Wednesday, 15 August 2012 20:13
Arbroath 3 Forfar Athletic 2
Forfar Athletic’s involvement in this seasons Ramsdens Cup ended on Tuesday at Gayfield, however it wasn’t due to lack of effort. The Loons bombarded the home side’s goal during the second half, but failed to benefit from their endeavour. It was a changed side that began the derby match, and the opening spell suggested it might be an end to end contest, and that’s exactly what materialised.
The chances came thick and fast, with Charlie King shooting wide, Brennan heading over, and Ross Campbell heading directly at Hill, all within the opening ten minutes. Danny Denholm then showed his ability by turning two defenders inside and out before laying the ball in Gibson’s path, he gained 5 yards before doing likewise for Martyn Fotheringham who shoot low with Hill requiring a quick move to palm the ball behind for a corner. The resulting corner saw Tulloch flick the ball goalwards, but it drifted behind for a goal kick. Two minutes later and the home side snatched the lead, a long ball from the back found ex-Loon Darren Gribben in space, he slid the ball through for PAUL CURRIE who fired home from close range. Forfar didn’t take too long to hit back though, after GAVIN SWANKIE had robbed Keddie of the ball on the edge of the home penalty box he made no mistake in drilling home the equaliser. The entire Forfar team, minus Soutar ran to celebrate with the former home favourite, however these celebrations were short lived. Within 8 minutes two pacey moves saw the Loon’s defence opened up, and GRIBBEN fired home the Smokie’s 2nd and 3rd counters.
Not really what Forfar deserved given their contribution to the match, but defending in that manner will always be punished. Thankfully the arrears were reduced on the stroke of half time when KEITH GIBSON hammered home a tremendous strike from 25 yards out.
Play at the beginning of the second half showed no signs of slowing down, with Denholm and Fotheringham both trying their luck from the edge of the box. Soon after, the visitors were reduced to ten men when Iain Campbell was shown a second yellow card, however this was no disaster for the Loons as they upped the tempo and started to dictate proceedings. Swankie first beat Travis, then Rennie before blasting a shot inches over from a tight angle. Ross Campbell then whipped over a low ball from the right, and as it zoomed across the six yard box there were no takers. Following good work on the opposite wing by Denholm, a chance then fell to Fotheringham, and his 20 yarder was deflected behind for a corner. As the corner swung over, Ross Campbell flicked the ball goal bound with the top of his bonce, but Hill made a fantastic one handed save to block his effort.
The momentum was certainly with Forfar as the Arbroath goal continued to live a charmed life. Gibson sent a dangerous ball deep into the home box, and as it looked like King was going to fire home, the ball was deflected behind to safety. With time running out, Swankie probably had Forfar’s best chance of the half, but his shot was mis-hit and the effort bobbled inches past Hill’s right hand post. After all the hard work Forfar had put in, it was Arbroath that almost added to their goal tally in the 87th minute, a low angled drive beat Soutar, but Bolochoweckyj side footed the ball off the line. And that was that, the Loons bowed out of the cup, but certainly deserved credit for their attacking play during the match.
Match report by Kevin Brown