Cup exit for Forfar Boys Under-16s

Two Sundays ago Forfar Boys Under-16s eventually got back to action after seeing no fixtures played in January due to weather related postponements.

They faced St Murdoch at home in the Chuck McGowan Cup quarter final and were unfortunate to lose out by the odd goal in three.

The Forfar squad on the day was Duncan, Davidson, Baillie (c), Ferrier, Lumgair, Roy, Norrie, Simpson, Edward, Menmuir and Watt.

Forfar played into a strong wind in the first half which saw them on the back foot at times, but nevertheless able to deal with what their visitors could throw at them with excellent effort from front to back.

Forfar were desperately unlucky to concede on the stroke of half time when a cross from the right was caught by the wind and drifted into the net at the back post.

In the second half Forfar came more into the game but soon found themselves two goals down. Undeterred, Forfar kept pressing and after a series of excellent but unconverted corners by Simpson, Lumgair finally forced the ball home to get them back into the game. Watt then saw an effort go over the bar as Forfar pushed hard for an equaliser, but unfortunately they ran out of time and their sterling efforts went harshly unrewarded.

It was back to league action the following Sunday with an away trip to Dundee to play Celtic.

The squad for that game was Urquhart, Davidson, Baillie (c), Ferrier, Duncan, Wheatley, Roy, Norrie, Simpson, Edward and Menmuir.

Celtic took the lead with a penalty but Edward then saw a long range effort saved before he levelled the match with a fine header from a Davidson cross from the right.

In the second half a long clearance from Urquhart was followed in by Edward who fired home to put Forfar into the lead. Forfar eventually got a third goal when Duncan powered a great header into the net from a Simpson corner. Duncan then tried his luck from distance but the home keeper was well positioned to save his shot.

In the end Forfar had to be content with a 3-1 victory even though they were certainly worth a few goals more as their hard work and excellent football was this time rewarded.