REPORT: Steven Craig gives Forfar Athletic important victory

Photo by Chris Coutts
Photo by Chris Coutts

Steven Craig grabbed a last minute winner to earn Forfar their first back to back wins since August with a 1-0 win over 10 man Albion Rovers.

The win is also the Loons’ first home win since defeating Stenhousemuir 4-1 on August 22 and left back Michael Kennedy was delighted to help the side to another win.

The 19-year-old said: “It’s great to get the win, that’s two from two now so hopefully we can keep that going on Tuesday night against Brechin. The boys are buzzing, we managed to play well again and just managed to get the result at the end but it’s brilliant to get another win.

“It’s great to get in the team, hopefully I can keep holding my place in it, I am loving every minute of it.”

With Michael Dunlop injured following Tuesday’s win over Cowdenbeath, Derek Young came into the starting line up in the only change.

In a poor first half the only effort on goal came from Scott Martin in the 15th minute; Kennedy’s free kick wasn’t cleared and when Craig sent the ball back into the box the Hibs loanee blasted his volley well over the bar.

Forfar had a strong penalty claim dismissed in the 36th minute.

Andy Ryan advanced on a through ball from Craig but was brought down by Ross Dunlop as he shaped up to shoot; ref Alan Newlands allowed play to go on.

Ryan threatened with chances early in the second half while at the other end Mick Dunlop’s cross was diverted into the grateful Darren Hill’s arms by Thomas O’Brien.

In the 74th minute Loons sub Danny Denholm curled wide; seconds later Albion Rovers were down to 10 men when McBride was shown his second yellow after diving in an attempt to get the already cautioned Martyn Fotheringham in trouble.

Ryan sent a free kick over from the edge of the box while Swankie and Gareth Rodger failed to get their efforts on target in the final ten minutes.

Veteran Craig had the final say in the game, rising to head home a Kennedy cross in the last minute.