Tuesday, 14 February 2012 21:57
Forfar Athletic 1 Dumbarton 1
Following Saturday's derby defeat to Arbroath, the Boss made wholesale changes to the starting line up who faced a Dumbarton side who had won their previous four matches. Both sides battled hard throughout , and although it was scrappy at times, it was also entertaining with goalmouth action aplenty.
The Loons were first to create, when Barry Sellars, having re-joined the club for a third time, found the head of Joe Shaughnessy with a long ball, and the on-loan defender headed over. Two minutes later Chris Templeman received a short pass from Nicky Low before turning a defender and firing straight at Grindlay. In the 15th minute, Low lost the ball in midfield and Pat Walker ran 30 yards towards goal before being challenged, Iain Campbell attempting the tackle which Walker avoided before shooting on target, McCallum saved well.
The visitor's then took hold of the game for a period, and Gilhaney twice came close to opening the scoring. His first effort came after a long pass found him in space on the right, he controlled the ball well before drilling his effort past the diving McCallum and fortunately for Forfar, past the post. His next chance came following a goalmouth scramble and he toe poked his shot wide of the mark.
On the half hour mark Campbell's throw in found Martyn Fotheringham in space, "Foxy" flicked the ball into the path of DALE HILSON who shot straight at Grindlay, the rebound fell back at his feet, and he successfully found the back of the net at the second attempt. More Forfar pressure followed, with Nicky Low and Dale Hilson looking dangerous, but the Loons failed to take advantage, and not for the first time recently the home defence were caught sleeping, as PRUNTY was allowed enough time to turn the defence before shooting past McCallum into the bottom corner of the net.
As the second period of play began, the wind increased and the Sons' enjoyed it being at their backs. Their first chance of the half fell to Finnie who drove in a decent shot from the edge of the box, but McCallum was alert and saved well. Next to test the home defence was the goal scorer Prunty, who with his back to goal chested down a 20 yard pass before turning and attempting an overhead kick which missed the target by a few yards.
The best move of the match was fashioned after 61 minutes, Craig Wilson and Kevin Byers linked up well, the ball was fed into the on-rushing Iain Campbell who angled a great pass to Hilson who was in space 12 yards out, he unfortunately ballooned his chance wide.
The best move of the match was quickly followed b the best save of the match, Scott Agnew collect a long throw in before hitting a goal bound strike only to see McCallum superbly save the shot by tipping it over the woodwork. It was end to end stuff as both sides went in search of the winner. A Lithgow pass back was short and substitute Bradley Coyne anticipated well and shot low but Grindlay did well to stop the chance with his feet. As time ticked away, Dumbarton's last attempt saw Gilhaney's effort tipped behind by my man of the match Marc McCallum.
All in all a draw was a fair result, and thankfully lifts Forfar Athletic out of the relegation zone.
Match Report by Kevin Brown.