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Forfar Athletic 1 Queens Park 1

Sunday, 22 April 2018 08:13

Forfar Athletic ended their 2017/18 home campaign with a 1-1 draw against relegation battlers Queen’s Park on Saturday.

After going ahead through Ross MacIver, the Loons were brought back to level terms when Luke Donnelly netted in the second half before Andy Munro was harshly sent off.

With safety gained the week before, Jim Weir made two changes as Matthew Aitken was ruled out for the rest of the season and Josh Peters dropped to the bench, Ross MacIver and Greg Hurst replacing the pair.

The replacements paid off after just twelve minutes as MacIver put Queen’s keeper Michael White under pressure after a poor pass back; White’s clearance hit the winger and he was more than happy to tap it into the empty net.

David Galt came close to equalising for the visitors shortly after but Marc McCallum did well to tip his curling effort over.

Forfar were unlucky not to add to their tally in the 32nd minute; MacIver, Easton and Dingwall combined and the latter saw his effort blocked, the ball fell to Hurst who was denied by the defence twice along with Travis before it was eventually cleared.

Three minutes later Hurst made a darting run from the halfway line, after cutting past a couple of defenders his shot was parried and cleared.

Aidan Keena was the closest to grabbing a goal before the break when his header was pushed onto the bar by McCallum.

The Loons had the first chances of the second half with Easton failing to find the target twice in quick succession.

Easton sent a free kick inches over the bar but it was the visitors who found the net in the 67th minute. Poor defending resulted in Robbie Leitch’s shot being diverted into the path of Luke Donnelly by Dominic Docherty and Donnelly netted from close range.

Darren Whyte was denied by White shortly before sub Josh Peters dragged his effort wide.

Forfar were reduced to ten men in the 82nd minute; referee Craig Napier harshly judged Andy Munro to have shoved Donnelly outside the box and sent the defender off.

This seemed to give the Spiders momentum in the final moments of the game but they failed to capitalise as McCallum kept them out.

The Loons will look to finish their season on a high as they travel to Airdrie on Saturday knowing they can only finish in 8th place.

Match report by Lee Smith

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