Edinburgh City 0 Forfar Athletic 1 (League Two) 21st January 2017

Edinburgh City 0

Forfar Athletic 1
David Cox 36 pen

It was a game of two penalties as Forfar Athletic’s 1-0 win over Edinburgh City extended their League Two lead to eight points on Saturday.

After Ousman See missed a 10th minute penalty for City, David Cox fired home from the spot for Forfar to seal a hard fought win as rivals Arbroath lost to Annan Athletic.

The Loons made one change from last week’s draw with Stirling Albion as Jim Lister’s injury meaning he gave way for debutant Eddie Malone.

Danny Denholm had the first half chance of the game just three minutes in when he curled a free kick wide of the mark.

The hosts were awarded a great chance to open the scoring seven minutes later; Grant Adam knocking John Dunn over in his attempts to gather a loose ball. Ousman See stepped up but Adam redeemed himself by saving the spot kick.

Josh Peters had a shot blocked following a Cox lay off before the latter sent a lob wide as he failed to capitalise on Joe Mbu’s poor passback.

It was Gary Bollan’s men who went in to half time ahead with a penalty of their own ten minutes before the break. Jamie Bain thundered his way down the left flank and after weaving in to the box he was fouled by Shaun Harrison.

Cox slotted the penalty past December’s League Two player of the month Andrew Stobie for his eighth of the season.

The second half started frustratingly for City with Forfar soaking up their pressure while the Loons’ own attacks were nullified largely by Mbu.

Dunn saw his effort diverted wide shortly after the hour mark and the resulting corner was missed by a host of white shirts.

Action was at a minimum with neither side creating much of note; Craig Beattie fired wide minutes after coming on when he should have done better in the 75th minute before Dunsmore sent a long range effort over the bar.

The Loons came close to grabbing a second late on to kill the game with both Lewis Milne and sub Eoghan McCawl seeing efforts go wide of Andrew Stobie’s goal.

Gary Bollan’s men now host bottom side Cowdenbeath next week looking to continue their unbeaten run.

Edinburgh City: Andrew Stobie, Aaron Dunsmore, Gordon Donaldson (Douglas Gair 78), Shaun Harrison, Marc Laird, Chris McKee, Ian McFarland (Mark McConnell 81), Dean Cummings (Craig Beattie 69), Ousman See, John Dunn, Joe Mbu

Subs not used: Ross Guthrie, Ross Allum, Jordan Caddow, Callum Antell (gk)

Forfar Athletic: Grant Adam, Jamie Bain, Eddie Malone, Thomas O’Brien, Andy Munro, Michael Travis, Josh Peters (Eoghan McCawl 78), Lewis Milne, David Cox, Gavin Swankie (Marc Scott 71), Danny Denholm

Subs not used: Stuart Malcolm, Michael Kennedy, Kerr Hay, Matthew Aitken, Joe McGovern (gk)

Annan Athletic 1 Forfar Athletic 2 (League Two) 7th January 2017

Annan Athletic 1
Max Wright penalty 21

Forfar Athletic 2
Jim Lister 37, Callum Home own goal 48

Forfar Athletic came from behind for the fourth game in a row as they defeated Annan Athletic 2-1 at Galabank.

After going behind to a Max Wright penalty, Jim Lister’s equaliser alongside an own goal from Annan full back Callum Home meant the three points came back up the road with the Loons.

Four changes were made from Monday’s 2-2 draw with Elgin City as Eoghan McCawl, Josh Peters, Michael Kennedy and the suspended Stuart Malcolm were replaced by Lewis Milne, Michael Travis, Jim Lister and Thomas O’Brien.

The league leaders started off well with David Cox and Michael Travis going close while the former forced Annan keeper Blair Currie in to action.

Jim Chapman’s side were awarded a great chance to open the scoring in the 21st minute when Max Wright was bundled over by Jamie Bain in the box. The winger stepped up to send Grant Adam the wrong way.

Five minutes later Forfar threatened when Cox and then Martyn Fotheringham had chances however they were denied by the Annan defence as players threw themselves in front of the efforts.

Raffi Krissian should have done better with his effort shortly before the half hour mark; a corner made its way out to the centre back who blasted over the bar from the edge of the box.

Gavin Swankie’s deflected effort flew wide and Thomas O’Brien nodded into the keeper’s arms from Lewis Milne’s corner. 

The latter set up the opener eight minutes before the break with a perfect cross that was bulleted home by Lister. Following the goal they were forced in to an early change when Martyn Fotheringham went off injured to be replaced by Eoghan McCawl.

Lister and Milne came close for the Loons as they attempted to complete a turn around before half time with Currie making saves from the pair.

Gary Bollan’s men forced themselves in front just two minutes into the second half.

A Travis throw found Cox and after his shot was spun away from goal, Lewis Milne collected the ball before seeing his effort diverted in to the net by the unfortunate Callum Home.

Milne almost added a third in the 50th minute but once again saw his shot deflected over after Lister’s cross found him.

The game started to quieten down as the fog surrounding Galabank began to make visibility poor for both sides. 

