Loons out of Love with Cliftonhill!

Forfar five.
Forfar five.

IT hasn’t been the best of weeks for Forfar Athletic Football Club.

Last midweek, the Loons were going well against first division Greenock Morton in the second round of the Ramsdens Cup, only to fall apart in the second period.

Forfar six.

Forfar six.

Then, on Saturday, they headed for the wilderness that is Cliftonhill (see pictures above) in search of their first division two victory of the campaign, only to be outdone by a late, late Robert Love strike.

Against free-scoring Morton, Dick Campbell’s men created the better chances and were unlucky not to be in front at the break.

But things went downhill in the second period, with the visitors hitting three goals in five minutes on their way to a comfortable five-nil victory (see full report on page 31).

Having shared the spoils with Cowdenbeath in their opening league fixture of the season, Forfar Athletic headed for Coatbridge on Saturday, hopeful of getting an away win.

Forfar three.

Forfar three.

Alas, with neither side able to convert a chance, it looked as if it was to be a nil-nil stalemate - that is until Rovers substitute Robert Love stepped up to net the winner in the dying minute.

The result leaves Forfar in second bottom spot, with only the one point from two outings, and five behind pace-setters Stirling Albion.

While it’s nothing to get too excited about this early in the season, the Loons will be keen to get a win under the belt in the coming weeks, especially with two home games to look forward to.

This Saturday, visitors to Station Park are an improved Stenhousemuir side, while Airdrie United will be welcomed to Station Park on Saturday, August 27.

Of course, as the “Dispatch” and “Herald” was going to press on Tuesday (yesterday) there was another cup date for the team to look forward to.

The Loons were making the long trip south west to take on Queen of the South in the second round of the Scottish Communities League Cup that same evening.

Let’s hope, by the time you’re reading this, that there was good news from the Dumfries sojourn.

Whatever happened in the cup, the league is a priority for the Loons as they bit to emulate or better last season’s achievements.

With a number of changes to the starting line-up Dick Campbell’s men have yet to strike their best form.

At Albion Rovers they probably would have been happy to settle for a draw, as the better chances fell to the home side.

James Gilmartin, Ciaran Donnelly and Andrew Scott all headed off target for the hosts in the first half while Kevin Motion hit a tame shot wide for Forfar.

In the second half, Scott skewed a close-range drive wide and Gilmartin was again off target with a header.

Albion goalkeeper David Crawford then parried Christopher Templeman’s goalward prod in the 83rd minute before substitute Love finally broke the deadlock in the final minute, slotting in Larry Acqua’s cross.

Albion Rovers - Crawford, Reid, Ciaran Donnelly, Lumsden, Russell, McStay, Chaplain, Stevenson, Scott (Hamilton), Gilmartin (Acqua) and Boyle (Love).

Forfar - Paterson, Ross, McCulloch, Tulloch, Iain Campbell, Wilson, Mowat, Hegarty (Ross Campbell), Motion (Bolocheweckyj), Crawford (Gibson) and Templeman.