Despite putting up a strong fight Forfar Athletic were kicked out of the Scottish Cup following a 4-0 defeat to premier side St. Johnstone.
Goals from Stevie May and Frazer Wright in the first half were added to by Michael O’Halloran and James Dunne in the second.
Despite a fairly uneventful first 45 minutes Forfar Athletic managed to keep the premier side at bay for much of the half with few chances coming for either until the visitors broke the deadlock.
St. Johnstone’s prolific goalscorer Stevie May had the first chance but his close range effort was blocked by home defender Stuart Malcolm.
Martyn Fotheringham had the only real chance for the home side in the first half with his close range shot hitting the post.
But it was only a matter of time before May took The Saints into the lead 25 minutes in after latching onto a Lee Croft corner and sending the ball bouncing straight past home ‘keeper Rab Douglas.
With just under five minutes of the half left to go the visitors increased the deficit when a Gary McDonald ball was pushed away by Douglas only for Frazer Wright to head in to the left of the net.
McDonald found the net with less than a minute to go but the goal was disallowed due to a foul.
Half-time: Forfar Athletic 0, St. Johnstone 2
Loons boss Dick Campbell made one change at the break with Dundee United loanee Dale Hilson replacing Fotheringham.
Odmar Faeroe sent a stunning right footed strike from 30 yards only to see it hit the bar less than a minute into the second half as the home side looked determined to reduce the deficit.
The home side had dominated most of the opening stages of the half but a David Wotherspoon attempt 53 minutes in sailed over the top of the bar. Moments later another Wotherspoon attempt suffered the same fate.
Michael O’Halloran picked up the first booking after a foul on Omar Kader. Iain Campbell stepped up to take the subequent free kick which seemed to struggle for power in the ever increasing windy conditions before being pushed away by Steven Banks.
Just after the hour mark O’Halloran made it 3-0. Croft crossed in only for Douglas to palm the ball away before O’Halloran latched onto it at close range and fired in. May could have made it four moments later but Douglas put in a stellar save to deny him his second.
Both sides made changes with St. Johnstone boss Tommy Wright putting James Dunne on for Wotherspoon and Campbell replacing Odmar Faeroe with Gavin Malin and Omar Kader making way for Ross Campbell.
A Chris Templeman shot for Forfar from long range did little to trouble the ‘keeper when it trundled past the post. A minute later a strong left-footed shot from Gavin Swankie went straight into Banks’ arms.
With 15 minutes to go St Johnstone made their second substitution when May was replaced by Chris Iwelumo
It was 4-0 three minutes later when substitute Dunne’s shot hit the post before bouncing off and straight into the net giving Douglas no chance.
St. Johnstone made their final substitution when McDonald came off for Scott Brown.
Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas, Mark Baxter, Iain Campbell, Stuart Malcolm, Darren Dods, Odmar Faeroe, Omar Kader, Martyn Fotheringham, Chris Templeman, Gavin Swankie, Gary Fusco. Subs: Ross Campbell, Marvin Andrews, Neil McCabe, Gavin Malin, James Dale, Dale Hilson, Darren Hill.
St. Johnstone: Steven Banks, David MacKay, Patrick Cregg, Frazer Wright, Steven Anderson, Gary McDonald, David Wotherspoon, Stevie May, Lee Croft, Brian Easton, Michael O’Halloran. Subs: Chris Millar, Nigel Hasselbaink, James Dunne, Gary Miller, Scott Brown, Chris Iwelumo, Mark Hurst.