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Stenhousemuir 2 Forfar Athletic 1

Sunday, 27 March 2016 09:27

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Losing Loons Languish Lowly Leaving Less League Leeway.

Forfar travelled to Stenhousemuir hoping to leap frog their hosts in the league and further enhance their prospects of not being involved in the relegation frame as the season end approaches.  On recent Form the Loons were looking good, whilst the Warriors had seen themselves dragged perilously close to the action at the wrong end of the table.

Forfar started with Young at right back in place of the injured Spark and Martin back in the middle of the park instead of Hodge after illness ruled him out of last week’s victory against Ayr United.  Ex-Loon Stuart Malcolm lined up in central defence for the opposition.

The Loons started brightly and in the first minute Ryan forced a save from McCabe in the home goal. Forfar were looking assured, but the Warriors took a surprise lead with their first real foray up the park.  Hesitancy in the centre of the Forfar defence saw the ball fall to Gilhaney inside the box on the left and he curled a low shot past Hill into the far corner of the net.  Forfar tried to respond immediately and a free kick swung into the home box from the left was met by the head of Rodger but his effort went straight into the hands of McCabe.  Thereafter there was little between the teams as the first half progressed with Denholm seeing a half chance go past the post and a left wing cross rebounding off the top of the crossbar.

HALF TIME: Stenhousemuir 1 Forfar Athletic 0

The second half followed the same pattern as the first but with Forfar having the better of the chances.  Ryan saw his free kick from a central area go over the bar, and O’Brien tried his luck from distance as his thirty yard pile driver went just past the far post.  However, the Loons were rewarded for their persistence when they deservedly levelled the match.  Denholm played in Ryan down the left and when the young striker slid his pass into the danger area Craig was on hand to sweep the ball low into the far corner of the home net.  With less than ten minutes to go The Loons had their tails up and could sense a winner.  Craig hooked the ball over the bar from inside the six yard box, and Ryan went one on one with McCabe but the home keeper didn’t let the Forfar striker get the better of him.  Passing up those chances proved to be costly for Forfar as the Warriors clinched victory two minutes from time when McMenamin flicked home a header from a left wing cross after Forfar had failed to clear their lines.  This was a bit harsh on the Loons as to all intents and purposes a draw would have been a fairer reflection on the game overall.

This now leaves Gary Bollan’s side joint bottom of the league albeit with a better goal difference than their Angus neighbours Brechin.  With five league games to go, and with three of them at home, their quest to avoid finishing in the bottom two has probably become a straight two from three scenario after Brechin’s defeat at Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath’s win at Peterhead.

FULL TIME: Stenhousemuir 2 Forfar Athletic 1

Match report by by Cameron Davidson

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