Forfar Athletic 3
Chris Templeman 32, Gavin Swankie 53, 90+1
Cameron Kerr 59
Forfar Athletic returned to winnings ways with a comfortable win over Peterhead at Station Park on Saturday.
Chris Templeman and a Gavin Swankie double was enough to defeat ten man Peterhead, with Cameron Kerr grabbing their consolation. The Blue Toon had Rory McAllister sent off for two rather silly incidents in less than three minutes.
Just one change was made after last week’s defeat, Templeman coming in for Martyn Fotheringham.
After a defensive error, Omar Kader was unlucky not to score inside 90 seconds, sending his effort into Graeme Smith’s arms.
This was the only chance in the first twenty five minutes, with the game being end to end without any urgency from either side or any opportunities being created.
Stuart Malcolm nodded a Michael Travis free kick past the post before David Cox forced Rab Douglas into action with a free kick that Douglas held.
Forfar took the lead in the 32nd minute, Travis set up Templeman although his first shot was parried, Swankie cutting the ball back across goal for Templeman to roll into an empty net.
Rory McAllister picked up his first booking in the 37th minute and then received his second two minutes later after the linesman spotted an off the ball incident between the striker and Darren Dods.
Six minutes into the second half Swankie put Denholm clean through and his effort forced a great save from Smith, although bizarrely a goal kick was given.
Two minutes later Swankie created his own chance, beating two defenders on the left side before curling home from a tight angle for his first goal since November.
Iain Campbell and Gavin Malin combined to set up Denholm but he sent the ball over the bar. Peterhead grabbed a goal back from close range in the 59th minute, loanee Cameron Kerr sweeping home Steven Noble’s cross at the far post.
Chances became few and far between again until the last ten minutes, Travis and Denholm setting up Templeman but after controlling his shot was touched wide.
Swankie made sure of all three points in injury time, Hilson broke after a Peterhead attack failed, sent the ball across to Swankie, he progressed on goal and fired past the keeper to move the Loons above Morton after their game was postponed.
Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas, Michael Travis, Iain Campbell, Stuart Malcolm, Darren Dods, Gavin Malin (Stephen Husband 69), Omar Kader (Dale Hilson 69), Derek Young (James Dale 90), Chris Templeman, Gavin Swankie, Danny Denholm.
Subs not used: Martyn Fotheringham, Aaron James, Andrew Steeves, Ross Salmon (gk)
Peterhead: Graeme Smith, Cameron Kerr, Steven Noble, Ryan Strachan, Scott Ross, Kevin Dzierzawski (Jordon Brown 68), David Cox, Jamie Redman, Rory McAllister, Jamie Stevenson (Andy Rodgers 83), Nicky Riley (Reece Donaldson 56)
Subs not used: Ross Smith, Fraser McLaren, Paul Jarvie (gk)