Agnew found DAVID WINTERS who fired a low drive past McHugh. For the remainder of the half, Dumbarton had the upper hand, and few could complain they were ahead at the interval.

Soon after the restart the Sons came mighty close to increasing their lead when Gilhaney found himself in plenty space on the right before firing low on target only to see McHugh palm the ball onto his right hand post and the danger was soon cleared.  Dumbarton didn't have to wait much longer though before doubling their lead when Gilhaney was again on the attack down the right wing before setting up PRUNTY to score from close range.

With Forfar struggling to break down the resolute Dumbarton side changes were required, and Jordon Brown made his debut when replacing Craig Wilson, and Ross Campbell took over from Greg Ross. Forfar's chances of getting back into the game were increased when the visitor's were reduced to ten men after Winters saw red by raising his hands to Nicky Low.

Brown came close for Forfar with an 18 yard effort which sailed past the post after 81 minutes and the same player hit the woodwork with a header in the final minute.

But it was not to be, and having out passed and out tackled Forfar, Dumbarton deserved the win. Having played so well in recent weeks, it was disappointing to see the Loons fail to reproduce any of the fine qualities that were on show against Airdrie, Brechin and Stirling Albion.

Match Report by Kevin Brown

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