Scottish League One - Play-off Final - 2nd Leg
Peterhead1Forfar5

Peterhead 1-5 Forfar Athletic (2-7)

Forfar Athletic celebrate an early strike from Lewis Milne
Forfar Athletic celebrate an early strike from Lewis Milne on their way back to League One

Forfar Athletic stormed into League One, taking the place of Peterhead, with a convincing display in the second leg of the play-off final at Balmoor.

The visitors, 2-1 up from the first game, went ahead through Lewis Milne, with David Cox adding to their lead.

Danny Denholm fired home early in the second half and Aiden Malone knocked in a back-heel finish.

Scott Brown pulled one back for Peterhead before Josh Peters completed the rout from close range.

The visitors made the perfect start on five minutes when Milne raced on to a through ball to slip his shot under keeper Graeme Smith from 14 yards.

The second goal arrived on 17 minutes when Cox steered in a Milne pass from a couple of yards.

Nicky Riley had a shot blocked for a corner and Leighton McIntosh saw his header clawed away by keeper Grant Adam as the home side pressed for a goal to give them some hope but Forfar, with a strong wind at their back, looked dangerous on the counter attack.

Denholm cracked in a powerful left foot shot six minutes after the restart from the left side of the Peterhead box to leave the home side with an impossible task.

Substitute Malone piled the misery on for the Balmoor side back-heeling in the fourth goal from close in.

Peterhead reduced the deficit when Brown rifled a low shot in from 22 yards but substitute Peters then knocked in his 17th goal of the season as the Loons marched back into the third tier at the first time of asking.

Forfar Athletic manager Gary Bollan: "We expected a tight game because Peterhead are a good side and not many teams come here and score five goals.

"We were without Gavin Swankie, who has been influential for us this season, but Lewis Milne filled his boots and got the first goal.

"We felt if we kept the ball well enough we could catch them on the break and cause them problems. Our back four were magnificent, getting the ball into wide areas and into midfield. At times, we cut them open.

"After the disappointment of relegation last season, we had a huge job in front of us. We probably should have won the league but we've done it the hard way."

Line-ups

Peterhead

  • 1Smith
  • 2StrachanSubstituted forBlockleyat 76'minutes
  • 4Ross
  • 5Gordon
  • 3McMullinSubstituted forAndersonat 53'minutes
  • 7Stevenson
  • 6Brown
  • 10FerryBooked at 76mins
  • 8RedmanSubstituted forSmithat 64'minutes
  • 9Riley
  • 11McIntoshBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 12Anderson
  • 14Brown
  • 15Smith
  • 16Blockley
  • 17Noble
  • 18Dzierzawski
  • 21Hobday

Forfar

  • 1Adam
  • 2BainBooked at 56mins
  • 5O'Brien
  • 6Travis
  • 3McLaughlin
  • 7Cox
  • 8MaloneBooked at 75mins
  • 4FotheringhamSubstituted forMaloneat 34'minutesSubstituted forPetersat 83'minutes
  • 11DenholmSubstituted forScottat 64'minutes
  • 9Lister
  • 10Milne

Substitutes

  • 12Munro
  • 14Peters
  • 15Malcolm
  • 16Scott
  • 17Malone
  • 18McCawl
  • 21McGovern
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
1,084

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterheadAway TeamForfar
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Peterhead 1, Forfar Athletic 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peterhead 1, Forfar Athletic 5.

Jamie Stevenson (Peterhead) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Milne (Forfar Athletic).

Foul by Scott Brown (Peterhead).

David Cox (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Thomas O'Brien (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Leighton McIntosh (Peterhead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Leighton McIntosh (Peterhead).

Christopher McLaughlin (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Scott Ross (Peterhead) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Scott (Forfar Athletic).

Goal!

Goal! Peterhead 1, Forfar Athletic 5. Josh Peters (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jim Lister.

Substitution

Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Josh Peters replaces Aiden Malone because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Peterhead 1, Forfar Athletic 4. Scott Brown (Peterhead) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterhead. Nathan Blockley replaces Ryan Strachan.

Booking

Simon Ferry (Peterhead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Simon Ferry (Peterhead).

Marc Scott (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Eddie Malone (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Allan Smith (Peterhead) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eddie Malone (Forfar Athletic).

Attempt saved. Leighton McIntosh (Peterhead) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Nicky Riley (Peterhead) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Grant Anderson (Peterhead) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Ryan Strachan (Peterhead) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Peterhead 0, Forfar Athletic 4. Aiden Malone (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Aiden Malone (Forfar Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Peterhead) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Peterhead) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Liam Gordon (Peterhead).

Jim Lister (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterhead. Allan Smith replaces Jamie Redman.

Substitution

Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Marc Scott replaces Danny Denholm.

Attempt missed. Jamie Redman (Peterhead) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Peterhead. Conceded by Thomas O'Brien.

Attempt saved. Scott Brown (Peterhead) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Strachan (Peterhead) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jamie Stevenson (Peterhead) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Denholm (Forfar Athletic).

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