Cowdenbeath 3 Forfar Athletic 4 (League Two) 17th December 2016

Cowdenbeath 3

Fraser Mullen 26, 55, Kris Renton 67

Forfar Athletic 4

Lewis Milne 27, Gavin Swankie 41, 90+2, Josh Peters 70

Gavin Swankie’s last minute winner ensured Forfar extended their lead at the top of League Two to seven points after defeating Cowdenbeath 4-3.

After falling behind twice to a Fraser Mullen double and Kris Renton, goals from Lewis Milne, Josh Peters and Swankie’s brace sealed a dramatic win for the Loons in a repeat scoreline from August.

The Blue Brazil had the first real chance against an unchanged Forfar side, with Lewis Moore forcing a fingertip save from Grant Adam in the 19th minute.

Seven minutes later and the hosts had taken the lead; Fraser Mullen curling a free kick in to the top from 25 yards.

It wasn’t long before the Loons were level however and it was former Cowden midfielder Lewis Milne who grabbed the equaliser when he rose to nod home Jamie Bain’s cross for his third goal in two games.

Bain was provider again as Forfar went ahead four minutes before the break; his long throw fell to Gavin Swankie to rifle past David McGurn.

Ten minutes in to the second half the blue brazil earned a free kick near the touchline with Mullen hoping to create a chance for an attacker however his set piece evaded everyone and ended up in the back of the net to level things up once more.

Forfar came close to going ahead through Swankie and Danny Denholm before the hour mark but both players dragged their efforts wide.

The hosts had chances themselves in the 63rd minute when Dean Brett’s shot was diverted over by the head of Michael Kennedy and from the corner Cameron Muirhead saw his effort cleared off the line with Grant Adam beaten.

Cowdenbeath did go ahead for the second time shortly after when a poor clearance found Muirhead who set up Kris Renton and the big striker fired home despite claims of a foul on Bain as Renton prepared to shoot.

Three minutes after falling behind and Forfar equalised once again; a ball in to the box caused problems for the hosts with Swankie backheeling the ball for Peters to drill past McGurn, the striker breaking his goalless run.

Stuart Malcolm looked to have put Forfar ahead with ten minutes to go when he beat the keeper with a header from Martyn Fotheringham’s free kick but the ball cannoned off the near post and was cleared.

Peters also came close to netting in the first minute of injury time, latching on to a long goal kick from Adam but the 20 year old could only blast over the bar.

It looked like that may have been the last chance of the game but Swankie had other ideas with almost the last kick of the game; Jamie bain found David Cox in the area and the attacker chested the ball through for Swankie to rifle home to the delight of the players and fans.

The win, coupled with Arbroath’s late show against Elgin, meant Forfar moved seven points ahead at the top of the league however they face two difficult games against Clyde and Elgin between Christmas and New Year.

Cowdenbeath: David McGurn, Dean Brett, Fraser Mullen, Kyle Miller, Lewis Moore, Nikolay Todorov, Kris Renton, Gerry McLauchlan, Brian Ross, Jamie Pyper (Shaun Rutherford 46), Cameron Muirhead (Craig Johnston 76)

Subs not used: Burton O’Brien, David Robertson, Chris Turner, Gary Glen, Jamie Sneddon (gk)

Forfar Athletic: Grant Adam, Michael Kennedy, Jamie Bain, Stuart Malcolm, Thomas O’Brien, Martyn Fotheringham, Josh Peters, Lewis Milne (Marc Scott 42), David Cox, Gavin Swankie, Danny Denholm (Eoghan McCawl 77)

Subs not used: Michael Travis, Andy Munro, Allan Smith, Matthew Aitken, Joe McGovern (gk)

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