Sunday, 26 March 2017 06:44
Forfar Athletic lost out by the odd goal in five on Saturday against Berwick Rangers but had Montrose to thank for retaining their slender lead at the top of League Two.
The visitors went ahead through Pat Scullion and although Danny Denholm equalised, Aaron Murrell and Greg Rutherford restored their lead with David Cox netting a late penalty before missing a second with the last kick of the game.
Berwick took the lead just seven minutes in when Pat Scullion bulleted home a Michael McKenna free kick.
The Loons were eager to find an equaliser with the result currently meaning they fell from top spot and came close twice with Danny Denholm and Jamie Bain forcing saves from Sean Brennan.
Lewis Milne had an effort tipped wide in the 22nd minute with Michael Travis’ header landing on the roof of the net.
Berwick’s Greg Rutherford beat the advancing Grant Adam three minutes later however his shot was off target and eventually cleared.
Scullion cleared a Milne shot off the line ten minutes before half time as Forfar inched closer to an equaliser.
Brennan was in fine form; clawing a point blank Jim Lister header away when it looked destined for the top corner.
The Loons equalised on the stroke of half time when Gavin Swankie sent a cross in that was nodded in by the diving Danny Denholm.
Forfar came out for the second half looking more likely to go ahead with Eddie Malone and Andy Munro sending chances straight at Brennan while Lister blasted in to the side netting after latching on to a Swankie ball.
The duo saw efforts blocked inside the area shortly after the hour mark before Murrell headed wide from a McKenna cross.
The Borderers manager John Coughlin sent on David Verlaque in the 72nd minute and within 60 seconds he was involved in a goal; swinging a cross in for Murrell to stab home.
They capitalised on going ahead with another blow three minutes later as Rutherford made his way through the defence on the right before slipping the ball past Adam.
Forfar pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute after Aiden Malone was pulled back in the box and they were awarded a penalty; Cox stepping up to send the keeper the wrong way.
In the fourth minute of injury time and virtually the last kick of the game they were awarded a second penalty after a handball. This time Brennan guessed correctly and saved Cox’s spot kick to give Berwick all three points.
Forfar are still at the top despite the result, coupled with Arbroath losing a late goal to Montrose means it is as you were at the summit of League Two.
Match Report by Lee Smith