Forfar Athletic 2 Dunfermline Athletic 4
Dale 34 El Bakhtaoui 3
Swankie 60 Husband 69
Dods og 70
Forfar Athletic fell to a 4-2 defeat against Dunfermline Athletic at Station Park this past Saturday, a result that leaves them in 7th place and several points off the play-off spots.
Two changes were made from the previous week’s Scottish Cup exit, Martyn Fotheringham dropping to the bench for Gavin Malin while Odmar Faeroe missed out because of injury, James Dale taking his place.
Dunfermline took the lead in the third minute, a counter attack after Gavin Malin fired straight at Ryan Scully ended with Faissal El Bakhtaoui beating a defender before lifting the ball over an advancing Rab Douglas from a tight angle.
Stuart Malcolm nodded wide before Ryan Wallace and Josh Falkingham wasted chances for the Pars. Gavin Swankie latched onto a long ball in the 14th minute and found himself one on one with the keeper but his shot was palmed away and then cleared.
Ross Forbes had two long range efforts in quick succession go past the post meanwhile Gavin Swankie blasted wide at the other end.
The Loons equalised ten minutes before half time, a long free kick causing problems in the box and ending in Pars defender Calum Morris heading straight to James Dale who shot through a pack of defenders into the bottom corner.
Dunfermline almost regained the lead in the 42nd minute when a Danny Grainger cross found Ryan Wallace but his volley flew past the post.
HALF TIME: Forfar Athletic 1 Dunfermline Athletic 1
The first proper opportunity of the second half came after 55 minutes when Dunfermline earned a free kick 30 yards out but Rab Douglas did well to push Forbes’ free kick over.
Forfar took the lead on the hour mark, a quick free kick by James Dale to Gavin Swankie saw Swankie run at the defence from the halfway line before firing off a 30 yard effort that beat Scully into the bottom corner.
Douglas pulled off the save of the game in the 64th minute from another Forbes free kick when the ball looked to be heading in the top corner.
The visitors did equalise nine minutes after Forfar had scored, El Bakhtaoui and Husband combining to allow Husband to fire off a shot from the edge of the box that flew into the top corner.
A minute later it was 3-2 to Dunfermline, a meager cross by Danny Grainger was turned in at the front post by Darren Dods who was under pressure by Faissal El Bakhtaoui.
Forfar tried hard to find an equaliser but couldn’t despite Chris Templeman theatening twice with headers, hitting the bar once and forcing Ryan Scully into a good save.
In the last minute of normal time the Pars made it four, sub Lawrence Shankland latching onto a Grainger free kick after shaking off Stuart Malcolm and he slotted home.
Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: James Dale – took his goal well and set up the other
Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas 7, Mark Baxter 6, Iain Campbell 6, Stuart Malcolm 5, Darren Dods 5, Gary Fusco 6, Omar Kader 6 (Ross Campbell 82, 2), James Dale 7, Chris Templeman 6, Gavin Swankie 7, Gavin Malin 6 (Martyn Fotheringham 73, 4).
Subs not used: Marvin Andrews, Neil McCabe, Jamie McCluskey, Craig Smith, Darren Hill (gk)
Dunfermline Athletic: Ryan Scully, Ryan Wiliamson, Danny Grainger, Lewis Martin, Callum Morris, Jonathan Page, Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Andy Geggan (Stephen Husband 47), Ryan Wallace (Lawrence Shankland 74), Josh Falkingham, Ross Forbes.
Subs not used: Jordan Moore, Alex Whittle, Shaun Byrne, Ross Millen, Ryan Goodfellow (gk).