Campbell delighted to get a ‘rub of the green’

Dick Campbell was delighted with the Loons’ goals on Saturday as they progressed to the fourth round of the Scottish Cup with a 2-1 win over Queen’s Park.

Goals in each half from Michael Travis and Chris Templeman were separated by a goal from Jamie McKernon as Forfar booked a trip to either Wick Academy or Linlithgow Rose.

Campbell also revealed he was pleased with the youngsters who took part in the game with seven other unavailable, including Thomas O’Brien after he called off in the morning of the game.

“I’m absolutely delighted, we’ve had a wee rub of the green today,” he said. “We’ve had seven players unavailable today, the conditions were absolutely horrendous; Michael Travis hasn’t played for eight weeks and he’s went out there and gave it his absolute all.”

He continued: “It was great to see Chris Templeman scoring because he was complaining bitterly about a calf problem at half time and we thought long and hard about taking him off but we didn’t, we kept him on.

“I thought Danny Denholm was absolutely outstanding.”

Kerr Hay was given a start with Michael Kennedy and Craig Smith coming off the bench and Campbell was delighted with how they performed as well as praising under 20s manager Barry Sellars for his part in their development, saying: “We played some of the young boys today, Smith and Kennedy came on, Kerr Hay was on from the start so all credit to these under 20 teams, Barry Sellars and his staff for bringing through these players.

“I’m delighted for everyone at Forfar, it was never going to be a classic, I thought we defended resolutely in the first half; I don’t think they had a chance in that first 45.

“I think they got a wee break with that goal but our goals were great ones.”

As soon as the game finished Campbell was focused on Tuesday’s rearranged game against Peterhead where he hoped to have all his loanees and O’Brien back to take part.

“We’re into the next round of the cup at the end of the day and on Tuesday night, we’ve got all our loan players available; we might have O’Brien who called off in the morning, Travis got through the game, Fotheringham will be okay, he wasn’t 100 per cent today.

“We’ve just limped into the next round really but we’re there and that’s it so onwards and upwards.”

One player not expected to feature on Tuesday was Lewis Allan after the loanee returned to Hibs due to an injury. The striker recently had a procedure on a bone cyst on his back and will not be able to train until February.

Tuesday’s match against Peterhead took place after our print deadline. This Saturday, Forfar welcome Cowdenbeath to Station Park.