Forfar Athletic 4 - 3 Stirling Albion

Saturday 24th March 2012
M Fotheringham (12)
B Coyne (15)
C Templeman (23)
K Byers (90)
K Kelbie (22)
D Smith (63)
M Ferry (89)

Byers claims dramatic Forfar victory

Kevin Byers netted a 90th-minute screamer to earn Forfar a stunning 4-3 win against Stirling and move Ian Campbell's team four points away from the Scottish Second Division relegation zone.

Martyn Fotheringham's powerful header gave Forfar a 12th-minute lead and within three minutes Bradley Coyne had doubled the deficit with a sweetly-struck volley from the edge of the box.

Kevin Kelbie pulled a goal back for the visitors, the midfielder's effort finding the net in impressive fashion from distance after Graham Weir had teed him up.

Forfar's two-goal advantage was restored 50 seconds later when Christopher Templeman marked his return from injury by slotting in from a matter of yards.

Darren Smith produced a cool finish midway through the second half to give bottom-of-the-table Stirling hope and Mark Ferry thought he had earned his team a precious point a minute from time with a superb header from 12 yards.

But just over a minute later substitute Byers smashed past Callum Reidford in the Stirling goal to steal all three points for Forfar.

OfficialDes Roache
Attendance462
VenueStation Park
Kick Off
Forfar Athletic 0 - 0 Stirling Albion
1:05
Foul on Dale Hilson
1:12
Free Kick taken by Martyn Fotheringham from the left wing
1:21
Cross from Martyn Fotheringham
1:23
Clearance by Daly McSorley
2:16
Shot taken by Dale Hilson with his right foot from the centre penalty area
2:27
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
5:15
Cross from Kevin Kelbie
5:17
Clearance by David Mowat
5:49
Foul on Joseph Shaughnessy
5:55
Free Kick taken by Greg Paterson
7:39
Foul on David Mowat
7:46
Free Kick taken by David Mowat
8:19
Offside flag raised against Darren L. Smith
8:21
Free Kick taken by Greg Paterson
8:47
Foul on Bradley Coyne
8:58
Free Kick taken by Nicky Low
9:07
Cross from Nicky Low
9:09
Clearance by Jamie McCunnie
9:39
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
10:56
Shot taken by Martyn Fotheringham with his right foot from the right penalty area
11:09
Block taken by Jamie McCunnie
11:13
Shot taken by Martyn Fotheringham from the centre penalty area
11:13
Forfar Athletic 1 - 0 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Martyn Fotheringham from the centre penalty area going centre low of the goal.
11:44
Cross from Nicky Low
13:04
Goal Kick taken by Greg Paterson
13:24
Foul on Dale Hilson
13:29
Free Kick taken by Martyn Fotheringham
14:08
Shot taken by Bradley Coyne with his right foot from the centre penalty area
14:08
Forfar Athletic 2 - 0 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Bradley Coyne with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
16:38
Goal Kick taken by Greg Paterson
18:02
Shot taken by Graham Weir with his right foot from the left penalty area
18:14
Block taken by Joseph Shaughnessy
20:54
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
21:23
Shot taken by Kevin Kelbie using his left foot
21:23
Forfar Athletic 2 - 1 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Kevin Kelbie using his left foot to the bottom right of the goal.
22:22
Shot taken by Christopher Templeman with his right foot from the right penalty area
22:22
Forfar Athletic 3 - 1 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Christopher Templeman with his right foot from the right penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
24:33
Shot taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot
25:04
Foul on Christopher Templeman
25:08
Free Kick taken by Kevin Motion
26:05
Foul on Darren L. Smith
26:12
Free Kick taken by John Crawley from the right wing
26:27
Cross from John Crawley
26:30
Save made by Greg Paterson
27:13
Cross from Nicky Low
27:16
Save made by Callum Reidford
27:29
Shot taken by Kevin Kelbie using his left foot from the centre penalty area
27:56
Goal Kick taken by Greg Paterson
28:13
Shot taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the left penalty area
28:26
Save made by Greg Paterson
30:44
Foul on Darren L. Smith
30:54
Free Kick taken by John Crawley
30:59
Shot taken by John Crawley with his right foot
31:07
Block taken by Joseph Shaughnessy
31:13
Corner taken by Scott Davidson with his right foot from the left byline
31:35
Shot taken by Jamie McCunnie from the centre penalty area
31:44
Goal Kick taken by Greg Paterson
34:07
Corner taken by John Crawley using his left foot from the right byline
34:41
Clearance by Christopher Templeman
35:43
Foul on Darren L. Smith
35:47
Free Kick taken by Shaun Fagan from the right wing
36:03
Cross from Shaun Fagan
36:11
