REPORT: Forfar Athletic’s losing run ends with Stranraer draw

Photo by Chris Coutts
Photo by Chris Coutts

Scottish League One

Andy Ryan’s first goal for the club cancelled out Jamie Longworth’s opener, with the visitors having Scott Rumsby sent off in the late stages of the game.

Gary Bollan made three changes from the previous game, fielding new signings Euan Spark and Gareth Rodger while Andy Ryan came back in after being unavailable against Linlithgow.

This meant that Mark Baxter, Omar Kader and Danny Denholm dropped out.

The visitors’ Andy Stirling had the first chance of the game, seeing his shot from close range blocked before he forced a save out of Darren Hill inside the first 10 minutes.

Stranraer looked the more threatening of the side but were struggling to create chances until Stirling blasted over in the 24th minute.

Four minutes later Paul Cairney curled a free kick over the bar before Brian Reid’s side took the lead 10minutes before the break.

A Mark McGuigan flick on was sent into the box by Stirling and Longworth was on hand to turn the ball into the net.

Forfar’s only chances of the first half came after this with Swankie volleying wide before Rodger nodded an Iain Campbell free kick wide.

Craig Malcolm and then Longworth went close to adding to the visitors’ tally just after half time but it was the Loons who struck next in the 54th minute.

A Hill goal kick was flicked on by Hodge and then Swankie, allowing Ryan in on goal and he unleashed a great shot that beat Cameron Belford at his near post.

Campbell then saw a couple of free kicks fly wide of the post while Swankie found himself through on goal on the hour mark; he blasted over despite the option of Ryan who was unmarked inside the box.

Ryan had a shot held after receiving Campbell’s free kick and at the other end of the ground Stirling had his effort parried, McGuigan’s follow up blocked by Rodger.

Malcolm nodded wide from another Stirling cross before the visitors were dealt a massive blow in the 74th minute when Scott Rumsby bundled over Swankie and was sent off by Greg Aitken.

Forfar could have gone for the jugular at this point but Bollan elected not to make any substitutions.

The closest anyone came to scoring in the final stages was the Loons when Swankie set up Martin and his ball across the face of goal needed that vital touch but Ryan and Spark failed to reach it.

The side now face a tough journey to Peterhead this coming Saturday followed by their live game against Ayr United on BBC Alba.