Blue Toon give Loons the blues

Forfar 0

Peterhead 2

Forfar Athletic fell to a 2-0 defeat on a cold Tuesday night against Peterhead as their poor league form continues, writes Lee Smith.

Goals in either half from former Loon Jordon Brown and sub Jamie Stevenson put the home side to the sword.

There were three changes from Saturday’s win over Queen’s Park, with Kerr Hay, Derek Young and Chris Templeman being replaced by the three loanees Michael Rose, Scott Martin and Andrew Black.

The first chance of the game came through the Blue Toon’s Rory McAllister but he blasted over when he should have done better.

The visitors’ goalkeeper Graeme Smith can count himself lucky to only receive a yellow card when he came rushing out of his box to foul Scott Martin as they raced to meet a long ball.

In the 22nd minute McAllister went close with a free kick 25 yards out but could only send the effort over the bar.

Four minutes later Bryan Hodge saw his effort from the edge of the box held while he had another shot deflected wide on the half hour mark. From the corner, Kevin Nicoll bundled the ball wide from four yards out.

Peterhead took the lead ten minutes before half time, slack defending allowed McAllister to send a ball across the face of goal and Jordon Brown was on hand to slot home at the back post.

Martin nodded over from a Black cross while Leighton McIntosh went the closest to the next goal on the stroke of half time, his shot hitting the outside of the post with Douglas beaten.

McAllister saw a great counter attack end with his effort being pushed wide by Douglas before Michael Rose made a fantastic challenge to deny him when he was shaping up to pull the trigger in the 58th minute.

Danny Denholm, sub Chris Templeman and Martin had chances denied by a tough Peterhead defence as Forfar hunted for an equaliser, the closest coming in the 82nd minute when a Martyn Fotheringham corner was met by Templeman, his header being cleared off the line.

Peterhead killed the game with five minutes to go when sub Jamie Stevenson found space to fire home under Douglas.

The result leaves the Loons in seventh place, five points off the promotion play offs albeit with no wins in the league in the last ten games; the last coming against Brechin in September.

Team: Rab Douglas, Mark Baxter, Iain Campbell, Kevin Nicoll, Michael Travis (Chris Templeman 47), Michael Rose, Bryan Hodge, Andrew Black (Martyn Fotheringham 80), Scott Martin, Gavin Swankie, Danny Denholm

Subs not used: Kerr Hay, Michael Kennedy, Craig Smith, James Yates, Jason King (gk)