Forfar Boys under-15s found themselves on the end of a harsh 3-0 defeat away to Dryburgh on Sunday.
The hosts’ game plan was consistent with previous encounters as their direct style of play was contrasted by Forfar’s pass and move approach which on another day would have earned them victory. However, they were unlucky not to convert any of the chances they were able to create.
Although there was little between the teams in the first half there was a gulf in their styles of play.
Baillie twice came close with free kicks and Davidson put one over the bar from just inside the box after a throw in from the left by Edward as Forfar worked hard to create opportunities going forward.
Forfar came close again when Baillie played a diagonal ball out to the right for Davidson who stabbed the ball just past the far post as he was closed down in the box.
Dryburgh then took the lead but Forfar continued to get the ball down and look for a way through the home defence.
Crozier and man-of-the-match Shortridge were kept busy as they coped admirably with the aerial bombardment which came their way.
The home side added another two goals to their tally in the second half, but they were also thwarted by a fine penalty save by Beattie in the Forfar goal.
With the ball more often than not up in the air, the game got scrappy as Forfar tried to get the second ball down and into feet.
Watt had a turn and shot from the edge of the box saved by the home ‘keeper, before he was just beaten to an Edward through ball as Forfar kept looking for goals.
Simpson then had a left foot strike from the edge of the box saved by the ‘keeper. This was soon followed by Menmuir getting the ball to feet inside the box, but the Forfar striker was crowded out and when the ball broke to Davidson he fired a shot across the goal and out at the far post.
Forfar had a penalty claim ignored when Shortridge was pushed in the box and when a free kick was awarded to Forfar just on the 18-yard line, Watt fired the ball into the wall before it was cleared to safety.
Davidson then put in Watt down the right but he carried the ball too close to the byline and nothing was gained when he fired across the face of the goal.
Late on, an Edward free kick from the right just eluded the onrushing Shortridge at the far post.
Forfar ended the game as they started by playing the ball to feet, using the width of the park and working hard to try and create openings.
They may have lost the match, but took great credit for their attitude towards the way the game should be played.
Forfar: Beattie, Rigby, Shortridge (c), Crozier, Norrie, Simpson, Baillie, Edward, Davidson, Watt, Ferrier, Menmuir.