Saturday, 28 July 2012 20:12
Forfar Athletic 3 Dunfermline 2
Following Forfar Athletic’s promising pre-season campaign it was down to the business of the first competitive match of the season. And the anticipation was heightened due to this being the first match to be played on the new state of the art artificial surface. The pitch looked great, as did the players sporting their new kits. The Boss included seven new signings in the starting line-up, All was set for an enjoyable encounter, and that is indeed how it turned out.
The visitors kicked off the match, but it was Forfar that were soon on the prowl. New signing Danny Denholm cut inside Andy Geggan before testing Paul Gallacher from 15 yards after only a minute played. Minutes later a neat one-two between Denholm and Swankie was abruptly stopped by Potter, Swankie's free kick beat the Pars wall, but not the keeper. After 7 minutes Ryan Wallace showed a clean pair of heels, but his driving run came to nothing. But it was the home side who continued to have the upper hand, Kader's corner was headed goalwards by Dunlop, and Gallacher had to be alert to stop it. But the keeper could do nothing to prevent the Loons taking the lead after 13 minutes when Denholm's effort was only parried towards OMAR KADER, and he scored the first ever goal on Station Park's new surface by slotting the ball home.
Dunfermline hit back straight away, Mark McCulloch was caught in possession by Joe Cardle and when he fed the ball to RYAN WALLACE he had no problem in netting for the equaliser. The visitors then enjoyed their best spell of the half, and Husband wasn't far off target with a long range free kick after 20 minutes. Cardle then had a good effort blocked, before Falkingham fired past from a good position. The Pars did take the lead in the 35th minute. A cross from the left found BARROWMAN who appeared to nudge Dunlop off the ball before running into space and firing a good finish beyond Soutar. As the half time whistle sounded the Pars were still 2-1 up, however Forfar had come close twice thanks to Iain Campbell and Gavin Swankie, and were applauded off the park for their first half efforts.
The second half was only 7 minutes old when the Loons equalised, a through ball from Charlie King sent DANNY DENHOLM down the left, he raced inside the penalty box before dispatching a cool finish behind the diving Gallacher. Both teams were now looking to forge ahead, and Potter’s header was well saved by Soutar before Forfar grabbed a third goal. It was slightly fortuitous, GAVIN SWANKIE had done well fending off two challenges on the left touch-line before crossing over towards goal, Gallacher got a hand to it, but only succeeded in steering the ball over the line.
Both sides then took advantage of using their full complement of substitutes, Fotheringham and Motion replaced Templeman and King and with the minutes ticking away, Ross Campbell took over from the history maker Kader. None of these changes changed the course of the game however, and Forfar played out the remainder of the match quite comfortably for a famous win.
All at Station Park can be satisfied with things, a new season, seven wins out of seven, goals galore, a new kit and a spanking brand new pitch which looks great. Happy Days ! Fingers crossed all of these facts can bring a few more fans out of the woodwork for the League Cup clash against Partick Thistle this Saturday.
Match Report by Kevin Brown