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Clyde 2 Forfar Athletic 2

Monday, 06 March 2017 11:01

Forfar Athletic held on to salvage a 2-2 draw away to Clyde despite playing with ten men for a quarter of an hour after Grant Adam was sent off.

Danny Denholm put the Loons ahead early on however a Peter MacDonald penalty and David Gormley’s header nudged the Bully Wee in front before Jim Lister rescued a point.

Adam was sent off in the aftermath of the equaliser with Forfar already using all three subs; Martyn Fotheringham wearing the number one jersey for the remainder of the game.

Lewis Milne saw a free kick pushed wide inside the opening sixty seconds before Thomas O’Brien sent a long range effort into the arms of former Loon John Gibson.
Jim Lister then had his shot parried but Forfar took the lead after 24 minutes; a poor header by Ross Perry allowed Danny Denholm to race clear from the halfway line before firing a phenomenal effort into the top corner from 25 yards.
Clyde were dealt a blow four minutes later when Ryan Finnie was stretchered off after he came off worse despite fouling Danny Denholm. The midfielder has appeared to fortunately escape with no serious injury.
Scott McLaughlin came close for the hosts shortly before half time with a header from a poor Adam punch however Michael Travis was on hand to clear the danger.

The Bully Wee did level seven minutes after the break when they were awarded a penalty following a handball by Stuart Malcolm; Peter Mac Donald stepped up and fired past Adam.
On the hour mark they earned a free kick in the middle of the Forfar half with McLaughlin swinging a ball in for Gormley to nod home.
O’Brien saw a shot from the edge of the box deflected wide eight minutes later as Forfar looked to bring the scores level once again.
They managed to do so in the 72nd minute when a clearance was headed back into the box from the halfway line by Michael Travis and Lister took the ball down before slotting it underneath the advancing Gibson.
Forfar were dealt a blow however following the celebrations; the dugout side assistant spotted a gesture by Adam in the vicinity of Clyde fans and the referee showed him a red card for his troubles.
As the Loons had used all three subs, this meant that Martyn Fotheringham was forced to go in goal just five minutes after coming on.
Clyde tried to force Fotheringham into action however he was only troubled by corners and a Ross Perry header that floated inches past the post.
O’Brien could have nicked a winner for Forfar in injury time with a free kick that had Gibson scrambling to push wide.

The Loons still hold a six point advantage with Arbroath and Elgin City playing out a goalless draw as they enter the final quarter of the season.

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