Scottish Championship - Play-offs - 1st Leg
Forfar3Alloa1

Forfar Athletic 3-1 Alloa

Forfar's Chris Templeman (third left) celebrates scoring his side's second.
Forfar's Chris Templeman (third left) celebrates scoring his side's second.

Forfar have a two-goal advantage to take to Recreation Park after Michael Travis' late goal in the first-leg of the Scottish Championship play-off final against Alloa.

Omar Kader gave the home side a dream start when he took advantage of a goalkeeper error to net the opener.

Chris Templeton headed in a second but on-loan Dundee man Kyle Benedictus pulled one back.

Forfar were always the more dominant and Travis headed in a deserved third.

Alloa will now need to overturn the deficit when the sides meet again on Sunday in Clackmannanshire.

Forfar's opener arrived with a little bit of help from the plastic pitch; Martyn Fotheringham's shot was a miss-hit, but Danny Denholm was able to get his head to it and direct it towards goal.

The ball took an awkward bounce off the surface, hitting the chest of Alloa goalkeeper John Gibson and landing invitingly in front of Kader who knocked the ball into the net.

It should have been 1-1 after 22 minutes when Liam Buchanan was free inside the box, but his shot was at the right height for veteran goalkeeper Robert Douglas to push clear.

And the lead was doubled when Gavin Swankie sent in a cross for Templeton to head in.

Steven Hetherington flashed an inviting ball across goal but no Alloa striker could take advantage, and then Benedictus had to clear off his own goal-line.

However the centre-half, in front of watching Dens Park manager Paul Hartley, made his presence felt at the other end when he got up highest to meet Iain Flannigan's cross and give Danny Lennon's men hope.

Forfar continued to be the aggressors though and after Gavin Malin shot wide, he sent in a corner that Travis needed to get just the slightest of touches to in order to turn it into the net.

Line-ups

Forfar

  • 1Douglas
  • 2Travis
  • 4Malcolm
  • 5Dods
  • 3Kennedy
  • 7Kader
  • 6YoungSubstituted forDaleat 84'minutes
  • 8FotheringhamSubstituted forMalinat 77'minutes
  • 11Denholm
  • 9TemplemanSubstituted forSmithat 86'minutes
  • 10Swankie

Substitutes

  • 12Dale
  • 14Malin
  • 15Dunlop
  • 16Hilson
  • 17Smith
  • 18Hay
  • 19King

Alloa

  • 1Gibson
  • 2Hetherington
  • 4Gordon
  • 5Benedictus
  • 3Docherty
  • 7Cawley
  • 8McCord
  • 6FlanniganBooked at 35mins
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forSpenceat 80'minutes
  • 9Buchanan
  • 11Chopra

Substitutes

  • 12Spence
  • 14Ferguson
  • 15Meggatt
  • 16Hynd
  • 17Asghar
  • 18Layne
  • 19McDowall
Referee:
Kevin Graham
Attendance:
1,212

Match Stats

Home TeamForfarAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Forfar Athletic 3, Alloa Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forfar Athletic 3, Alloa Athletic 1.

Goal!

Goal! Forfar Athletic 3, Alloa Athletic 1. Michael Travis (Forfar Athletic) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gavin Malin with a cross.

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

Foul by Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic).

Kyle Benedictus (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Smith (Forfar Athletic).

Ben Gordon (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Craig Smith replaces Chris Templeman.

Attempt missed. Michael Chopra (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Ben Gordon (Alloa Athletic).

Danny Denholm (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Forfar Athletic. James Dale replaces Derek Young.

Goal!

Goal! Forfar Athletic 2, Alloa Athletic 1. Kyle Benedictus (Alloa Athletic) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Mark Docherty.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Stuart Malcolm.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Greig Spence replaces Graeme Holmes.

Chris Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Gordon (Alloa Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Gavin Malin replaces Martin Fotheringham.

Attempt missed. Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Derek Young (Forfar Athletic).

Michael Chopra (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Martin Fotheringham (Forfar Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Steven Hetherington.

Attempt blocked. Mark Docherty (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Graeme Holmes.

Attempt missed. Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Chris Templeman (Forfar Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Michael Chopra (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Forfar Athletic 2, Alloa Athletic 0. Chris Templeman (Forfar Athletic) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Gavin Swankie.

Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic).

Attempt missed. Michael Chopra (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Forfar Athletic 1, Alloa Athletic 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Forfar Athletic 1, Alloa Athletic 0.

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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