Match ends, Forfar Athletic 3, Stranraer 0.
Forfar Athletic 3-0 Stranraer
Forfar Athletic took a major step towards the Scottish Championship play-off final with three second-half goals against League One rivals Stranraer.
The Loons dominated the first half and Gavin Swankie fired against the crossbar before Omar Kader rifled home from a Chris Templeman pass.
Forfar's Kerr Hay was denied by a post before Swankie slotted in their second with three minutes remaining.
And substitute Hay converted Martyn Fotheringham's pass in stoppage time.
The two sides had entered the play-off semi-final having both missed out on the title, won by Greenock Morton, on the final day of the season.
Stranraer's fine 3-1 win away to fourth-placed Brechin City ensured that Stephen Aitken's side finished second ahead of Forfar, who suffered a surprise home defeat by relegation-threatened Ayr United.
However, it is Dick Campbell's Forfar who hold the upper hand ahead of Saturday's second leg.
- 2TravisBooked at 67minsSubstituted forMalinat 89'minutes
- 4MalcolmBooked at 73mins
- 5DodsBooked at 66mins
- 7KaderSubstituted forHayat 72'minutes
- 11DenholmBooked at 35mins
- 9TemplemanSubstituted forSmithat 74'minutes
- 5McKeownSubstituted forMcShaneat 75'minutes
- 3LongridgeBooked at 74mins
- 8RobertsonBooked at 35mins
- 9StirlingSubstituted forMalcolmat 69'minutes
- 10LongworthSubstituted forStoneyat 68'minutes
- Stephen Finnie
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Forfar Athletic 3, Stranraer 0.
Foul by Martin Fotheringham (Forfar Athletic).
Jackson Longridge (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Forfar Athletic 3, Stranraer 0. Kerr Hay (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Martin Fotheringham.
Foul by Kerr Hay (Forfar Athletic).
Scott Robertson (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Gavin Malin replaces Michael Travis.
Kerr Hay (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by William Gibson (Stranraer).
Goal! Forfar Athletic 2, Stranraer 0. Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.
Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Scott Robertson.
Kerr Hay (Forfar Athletic) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.
Attempt missed. Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Foul by Craig Smith (Forfar Athletic).
Steven Bell (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Steven Bell (Stranraer) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Substitution, Stranraer. Jon McShane replaces Frank McKeown because of an injury.
Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Craig Smith replaces Chris Templeman.
Jackson Longridge (Stranraer) is shown the yellow card.