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Forfar Athletic 1 St Johnstone 3

Sunday, 29 July 2018 10:06


Forfar Athletic’s Betfred Cup campaign came to an end on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat at home to group winners St Johnstone.

Despite taking the lead through John Baird, the Loons were beaten by goals from Tony Watt, David McMillan and Matthew Kennedy.

Jim Weir’s side had the chance to progress to the second round of the cup provided they take all three points against the Saints.

The visitors had the first chances of the game with Matthew Kennedy and David Wotherspoon failing to find the target with free-kicks in similar positions.

Dale Hilson struck low at Zander Clark in the 13th minute, however, the attacker was involved in the opener two minutes later.

John Baird and Hilson linked up well on the edge of the box and the latter sent a neat ball to the byline for Jamie Bain to cut back, allowing Baird to fire high into the net.

St Johnstone were keen to get back on level terms but were met by Marc McCallum in good form, pulling off two fantastic saves to deny Kennedy and Tony Watt.

He was unable to stop Watt four minutes from the break; Scott Tanser’s pinpoint cross finding the striker and he flicked a header past the keeper.

Thomas Reilly could have given the Loons the lead three minutes into the second half but his effort was parried by Clark and eventually cleared.

They were to rue the miss in the 50th minute; a great defence splitting pass by Liam Gordon allowed David McMillan to nip in and slot home to give the visitors the lead.

The lead was extended just after the hour mark through Matthew Kennedy as he sent a fantastic long range effort past McCallum.


There were further chances for the visitors to add to their lead as the game edged to a close, the most notable coming late on as Murray Davidson hit the post from close range.

Match report by Lee Smith

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