Forfar Athletic 0 Rangers 2
Despite a good performance, Forfar Athletic lost out 2-0 to a Rangers side who are unbeaten in the league at Station Park on Monday in front of the television cameras.
The Loons made no changes to the previous week’s 3-0 win over Stenhousemuir in the hope the squad could deliver a blow to Rangers’ hopes of going the league season unbeaten, having already crushed their dreams of going unbeaten all season in the League Cup in August.
Rangers started off strongly, with their first corner and chance coming in the first 60 seconds, Lewis MacLeod wasting the opportunity though, blasting miles wide from the edge of the box.
Stuart Malcolm saw his header come off the crossbar in the third minute as Forfar started to settle into the game. The away side’s Nicky Law fired over five minutes later.
Forfar started to press but failed to do anything with the corners they had, a free kick from Iain Campbell ending in a Rangers counter attack but Fraser Aird squandered the chance at the other end.
Rangers had a penalty shout in the 21st minute as Lee Wallace and Darren Dods ran for the ball, Wallace changed direction as he entered the box running into Dods but referee Stephen Finnie deemed it a fair challenge.
Four minutes later Aird had another chance, Jon Daly flicking a long free kick into his path but his header was straight at Rab Douglas. Daly set up Dean Shiels shortly after although Shiels’ effort was poor and flew wide.
The away side had been very physical since the start of the game and earned their first booking of the game in the 28th minute, Sebastian Faure going in hard on Martyn Fotheringham, before Lee McCulloch was lucky to get a yellow after throwing an elbow that gave Chris Templeman a cut that needed six stiches.
Iain Campbell played a short free kick to Fotheringham in the 35th minute, and he fired a long range shot that took a deflection into Simonsen’s arms.
Rangers recieved their third yellow of the evening, Bilel Mohsni tripping Odmar Faeroe on the halfway line.
Dale Hilson had a cross blocked in the 42nd minute, the ball spinning into Gavin Swankie’s path and Swankie sent a volley that rippled the sidenetting.
HALF TIME: Forfar Athletic 0 Rangers 0
Stephen Finnie evened up the bookings count in the first twelve minutes of the second half, Gary Fusco, Iain Campbell and Gavin Swankie the recipients of them after showing they wouldn’t roll over to Rangers’ physicality. Fusco was then replaced by Mark Baxter returning from injury before he recieved a second yellow.
Lee McCulloch hammered a free kick towards goal that Douglas touched onto the bar before Rangers had two very poor claims for a penalty, Mohsni going down rather easily as he waited on the ball coming to him and Lee Wallace was booked for touching the referee as he claimed for handball after the ball struck Dods as he was falling, there’s was no way he could avoid it.
Nicky Law headed over from an Aird corner in the 63rd minute, as did Jon Daly seven minutes later from yet another corner.
From Rangers’ fourteenth corner of the evening they took the lead fifteen minutes from the end, Mohsni rising to nod the ball into the back of the net.
The Loons didn’t put their heads down after the goal though, Dale Hilson flashing a shot from just outside the box past the post, with a helping hand from Simonsen. From Martyn Fotheringham’s corner Mohsni attempted to head away put his poor header cannoned off Lee Wallace and forced Simonsen into a great save.
Forfar came the closest they did in the whole game in the 87th minute, Chris Templeman winning a free kick on the edge of the box after Lee McCulloch fouled him once again. Dale Hilson took the free kick and it swirled towards goal shaving paint off the post.
From the goal kick, Rangers raced up the pitch, Lewis MacLeod slipping the ball to sub David Templeton and he let fly with a shot as if he had a foot like a traction engine, the effort rocketing into the top corner past Douglas’ reach, putting the game beyond doubt, the scoreline flattering a very lacklustre Gers side though.
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Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas 7, Gary Fusco 6 (Mark Baxter 58, 5), Iain Campbell 6, Darren Dods 6, Stuart Malcolm 7, Odmar Faeroe 6, Omar Kader 6 (Gavin Malin 64, 4), Martyn Fotheringham 7 (Ross Campbell 86, 2), Chris Templeman 7, Gavin Swankie 6, Dale Hilson 7.
Subs not used: Marvin Andrews, Neil McCabe, James Dale, Darren Hill (gk).
Rangers: Steve Simonsen 6, Richard Foster 5, Bilel Mohsni 6, Sebastian Faure 6, Lee Wallace 6, Lee McCulloch 4, Fraser Aird 7, Dean Shiels 6 (David Templeton 70, 6), Jon Daly 5, Lewis MacLeod 6, Nicky Law 5.
Subs not used: Andy Little, Emilson Cribari, Robbie Crawford, Andy Murdoch, Charlie Telfer, Scott Gallacher (gk)