Greenock Morton 0 Forfar Athletic 2 (SPFL League One) 7th March 2015

Greenock Morton                           0

 

Forfar Athletic                                  2

James Dale 24, Gavin Malin 78

Goals from James Dale and Gavin Malin pulled Forfar Athletic to within three points of the top of League One with a game in hand with a 2-0 over leaders Greenock Morton on Saturday.

Dale netted after Iain Campbell had missed a penalty midway through the first half, with Malin making sure of the points with ten minutes to go.

Dick Campbell made three changes after last week’s defeat, Dale, Malin and Mark Baxter replacing Dale Hilson, Stephen Husband and Omar Kader.

Morton started off with the first chance when Declan McManus dragged his shot wide before Chris Templeman laid the ball off for Gavin Swankie, who also fired wide from a tight angle.

McManus went close again in the second minute, nodding former Loon Jamie McCluskey’s cross straight at Rab Douglas.

In the fifth minute Swankie again was set up by Templeman but this time his shot was held by Gaston.

Three minutes later McManus had a third chance in a fast paced start, racing clear of the Loons defence but he couldn’t put his shot either side of Douglas and his parried effort was cleared by Malcolm.

Malin blasted wide with Stefan McCluskey’s header being touched over the bar before Forfar were awarded a penalty in the 24th minute, Sean Crighton fouling Templeman as they went for a header.

Iain Campbell stepped up to take the spot kick but Gaston saved the effort but couldn’t stop James Dale firing home the rebound.

In the 38th minute the Loons went close three times in quick succession, first Malin set up Swankie and his shot was saved before Campbell had his blocked with Malin then sending a free kick inches over the bar.

Three minutes into the second half Stuart Malcolm rose to meet Campbell’s corner but the Morton defence cleared the ball before it reached the goal.

McCluskey fired McManus’ knock down into Douglas’ arms before Thomas O’Ware fired miles over the bar in the 53rd minute.

In the 65th minute Baxter and Swankie combined to release Malin but when the midfielder was in on goal Gaston palmed the effort away.

Malin eventually got the better of him with twelve minutes to go, playing a one two with Swankie before side footing the ball home for his third of the season.

Declan McManus could have grabbed a consolation for the Greenock side in the last few minutes but as he raced towards goal Darren Dods made a great tackle to deny the Aberdeen striker.

The result moves the Loons to within three points of Morton, with a game in hand on them, which will be played this Tuesday away to Peterhead.

Greenock Morton: Derek Gaston, Lee Kilday, Mark Russell, Thomas O’Ware, Sean Crighton, Stefan Milojevic, Conor Pepper (Peter MacDonald 60), Jamie McCluskey, Ross Caldwell (Jon Scullion 74), Declan McManus, Stefan McCluskey (Ross Forbes 60)

Subs not used: Michael Miller, Ricki Lamie, Grant Adam (gk)

Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas, Michael Travis, Mark Baxter, Stuart Malcolm, Darren Dods, Derek Young, James Dale (Omar Kader 67), Iain Campbell, Chris Templeman (Danny Denholm 82), Gavin Swankie (Martyn Fotheringham 87), Gavin Malin.

Subs not used: Dale Hilson, Stephen Husband, Michael Dunlop, Jason King (gk)

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