Loons win to get back on track

This tug on Stevie Crawford's shirt was just one of the many incidents referee John Beaton missed at Station Park on Saturday.'Picture by Chris Couuts, Forfar. Picture by Chris Couuts, Forfar.

This tug on Stevie Crawford's shirt was just one of the many incidents referee John Beaton missed at Station Park on Saturday.'Picture by Chris Couuts, Forfar. Picture by Chris Couuts, Forfar.

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FORFAR Athletic recorded their first victory of the season at the fourth time of asking.

An absolute corker of a strike by midfielder Martyn Fotheringham did the trick after the Loons had surrendered an early advantage.

There is little doubt that the rejuvenated Loons deserved the three points, for, in addition to three excellent goals, they created half a dozen other clear-cut chances.

In a highly entertaining encounter, it was the Loons who drew first blood, Fotheringham winning a tackle wide on the right, looking up and sending over a peach of a cross for Stevie Crawford to head high past the Airdrie keeper into the net.

They could have gone two up soon after, But David Mowatt, having powered his way through on goal, dallied in trying to get the ball on to his right boot, allowing a defender to get in a timely tackle.

It looked as if it was to be a costly miss, for two goals in six minutes had the visitors in front.

In 23 minutes, Jamie Stephenson looked a mile offside when he connected with a a cross into the box, but he wasted no time in heading past McHugh and the goal was allowed to stand despite the home protests.

Soon after, a dreadful mix-up involving Bolochoweckyj and McHugh allowed Sean Lynch to nip in and turn the tide in favour of the Diamonds,

Forfar were playing well, though, and were deservedly back on level terms in the 43rd minute, Stevie Crawford rounding off a fine move by sliding home a knock-back from Ross Campbell.

Buoyed by the leveller, the home side came out for the second period with all guns blazing, and an early chance came their way when Ross Campbell found himself clean through on goal, only for Paul McKane to block his goal-bound effort.

Then Stevie Crawford looked set to grab his hat-trick after some good work on the left, but somehow the United defence managed to scramble the ball clear of danger.

Was it going to be another of these days, with excellent chances coming and going?

Not a bit of it.

In 64 minutes Martyn Fotheringham, having set up the opener, showed how to finish.

Fastening on to a great ball down the right channel, he looked up and sent a rocket shot high past the keeper from an acute angle.

It was a goal fit to win any game and the Loons should have gone on to make the points safe long before the final whistle.

A number of other clear-cut chances were squandered, the daddy of them all seeing Graham Gibson screw his shot wide of goal when he had all the time in the world to pick a spot past the keeper from 16 yards.

Still a win’s a win, and Forfar can now enjoy a break this coming weekend, ahead of a derby match at Brechin a week on Saturday.

Forfar Athletic - McHugh, Ross, Tulloch, Mowat, Bolocheweckyj, McCulloch, Wilson, Fotheringham (Templeman), Crawford, Ross Campbell and Motion (Gibson).

Airdrie United - McKane, Bain, Lovering, Stallard, Lilley (Malone), Lynch, Johnston (Morton), Blockley, Holmes, Donnelly and Stephenson.