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Strong Saints Side Defeats Loons

Saturday, 17 July 2010 17:00


Forfar Athletic 1 St Johnstone 3

Following some showery weather, the sun came out over Station Park and illuminated a highly entertaining match. The Loons took on a strong St Johnstone side which featured new recruits Cleveland Taylor and Sam Parkin in the starting line-up.
Forfar Athletic coach John Young was once again had to use, former St Johnstone goalkeeper, Euan McLean in goals as a trialist. Paul Lunan featured as a trialist playing at right back.

The match started at a great pace straight from kick-off and less than minute in Liam Craig fired an effort across the face of the Forfar goal.
Martyn Fotheringham was denied by a fine save from Saints keeper Graeme Smith but the Loons took the lead two minutes later. The keeper could only watch as Paul Watson met a Ross Campbell cross from the right on the volley just inside the penalty area and finished with fantastic volleyed strike into the postage stamp corner.
Forfar went in search of a second goal and Martyn Fotheringham again came close in the tenth minute when he pounced on a loose pass but his 18-yard effort drifted inches wide of the post. St Johnstone recovered from this initial shock and were soon playing an attractive passing game. The levelling goal came on 23 minutes from new signing Sam Parkin who bulleted a Cleveland Taylor cross passed the helpless McLean.
On 22 minutes Euan McLean produced a good save to deny Liam Craig a goal from a 20 yard free kick.
Taylor continued to cause the Loons defence trouble and on 30 minutes Parkin was bundled over in the box and Liam Craig converted the resulted spot kick.
Local lad and former Loon Steven Milne then dinked a shot off the post after some nice passing moves around the penalty area.
An entertaining opening forty five minutes finished with the Saints on top.

Forfar made changes at half time bring on Jamie Bishop and Stephen Tulloch for Michael Bolochoweckyj and Kevin Fotheringham respectively.
The opening period of the second half was of poorer quality as to the first half but St Johnstone continued to press forward. The visitors made three changes on 67 minutes including the introduction of another former Loon. Andy Jackson.
On 71 minutes the visitors increased their lead when Kevin Rutkiewicz got his head to the ball from a Danny Grainger corner and found the net from eight yards.
This was a good work out for the Loons against a Saints side who played some nice passing football.

Match Report by Gerald Wiley


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