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)

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