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Forfar Athletic 1 Stranraer 1

Monday, 02 October 2017 14:34

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A last minute equaliser denied the Loons their second win of the season as they drew 1-1 with Stranraer at Station Park.

After going ahead through Josh Peters in the third minute, interim managers Stuart Balmer and Barry Sellars’ side conceded with the final kick of the ball when Danny Stoney nabbed a point for the visitors.Four changes were made from the heavy defeat to East Fife with Simon Mensing, Michael Kennedy, Marc Scott and Patrick Cregg replaced by Michael Travis, Conor Quigley, Jim Lister and Scott McBride.

Forfar were rewarded for some early pressure in the third minute; Jim Lister spraying the ball out wide to Scott McBride and his low cross was touched on by Darren Whyte for a defender to clear as far as Josh Peters who sent the ball past Belford for his first goal since returning to the club.
They were dealt a blow in the 14th minute as Lister pulled up when running and was forced off to be replaced by Ousman See.
A minute later Belford almost cost Stranraer as he struggled to hold Mark Millar’s dangerous corner but the Loons couldn’t force the ball over the line.
David Cox and Jamie Bain combined well on the right wing for the latter to swing a cross in just before the hour mark; Peters seeing his effort deflected wide.
Peters was denied again by the visitors defence from a Millar delivery and Stranraer were unlucky not to equalise shortly after as Grant Anderson found Scott Agnew but Agnew’s close range shot was saved by Marc McCallum.
In the 37th minute a ball into the box was cleared as far as Eddie Malone 25 yards out but his well struck effort was blocked by a defender with the hosts claiming for handball.

Agnew tested McCallum two minutes after half time with an excellent free kick that the keeper had to tip over.
The Loons had a few chances to add to their tally shortly after with Cox and Peters twice denied by Belford from close range.
In the 65th minute Bain and See combined to set up Cox but his effort was parried by the keeper before he eventually collected the loose ball.
Stranraer sub Kyle Turner couldn’t find the target from distance a minute later after doing well to make space for himself.
See and Cox came close again for Forfar but failed to finish before Turner curled over at the other end.In the 83rd minute Scott McBride nodded over from another Millar corner but at the other end the visitors should have equalised when Agnew sent a swirling effort towards goal; McCallum did well to parry the shot but Stranraer sub Stephen Okoh scooped the ball over from six yards with the goal gaping.
Stranraer did go one better with the last kick of the game when Morgyn Neill floated a ball towards goal; the flick on from this was met by Danny Stoney and he chested it down before slipping the ball past McCallum.

Forfar can feel hard done by following this and they now face a two week wait before their next game when they travel to Hampden to take on Queen’s Park.

Match report by Lee Smith

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