Forfar Athletic 2 East Fife 0
R. Campbell 79
Forfar Athletic earned their fourth clean sheet in six league games with a 2-0 over ten man East Fife at Station Park this past Saturday.
Manager Dick Campbell made no changes to a side that defeated Brechin City 2-0 a fortnight ago, sticking with the same eleven and bench.
East Fife had the first proper effort on goal after a stuffy opening ten minutes, Jack Smith racing onto a through ball from Stephen Hughes but he could only scuff his effort into Rab Douglas’ hands.
In the fourteenth minute Stuart Malcolm nodded wide from a Jamie McCluskey corner before a clearance four minutes later came to McCluskey, who touched the ball past a defender before his attempted lob landed of the roof of the net.
McCluskey was involved in another attack soon after, setting up Mark Baxter, whose cross was nodded out by Joe Mbu to Iain Campbell and his effort from 25 yards trundled past the post.
Scott McBride came close for the Fifers in the 27th minute, a corner being cleared to him but his volley from the edge of the penalty area flew over.
Darren Dods headed straight at the keeper on the half hour mark whilst a Gavin Swankie lay off saw Dale Hilson with an excellent opportunity to open the scoring but he could only place his shot into the keepers legs and Greg Paterson smothered the ball before Hilson reach the ball again.
The Loons were awarded a penalty in the 40th minute, Craig Storie, Templeman and Swankie exchanging passes before Swankie sent a brilliant through ball that Hilson latched onto, he rounded the keeper but couldn’t get a shot away, turned back and let fire with a shot that defender Gary Thom handled, with the ball looking like it may have already been over the line.
This left the referee with no option to send Thom for an early bath, despite his protests that it hit his chest. Iain Campbell stepped up for what could have been his fourth of the season, but he sent his attempt wide of the keeper’s left hand post.
HALF TIME: Forfar Athletic 0 East Fife 0
The Loons started the second half strongly, with a long ball from Stuart Malcolm allowing Dale Hilson to run onto it but he could only put the ball over the bar under pressure.
Mbu had a shot well held by Douglas in the 54th minute whilst at the other end Hilson had another chance go into Paterson’s arms.
On the hour mark right back Mark Baxter almost opened the scoring with a low attempt from 25 yards, but it bounced inches past the post.
Forfar did grab an opener in the 67th minute, a long ball from Malcolm, nodded on by Templeman into the path of Swankie, he beat a defender before cutting the ball back from the sideline for Templeman to slot home for his third goal of the season.
East Fife threatened to equalise four minutes later, a corner was met by the head of sub Derek Holmes but he could only nod it into the ground and Douglas gathered the ball easily as it came back up.
Ross Campbell came on in the 72nd minute and within seven minutes had doubled the home side’s lead. A corner from brother Iain went to the far post and Ross touched the ball in for his second goal in two games.
Iain Campbell volleyed wide from a Martyn Fotheringham cross with ten minutes to go whilst Swankie had an effort fly wide in what was the last proper effort of the game.
Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Gary Fusco – has gotten better with every game.
Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas 6, Mark Baxter 7, Iain Campbell 7, Stuart Malcolm 7, Darren Dods 6, Gary Fusco 8, Jamie McCluskey 7 (Martyn Fotheringham 72, 4), Craig Storie 8 (Neil McCabe 81, 3), Chris Templeman 8, Gavin Swankie 8, Dale Hilson 7 (Ross Campbell 72, 5).
Subs not used: Marvin Andrews, Omar Kader, Gavin Malin, Darren Hill (gk).
East Fife: Greg Paterson, Steven Campbell, Scott McBride, Gary Thom, Joe Mbu, Lewis Barr (Cyrus Moosavi 70), Ross Brown, Stephen Hughes, Jack Smith (Derek Holmes 70), Craig Johnstone (Scott Durie 46), Liam Buchanan.
Subs not used: Ryan Stewart, Ross Lennie, Kyle Wilson, Michael Andrews (gk)