Spiders squashed as Loons look to dust Diamonds in League One opener

Photo - Chris Coutts.
Photo - Chris Coutts.

First half goals from Derek Young and Danny Denholm were enough for Forfar Athletic to progress to the next round of the League Cup at the expense of Queen’s Park.

The Loons were drawn against Premiership new boys Hearts, who are into the second round after defeating Forfar’s Angus rivals Arbroath 4-2 last week, at Station Park in mid-week.

Danny Denholm was chuffed with the Queen’s Park performance, saying that he thinks real progress is being made.

“It was a good professional performance, I don’t think we looked in trouble of conceding at any stage; we were quite comfortable really,” he said. “2-0 is a big progress on last week when we only won 1-0, we weren’t great against Montrose so it’s definitely progress.

“It’s good to get off the mark as well, I wasn’t having the best of games so it’s get a goal to boost the confidence a bit.”

The winger also believes the side will be prepared when it comes to the beginning of the league campaign this Saturday away to Airdrie, saying: “I think we’re getting there in terms of being ready for Airdrie, obviously we were a bit slack last week. After this I think we’re almost ready and when it comes to next week we’ll be raring to go and be in full flow for the league campaign.”

There were three changes to last week’s win over Montrose; with Craig Smith unavailable, Chris Templeman came in while Bryan Hodge and Martyn Fotheringham replaced Gavin Malin and Michael Travis.

A poor opening period saw nothing of note happen until the opening goal in the 16th minute; a great passing move involving Denholm, Gavin Swankie, Templeman and Fotheringham ended with Young firing home from the edge of the box.

The Loons extended the lead 12 minutes later when they were awarded a penalty after Young was pushed. Fotheringham stepped up to take it but keeper Willie Muir was able to get a hand to his effort, Denholm was quickest to react and bundled home the rebound.

The entire first half was a drab affair, with Forfar looking the better side but struggling to break down the Spiders defence. Their only chance of the first half came four minutes from half time when Paul Woods nodded over.

The beginning of the second half was much like the first with nothing happening. Queen’s did threaten through Woods again and John Carter but failed to trouble Douglas.

Not long after the hour mark Swankie had an effort saved before Fotheringham saw a 45 yard effort go inches past the post with Muir beaten.

As the game reached the final 20 minutes Woods had another effort blocked while his teammate Billy Mortimer sent a long range effort over the bar.

The impressive Hodge had a deflected shot pushed wide as Forfar hunted for a third, with Swankie also having a shot cleared off the line after rounding Muir.

The final shot of the game was to come from the Spiders’ Woods; after being set up by Carter, he emphatically sliced his shot wide, the ball going towards the corner flag.

Forfar Athletic: Douglas, Baxter, Campbell, Nicoll, O’Brien, Young (Travis 84), Fotheringham, Hodge, Templeman (Malin 81), Swankie, Denholm (Kennedy 68)