REPORT: Cowdenbeath fall as Forfar Athletic get first win in 18

Forfar Athletic won for the first time in 18 league games on Tuesday when they capitalised on a red card to defeat Cowdenbeath 4-1.

Goals from Andy Ryan, Gareth Rodger, Steven Craig and Kerr Hay ensured the side came back from Dean Brett’s opener after Keiran Gibbons was sent off in the first half.

The result was also manager Gary Bollan’s first victory since taking charge, and a win over 10 men at the fourth attempt in his short time at the club.

One change was made after the televised defeat against Ayr on Saturday, Kerr Hay replacing Derek Young with Scott Martin switching to his natural position in the middle of the park.

Forfar had the best chances of the early stages with Craig and Rodger testing keeper Alin Roman but it was the Blue Brazil who took the lead in the 26th minute.

Michael Kennedy fouled Dean Brett inside the box and Brett stepped up to send Darren Hill the wrong way from the spot.

Ten minutes later the Loons had a penalty of their own when Gibbons wrestled former Cowdenbeath man Thomas O’Brien to the ground, the on loan Livingston midfielder sent off after receiving his second booking.

After the dust settled Ryan buried his spot kick in the back of the net for his fourth goal in five games.

Rodger put Forfar in front in the 41st minute when he headed home a Gavin Swankie corner as they went into half time deservedly leading.

Craig, Swankie and Ryan all went close to extending the lead in the second half but it was the experienced hitman who grabbed Forfar’s third in the 68th minute.

A Cowdenbeath attack was extinguished and sub Martyn Fotheringham provided a fantastic ball that Craig ran onto before beating two defenders and firing home.

Hay finished the scoring with six minutes left; sub Danny Denholm held the ball in the corner before laying it off to Craig, he and Fotheringham combined to allow Denholm in on goal however the winger saw Hay unmarked to slot home.

The three points will be a welcome boost for everyone associated with the club and they will hope to build on this when they entertain Albion Rovers this Saturday.

FORFAR: Hill, Spark, Kennedy, Dunlop (Fotheringham 46), Rodger, O’Brien, Martin, Hay, Craig, Swankie, Ryan (Denholm 79)