Scottish Championship - Play-offs - 1st Leg
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Forfar Athletic 3-0 Stranraer

Forfar's Gavin Swankie celebrates
Gavin Swankie was Forfar's man of the match

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.

Line-ups

Forfar

  • 1Douglas
  • 2TravisBooked at 67minsSubstituted forMalinat 89'minutes
  • 4MalcolmBooked at 73mins
  • 5DodsBooked at 66mins
  • 3Kennedy
  • 7KaderSubstituted forHayat 72'minutes
  • 6Young
  • 8Fotheringham
  • 11DenholmBooked at 35mins
  • 9TemplemanSubstituted forSmithat 74'minutes
  • 10Swankie

Substitutes

  • 12Dale
  • 14Malin
  • 15Smith
  • 16Hay
  • 17Clark
  • 18Yates
  • 19King

Stranraer

  • 1Mitchell
  • 2Pettigrew
  • 4Rumsby
  • 5McKeownSubstituted forMcShaneat 75'minutes
  • 3LongridgeBooked at 74mins
  • 6Bell
  • 8RobertsonBooked at 35mins
  • 7Winter
  • 9StirlingSubstituted forMalcolmat 69'minutes
  • 11Gibson
  • 10LongworthSubstituted forStoneyat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Malcolm
  • 14Stoney
  • 15Russell
  • 16McShane
  • 19Tobin
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
717

Match Stats

Home TeamForfarAway TeamStranraer
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forfar Athletic 3, Stranraer 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forfar Athletic 3, Stranraer 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Martin Fotheringham (Forfar Athletic).

  4. Post update

    Jackson Longridge (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Goal!

    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.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kerr Hay (Forfar Athletic).

  7. Post update

    Scott Robertson (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Gavin Malin replaces Michael Travis.

  9. Post update

    Kerr Hay (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by William Gibson (Stranraer).

  11. Goal!

    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.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Scott Robertson.

  13. Post update

    Kerr Hay (Forfar Athletic) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Craig Smith (Forfar Athletic).

  16. Post update

    Steven Bell (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Bell (Stranraer) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Stranraer. Jon McShane replaces Frank McKeown because of an injury.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Craig Smith replaces Chris Templeman.

  20. Booking

    Jackson Longridge (Stranraer) is shown the yellow card.

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