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Second Half Blitz Earns Super Loons the Points

Saturday, 07 August 2010 17:00

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Forfar Athletic 4 Dumbarton 1

Forfar Athletic made the perfect start to their Division Two campaign thanks to a rousing second half performance, lead by the impressive Chris Templeman.

When considering the players missing through suspensions and injuries this makes the victory all the more impressive.

The game exploded into action with 2 goals in the opening 6 minutes. Forfar opened the scoring after 3 minutes when Ross Campbell fired home a Chris Templeman cross, but only after a Dumbarton defender had hit his own post with an attempted clearance. Ross pounced after the ball had ebounded to him. The lead didn't last long as Dumbarton were awareded a penalty kick for alleged handball minutes later. The decision seemed harsh as the "guilty" Ross Campbell appeared only to be shielding his face from the ball. Scott Chaplain easily dispatched the spot kick.

This sparked a twenty minute period of play where Dumbarton dominated proceedings. Chaplain really should have done better than firing into the side netting after rounding Scott Gallacher. Paul Maxwell then had 2 long range efforts which didn't trouble the Forfar keeper.

The Loons then began to even things out coming back into the game. Hilson, Fotheringham and of course Templeman were beginning to look the part as the end of the first half approached. On the stroke of the interval Forfar thought they had taken the lead after Templeman slotted home the rebound after Grindlay palmed away a Ross Campbell effort, only for the strike to be disallowed for offside.

The second half belonged to Forfar, with the home side scoring 3 goals, and threatening to bag more. The second period was only 5 minutes old when Chris Templeman collected a fine through ball, danced around Grindlay before setting up Hilson for his first goal in Forfar colours. The young forward saw his first effort saved, but remained calm enough to drill home.

Shortly after and a perfect free kick taken by Martyn Fotheringham was met by the leaping Templeman who made no mistake from 12 yards out. The Loons were now in total control and it was no surprise when they scored a fourth. Substitute Bryan Deasley made a good run into the penalty box and was felled for his troubles. Man of the match Chris Templeman dispatched the spot kick with no troubles to send the home support into raptures.

To cap a miserable day for the visitors, Scott Gallacher then denied Geggan with a quality save from his 25 yard free kick. You will be hard pushed to see anything better in the Premier league this season.

All at Station Park must be delighted with the start the team has made, and it was pleasing to see the crowd over the 500 mark. The Loons now travel to Hampden on Tuesday for round two of the Alba Cup, before heading up the road to Peterhead for more League business at the weekend.

Match Report by Kevin Brown

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