Darth Kader praises Super Smith as average Ayr are well beat

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

Goalscorer Omar Kader was thrilled to help Forfar Athletic return to winning ways as he netted his third strike of the season at home to Ayr United.

Kader scored the hosts’ second in a 2-0 win after Scott Smith had opened the scoring with a 25-yard screamer, ending Forfar’s five-game winless run.

And the winger said his goal was such an easy chance, even he could score a header from there.

He told the Dispatch: “It’s a good start to the game, that’s what we said before the game that we needed to start well. The last few weeks we haven’t done that and obviously Scott’s scored a great goal, you can’t get a better start than that.

“For me, getting a header is great because I don’t score many. Sanny’s done well and then it’s came back off the bar, and even I can’t miss from there.”

Omar revealed the boys were adamant they’d get back to winning ways after a difficult run that included tough fixtures against Dunfermline, Morton and Cowdenbeath.

He continued: “The last five games we’ve played Dunfermline away, Morton away, Cowdenbeath in the Scottish and Stranraer, they’re all tough games as was Brechin away last weekend.

“We had a tough run but we were determined to get a win. We started the season really well so we were keen to get over that stall there. A home game against Ayr, we were wanting to get back on track.

“Everyone can beat everyone in this league and that’s the thing, if you don’t win games other teams will. If you don’t win for a few games the pack’s caught up with you.”

Dick Campbell made three changes to the back four for this game but the makeshift defence was rarely bothered by their opponents, and Kader commended the defensive players on their well deserved clean sheet.

He said: “We played well defensively, Mikey did really well and Michael coming in at right back. The back four’s changed a lot the last few weeks so to get a clean sheet, the boys are buzzing going into a week off.

“Beattie’s had a couple of chances at 1-0 and if one goes in it’s a different game. They had a lot of the ball and they passed it around well.”

The winger was full of praise for fellow scorer Smith, saying the teen is sure to be an asset for Dick Campbell’s team.

He said: “It’s a great goal for Scott. He’s had a couple of really difficult games to come into.

“You’ve seen how good he can be and he’ll be an asset for us.

“He trains with us on a Thursday in Perth so it’s good for him to come here and get a home game under his belt.

“With the injuries we’ve had over the last few weeks, it’s great to bring someone in with the quality Scott’s got.”

Forfar are without a game this coming weekend due to the Scottish Cup and Kader admitted the week off gives some players a chance to recover from niggling injuries.

He said: “We’ll regroup without the game next weekend. It allows the boys to rest up and it gives the boys with knocks another week under their belts.”

The club will be running a Supporters’ Coach to the Stenhousemuir game.

Cost is £7 and names can be handed in to the Toy Castle in Castle Street or by calling 0781165689 after 5 p.m. The coach leaves Myre Car Park at 12.30 p.m.