Forfar in derby friendly draw

FORFAR Atheltic continued their pre-season campaign with a well fought one-all draw against third division side Montrose last midweek.

Manager Dick Campbell’s side were keen to take away a better result after the previous Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Dundee United.

The match got off to a slow start with neither team dominating but by ten minutes in Montrose were starting to look stronger.

In the eighth minute of the game Terry Masson took advantage of the first opportunity for the Gable Endies but his shot from 25 yards went wide of the post.

Just two minutes later Forfar’s Chris Templeman retaliated but sent the ball soaring over the bar.

In the 13th minute Forfar threatened Montrose again when a corner taken by Bolochoweckyj went dangerously close to the net before being headed to safety by Stephen McNally.

Three minutes later Montrose came close with a corner taken by Dougie Cameron but their efforts were thwarted by Forfar.

In the 18th minute a strong shot at goal by Forfar’s Stevie Crawford was saved by the Montrose keeper.

Johnathan Smart took his first opportunity of the game with a cracking header which was unlucky to go over the top of the bar.

Montrose made their first substitution of the game when an injured trialist came off to make way for youngster Martin Boyle.

In the 29th minute a long run down the side of the park by a Forfar trialist came to nothing when a cross to Iain Campbell went wide of the post.

Ten minutes later Chris Hegarty took the ball and looked dangerous for Montrose before being flagged offside.

The score remained 0-0 at half time.

After half time both teams came out looking stronger and just two minutes in Boyle almost scored for Montrose but was denied by the keeper.

In the 57th minute a foul by Forfar’s Jamie Bishop on Boyle resulted in a penalty for the visitors which was slotted away easily by Jonathan Crawford bringing the score to 0-1.

In the 63rd minute a Ross Campbell effort went wide of the post for Forfar.

Eight minutes later Iain Campbell took a shot from 30 yards that went over the bar.

After a number of substitutions made by both teams Forfar broke their deadlock in the 70th minute with a Ross Campbell goal bringing the score to 1-1.

Almost 10 minutes later Forfar almost brought the score to 2-1 but an effort by a trialist went just wide.

On the attack again, Forfar came close seconds later to scoring again but Masson cleared the ball away.

Both teams were clearly picking up the pace in the closing stages of the game as barely a minute later a cross from Montrose’s Stephen McNally just skimmed the bar.

Forfar then had two more chances to further their lead but efforts from two trailiasts also failed to find the net with one thwarted by the keeper and the other just clearing the post. Moments later Martin Boyle again tried to score but his header went wide.

That was the end of the action - and both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.