REPORT: Honest Men’s victory leaves Forfar winless under Bollan

Photo by Chris Coutts
Photo by Chris Coutts

Forfar Athletic’s five month winless streak in League One continues after a 2-1 defeat to promotion chasers Ayr United.

Despite Andy Ryan’s third goal in four games for the Loons, a Ryan Stevenson double consigned the side to another away loss on BBC Alba.

Just one change was made to the previous week’s collapse at Peterhead, Michael Kennedy coming in for his first chance under Bollan to replace Mark Baxter who has left the club due to work commitments.

Forfar had the first chances of the game early on when Ryan had a shot deflected into Greg Fleming’s arms before Gareth Rodger fired wide following a Gavin Swankie corner.

Alan Forrest went close to opening the scoring in the 14th minute after his run at the defence ended with a shot from outside the box beating Darren Hill before hitting the post and being cleared.

Michael Donald forced a save from Hill when one on one four minutes later before the winger set up Jordan Preston who couldn’t get his effort on target.

Both sides struggled with the conditions as the rain started to get heavier for a period however the home side managed to take the lead seven minutes before half time when Stevenson nodded home Michael Wardrope’s corner at the near post.

Forfar were unlucky not to equalise just four minutes into the second half; a Swankie cross found Ryan unmarked at the back post but his header was pushed away on the line by Fleming.

Ryan then forced a save from the keeper as the Loons looked to take charge of the second half.

Ayr went close to doubling their lead just after the hour mark through Andy Graham after his header from a Donald cross was held.

The Loons equalised with little over 20 minutes remaining when Thomas O’Brien won the ball in his own half before sending a great through ball for Ryan to latch onto, round the keeper and slot home.

The Honest Men kept pressing though and restored their lead in the 75th minute through a great overhead kick from Stevenson.

They could have increased their advantage five minutes later after Donald’s lob flew just over while Craig Moore forced a good save from Hill.

The result coupled with Brechin’s defeat means everything is the same at the bottom of the league and the Loons will hope to get back on track when they travel to Cowdenbeath on Tuesday night.

Forfar then face Albion Rovers on Saturday in yet another stern test in their search for a rare victory, before it’s all eyes on Angus for the rescheduled mid-week derby clash against Brechin City at Glebe Park in the perennial relegation six-pointer.