Forfar leave it late to grab a draw on the road

Forfar Athletic left it late before levelling at Dumbarton on Saturday, Kevin Motion netting the all-important goal deep into time added on.'Picture by Chris Coutts, Forfar.

Forfar Athletic left it late before levelling at Dumbarton on Saturday, Kevin Motion netting the all-important goal deep into time added on.'Picture by Chris Coutts, Forfar.

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FORFAR Athletic left it late to grab a share of the spoils at Dumbarton on Saturday.

The all-important strike came from substitute Kevin Motion in the 93rd minute, levelling a Dumbarton goal scored in the 16th minute.

The result leaves the Loons struggling near the foot of the Scottish second division, having managed a point a game so far this season.

However, while Dick Campbell’s charges will have to go some to catch Cowdenbeath, Arbroath and Stenhousemuir at the business end of the table, fourth spot remains very much within their reach, with Dumbarton occupying that spot, but only five points ahead having played a game more!

In the windy conditions at New Strathclyde Stadium it was, once again, a case of digging deep to grind out a result. The Loons had goalkeeper Jamie Langfield, on loan from Aberdeen for a month to regain his match fitness, between the sticks for the first time. Alas, the goalkeeper was beaten in the 16th minute, Pat Walker converting a Mark Gilhaney pass to give the home side the advantage.

The home side carved out the better of the chances during the game, Forfar surviving a penalty scare when Jamie Bishop collided with Ryan Borris and than Joe Shaughnessy coming to the visitors’ rescue with a clearance off the line after Tony Wallace had beaten Langfield.

The introduction of Kevin Byers, Kevin Motion and Michael Bolochoweckyj appeared to strengthen the Loons hand.

Byers wasn’t far away with a volley, which beat the keeper but was cleared from danger by Alan Lithgow.

Then Kevin Motion, who entered the fray with ten minutes left, came to the Loons rescue with a strike right at the death.

With everyone waiting for the final whistle, one final push by Forfar saw Bishop send the ball into the area from a throw-in, Bolochoweckyj and Byers combining to set up Motion to head home a dramatic last-gasp leveller.

With so little between many of the teams in the league, it may prove an important away point before the season is over.

Of his goal, Kevin Motion said: “It just crept over the line but I will take it as it is only my second goal of the season.

“We kept going and I felt a draw was the right result.”

Assistant manager Ian Campbell added: “We are better than what we showed in this game but I cannot fault the players for the effort they put in.”

Next up for Forfar is a home game against East Fife this coming Saturday, the Fifers having come out on top by four goals to three when the teams last met at New Bayview in early October.

Dumbarton - Ewings, Nugent, Kennedy, Lithgow, Creaney, Borris (Brannan), Wallace, Agnew, Gilhaney, Prunty and Walker (Winters).

Forfar Athletic - Langfield, Wilson, Bishop, Shaughnessy, Iain Campbell, Gibson (Byers), Ross, Mowat, Low (Bolocheweckyj), Templeman and Ross Campbell (Motion).