Clearance by David Mowat
36:41
Foul on Stephen Tulloch
36:46
Free Kick taken by Greg Paterson
37:43
Foul on Dale Hilson
37:55
BOOKING: Shaun Fagan of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
38:16
Free Kick taken by Martyn Fotheringham from the left wing
38:34
Cross from Martyn Fotheringham
38:36
Shot taken by Joseph Shaughnessy from the right six yard line
39:09
Hand Ball taken by Graham Weir
39:14
Free Kick taken by Greg Paterson
40:26
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
45:00+0:02
Foul on Kevin Motion
45:00+0:12
Free Kick taken by Kevin Motion
45:00+0:52
Shot taken by Christopher Templeman using his left foot
Half Time
Forfar Athletic 3 - 1 Stirling Albion
45:01
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Devon Jacobs on for Scott Davidson
Second Half Started
Forfar Athletic 3 - 1 Stirling Albion
45:29
Corner taken by Martyn Fotheringham with his right foot from the left byline
46:03
Shot taken by Stephen Tulloch from the centre penalty area
46:14
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
46:48
Foul on David Mowat
46:55
Free Kick taken by Martyn Fotheringham
47:06
Cross from Martyn Fotheringham
47:08
Clearance by Mark Ferry
47:23
Offside flag raised against Darren L. Smith
47:26
Free Kick taken by Greg Paterson
47:56
Shot taken by Martyn Fotheringham with his right foot
48:10
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
51:37
Corner taken by Martyn Fotheringham with his right foot from the left byline
52:06
Clearance by Kevin Kelbie
53:50
Corner taken by Alan Cook using his left foot from the left byline
54:19
Shot taken by Brian Allison from the centre penalty area
54:29
Save made by Greg Paterson
56:02
Corner taken by Nicky Low using his left foot from the right byline
56:30
Shot taken by Stephen Tulloch from the centre penalty area
56:46
Block taken by Mark Ferry
56:49
Corner taken by Nicky Low using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
57:19
Shot taken by Martyn Fotheringham with his right foot from the left penalty area
57:27
Block taken by Jamie McCunnie
57:30
Corner taken by Martyn Fotheringham with his right foot from the left byline
57:47
Clearance by Brian Allison
62:15
Shot taken by Darren L. Smith with his right foot from the right six yard line
62:15
Forfar Athletic 3 - 2 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Darren L. Smith with his right foot from the right six yard line to the bottom left of the goal.
64:02
Foul on John Crawley
64:06
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
64:18
BOOKING: Martyn Fotheringham of Forfar Athletic given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
65:23
Offside flag raised against Dale Hilson
65:23
Free Kick taken by Brian Allison
66:49
Substitution for Forfar Athletic: Michael Bolochoweckyj on for Joseph Shaughnessy
69:14
Cross from Nicky Low
69:16
Clearance by John Crawley
69:20
Corner taken by Martyn Fotheringham with his right foot from the left byline
69:57
Save made by Callum Reidford
71:02
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
71:56
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
72:07
Foul on Kevin Kelbie
72:12
Free Kick taken by John Crawley
72:37
Goal Kick taken by Greg Paterson
72:46
Substitution for Forfar Athletic: Kevin Byers on for Christopher Templeman
74:05
Corner taken by Alan Cook using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
74:16
Shot taken by Mark Ferry from the centre penalty area
76:07
Substitution for Forfar Athletic: Graham Gibson on for Martyn Fotheringham
77:17
Offside flag raised against Kevin Kelbie
77:18
Free Kick taken by Greg Paterson
77:45
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
79:32
Offside flag raised against Graham Gibson
79:34
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
80:51
Foul on Daly McSorley
80:55
Free Kick taken by Brian Allison
81:18
Corner taken by Alan Cook using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
81:42
Clearance by Kevin Byers
83:43
Shot taken by David Mowat using his left foot
84:00
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
87:07
Foul on Nicky Low
87:13
Free Kick taken by Nicky Low
87:24
Shot taken by Nicky Low using his left foot
87:33
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
88:13
Shot taken by Mark Ferry from the centre penalty area
88:13
Forfar Athletic 3 - 3 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Mark Ferry from the centre penalty area to the top right of the goal.
89:26
Shot taken by Kevin Byers with his right foot
89:26
Forfar Athletic 4 - 3 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Kevin Byers with his right foot to the bottom left of the goal.
Full Time
Forfar Athletic 4 - 3 Stirling Albion

