Forfar Athletic 3-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Michael Dunlop and Chris Templeman celebrate

Former Dunfermline Athletic striker Chris Templeman scored twice as Forfar Athletic left the Pars' First Division survival under serious threat.

Willie Robertson opened Forfar's account in the play-off semi-final first leg with a rising strike from the edge of the area after 34 minutes.

Templeman headed in a Gavin Malin cross four minutes later and rose to convert another on the stoke of half time.

But Stephen Husband drilled in a free-kick six minutes from time.

Stephen Husband (left) celebrates
Husband (left) celebrates after pulling a goal back for Dunfermline

That gives Jim Jefferies' full-timers some hope of pulling back the deficit at East End Park on Saturday.

However, it is the Division Two side who sneaked into the play-off with victory over Ayr United at the weekend as Arbroath lost at home to Alloa Athletic who hold the upper hand.

Dunfermline had been consigned to the play-offs after being docked 15 points for going into administration and a final-day defeat at home to relegated Airdrie United as Cowdenbeath won at Hamilton.

And they were blitzed by three goals in 15 first-half minutes by the side managed by former Dunfermline boss Dick Campbell.

Templeman, one of three former Pars players in their line-up, rounded it off by heading home a Gavin Swankie centre.

The striker came close to a hat-trick midway through the second period, but goalkeeper Michal Hrivnak tipped over Templeman's drilled effort from the edge of the area.

Willie Robertson also blazed over from inside the six-yard box before former Blackpool midfielder Husband reduced the arrears from 30 yards.

The victory completed a double over the Pars for Forfar, who knocked the Fifers out of the Ramsdens Cup in July's first-round stage, 3-2 at the very same Station Park.

It leaves the club who had been forced to release several first-team players following administration now not only still fighting against the odds for financial survival but for their First Division status.

Forfar: Hill, Dunlop, McCulloch, Bolochoweckyj, Iain Campbell, Ross Campbell (Kader 71), Robertson, Malin (Brown 82), Hilson (King 86), Templeman, Swankie. Subs Not Used: Salmon, Sellars.

Booked: Iain Campbell, Ross Campbell, Robertson, McCulloch, Bolochoweckyj.

Goals: Robertson 34, Templeman 38, 45.

Dunfermline: Hrivnak, Geggan, Young, Potter (Millen 79), Whittle, Falkingham, Husband, Byrne, Kane (Dargo 63), Smith, Thomson. Subs Not Used: Goodfellow, Martin, El Bakhtaoui.

Booked: Falkingham, Thomson.

Goals: Husband 84.

Att: 1,562

Ref: Allan Crawford

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