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Airdrieonians 2 Forfar Athletic 1

Sunday, 03 December 2017 11:41

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Ten man Forfar Athletic lost out by the odd goal in three to Airdrieonians on Saturday as the Loons lost their third game in a row.

Despite Eddie Malone’s early red card, Dylan Easton put Forfar ahead but goals from Willis Furtado and Jake Hastie ensured the points stayed at New Broomfield.

No changes were made following the previous week’s defeat at Arbroath with David Cox being ruled as fit despite being forced off at Gayfield.

Luke Watt failed to threaten with a couple of long range efforts early on with both sides trying to force their way through the defence however Forfar were dealt a blow after 16 minutes.
Eddie Malone put in a rash challenge on Ryan Conroy in the middle of the park, earning himself a red card for his troubles; the Airdrie captain limping off with his game over.
Airdrie started to have more of the ball with the man advantage with Adam Brown and sub Tom Fry both being denied by Marc McCallum.
Just after the half hour mark Kieran MacDonald blasted over from distance before Fry did the same from 25 yards.
Dean Cairns had a header deflected over after a Fry cross as the game approached half time while Furtado volleyed past the post.

Forfar looked to get back into the game in the second half and after Fry fired over for the hosts in the 49th minute, Ousman See had the Loons’ first chance when he headed a Matthew Aitken cross wide of the mark.
The next chance was more successful for Jim Weir’s side; See and Aitken combining and the latter sent a low cross across the face of goal for Dylan Easton to convert for his first of the season.
The hosts kept up their efforts to find the net against the ten man Loons and came close through Brown and Cairns before the hour mark.
Airdrie did find the net in the 67th minute as the ball broke to Furtado and he curled low past McCallum from the edge of the box.
Easton had a free kick from the edge of the box held but it was Airdrie who took the lead with ten minutes remaining; Furtado eventually forcing the ball into the path of sub Jake Hastie who rifled high into the net.
Forfar were unlucky not to grab a late equaliser as they had a late spell of pressure; subs Josh Peters and Scott Lochhead saw efforts blocked while the latter had a dangerous long range effort palmed away by Rohan Ferguson.

The result means the distance between eighth and the Loons in ninth increases while bottom placed Queen’s Park’s win cuts the gap at the bottom of the table ahead of next week’s game at home to Alloa.

Full match by Lee Smith

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