Forfar 3 Peterhead 3

Feb 18, 2024

Peterhead travelled to Station Park on Saturday where The Blue Toon visited Forfar Athletic in the two clubs’ 24th league match of the season. With second placed Peterhead aiming to secure a spot at the top, second bottom Forfar Athletic are pushing for safety.

Starting XI: McKenzie, R. Strachan, Wilson, Duffy, D. Strachan, McKee, McCarthy (C), Jack Brown, Pawlett, Shanks, McAllister.

As the match got underway in Forfar on Saturday afternoon, both goalkeepers were called into action early on in the match. Peterhead’s first opportunity of the match came from Kieran Shanks who, after making some space for himself in the Forfar box, had his effort denied by McCallum in the opposition goal. The home side responded at the other end of the pitch through McLean; who took advantage of a half chance at the edge of The Blue Toon box and curled his effort round McKenzie. With the home side on the front foot, McLean’s header was well dealt with by McKenzie; on the consequent counter attack, Forfar defender Matty Allan receiveed the first yellow card of the game following his foul on Peter Pawlett. As The Blue Toon continued to defend their goal, Forfar Athletic seizeed the opportunity to double their lead through midfielded Stuart Morrison who was allowed to control, turn and slot his effort home past McKenzie. Now trailing by two goals, McAllister’s attempted to bring one back but was off target after a low Duffy cross. Right on the stroke of half time, McLean doubleed his goal tally for the afternoon and extended Forfar’s lead to three goals after a well taken diving header.

HT: Forfar Athletic 3 – 0 Peterhead.

After a poor display in the first half, Peterhead returned after the interval with hopes of righting the first half’s wrongs. Five minutes into the second half, Rory McAllister set Peterhead on their way on the road to redemption. Jack Brown’s low driven cross was well left by Shanks but was met by McAllister who curled his effort past McCallum. The Blue Toon made their first substitute of the day as Caleb Goldie replaced Danny Strachan, followed by Jack Brown making way for Alfie Stewart. Forfar Athletic brought on reinforcements of their own as Scally and Mykyta were replaced by Thomson and Lobban. As Peterhead looked more dangerous, Rory McCallister was close to closing the margin on the hosts after Wilson’s great cross to the back post was met by the head of McAllister, however his attempt ricoched off the Forfar crossbar. With 64 minutes gone, Peterhead made their final substitutions as Hamish Ritchie and Conor O’Keefe come off the bench to replace Joe McKee and Kieran Shanks. The Blue Toon were persistent on Forfar’s defence and earned a free kick on the edge of the box for their troubles; however Alfie Stewart’s set piece effort hit the side netting. With fifteen minutes of regular time remaining and straight after a missed Forfar 1v1 opportunity, Peterhead clawed one back through Flynn Duffy as he fired home from close range after an Andy McCarthy cross. Now pushing for an equaliser, the goalscorer of Peterhead’s second entered the book for apparent simulation in the home side’s penalty area. Forfar Athletic made their final swap of the day with five minutes to go as Finlay Allan and Russell McLean made way for Roberto Nditi and Josh Skelly. Into injury time, Peter Pawlett played an inch-perfect through ball to Caleb Goldie who found Alfie Stewart in the box and was able poke home the equaliser.

FT: Forfar Athletic 3 – 3 Peterhead.

After a game of two halves, three second half goals from Rory McAllister, Flynn Duffy and a late equaliser from Alfie Stewart was enough to overcome a three goal deficit to leave Station Park with a well earned point.