Super sub robs Forfar of top spot with late double strike

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

Forfar Athletic threw away a two-goal lead in the last 18 minutes to draw 2-2 with Stirling Albion as their poor away form continued.

There was just one change from the win over Peterhead, Michael Dunlop pulling out due to injury with Jim Paterson making his full debut for the Loons.

Referee George Salmond caused controversy in the seventh minute, awarding a penalty after Gavin Swankie was fouled by Chris Smith but then changing his mind to a Stirling goal kick after speaking with the far side linesman.

Forfar took the lead five minutes later, Derek Young threading a through ball to Danny Denholm; his low cross along the face of goal evaded Dale Hilson but Omar Kader was on hand to fire home from close range for his first of the season.

It was almost two with a carbon copy chance moments later, Stephen Husband giving Denholm the ball but Kader couldn’t force his cross into the net on this occasion.

Gavin Swankie and Kader combined in the 36th minute, Kader then going on to have a shot but a defender got in the way and knocked the ball wide.

Husband’s free kick evaded everyone bar Swankie, who did well to keep the ball in play before hitting the sidenetting.

Stuart Malcolm nodded over in the 62nd minute before Chris Smith did the same six minutes later.

The Loons doubled their lead in the 71st minute, Hilson sending Denholm down the left and his ball across goal was tapped in by Swankie at the back post.

Stirling grabbed a goal back a minute later, sub Sandy Cunningham firing into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Hilson and Martyn Fotheringham then had long range efforts saved.

With four minutes to go Stirling equalised, a throw-in into the box causing havoc before Cunningham stabbed home the loose ball for his second of the afternoon.

Stirling Albion: Reidford, Hamilton, Creaney, McClune (Coult 77), Wedderburn, C Smith, Weir, D Smith, G Smith (Cunningham 68), Doris, Robertson (DL Smith 68). Subs not used: Forsyth, Fulton, McGeachie, Paterson

Forfar Athletic: Douglas, Baxter, Paterson, Malcolm, Dods, Husband (Dale 80), Kader, Young, Hilson (Templeman 88), Swankie, Denholm (Fotheringham 80). Subs not used: Malin, Keiller, Yates, Salmon