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Forfar Athletic 0 Alloa Athletic 1

Sunday, 15 April 2018 11:46

Despite a 1-0 defeat to Alloa Athletic, it has been confirmed that Forfar Athletic are staying in League One next season.
Callum Crane’s early winner saw the Loons lose but Queen’s Park and Albion Rovers also lost, meaning Jim Weir’s side are seven points ahead with only six points to play for.
There were two changes from last week’s late win at Albion Rovers with Eddie Malone and an ill Mark Millar replaced by Andy Munro and Josh Peters.
Ross Stewart should have put Alloa ahead in the fifth minute when he was presented with a golden opportunity but he couldn’t put the ball into the empty net and Darren Whyte cleared the danger.
The Wasps did take the lead after 14 minutes; Callum Crane, Stewart and Jordan Kirkpatrick all combining with the passing resulting in Crane curling over McCallum and into the back of the net.
Following the goal, Forfar started to create their own chances with Josh Peters, Dylan Easton and Dale Hilson all coming close.
They were forced into an early chance eight minutes before the break with Peters limping off to be replaced by Dean Brotherston.
Matthew Aitken saw his effort on the stroke of half time curl inches away from goal as the Loons went in to the break trailing Alloa.
Hilson went similarly close with a free kick three minutes after the break before Iain Flannigan was denied by Marc McCallum at the other end.
Forfar were dealt another blow shortly after as Matthew Aitken went down following a hard challenge by Andy Graham. After five minutes of treatment he was stretchered off and seen to by paramedics before being taken to hospital.
Kirkpatrick saw an audacious lob land on the roof of the net in the 73rd minute; at the other end Michael Travis sent a volley into the arms of Neil Parry before he was denied by a goal line clearance as he met a Russell Dingwall corner.
Kevin Cawley had a strike deflected past the post in the 82nd minute as both sides looked to find the back of the net late on.
Murray Mackintosh, Dingwall and sub Greg Hurst all came close deep into injury time with the talking point of the second half coming in the fifth minute of this.
Easton and Jamie McCart tussled for the ball with the former dragging the latter down, while both were on the ground McCart felt his best option was to lash out and punched Easton in the head before rightfully being sent off for violent conduct.
Results elsewhere secured Forfar’s safety with two games to go and they were given further good news on Sunday with the news that Matthew Aitken had not suffered any broken bones, albeit he had concussion.
Match report by Lee Smith

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