Loons suffer first friendly defeat

Forfar Athletic        0         Dundee       1

                                             Monti 29

Forfar Athletic suffered their first pre-season defeat as they were defeated 1-0 by First Division side Dundee on Saturday.

Manager Dick Campbell made six changes from the midweek win against Spartans with Baxter, Dunlop, Gibson, Kader, Deasley and Fusco making way for Marvin Andrews, three trialists, McCulloch and McManus.

Dundee started off the stronger side with Declan Gallagher firing into the keeper’s arms from long range and Carlo Monti blasting over in the first ten minutes.

Ex-Morton and Pollok defender turned striker Monti almost opened the scoring in the 12th minute when his free kick from 25 yards was tipped over by Darren Hill while six minutes later Willie Dyer had an attempt palmed away as the Dees looked for an opener.

Forfar had their first proper chance in the 26th minute when a corner swung in by Iain Campbell was met powerfully by Marvin Andrews, causing a goalmouth scramble as Dundee struggled to clear their lines. Two minutes later Andrews caused bother again, this time heading just wide of the post from another corner.

The away side took the lead just before the half hour mark, Mark McCulloch failing to clear properly with winger Jamie Reid collecting the ball before putting in a cross that was met by Monti’s head, Hill unable to get a strong enough touch to stop the ball going in.

In the 35th minute Dundee almost had a second because of defensive errors, the ball was passed into the penalty area and Marvin Andrews sliced his clearance onto the bar, then from the resulting corner Peter MacDonald saw his header fly wide.

Half Time: Forfar Athletic 0 Dundee 1

Forfar came out for the second half unchanged while the visitors sent on six subs, including new signing from Arbroath, Steven Doris.

Chances were thin on the ground in the second half, with Forfar the better side, although on the hour mark Ryan Conroy’s 25 yard free kick flashed past the post.

Five minutes later Martyn Fotheringham almost equalised, good play saw him and ex-Dee Swankie exchange passes before Fotheringham fired a shot off, unfortunately seeing it go over the bar.

Doris’ first attempt of the game came after 67 minutes, shrugging the defence before failing to trouble former team-mate Hill, his attempt going miles wide. Ryan Conroy had a similar copy ten minutes later before Forfar started to really threaten a equaliser.

Excellent passing by the home side in the 80th minute between Omar Kader and trialist James Dale set up Fotheringham who rattled the crossbar from the edge of the box.

A minute before the end another trialist, this time a familiar face to the home as well as the away support, Bryan Deasley had a half volley 30 yards out pushed past the post by Kyle Letheren. From the resulting corner, Michael Dunlop had a header cleared off the line by the defence.

Fotheringham had another chance before the final whistle, despite other options available he chose to shoot straight at the keeper.

Full Time: Forfar Athletic 0 Dundee 1

Ramblings of a Loon’s Man of the Match: Marvin Andrews – never lost a header all afternoon and dribbled his way past three players.

Forfar Athletic: Darren Hill, Mark McCulloch, Iain Campbell (T), Stuart Malcolm, Marvin Andrews (Michael Dunlop 64), Neil McCabe (T) (Gary Fusco 67), Sean Mushin (T) (Martyn Fotheringham 53), Rob Pearson (T) (James Dale (T) 53), Chris Templeman (Bryan Deasley (T) 64), Gavin Swankie, Paul McManus (Omar Kader 66).

Sub not used: Ross Salmon.

Dundee:  Trialist (Kyle Letheren 45), Gary Irvine (Cameron Kerr 45), Declan Gallagher, Kyle Benedictus (James Thomson 72), Willie Dyer (Ryan Conroy 45), Iain Davidson (Matt Lockwood 72), Jim McAlister (Kevin McBride 72), Jamie Reid (Thomas Carberry 45), Peter MacDonald (Martin Boyle 45), Gavin Rae, Carlo Monti (Steven Doris 45).

Sub not used: Nicky Riley.

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