East Kilbride Thistle 1 Forth Wanderers 0
Forth returned to competitive action for the first time since January the 3rd and gave debuts to new signings Gerry Ward and Alan Christie although the suspended Chris Lennon was missing.
The first half was a fairly even affair with chances at a premium, the hosts having a penalty claim waved away after 14 minutes before Adam Boyle headed narrowly over soon after. Christie was prominent for the Wanderers although the home defence were equal to whatever Forth could throw at them. Thistle had a good spell just prior to the break and Paul McKane in the Wanderers goal did well to save from Mark Kinghorn to keep the sides level at the break.
Forth began the second half brightly and Jamie Lindsay headed a long throw from Christie just over before Chris Treacy in the Thistle goal had to look lively to turn over a 30 yard strike from Kris Dick on the hour mark. Christie then came close to opening the scoring firing narrowly wide on two occasions as the Wanderers began to dominate. However, with 10 minutes to go it was the hosts who took the lead after a swift counter attack. McKane blocked the initial strike but the ball fell to Alan McFadden who finished neatly. The hosts then had Conor Johnstone dismissed with 5 minutes remaining and although Forth pressed for an equaliser as the clock ticked down, the Thistle defence, well marshalled by Paul McDonald, held firm.
A disappointing result considering the winner came when Forth were enjoying a period of dominance but we move on, with another tough fixture at home to Cambuslang on the horizon.
Forth team : McKane,Howson,Corbett(McLean),Ward,Smith,Canning,Lindsay(Trialist),K.Dick,