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Sellars Wonder Goal Completes Great Loons Comeback

Tuesday, 10 August 2010 23:00


Queens Park 2 Forfar Athletic 3 (AET)

Forfar travelled to the national stadium last night on the back of two fantastic victories and must have fancied their chances of continuing their excellent start to the season. The Loons did indeed claim victory, but only after a mediocre performance for the majority of the match which was then superseded by a great comeback.

The Boss made several changes from the starting eleven who had thumped Dumbarton at the weekend with McLean, Bolocheweckjy, Watson, and Iain Campbell taking the place of Gallacher, Mowat, Hilson and Ross Campbell.

The first half was a scrappy affair with only the home side showing signs of playing attractive football. Forfar’s best chances of the half came via Graham Gibson. The first was in the fifteenth minute when he fired past both keeper and the woodwork following a long ball from Andy Tod, and later in the half he rose well to connect with a Martyn Fotheringham cross only to see his header go inches wide of the target. However, it was the Spiders who took the lead on the half hour mark. The Loons made a hash of trying to clear an attack from the right side of the park and when the ball found its way to the left flank Quinn crossed into the heart of the Forfar defence for Ian Watt to head.

The second half started in the same vein as the first with the home side having the upper hand with Watt’s pace giving Iain Campbell numerous problems. Therefore, it was no surprise when Queen's Park increased their lead mid way through the half. The Forfar defence failed to clear the danger after a home attack had broken down and when Ian Watt drove a loose ball against the cross bar it rebounded back to McBride who made no mistake from twelve yards out.

It is fair to say, that at this stage there was only one winner. How wrong can you be!? With sixteen minutes remaining Chris Templeman, who was having a poor game by his high standards, rose to nod home Forfar’s opener from a corner kick. This seemed to breath life into the team, and before you knew it the scores were level. A quickly taken free kick by Martyn Fotheringham was laid back to him by Chris Templeman and his excellent ball into the home box found Deasley who hammered home the equaliser. Game on!.

Both sides tried, and failed to find a winner although Deasley nearly snatched a win for the Loons when he was gifted possession in the box by the home defence. Alas, the Forfar striker delayed his shot and the chance was lost as an extra thirty minutes loomed. Prior to this, and having clawed themselves back into contention, it was frustrating to see Iain Campbell earn himself a silly booking, his second of the match, to leave his team down to ten men.

Extra time began with Forfar on the up. Bryan Deasley was fouled on the left, and Barry Sellars stepped up to curl home a wonderful goal. The home side huffed and puffed for the remainder of extra time, but apart from winning corners, could not create any clear cut chances as they ran out of ideas and time.

The full time whistle was greeted with huge cheers from the travelling Forfar fans and much celebration on the pitch by the players. A great comeback was complete, and the spirit of the team had to be admired. Putting victory to one side, I’m sure the Boss will have been less than overjoyed with the creative output on offer for the majority of the match.

Three wins out of three, Peterhead next, it can't come soon enough!

Match Report by Kevin Brown

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