Forfar Athletic 1-2 Stenhousemuir (SPFL League One) 31st August 2013

Forfar Athletic      1     Stenhousemuir    2

I Campbell 58 (pen)       Higgins 29

                                        D Smith 30


Forfar Athletic are now second bottom in the SPFL League One table after being defeated 2-1 by Stenhousemuir at a very windy Station Park.

The Loons made three changes from the midweek defeat in the League Cup to Dundee with Neil McCabe, Martyn Fotheringham and Ross Campbell coming in for Gavin Malin, Gary Fusco and Omar Kader.

Stenhousemuir started off the stronger side, with target man John Gemmell having three efforts go close in the first ten minutes whilst David Rowson also saw a shot go wide of the mark in the 13th minute.

After further efforts from Eddie Malone and Gemmell it took until the 26th minute for Forfar to have any sort of effort, Gavin Swankie doing well to out run Ross McMillan from the halfway line before firing off a shot but his attempt was straight at Chris Smith.

The visitors took the lead in the 29th minute after a ball in the box wasn’t cleared properly and Sean Higgins lashed home from close range.

They doubled their advantage less than a minute later, similar circumstances saw Darren Smith have a shot blocked by a defender but their hesitancy to clear allowed him to have a second go and he made no mistake this time.

Half time: Forfar Athletic 0 Stenhousemuir 2

The Loons seemed to play better after the break with the wind behind them, four minutes into the half Dale Hilson cracked off a long rage shot that crashed off the crossbar before in the 58th minute they were awarded a fourth penalty in the space of a week, Sean Dickson fouling sub James Dale. Iain Campbell stepped up and fired home to fire up the home side.

Within the space of five minutes after pulling a goal back, Forfar had several chances through Omar Kader, Gavin Malin and Swankie twice, his best one coming from a poor backpass by Malone allowing him in on goal but he couldn’t put the ball past the keeper.

Darren Dods almost notched his first goal for the club in the 67th minute, a corner into the box wasn’t dispossessed properly, Dale Hilson swung it back in and Templeman nodded the ball back to Dods’s header was well held by Chris Smith.

Swankie went close yet again in the 74th minute with a 6 yard effort but Smith yet again pulled off a decent save and as the ball was pinged back in Smith parried Templeman’s shot too.

John Gemmell almost put Stenny 3-1 up with ten minutes to go with a smart header but he placed it too high and it went over.

Mark Baxter was unlucky not to see his low shot from a tight angle creep in at the near post, Smith pushing out for a corner that came to nothing.

Forfar’s final chance for an equaliser came in the dying moments of the game, a long ball was et by a good touch by Swankie but his second wasn’t as good as his shot fizzed across the face of goal and past the post.

Full time: Forfar Athletic 1 Stenhousemuir 2

Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Dale Hilson – played well and hit the crossbar

Forfar Athletic: Darren Hill 6, Mark Baxter 6, Iain Campbell 6, Stuart Malcolm 6, Darren Dods 6, Martyn Fotheringham 5 (Gavin Malin 56, 6), Dale Hilson 7, Ross Campbell 5 (James Dale 56, 5), Chris Templeman 6, Gavin Swankie 6, Neil McCabe 5 (Omar Kader 56, 5).

Subs not used: Gary Fusco, Duncan Reid, Marvin Andrews, Rab Douglas.

Stenhousemuir: Chris Smith 7, Eddie Malone 6, Kevin McKinlay 6, Ross Smith 6, Ross McMillan 7, Brown Ferguson 6, Sean Dickson 6, David Rowson 6, John Gemmell 7, Sean Higgins 7 (Ross McNeil 90, 1), Darren Smith 7 (Sean Lynch 88, 1).

Subs not used: Craig Anderson, Ross Brash, Nicky Devlin, Errol Douglas, Dean Shaw.

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