FOOTBALL: SLEEPY HEADSGET BLOODY DOZE; FORFAR................1 STRANRAER..........1.Byline: COLIN HUTCHISON
STRANRAER gaffer Billy McLaren ordered his dozy do·zy
adj. do·zi·er, do·zi·est
Half asleep; drowsy.
dozi·ly adv. bunch to waken up if they want a crack at promotion.
His sleepy-heads were trailing after just two minutes after Barry Sellars gave Forfar a flying start.
But the Blues fought back to grab a deserved share of the points through Kevin Finlayson Kevin Finlayson (born 7 December 1979 in Glasgow) is a Scottish footballer currently playing for Greenock Morton.
Finlayson is a right-sided player and has become very adaptable player playing at right back, right wing back, right midfield, centre midfield, left midfield - and McLaren reckons it is that sort of spirit which makes them real contenders this season.
He said: "We were a bit woolly wool·ly also wool·y
adj. wool·li·er also wool·i·er, wool·li·est also wool·i·est
a. Relating to, consisting of, or covered with wool.
b. Resembling wool.
a. at the start and lost a silly goal but I think overall we could have edged the game.
"We weren't working quite right in the first-half but found our way back and should have won on our second-half display."
McLaren now says Stranraer are placed perfectly for a promotion push in the New Year.
He said: "We have lost the fewest number of games in the division and our scoring record is healthy too, although we only got the one goal today.
"There is no reason why we should we not be up there at the end of the season."
A draw was the right result from this entertaining encounter watched by 420 fans.
The sides remain separated by just a point in the leading pack at the top of the Second Division. And in truth there was nothing between them during 90 minutes.
Forfar got off to a flier when Sellars fired them ahead after just two minutes, finding a gap at the near post from 16 yards.
Encouraged by the breakthrough, the Angus side made all the early running as they tried to leapfrog their opponents into second place.
Sellars almost set up a second when he found Barry Moffat in space on the six-yard line but Blues keeper Mark McGowan Mark McGowan is a UK-based performance artist currently working at the Camberwell College of Arts, who has entered the news a number of times for his unconventional approach to public protest and demonstration. managed to block his effort.
It was a signal for Stranraer to begin to play their way back into the game. Former Dundee striker George Shaw George Shaw (December 10, 1751 - July 22, 1813) was an English botanist and zoologist.
Shaw was born at Bierton, Buckinghamshire and was educated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, receiving his M.A. in 1772. He took up the profession of medical practitioner. scrambled a shot under the keeper only for the ball to run slowly past the post.
Then Sandy Hodge Sandy Hodge is a Scottish football player who currently plays for Alloa Athletic.
Hodge's career began as a Youth player at Premier Division side Motherwell during the 1998-99 season, though he did not pick up a senior appearance during the one season in which he was at the led by example with a surging run from his own 18-yard line which took him to the edge of the Forfar box but Ian Good's timely tackle halted his progress.
Forfar had the ball in the net again in 34 minutes but a linesman ruled the ball had gone out of play before Steve Mallan headed home.
Just before the interval Billy McDonald should have burst the net from 16 yards but he mis-kicked his shot straight at the keeper.
The Blues continued to dominate in the second-half and there was no surprise when their pressure finally brought a reward in the 57th minute.
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found McDonald with a great pass and his shot came off the foot of the post. The home defence was caught cold and Finlayson reacted quickest to fire home the loose ball.
Play swung from end to end as both sides pressed for the breakthrough. Keeper Michael Brown Michael or Mike Brown may refer to:
Harty then stung the fingers of the Forfar keeper with a 25- yard bullet which Brown fumbled but gathered at the second attempt. But the best chance of glory fell to Forfar's Paul Tosh Paul Tosh (born 18 October 1973 in Arbroath) is a part time Scottish football player.
Tosh started his career with his local club Arbroath before a move in 1993 to Tayside neighbours Dundee who shelled out an Arbroath club record fee of £120,000 to take Paul to Dens Park. who struck the post.
Forfar boss Neil Cooper felt a draw was just about fair and was pleased with his side's effort.
He said: "We showed great character and resilience - especially after their equaliser.
"In times gone by we may have lost in a situation like that.
"There were lots of positives ahead of our Scottish Cup The Scottish Football Association Challenge Cup, usually known as the Scottish Cup, is the national cup knockout competition in Scottish football. The trophy awarded to the winners has the distinction of being the oldest national trophy in the world. tie with Threave Rovers this week."