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Stranraer 2 Forfar Athletic 0

Sunday, 01 April 2018 12:21

Forfar Athletic’s inconsistent form continued on Saturday as they were defeated by two first half goals at Stranraer.

Despite losing out through goals from Ross Lyon and Scott Agnew, the Loons’ destiny is still in their own hands with a four point gap between themselves and next week’s opponents Albion Rovers.

One enforced change was made to last week’s winning side as Mark Millar missed out due to work commitments, Kevin McNaughton replacing him.

Both sides had great chances in the opening ninety seconds as Grant Anderson volleyed over for the hosts; from the goal kick Dale Hilson found himself in on goal but Max Currie did well to push his effort away.

Stranraer took the lead after just five minutes when Scott Agnew’s low effort flew past McCallum.

Dylan Easton could have equalised after quarter of an hour however he could only curl over before Hilson saw a shot blocked shortly after.

The lead was doubled just after the half hour mark; Ross Lyon doing well to get a shot away that McCallum looked to have covered however a slight deflection deceived the keeper and the ball found the back of the net.

McNaughton was replaced by Greg Hurst after this and the sub wasted a chance before the break as he blasted over from Easton’s corner.

Forfar came out from half time eager to reduce the deficit and Easton was unlucky not to do so in the 54th minute when his shot cannoned off the bar. The ball fell to Murray Mackintosh but his follow up was tipped over by Currie.

Stephen Okoh headed an Agnew free kick over for the hosts before Easton was denied by Currie again on the hour mark.

Hilson dragged his effort wide while Easton saw his shot fly inches past the post. At the other end Morgyn Neill’s header was deflected wide as Stranraer looked to add to their tally.

Forfar had a penalty shout turned down in the 83rd minute; Greg Hurst was knocked off balance by a challenge inside the box after beating a couple of defenders and this caused his shot to curl away from goal.

The result means Forfar are still four points ahead of Albion Rovers with the two sides facing each other next week at Cliftonhill.

Match report by Lee Smith


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