Forfar Athletic 0 St Johnstone 4
Forfar Athletic exited the Scottish Cup in the fifth round this past weekend after a 4-0 defeat at home to Premiership side St Johnstone.
After the previous week’s draw with Airdrieonians Iain Campbell and Mark Baxter were promoted from the bench and Odmar Faeroe came back from injury while Neil McCabe, James Dale and Ross Campbell all dropped to the bench.
The game started quite evenly, with the first effort coming in the ninth minute through Stevie May, but he fired wide from the edge of the box.
Forfar’s first opportunity of the game came after twenty two minutes when a long free kick from Iain Campbell found former Saint Martyn Fotheringham and he combined with Chris Templeman, ending in Fotheringham bursting through the defence but his shot from a tight angle cannoned off the near post.
The visitors took the lead in the 27th minute when they were given a corner after Stuart Malcolm nodded Lee Croft’s cross away, from the corner taken by Croft, Steven Anderson headed towards goal and Stevie May showed why he is a magnificent talent by hooking the ball while facing away from goal into the net.
They doubled their lead three minutes before half time, another corner from Croft was met by Gary McDonald, Rab Douglas palming his header away but he couldn’t only push it toward Frazer Wright who powered a header home from close range.
McDonald had the ball in the net on the stroke of half time but his goal was disallowed as he fouled Stuart Malcolm.
HALF TIME: Forfar Athletic 0 St Johnstone 2
At half time, Martyn Fotheringham was subbed for Dale Hilson.
Within a minute of kick off, the Loons had almost reduced the deficit twice, first Gary Fusco set up Odmar Faeroe and the Faroese internationalist saw his 25 yard shot smash off the crossbar with keeper Steve Banks beaten. Next Fusco smashed a shot over from the same area.
In the 51st minute Darren Dods headed over from an Iain Campbell corner as Forfar pressured.
David Wotherspoon blasted over twice before the Premiership outfit grabbed a third just past the hour mark, Douglas palming away another Croft cross and new signing Michael O’Halloran slotted the ball into an open goal for his first goal in Scottish football.
After this, Forfar started to try and get a way into the game again with Faeroe and Malcolm seeing efforts go over. Ross Campbell came very close seconds after coming on when he met his brother’s free kick with a volley but Banks did very well to react and push the ball over.
Chris Templeman and Gavin Swankie also went close but St Johnstone were the next side to score, loan signing James Dunne curling a great shot in off the post after Rab Douglas failed to deal with another Croft cross.
In the final stages chances for both sides came as Dave Mackay had a shot curl past the post before Gavin Malin fired straight at the keeper and then blasted wide.
With the final whistle, Forfar Athletic went out the Scottish Cup but they can have no complaints with their performance against one of the top sides in the country.
Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Odmar Faeroe – looks comfortable in midfield
Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas 5, Mark Baxter 6, Iain Campbell 6, Stuart Malcolm 6, Darren Dods 6, Odmar Faeroe 7 (Gavin Malin 69, 5), Omar Kader 5 (Ross Campbell 69, 5), Martyn Fotheringham 6 (Dale Hilson 46, 6), Chris Templeman 6, Gavin Swankie 6, Gary Fusco 6.
Subs not used: Marvin Andrews, Neil McCabe, James Dale, Darren Hill (gk)
St Johnstone: Steve Banks, Dave Mackay, Frazer Wright, Steven Anderson, Brian Easton, Lee Croft, Gary McDonald (Scott Brown 83), Patrick Cregg, David Wotherspoon (James Dunne 69), Michael O’Halloran, Stevie May (Chris Iwelumo 77).
Subs not used: Chris Millar, Nigel Hasselbaink, Gary Miller, Mark Hurst (gk)