Bring on Stranraer: Loons face Blues after final day heartache

Pic credit: Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit: Christopher Coutts.

The Loons were beaten 3-1 by Ayr United at Station Park while Greenock Morton defeated Peterhead by the same scoreline to ensure they lifted the title at the end of the afternoon.

The Loons were beaten 3-1 by Ayr United at Station Park while Greenock Morton defeated Peterhead by the same scoreline to ensure they lifted the title at the end of the afternoon.

It was a gutting end to what has been a truly sensational season for Forfar, and it is not yet over as the side - who finished the campaign in third behind Stranraer - go into the play-offs alongside Stevie Aitken’s Blues, rivals Brechin City and Championship side Alloa Athletic.

Forfar were roared on by an astonishing crowd of 1,916 people - the majority of whom were home fans - and Campbell apologised to those fans for letting them down on Saturday.

Dick said: “What about the crowd? My goodness, they were fantastic. 1,500 Forfar fans, unbelievable backing. All credit to them for their support, I am just very, very sorry we let them down.

“But we have another opportunity on Wednesday and I hope they all turn out again then.”

Things got off to the perfect start for the hosts after six minutes when Dale Hilson was fouled inside the box by United goalie David Hutton.

The referee awarded a penalty which Hilson duly converted, but Dick - like the home fans - was shocked that Hutton only received a yellow card when it was obvious he denied the striker a clear goalscoring opportunity.

The manager continued: “I didn’t think we played well enough to win any game. Maybe we’ve gone to the well too often. I’ve had five players missing.

“We’ve got a great start with the penalty kick, and it astonishes me how the keeper’s not been sent off. It just astonishes me.

“We just stopped playing from there. We get caught on the counter attack for a penalty kick against us. Then they scored a good goal.

“I’m disappointed, I don’t think we deserved to finish third. The way we’ve played this year, we were worthy of being up there.

“Fair play to Ayr United, they came here with a gameplan to stop us playing; it worked and they’ve ran out worthy winners.

“We’ve still got an opportunity to go up, we’ve got games left.”

The first leg of the play-off semi-final against Stranraer on Wednsday will have a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Admission prices will be as normal: stand £13/£7, ground £12/£6.

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