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Wasps and Loons play out exciting draw

Alloa Athletic 2

Sean Fagan 6’, Adam Martin 82’

Forfar Athletic 2

Sam Clark 33', 65'
  • Monday, 13 November 2017
  • Venue name here
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League - East
A fairly dreich night at the Indodrill Stadium saw Graham Liveston’s Alloa and Eddie Gray’s Forfar meet in a Development League East encounter. The artificial playing surface at Alloa helped the game as the drizzly rain could’ve caused a few problems if the surface had been grass. The Indodrill Stadium was pretty sparse for this Development League encounter, but the fans that were there helped create a decent atmosphere when cheering on their respective team.
 
The game was a feisty affair with both teams at it from minute one. Both teams wanted to win the game, having numerous shots in the 90 minutes, the game would’ve definitely seen more goals if not for two resolute defences. Forfar were the team who perhaps slightly edged it, one Jamie Gill effort hitting the bar, numerous towering Ryan Stirton headers and a few low drives from Jamie Penker.
 
Alloa’s dominance came in the middle of the park, Scott Sinclair and Sean Fagan had 2 very good games and can count themselves unlucky to have not contributed to more goals or assists. Forfar had many good performers, most notably number 7 Jamie Gill who was a constant threat all night. The defenders of both sides won pretty much every header in the air, Forfar defender Ryan Stirton being the standout in that regard.
 
The game started off with an incident straight away, in the 4th minute Forfar number 10 Jamie Penker felt he should’ve been given a penalty after a shove in the back from Alloa’s Scott Cameron, the referee waved it away after strong appeals from the Forfar players. That would come back to haunt Forfar immediately as 2 minuutes later Alloa went down the other end with number 10 Sean Fagan, he cut in from the left hand side and drilled a shot low and hard past Jason King at his near post. Alloa had the lion-share of the possession for the first 20 minutes, the midfield pair of Sinclair and Fagan at the heart of everything the Wasps did going forward.
 
Forfar would start to grab a foothold in the game half an hour in as a quick throw in from Joshua Chalmers fell at the feet of Jamie Penker, the striker hit a shot low and hard down low to the keepers left but Wasps keeper Andrew Wilson got down well to give Forfar a corner. From the resultant corner, delivered by Forfar’s Jamie Gill, Sam Clark would come up from the back to stroke home the equaliser in the 33rd minute after a stramash inside the box.
  • Half Time:
  • Alloa Athletic
  • 1-1
  • Forfar Athletic
The second half would start in the same vein as the first with Alloa on the front foot. The Wasps would create the first chance of the half with John Cunningham cutting in from the left channel and hitting a low drive which was well saved by Forfar keeper Jason King.
 
However, similarly to the first half, Forfar grew into the game as the half progressed. This time it would stem from a slack back pass from Alloa captain Steven Smith which resulted in a Forfar corner. From the 65th minute corner, again delivered in by Jamie Gill, it was eventually met by the scorer of the Loons’ first goal, Sam Clark. The centre back would hit a hard drive into the roof of the net to put Forfar ahead for the first time in the game, whilst also bagging his second goal.
 
The game then began to even out with both teams making multiple substitutions. One player that wasn’t subbed however was Alloa number 11 Adam Martin, the only player in the starting eleven to have been regularly involved in the Alloa first team this season. In the 82nd minute, the winger would find himself up against Forfar number 6 Jack Allan, driving past the defender with electrifying pace and placing a shot cleverly into the far right corner, putting the teams back on level pegging.
 
The Loons then had the chance to go back in front again with a clever shot from Jamie Gill inside the box, the winger’s shot crashed off the bar and kept the scores equal. The remaining minutes fizzled out and both sides had to settle for a point.
  • Full Time:
  • Alloa Athletic
  • 2-2
  • Forfar Athletic

Lineups

Alloa Athletic
Forfar Athletic
1 Andrew Wilson
2 Steven Smith
3 Roman Kearney
4 Dylan Monaghan
5 Scott Cameron
6 Ryan Hoggan
7 Mark Greene
8 Scott Sinclair
9 John Cunningham
10 Sean Fagan
11 Adam Martin
12 Keir Mackenzie
14 Sam Fisher
15 Jack Pow
16 Yusuf Bamba
17 Nathan Fell
18 Kieran Connelly
21 Chris Wylie
1 Jason King
2 Joshua Chalmers
3 Greg Warwick
4 Sam Clark
5 Ryan Stirton
6 Jack Allan
7 Jamie Gill
8 Kyle Clark
9 Joseph Johnson
10 Jamie Penker
11 Max Ovolio
12 Connor Samson
14 Morgan Miller
15 Fraser Morrison
16 Ben Fraser
Star Player
Alloa Athletic
Forfar Athletic
Scott Sinclair. The midfielder was effective throughout, playing some nice passes getting the team from front to back. Always looking to unlock the opposition’s defence and had that extra bit of quality.
Jamie Gill. The winger contributed with 2 pinpoint deliveries for the Loons’ two goals, and almost grabbed the winner if not for the upright. A standout for Forfar in an attacking sense and proved a threat all night.
Magic Moment
Alloa Athletic
Forfar Athletic
Adam Martin’s goal. The winger showed his quality with this finish, an unexpected shot from a tight angle which not many players would try. Beating his marker on the wing and driving into the box to finish the chance instead of going down was its own magic moment as it would’ve been so easy to go down in the box.
Sam Clark’s second goal. The second delivery from Jamie Gill was the provider for Clark’s second goal of the night. The defender slammed the ball home with the prowess of a striker.
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