It’s another clean sheet for Campbell’s impervious Forfar

Photo - Chris Coutts
Photo - Chris Coutts

Forfar Athletic midfielder Derek Young was delighted to get the league season off to a flyer after a 1-0 win away to Airdrieonians.

A goal 88 seconds after kick off from Chris Templeman was enough for the Loons, who also had Rab Douglas and his defence to thank for the three points.

Speaking after the game, Young felt the side could have had more in the first half than just one goal.

He said: “I think we started fantastically, probably the best we’ve started since I joined; we were straight in the box, playing a bit of football and creating chances.

“It was a good goal from a great ball from Danny, that’s what he’s there for. Big Sanny up front who’s taller than everyone else on the park, he’s just buried it.

“I think we went from strength to strength in the first half and with a bit more luck we could have had another goal. In the second half we had to see it out, we had chances to finish but didn’t take them; they had chances as well, Yano’s had to clear it off the line but for our first game in the league I think it’s a fantastic result, big Rab’s got his clean sheet and the defence were fantastic.”

The midfielder was pleased with how solid the defence have been so far after losing Stuart Malcolm and Darren Dods over the summer.

“We knew we were going to have to work our backside off and from kick off that’s what we did right up until the final whistle. The game changed in the second half and we were expecting that after how we played in the first,” he said.

“The good thing about it is we’ve lost our two main defenders from last year in big Malky and Dods and we’ve replaced them with guys that have looked solid so far and long may that continue.

“As a whole the team were solid enough, like I said it’s the start of the season, the manager’s happy with how things went and a 1-0 victory away from home is exactly what we’re looking for.”

Dick Campbell fielded the same side as last week’s win over Queen’s Park, the only changes being Craig Smith and Kerr Hay taking the place of Cameron Clark and Michael Kennedy on the bench.

Forfar got off to a dream start just 88 seconds into the game when Iain Campbell sent Danny Denholm down the left wing, he tormented the Airdrie right back before swinging in a cross that Templeman got his head to and nodded past Neil Parry.

The Loons could have had a second just five minutes later - Bryan Hodge beat an Airdrie player to the ball, he swung a cross in that evaded the first players but Denholm managed to get a shot away under pressure although Parry saved the effort.

Campbell and Hodge both had shots held as Forfar looked the much better side in the first half, Airdrie having just one shot that went wide.

Five minutes before half time Hodge went close again from just outside the box but Parry did well to deny the midfielder before Gavin Swankie curled wide.

Taylor Morgan had a fantastic chance to level the scores in the 41st minute, a David Cox ball into the box saw Douglas and Bryan Gilfillan collide going for the high ball and it fell to Morgan who had an open goal.

Before he could slot home Kevin Nicoll came in with a great challenge to put the ball wide.

Airdrie looked better in the second half but found Douglas in fantastic form; in the 54th minute a Bain cross was knocked down by Bryan Prunty and Liam Watt’s volley was brilliantly pushed away by the veteran keeper.

Hodge went close again before Swankie had a one on one chance to make it 2-0, the home keeper doing well to block the shot.

Douglas had another good save from a Prunty volley on the hour mark while Alan Lithgow blasted wide from a Nicolas Sumsky corner.

Gilfillan saw a header saved as Airdrie desperately tried for a goal.

Martyn Fotheringham then had a shot blocked in the 80th minute after being set up by Swankie inside the box.

Watt was again denied by Douglas and from the resulting corner Sean Crighton saw his goalbound header cleared off the line by Campbell.

The Loons held on for the win and now look ahead to four home games in a row starting with Albion Rovers next Saturday.

Young mentioned he is looking forward to next week with his brother Darren managing the club whilst playing in midfield too.

“Next week isn’t great because I’m playing against my brother but I’m looking forward to that, that’ll be a good one, personally it’ll be fantastic,” he said. “They had a great result beating Ayr 3-0 at home so they’ll be up for the game.

“Four games at home, you can’t ask for more but whatever game is happening next, that’s the one we concentrate on not the ones after it, that’s how the manager goes about it so that’s the way the boys would rather do it.

“We’ll prepare for next week and make sure we’re sorted for that so we’ll take a game at a time.”

Forfar Athletic: Douglas, Baxter, Campbell, Nicoll, O’Brien, Young (Malin 90), Fotheringham (Smith 84), Hodge, Templeman, Swankie, Denholm.