Forfar Athletic 1, Falkirk 2
Forfar Athletic continued their pre-season campaign tonight (Tuesday, July 16) with a 2-1 defeat to Falkirk.
Despite the scoreline Forfar put in a good performance with flashes of the excellence that made them stand out in the second division last season.
The first shot of the game came in the fifth minute from Falkirk’s Craig Cormie but his shot went high and wide from 20 yards.
But it was the home side who took the first goal just a minute later when Will Vaulks met a cross in the box and headed home past visiting ‘keeper Graham Bowman to make it an own goal.
A penalty was awarded to the visitors in the 10th minute which was slotted away easily by a trialist to make it 1-1.
With Falkirk starting to look brighter Scott Shepherd passed well to Michael Martin who then saw his shot go wide.
But just moments later the second goal for the visitors came with a great turn and finish from a trialist.
In the 23rd minute a good cross for Falkirk was blocked by Loons defender Marvin Andrews.
Just before the half hour mark a slow ball from Blair Alston trundled towards the goal before hitting the post and rebounding back out.
Fotheringham sent a free kick just skimming over the top of the bar in the 33rd minute for Forfar.
Two minutes later Falkirk were awarded a free kick after Bryan Deasley pulled down Conor Greene. Valuks stepped up to take it but it was blocked well by Forfar’s Stuart Malcolm.
In the 40th minute a good chance for Gavin Swankie was caught well by Bowman.
Two minutes later a Falkirk cross by Shepherd was blocked by Forfar ‘keeper Darren Hill.
Half-time: Forfar Athletic 1, Falkirk 2
Just a couple of minutes into the second half Swankie had a great opportunity only to see his shot go wide.
In the 54th minute Falkirk came close to increasing the deficit further but Martin’s strong 30 yard strike went wide.
Just after the hour mark Swankie and Omar Kader came off to make way for Sean Muhsin and James Dale swiftly followed by Iain Campbell coming off for Robbie Pearson.
With neither side making many opportunities as the half wore on Falkirk failed to make the most of their few chances to increase their lead.
In the 74th minute Ba Bai Botti came close but sent the ball high over the bar doing little to trouble Hill.
A Forfar free-kick taken by Fotheringham with 15 mutes to go deflected off Chris Templeman before being cleared by Craig Comrie.
Moments later Botti sent another shot just wide of the right post.
Muhsin had a great chance for Forfar with just less than 10 minutes to go but his long range effort went wide.
With just a few minutes left to go it was clear that tiredness was starting to set in for both sides with neither looking likely to score.
Forfar: Darren Hill, Michael Dunlop, Iain Campbell, Marvin Andrews, Stuart Malcolm, Gary Fusco, Martyn Fotheringham, Omar Kader, Chris Templeman, Gavin Swankie, Bryan Deasley. Subs: Neill McCabe, James Dale, Sean Muhsin, Rob Pearson, Ross Salmon.
Falkirk: Graham Bowman, Conor Greene, Kyle Turnbull, Olu Durojaiye, Vill Valuks, Stephen Kingsley, Craig Comrie, Scott Shepherd, trialist, Michael Martin, Blair Alston. Subs: Liam Dick, Ryan McGeever, Tyler Fulton, Robbie McNab, Conor Hogg, Ba Ba Botti, Gregor Amos.