Queen’s Park 0 Forfar Athletic 2 (Scottish League Cup First Round) 1st August 2015

Queen’s Park 0

Forfar Athletic 2

Derek Young 16, Danny Denholm 28

First half goals from Derek Young and Danny Denholm helped Forfar Athletic progress into the League Cup Second Round at the expense of Queen’s Park.

Young opened the scoring after sixteen minutes following a good passing move by the Loons before Forfar were awarded a penalty in the 29th minute. Martyn Fotheringham’s spot kick was saved well by Willie Muir but Denholm was quick to bundle home the rebound.

There were three changes from last week’s win against Montrose; Martyn Fotheringham, Bryan Hodge, Chris Templeman coming in for Michael Travis, Gavin Malin and the unavailable Craig Smith.

Chances were almost nonexistent before the opening goal in the sixteenth minute. Danny Denholm played the ball to Gavin Swankie, who in turn gave it to Templeman, the big striker weaved his way into the box and Fotheringham back heeled the ball towards Derek Young who lashed the ball past Willie Muir from just outside the penalty area.

The second goal came just before the half hour mark when Young was fouled by Bryan Wharton in the box. The referee awarded a penalty and Fotheringham stepped up to take it but could only watch as he saw the effort saved by Muir, luckily Denholm was on hand to bundle the rebound home.

Forfar were playing some good football, with Hodge amongst others impressing in midfield but were struggling to break through a tough Queen’s defence.

The Spiders had their first chance of the game four minutes before half time when Joe Bradley nodded a Sean Burns cross wide.

The second half began slowly and the first opportunity didn’t come until the 58th minute, Bradley and Paul Woods couldn’t control the ball as it bounced about the box and it was cleared by the Forfar defence. Three minutes later John Carter sent a header from another Burns cross wide.

Swankie and Fotheringham went close with impressive efforts within two minutes of each other; the latter going closest with a 45 yard effort whistling past the post.

Woods had another shot saved while at the other end Hodge saw his chance pushed wide after a deflection off a defender with twenty minutes left.

Home sub Billy Mortimer sent a thirty yard shot over the bar as time started running out for them to get back into the tie.

Swankie had a shot saved on the line after rounding Muir, this chance Forfar’s final one of the game. With six minutes left Queen’s looked to have a great chance but winger Woods sliced his shot wide.

Forfar held on for a deserved win to progress into the second round where they could face the likes of Hearts, Dundee or Hibernian.

Queen’s Park: Willie Muir, Conor McVey, Sean Burns (Scott Gibson 67), Bryan Wharton, Anthony Quinn (Billy Mortimer 57), Craig McLeish (Jamie McKernon 46), Paul Woods, Vinnie Berry, John Carter, Joe Bradley, David Galt.

Subs not used: Ciaran McElroy, Cammy Marlow, James Baty, Conor O’Boyle (gk)

Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas, Mark Baxter, Iain Campbell, Kevin Nicoll, Thomas O’Brien, Derek Young (Michael Travis 84), Martyn Fotheringham, Bryan Hodge, Chris Templeman (Gavin Malin 81), Gavin Swankie, Danny Denholm (Michael Kennedy 68)

Subs not used: Michael Dunlop, James Yates, Cameron Clark, Jason King (gk)

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