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Airdrieonians 1 Forfar Athletic 2

Sunday, 29 April 2018 07:57

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Forfar Athletic ended their 2017/18 league campaign with a 2-1 win away to Airdrieonians on Saturday.

Goals in either half from Greg Hurst and Mark Millar gave the Loons all three points with Ryan Conroy netting a penalty in-between.

Just one change was made from the previous week’s draw with Queen’s Park as the suspended Andy Munro was replaced by Mark Millar. A bonus for the Loons saw Michael Kennedy appear on the bench for the first time following his serious injury in November.

Airdrie almost took an early lead after a poor pass allowed Jake Hastie in on goal but Marc McCallum denied the winger.

The Loons were the ones to break the deadlock after ten minutes when Ross MacIver played Dale Hilson in and despite being one on one with the keeper, he squared the ball for the approaching Greg Hurst for his second goal since joining the Loons.

Mark Millar could have added a second shortly after as he made his way into the box only to be denied by Willie Muir.

Russell Dingwall was next to see his effort saved by Muir while Dan Higgins nodded wide from a Ryan Conroy free kick at the other end.

Dylan Easton went on a solo run in the 25th minute down the left wing, beating a couple of defenders before his effort was parried, the winger’s follow up shot was blasted over the bar.

Just after the half hour mark McCallum was called into action again as Luke Watt’s 20 yard effort was pushed wide before Millar volleyed into the arms of Muir from the edge of the box.

Both sides had chances in the early stages of the second half with Hurst and Easton going close for Forfar while Conroy and Adam Brown failed to find the target for the hosts.

Muir pulled off a great save with his feet to save Easton’s deflected effort and Airdrie were dealt a blow shortly after in the 59th minute.

Hurst sent Bain through towards goal but he was taken down by Kieran MacDonald just outside the box. Referee Gavin Ross took a while to make a decision and eventually produced a somewhat harsh red card for MacDonald.

Despite the disadvantage Airdrie were still dangerous and came inches from equalising as Hastie fired just over the bar before McCallum pushed a Watt shot away.

The Diamonds were given a golden opportunity to equalise in the 76th minute as Bain fouled Hastie inside the box and Ross pointed to the spot. Conroy stepped up and sent the ball past McCallum to level things.

It wasn’t long before Forfar restored their lead however; three minutes later Dingwall was fouled 30 yards out and Millar curled a low free kick past Muir to confirm him as top scorer for the season.

Airdrie were unlucky not to equalise in injury time as a cross made its way into the box, Higgins headed the ball across the face of goal for Hastie to get a shot away only for Darren Whyte to head off the line.

Regardless of the result, the Loons were always going to finish the season in eighth position, something that fans wouldn’t have believed would happen after the start to the season before Weir’s appointment.

Match report by Lee Smith

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