Annan’s latest signing Smart Osolador fired past the post with twenty minutes left in the closest the hosts came to scoring in the second half.

Cox threatened three times in the final fifteen minutes as he looked to kill the game before winger Danny Denholm saw his shot saved by Currie in the dying stages.

Result elsewhere for Arbroath and Elgin mean it’s as you were at the top of League Two with Forfar hosting Stirling Albion next week.

Annan Athletic: Blair Currie, Callum Home, Jean Guy Lucas (Adam Asghar 86), Raffi Krissian, Peter Watson, Gavin Skelton, Rabin Omar, Nathan Flanagan, David McKenna (Aidan Smith 68), Max Wright (Prezmyslaw Dachnowicz 69), Smart Osalodor

Subs not used: Stephen Bronsky, Tony Ribeiro, Ellis Pearson.

Forfar Athletic: Grant Adam, Michael Travis, Jamie Bain, Andy Munro, Thomas O’Brien, Martyn Fotheringham (Eoghan McCawl 38), Jim Lister, Lewis Milne (Josh Peters 78), David Cox, Gavin Swankie, Danny Denholm

Subs not used: Michael Kennedy, Marc Scott, Kerr Hay, Allan Smith, Joe McGovern (gk)

Elgin City 2 Forfar Athletic 2 (League Two) 2nd January 2017

Elgin City 2
Chris McLeish 19
Darryl McHardy 38

Forfar Athletic 2
David Cox 17
Danny Denholm 64
Stuart Malcolm sent off 59

Danny Denholm’s second half equaliser ensured 10 man Forfar’s seven point gap at the top of League Two stayed intact with a 2-2 draw at Elgin City.

Despite going ahead through David Cox, the Loons went in to half time behind with City’s Chris McLeish and Darryl McHardy turning it around before Denholm netted shortly after captain Stuart Malcolm was shown a second booking.

The red card did however give Michael Travis a chance to make his first appearance in a year with an excellent showing in his half hour cameo.

Gary Bollan’s side were forced in to two changes with both Lewis Milne and Thomas O’Brien missing out; Eoghan McCawl and Andy Munro replacing the duo.

The Loons could have taken the lead in the tenth minute had it not been for either post and the crossbar. Cox saw his free kick from the edge of the box rattle the bar with Kennedy’s follow up parried; Denholm then had his effort hit both posts before rebounding back for Swankie to fire over.

Chris Dodd’s effort flew inches over the bar for the hosts with Grant Adam beaten while Josh Peters hooked over at the other end.

Forfar did take the lead after seventeen minutes through David Cox’s fourth goal in eight matches. Danny Denholm’s cross was dealt with poorly by Mark Nicholson and the attacker rifled home past the keeper.

Two minutes later Jim Weir’s men were level when Chris McLeish swept home Shane Sutherland’s ball across goal.

Cox saw another effort held by Cammy Mackay however it was the hosts who went in to half time ahead as Darryl McHardy rose to head home Daniel Moore’s corner.

The hosts wasted a fantastic chance to kill the game two minutes after the break; Sutherland’s cut back sliced over by McLeish.

Peters was unlucky not to pull Forfar level shortly after when he raced on to Cox’s through ball and poked it past Mackay but could only watch as it flew wide of the mark.

Forfar were dealt a blow just before three hour mark when Stuart Malcolm was sent off for two bookable offences. Gary Bollan was forced in to a change and put Michael Travis on for his first appearance since suffering a serious injury a year ago.

Despite being a man down, the Loons looked the stronger side and equalised in the 64th minute when Denholm bundled home a loose ball despite claims from Munro for the goal with the big defender’s effort cleared off the line before Denholm made sure it was in for his seventh of the season.

McLeish saw his header from a Moore cross held before winger Jamie Reid had an effort deflected over.

Cox almost grabbed a late winner for the Loons for the third week in a row when he corner was misjudged and had to be cleared off the line meanwhile his second effort was met by Munro; his header hooked off the line again.

Substitute Jim Lister was inches away from racing on to a poor header back to his keeper by Nicolson but Mackay was able to gather the loose ball.

The result along with the Angus derby ending in a stalemate means that Forfar continue to be seven points ahead of Arbroath before their trip to Annan on Saturday.

Elgin City: Cammy Mackay, Matthew Cooper, Archie McPhee, Darryl McHardy, Mark Nicolson, Jamie Reid, Brian Cameron, Chris Dodd (Robbie Bruce 89), Chris McLeish (Craig Gunn 74), Shane Sutherland, Daniel Moore

Subs not used: Ben Cullen, Michael Watson, Errol Watson (gk)

Forfar Athletic: Grant Adam, Michael Kennedy, Jamie Bain, Stuart Malcolm, Andy Munro, Martyn Fotheringham, Josh Peters (Michael Travis 62), Eoghan McCawl, David Cox, Gavin Swankie (Jim Lister 73), Danny Denholm

Subs not used: Kerr Hay, Marc Scott, Allan Smith, Murray Mackintosh, Joe McGovern (gk)