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Albion Rovers 3 Forfar Athletic 2

Sunday, 24 April 2016 10:07


Forfar Are Relegated, Change Is Coming At Loons.

Forfar travelled to their game against Albion Rovers in Coatbridge full in the knowledge that their League 1 status was hanging by a thread and potentially dependant on results elsewhere.  So come 4:45pm with Brechin and Stenhousemuir victorious against Stranraer and Cowdenbeath respectively, Forfar’s loss by the odd goal in five confirmed their relegation.

The Loons took the lead within the first minute when Denholm went one on one with the home keeper and fired the ball low into the net.  The early lead was short lived when a mix up between Hill and Dunlop let Love stroke the ball into the net for the equaliser on seven minutes.  Forfar responded with a free kick from Swankie which was blocked by the home defensive wall before Denholm cleared a near post header off the line from a Rovers’ corner.  On eighteen minutes the Loons found themselves two goals to one down when McBride headed home at the back post from a break down the left.  The hosts nearly scored a third when a scramble on the edge of the Forfar penalty area ended with a shot being parried by Hill into the path of McBride who couldn’t get enough power on his header to trouble the Forfar keeper.
Half-Time: Albion Rovers 2 Forfar Athletic 1
Forfar enjoyed a good start to the second half and a floated ball to the back post by Swankie drifted just out of Denholm’s reach.  On the hour mark Forfar drew level courtesy of a Ryan penalty when Denholm was fouled in the box by Turnbull from a Kennedy free kick.  A despicable challenge by home defender Dunlop on Ryan was punished by a yellow card in an otherwise controversy free contest before a clever diagonal ball into the right side of the box was cut back into the danger area by Spark, however there was no-one in position to capitalise.  Martin then saw his header from a right wing cross brilliantly pushed round the post by Stewart in the Rovers’ goal.  Forfar continued to press and Kennedy’s deflected shot was cleared off the line with the Loons looking pushing hard to get back into the lead.  However, it was not to be and a scare in the Forfar penalty area ended with the ball eventually being cleared but almost inevitably in the seventy-sixth minute the home side took the lead again when a corner from the right was headed into the net by home captain Dunlop.  Forfar had another two efforts on goal from Ryan, but neither had enough power to trouble the home keeper.  As the away support gru more frustrated in the knowledge that other results were of no help to the Loons’ cause, the sound of the final whistle sealed their fate and condemned them to join the minions of League 2.

No doubt all connected with the club will be glad to see the back of what has been a difficult season as it comes to an end at Station Park next Saturday against visitors Brechin.  Although the Loons know what lies ahead of them after the summer break, their opponents will still be fighting to avoid having to successfully negotiate the play offs if they are to maintain their own League 1 status.

Full-Time: Albion Rovers 3 Forfar Athletic 2

Match report by Cameron Davidson


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