Forfar Athletic

vs

Stirling Albion

4
Goals
3
4
Assists
3
14
Shots
11
6
On Target
7
8
Off Target
4
7
Crosses
3
6
Corners
5
23
Throw Ins
21
3
Saves
2
4
Clearances
6
5
Goal Kicks
11
2
Blocks
3
15
Free Kicks
8
2
Offside
3
0
Hand Balls
1
1
Yellow Cards
1

Forfar Athletic

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Greg Paterson
02.Mark McCulloch
03.Joseph Shaughnessy 67+0' Injury
04.Stephen Tulloch
05.David Mowat
06.Kevin Motion
07.Martyn Fotheringham (65+0: Unsporting behaviour) 77+0' Tactical
08.Nicky Low
09.Christopher Templeman 73+0' Injury
10.Bradley Coyne
11.Dale Hilson

Substitutes

12.Marc McCallum
13.Craig Wilson
14.Michael Bolochoweckyj 67+0' Injury
15.Kevin Byers 73+0' Injury
16.Michael Bolocheweckyj
17.Graham Gibson 77+0' Tactical

Stirling Albion

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Callum Reidford
02.Brian Allison
03.John Crawley
04.Shaun Fagan (38+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Jamie McCunnie
06.Daly McSorley
07.Mark Ferry
08.Kevin Kelbie
09.Darren L. Smith
10.Graham Weir
11.Scott Davidson 45+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Samuel Filler
13.Sean Dillon
14.Alan Cook
15.Devon Jacobs 45+0' Tactical
16.Steven Nicholas

Triple boost for Forfar

A trio of Forfar players are set to make their comebacks from injury against Stirling.

Joe Shaughnessy, Jamie Bishop and Chris Templeman are all available for the crunch relegation clash.

Greg Ross and Chris Hegarty miss out through suspension and Iain Campbell is absent because of injury, while both Nicky Low and Ross Campbell are rated as doubts.

Station Park assistant manager Ian Campbell said: "This is a massive game for us and I am glad we are going into it with some players back.

"Stirling battle for everything and we need to match that and show that we are every bit as determined to stay in this league.

"As well as battling, we have to take the chances we have been creating as we missed a lot at Airdrie last week."

Stirling would climb above Forfar in the race to avoid the drop with a win, but they will need to do so without suspended defender Gary Thom.

Craig McLeish also looks set to miss out because of a knock but Joshua Flood is available after illness and Gavin McPherson returns after injury, with manager Greig McDonald saying: "This is the best shape we have been in squad wise for a number of weeks.

"We have drawn 2-2 with Forfar twice during my time in charge and I am now looking for us to go one better.

"We did really well last week against Arbroath as we stuck to our game plan and, if we do that again, we can win this one."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 30 37 63
2 Arbroath 30 26 56
3 Dumbarton 30 -3 45
4 Stenhousemuir 30 4 41
5 East Fife 30 -1 41
6 Up Airdrieonians 30 -1 39
7 Down Brechin City 30 -9 37
8 Forfar Athletic 30 -13 33
9 Up Albion Rovers 30 -20 29
10 Down Stirling Albion 30 -20 28

Updated 24/03/2012 at 16:59

 

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