Forfar Athletic 3
Dale Hilson 3, Gavin Swankie 50, Martyn Fotheringham 77
Goals from Dale Hilson, Gavin Swankie and a fantastic free kick by Martyn Fotheringham sealed a win over Stenhousemuir that moved Forfar top of the league again.
The same line up faced the Warriors as they looked to regain top spot after Dunfermline leaped over them with a win over Ayr on Friday night.
The Loons didn’t have to wait long for a goal, the first attack of the game ending in a goal after three minutes, Stuart Malcolm’s ball out to Gavin Swankie was put into the box, Dale Hilson collected it with his back to goal, turned and fired into the bottom corner outwith the keeper’s reach.
Gary Oliver went close to a quick equaliser for the visitors five minutes later, his long range effort swerving as it went towards Rab Douglas and the big keeper fumbled before gathering safely.
Forfar pushed for a second to try and quickly kill off a lacklustre Stenhousemuir side, Dale Hilson firing inches wide with a free kick before Swankie volleyed past the post.
Danny Denholm forced Greg Fleming into a fantastic save on the half hour mark, Jim Paterson and Hilson combining to lay off the winger and his shot was pushed wide by an alert Fleming.
Stephen Husband had beaten the keeper three minutes before half time with a shot from 35 yards but the long range chance cannoned off the crossbar and Kader stabbed the second attempt at the keeper.
A minute after the break Warriors wide man Jamie Reid was unlucky with a shot that flew inches over but Scott Booth’s men were to pay for wasting that chance in the 50th minute when Swankie’s shot from the corner of the box took a slight deflection, deceiving Fleming into the net at the near post.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors three minutes later, Ciaran Summers, who had already been booked, was shown his second yellow for another foul on Kader, leaving them with even more of an uphill struggle.
Paterson and Kader switched the ball in the 57th minute, Kader ending up striking a low effort that Fleming smothered.
Gary Oliver had another chance for Stenhousemuir, dragging his shot that failed to threaten Douglas before Colin McMenamin blasted over.
With thirteen minutes left sub Martyn Fotheringham made sure of the victory with a ‘Foxy Special’, curling a 20 yard free kick into the top corner for his first of the season.
The Loons are still a point ahead of next week’s opponents Dunfermline whilst move five ahead of third placed Morton.
Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas, Mark Baxter, Jim Paterson, Stuart Malcolm (Michael Dunlop 74), Darren Dods, Stephen Husband, Omar Kader (Martyn Fotheringham 66), James Dale (Gavin Malin 66), Dale Hilson, Gavin Swankie, Danny Denholm
Subs not used: Chris Templeman, Liam Keiller, Paul McLellan, Ross Salmon (gk)
Stenhousemuir: Greg Fleming, Ross Meechan, Alan Lithgow, Ross McMillan, Ciaran Summers, Keiran Miller, Jamie Reid (Martin Grehan 58), Kris Faulds (Gregor Fotheringham 58), Colin McMenamin (Paul-John Sludden 77), Sean Dickson, Gary Oliver.
Subs not used: Robbie Duncan, Alan Lawson, Ryan Miller, Dean Shaw (gk)