Hilson double earns draw against former club

Dale Hilson celebrates after scoring against former club Dundee United.
Dale Hilson celebrates after scoring against former club Dundee United.

A brace from ex-Arab Dale Hilson gave Forfar Athletic a 2-2 draw with Dundee United in a game they easily could have won in front of a bumper crowd of 1,754.

In the 13th minute, ex-Arab Dale Hilson – who was released by them in the summer – turned Darren Petrie inside out on the touchline before sending in a cross that was pushed towards Gavin Swankie, but his shot was blocked before the ball was taken off Gavin Malin’s toes as he went to fire home.

Hilson was involved in another attack, this time beating four or five defenders with ease as he drove forward before letting fly with a shot from the edge of the box that went just wide of the mark.

The visitors took the lead in the 29th minute, Andrew Robertson ran into the Forfar half, passing to Aidan Connolly, who switched the ball into the box for Robertson to latch onto before slotting home underneath Rab Douglas.

Five minutes into the second half, Forfar were awarded a penalty when Scott Fraser bundled over Omar Kader in the box – Hilson stepped up and coolly slotted the ball home.

Forfar took the lead in the 54th minute, John Souttar misjudging where to place a header back towards goal and Hilson rushed past Darren Petrie before composing himself when one on one with Cierzniak; his first attempt was parried and when he received the ball back, he cut past a defender before firing home his second in four minutes.

Forfar Athletic: Douglas, Baxter (Trialist 71), Trialist, Dunlop, Dods, Malin (Young 15), Kader (Smith 71), Hilson (McLellan 71), Templeman, Swankie, Denholm.