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Formartine United 1 Forfar Athletic 0

Sunday, 19 November 2017 12:33

Forfar Athletic crashed out of the Scottish Cup at the third round for the second year running after a 1-0 defeat at Highland League side Formartine United.

Jonathan Crawford’s 14th minute goal was enough for the hosts with the Loons failing to find the target in a disappointing game.

Jim Weir made just one change from the previous week’s win against East Fife with the returning Lewis Milne replacing Murray Mackintosh after his injury.

Formartine had a host of players who had played against the Loons competitively before with Jonathan Crawford, Archie McPhee, Stuart Anderson, Paul Lawson, Garry Wood and former Forfar trialist Conor Gethins.

The hosts came close in the fifth minute at a windy North Lodge Park when Garry Wood saw his shot deflected wide.
Nine minutes later they had taken the lead; Liam Burnett’s low shot hit a grounded Jonathan Crawford and the ball bobbled into the net.
The game was affected by the wind and Formartine defended well whenever the Loons tried to attack. There was not much in terms of action at either end before Lawson fired a free kick over from long range after the half hour mark.
In the 36th minute the hosts were denied again when the ball was cleared off the line following a Burnett shot.
A Dylan Easton corner found Matthew Aitken just before half time and although it looked like he had a great chance to level the scores, the referee awarded Formartine a free kick as it appeared keeper Greg Sim was fouled as he tried to collect the incoming corner.
McCallum was forced to make another save shortly after as Scott Barbour’s shot was pushed away by the Loons keeper.

The hosts could have been two ahead just a minute after the break; Jamie Bain’s short pass allowed Wood to race forward but he was denied by McCallum.
Easton came closest for Forfar in the 51st minute when his inswinging corner beat Sim but hit the bar before going out for a goal kick.
Four minutes later Jamie Bain tested his luck with the wind behind him but couldn’t keep his shot down and blasted over from distance.
Much like the first half, there was little to write about for large periods of the game with just one shot in the 30 minutes following this; Barbour dragging a shot wide of the post when he should have done better.
The winger did the same again in the 82nd minute after a run from his own half.
In injury time Forfar had two chances to earn themselves a replay; David Cox seeing his shot deflected wide before Jamie Bain sent a cross into the box with virtually the last kick of the game but Michael Travis couldn’t get his header on target.

After last season’s defeat to Edinburgh City at the same stage, the Loons exit in the third round again with Formartine deservedly booking their place in the fourth round draw.

Jim Weir will now look to pick his team up ahead of this weekend’s derby clash at Gayfield.

Match report by Lee Smith

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