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Forfar Athletic 4 Albion Rovers 2

Sunday, 14 January 2018 11:18

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Defence was the best form of attack for Forfar Athletic on Saturday as they won at home for the first time since November.

Centre backs Michael Travis and Andy Munro netted three of the goals in a 4-2 win over Albion Rovers with Mark Millar also scoring a penalty.

Gary Fisher and Jason Marr were on target for Rovers who were reduced to nine men after a horrific challenge by Michael Hopkins with Alan Trouten following him.

There were three changes for Jim Weir’s side, with Andy Munro, Kevin McNaughton and Dylan Easton replacing Conner Duthie, Matthew Aitken and trialist Jordan Hornby, who had signed with League Two side Cowdenbeath.

The Loons went ahead after just seven minutes when Eddie Malone was brought down inside the penalty area; Mark Millar stepped up to blast home the spot kick and net their first home goal since November 11th.

Rovers were level eleven minutes later; an attack by Victoria wasn’t clearly properly and Gary Fisher sent a low strike from distance into the bottom corner.

It wasn’t long until there was a third goal in the game as Forfar went ahead again in the 21st minute. A lofted ball from Munro was missed completely by keeper Daniel Potts and Michael Travis was on hand to sweep the loose ball into the net.

The hosts had further chances to extend their lead with Malone and Millar denied by Potts while Ross Davidson saw two efforts fly off target and failed to trouble McCallum at the other end.

Both sides were forced into a half time switch as Malone and Joao Victoria were replaced by Matthew Aitken and Michael Hopkins respectively.

Rovers had the first chance of the second half through Hopkins but he saw his shot pushed away by McCallum in the 49th minute.

Forfar added a third in the 57th minute from a Cox corner and it was a fantastic bullet header from the returning Munro with his first goal for the side since November 2016.

Just two minutes later Rovers pulled a goal back; Davidson sending a cross into the box and Jason Marr forced the ball over the line.

Any momentum the visitors had gained from the goal was halted in the 62nd minute when Hopkins was shown a red card for a poor challenge on Darren Whyte. Almost every player was involved in the scrap that ensued and it took four minutes for play to restart; Alan Trouten was also sent off for Rovers after raising his hands with Munro was booked for his part.

With the Loons holding a goal and two man disadvantage, they looked to kill the game off with Peters, Easton and sub Conner Duthie all kept at bay by Potts.

Cox saw his 83rd minute shot deflected wide but it was a defender who made sure the Loons took all three points with three minutes remaining.

A Cox free kick wasn’t cleared properly and when Duthie sent the ball back into the danger zone, Travis was unmarked and was more than happy to net his second of the afternoon and third of the season.

The result, coupled with Queen’s Park’s loss to Arbroath, means that the Loons are level on points with the Spiders, however are still bottom due to goal difference.

There is no competitive action this coming weekend due to the Scottish Cup, but Jim Weir’s side have a friendly scheduled for Thursday when they take on an Aberdeen XI.

Match report by Lee Smith

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