AMsoccer from Fife arrived in Angus to provide the opposition for Forfar Boys Under-15s in the first round of the Scottish Cup last Sunday.
Both teams were evenly matched and the game was played out by two sides who were always looking to get the ball down and play a passing game.
Forfar were first to threaten when Norrie took a great touch before firing a shot straight at the visiting keeper. Edward then set up Watt through the middle but again his effort was straight at the keeper. Shortridge headed a Baillie corner wide of the back post as Forfar tried to fashion an opening goal. A powerful run on the left from Watt ended up with the keeper making a good save at the near post from the Forfar striker’s left-foot shot.
Baillie fired a free kick high over the bar from outside the box on the right before Beattie in the Forfar goal turned an effort onto his near post and out for a corner.
Early in the second half Forfar were awarded a penalty when the visiting keeper was penalised for a push in the box. Man-of-the-match Baillie stepped up to place the ball low into the corner of the net. Ferrier showed good vision to put Edward in on goal but he fired his effort straight at the ‘keeper.
The second half remained tight, as did the first 45 minutes, with both sides giving their all and competing strongly and fairly for the ball. Forfar worked hard all over the pitch to protect their lead and perhaps add to their goal, but apart from a late effort from Watt which went just over the bar there were no more close calls and the penalty ended up being the difference between the teams.
It should be said that both teams took great credit for the endeavour they showed in the game and the spirit in which the tie was played which Forfar just shaded in the end.
Forfar: Beattie, Urquhart, Fotheringham, Roy, Norrie, Simpson, Crozier, Baillie, Shortridge (c), Davidson, Edward, Watt, Ferrier, Duncan.