Kader praises attitude after late goal puts deserved shine on play-off final victory

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit Christopher Coutts.
  • Kader opens scoring with tap-in
  • Templeman increases lead before Benedictus pulls one back
  • Travis restores two-goal lead with injury time header
  • Omar praises defenders for sublime display
  • Players confident ahead of tough second leg

Goalscorer Omar Kader was over the moon to see his side earn a 3-1 victory in the first leg of the Championship Play-off Final against Alloa Athletic.

Omar grabbed the opening goal in Forfar Athletic’s win when he converted from close range after Wasps goalie John Gibson fumbled a Danny Denholm effort.

Chris Templeman added a second for the hosts with a near post header from Gavin Swankie’s corner before Kyle Benedictus pulled one back with a headed goal of his own.

But the Loons refused to sit on the 2-1 lead and poured forward in search of restoring their two-goal margin, which they did deep into injury time when Michael Travis converted Gavin Malin’s corner with a lovely header.

Kader said the side’s desire to increase their lead even at that late stage says everything about the team’s attitude.

He said: “We’re delighted, you couldn’t ask for more. The boys were great.

All season we’ve scored a lot of goals, especially at home. The gaffer wouldn’t have been happy if we tried to sit on a 2-1 lead.

Omar Kader

“It was great to get that third goal at the end from Trav to give us a boost going into the second leg. It’s disappointing to concede that goal because we’d been brilliant at the back, the boys had defended really well so it’s a bit of a disappointing goal to lose.

“But for us to go up the park and get the goal, I mean a lot of teams would have sat back and taken the 2-1, but that was big for us. We won’t sit and defend. All season we’ve scored a lot of goals, especially at home. The gaffer wouldn’t have been happy if we tried to sit on a 2-1 lead.”

The winger admitted that Alloa are by no means out of the tie just yet as they will look to overturn the two-goal deficit at their Indodrill Stadium on Sunday evening, because they’re such a good team.

Omar praised the defence for their efforts in Wednesday’s game, suggesting the performances of Douglas, Dods and Malcolm continue to render criticisms of their age futile.

He also had special mention for 18-year-old Michael Kennedy, who was again outstanding at left back in only his third senior game.

Kader continued: “Alloa are a good team. They had a lot of possession, they’re all good on the ball so we have to be switched on.

“You’ve got Rab, Malcolm, Dods, Travis, even young Michael - it’s only his third senior game and he looks so comfortable. It doesn’t matter how old Rab, Dods and Malcolm are when they play like that.”

He added that the players are confident of finishing the job and winning promotion on Sunday, but says they know how good the Wasps will be.

He said: “It’s the old cliche that it’s just half-time, but it is. They’ll be strong at home and we need to play well. But the boys are confident, we have to see what happens.”