Jim Lister 21
Forfar Athletic 2
Dale Hilson 67, Gavin Swankie 90
Striker Gavin Swankie was delighted to grab a last minute winner for Forfar Athletic at the weekend as they defeated Airdrieonians 2-1 at the Excelsior Stadium on Saturday that keeps them top of the league.
‘I was saying to the boys in the dressing room there, it’s not often we win a game in the 90th minute, it’s either we’re trying to hang on to a lead or we’re a couple of goals up. But it’s not often we win a game in the last minute so it’s always good.
We needed to get the away form going again, we’re good at home but the away form hasn’t been the best so hopefully this will kickstart it.’
Dick Campbell was forced into one change from last week’s derby victory, James Dale coming in for the injured Derek Young.
In the early stages of the game Paddy Boyle dragged his shot wide in the only chance of the first fifteen minutes, the game slow to get going.
In the 19th minute Stuart Malcolm knocked the ball wide from Stephen Husband’s corner before the home side took the lead two minutes later. Scott Gray’s effort hit the crossbar and the midfielder did well to regain the ball before putting a cross to the back post for Jim Lister to nod home.
Gavin Swankie had a shot deflected wide a minute before Husband made Andy McNeil work with a 30 yard strike that the keeper held well.
Swankie thought he had scored in the 34th minute, as had everyone else in the ground, his long range strike hit the crossbar and looked like it had crossed the line but neither the referee or linesman seemed to be in a position to make a decision on whether it had. In the aftermath of this Dale Hilson was bundled over as he readied himself to head the rebound but no penalty was given.
After half time it was clear Dick Campbell had given the team a bit of a talking to, with the Loons looking the better side.
A great counter attack ended in Danny Denholm setting up Dale Hilson who turned his marker inside out but he could only fire over the bar.
Denholm then blasted over himself from Swankie’s cutback before Forfar equalised in the 67th minute, Jim Paterson beating the right back and swinging a cross in for the unmarked Hilson to nod home.
Hilson could have had a second a minute later but his shot from 20 yards was well held. In the 80th minute Dods headed at the keeper whilst Kader had a shot blocked by a defender.
Martyn Fotheringham almost scored a fantastic goal less than a minute after coming on, his half volley from 30 yards swerving as it got closer to goal and McNeil had to be sharp to tip the ball wide.
Rab Douglas made a brilliant save with three minutes left, Keigan Parker raced down the left and placed the ball to an unmarked Scott Gray who advanced on goal but his shot was blocked by Douglas who raced out his goal to deny them a winner.
Swankie forced McNeil into a good save again before he nodded home the winner in the 90th minute from Kader’s cross, continuing Forfar’s run in first place in League One and giving the Loons a rare win at Airdrieonians, their first away win this season as well.
Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Gavin Swankie
Airdrieonians: Andy McNeil, Chris O’Neil, Paddy Boyle, David Proctor (Kyle Richford 90), Luca Gasparotto, Ben Richards-Everton, Scott Gray, Marc Fitzpatrick, Jim Lister, Bryan Prunty (Keigan Parker 77), Liam Watt.
Subs not used: Jamie Bain, Nathan Blockley, Scott Stewart, Rohan Ferguson, Nicky Cadden.
Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas 7, Mark Baxter 7, Jim Paterson 6, Stuart Malcolm 6, Darren Dods 6, Stephen Husband 6 (Gavin Malin 77, 3), Omar Kader 7, James Dale 6 (Martyn Fotheringham 84, 2), Dale Hilson 7, Gavin Swankie 7, Danny Denholm 7 (Chris Templeman 82, 2)
Subs not used: Michael Dunlop, Liam Keiller, Paul McLellan, Ross Salmon (gk)