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Forfar Athletic 0 Morton 0

Sunday, 08 July 2018 15:46

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Forfar Athletic continued their preparations for the competitive season with a goalless draw against Greenock Morton on Saturday.

Jim Weir’s side kept their second clean sheet in a row against a Championship side at a sunny Station Park but could have won as they had two goals ruled out for offside.

There was just one addition to the squad that faced Ayr last week as Dale Hilson returned while Eddie Malone and Dylan Easton dropped to the bench to make way for Hilson and Murray Mackintosh in the only two changes.

The game wasn’t entirely one that will stick in the memory of the 275 fans that attended, with chances few and far between for either side.

Dale Hilson thought he had opened the scoring for the Loons after twelve minutes as he raced onto a long ball before lifting it over the head of keeper Ryan Scully and into the back of the net but assistant Willie Ferguson flagged for offside.

Two minutes later Ross Meechan’s cross almost found Hilson’s head, however Scully got his hands to the dangerous ball inches before the attacker could.

Marc McCallum was lucky not to concede shortly after when a low effort was fumbled by the goalkeeper but the ball slipped past the post.

Just before the half hour mark recent signing Gary Fraser had a low free kick held by Scully before the final chance of the half fell to John Baird, he met a Bain cross but could only divert it on to the roof of the net.

Morton’s first clear cut chance came two minutes into the second half; Chris Millar firing over from distance.

The flow of the game was disrupted with substitutions being made and water breaks as the next opportunity didn’t appear until the 72nd minute when Scully punched away a Fraser free kick.

Four minutes later Michael Travis had to clear a Michael Tidser cross with Gary Oliver lurking, meanwhile the Loons trialist sent a long range effort wide of the mark.

Forfar had the ball in the net for the second time with seven minutes remaining; sub Dylan Easton’s cross was hooked away by former Forfar trialist Jack Iredale but it cannoned off Jamie Bain and strolled across the line. Unfortunately for Bain, he was adjudged to have been offside.

The result will give Jim Weir and his squad confidence ahead of the final week of pre-season as they face Formartine United and Hearts on Tuesday and Saturday respectively.

Match report by Lee Smith

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