Forfar Athletic 4 Clyde 3 (League Two) 26th December 2016

Forfar Athletic 4

Gavin Swankie 9, Martyn Fotheringham 50, Jim Lister 80, David Cox 90

Clyde 3

Ewan McNeil 20, David Gormley 42, Peter MacDonald pen 67

It was a case of déjà vu for Forfar Athletic as another 90th minute winner earned them a 4-3 victory after coming from behind twice.

Gavin Swankie’s stunning opener was cancelled out by Ewan McNeil’s equally as impressive volley with Martyn Fotheringham and Jim Lister cancelling out David Gormley and Peter MacDonald’s goals before David Cox nodded home the late winner.

The win now sends Forfar seven points clear at the top of League Two, with Clyde now thirteen points off the pace while still two points behind third placed Elgin City.

After a stuttering start, the Loons took the lead after nine minutes when David Cox made his way down the left before laying the ball off for Swankie who cut in before curling the ball into the top corner.

Cox saw an effort deflected inches past the post with Danny Denholm unlucky not to reach the ball as it rolled across goal.

Clyde equalised in the 20th minute with a fantastic effort from Ewan McNeil as he volleyed home from 25 yards.

Swankie volleyed just over the bar shortly after with John Gibson beaten meanwhile Clyde’s Matthew Flynn saw a header cleared off the line.

David Gormley nodded home a Linton free kick to ensure that the Bully Wee went in to half time in front.

Forfar came out for the second half with intent and pulled themselves level within five minutes of the restart as Martyn Fotheringham and Cox played a neat one two before the former nipped the ball under the advancing Gibson.

Lewis Milne hit the post while Flynn failed to trouble Grant Adam from long range as both sides looked to take the lead again.

Referee Mat Northcroft awarded the visitors a penalty in the 67th minute and Peter MacDonald stepped up to fire home the spot kick.

Gary Bollan brought on Jim Lister in the 75th minute as he returned from injury and the big striker showed his worth within five minutes when he rose to flick home Jamie Bain’s cross.

Forfar looked to be forcing pressure on the visitors as Denholm, Cox, Thomas O’Brien and Eoghan McCawl went close in the last ten minutes.

They did however grab a last ditch winner when Bain’s neat cross was bulleted home by Cox to seal Forfar’s second 4-3 win in a row.

Forfar Athletic: Adam, Bain, Kennedy, Malcolm, O’Brien, Fotheringham, Peters (Lister 75), Milne (59), Cox, Swankie (Scott 90), Denholm

Subs not used: Travis, Munro, Smith, King (gk)

Clyde: Gibson, McNeil, McNiff, Smith, Flynn, Gormley, Perry, Johnston, McLaughlin, Linton, MacDonald

Subs not used: S. Ferguson, K. Ferguson, Miller, Tiffoney, Davidson, Millar, Caddis (gk)

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