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Cowdenbeath 1 Forfar Athletic 1

Monday, 01 May 2017 08:40

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Forfar Athletic suffered a massive blow in their hopes to win the League Two title with a 1-1 draw away to ten man Cowdenbeath on Saturday.

After going behind through a stunning volley from Robbie Buchanan, Danny Denholm’s equaliser was not enough to save the Loons from dropping to second following Arbroath’s victory against Elgin City.

Michael Travis’ suspension meant Gary Bollan was forced into one change from the 3-0 win over Clyde the previous week with Andy Munro replacing the defender.

Lewis Milne had the first chance of the game against his former side; firing a free kick over the bar in the second minute.
At the other end Robbie Buchanan could only send his header off target after rising to meet Jamie Pyper’s cross.
David Cox and Milne were next to try their luck for the Loons however neither of the duo could find the target with their efforts.
Andy Munro had three headers fly wide of the mark from Gavin Swankie corners with his defensive partner Thomas O’Brien doing well to deny Dale Carrick from just inside the box.
Cowdenbeath came close again shortly before half time; Fraser Mullen’s free kick was met by Kris Renton but the striker couldn’t keep his header down.

The hosts took the lead just 60 seconds after the restart with an impressive goal when Buchanan volleyed past Adam from the edge of the box.
They were dealt a blow however seven minutes later when Shaun Rutherford was shown a straight red after a late challenge on David Cox.
Despite the Loons having the advantage the hosts came close to going further ahead in the 64th minute with Kyle Miller rattling the crossbar.
Forfar did equalise four minutes later; a ball into the box was cleared only as far as Jim Lister and he juggled it before backheeling the ball to Danny Denholm who rifled low into the net.
Neither side failed to create much of note following this; Cowdenbeath having a corner cleared off the line by Lister with Gavin Swankie’s powerful effort palmed wide in the 85th minute.

The result, coupled with Arbroath’s win over Elgin means Forfar slip to second in the league going into the final day.

In order for the Loons to win the league they must win while hoping Arbroath drop points. Forfar can also lift the title if they draw and Arbroath lose, however Arbroath must lose by six goals for this to be possible.

Match Report by Lee Smith

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