Forfar Athletic 1 Greenock Morton 2 (SPFL League One) 31st January 2015

Forfar Athletic                                  1

Danny Denholm 66

Greenock Morton                           2

Joe McKee 34, Peter MacDonald 70

Forfar Athletic lost out in the odd goal in three to Greenock Morton as they dropped to third in League One.

Danny Denholm netted in the 66th minute to cancel out Joe McKee’s first half opener but Morton’s Peter MacDonald scored the winner less than five minutes later to give the Cappielow side all three points.

The Loons fielded an unchanged side and had Iain Campbell to thank for keeping the score goalless in the tenth minute, blocking two shots in quick succession on the line from Stefan McCluskey and Ross Caldwell.

Eight minutes later Omar Kader raced clear on the right before sending a low cross in for Martyn Fotheringham and he laid the ball off for Gavin Malin but his shot was palmed away by Derek Gaston.

Kader and Fotheringham were involved in another attack in the 23rd minute, Kader sending a cross in for Fotheringham and he controlled the ball inside the area, his final effort was too high and flew over the bar.

Caldwell sent a low effort into Douglas’ arms whilst at the other end Gaston covered the ball well after Fotheringham’s cross with Malin waiting to stroke the ball home.

Joe McKee gave Morton the lead in the 34th minute, Mark Russell’s cross met by Ross Caldwell and his header hit the post, with McKee sweeping home the rebound.

On the stroke of half time Malin sent a volley over the bar after Campbell’s free kick was blocked and the Morton defence failed to clear their lines.

Gavin Swankie was unlucky not to score with a fantastic 30 yard effort in the 56th minute, the shot forcing a great save by Gaston.

Ten minutes later the Loons equalised, Danny Denholm latching onto a ball from the centre of the park, shrugging off two defenders before lashing the ball past the keeper for his second goal in two games at Station Park.

Forfar almost went in front two minutes after equalising, Kader and Malin set up former Ton striker Chris Templeman but his shot was deflected wide .

Despite enduring a large amount of pressure after Denholm’s goal, Morton took the lead again in the 70th minute, playing a one two with Caldwell before firing the ball into the roof of the net.

Morton can consider themselves to be lucky to leave Forfar with all three points after the Loons went close several times in the last fifteen minutes, Stephen Husband the first to go close in the 79th minute, sending a free kick into Gaston’s arms.

Swankie fired over a minute later, with Danny Denholm’s cross being knocked inches wide by a Morton defender in the 87th minute, with his teammates all stood still watching it trickle past the post.

From the resulting corner, Husband sent a cross into the area that cannoned off the bar with Gaston beaten. Forfar had a penalty appeal in the 89th minute turned down after a defender looked to have knocked the ball with his hand, ref Alan Newlands wasn’t convinced.

In the dying moments Husband swung a corner into the box but Denholm could only send his header over the bar.

The result means Morton move above Forfar in the league, although the Loons have a game in hand over them. Next week it’s the turn of Peterhead to visit Station Park, the second meeting between the sides this season after the December meeting at Balmoor was postponed.

Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas, Michael Travis(Stephen Husband 76), Iain Campbell, Stuart Malcolm, Darren Dods, Derek Young, Omar Kader (Dale Hilson 79), Gavin Malin, Martyn Fotheringham (Chris Templeman 53), Gavin Swankie, Danny Denholm.

Subs not used: James Dale, Aaron James, Andrew Steeves, Ross Salmon (gk)

Greenock Morton: Derek Gaston, Lee Kilday, Mark Russell, Thomas O’Ware, Sean Crighton, Ricki Lamie, Joe McKee (Michael Miller 76), Ross Forbes (Connor Pepper 76), Peter MacDonald (Aiden Ferris 90), Stefan McCluskey, Ross Caldwell.

Subs not used: Jordan Cairney, Grant Adam (gk)

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