Edinburgh United 1 Forth 2
The Wanderers continued their unbeaten pre-season run with a hard fought 2-1 victory against Edinburgh United at a rainswept Paties Road this afternoon. Trailing 1-0 at the break, two second half goals from Chris Lennon and Barry Canning were enough to see the Wanderers emerge victorious.
The game began 10 minutes late in testing conditions, with the rain barely letting up for the entire 90 minutes, and it was the home side who began the stronger, rattling the Wanderers post in the opening couple of minutes. United continued to press and had a dangerous shot deflected for a corner before Forth keeper Ali McGhee did well to block a goalbound shot with his legs.
Forth were attacking sporadically and Tony Traynor forced the home keeper to save his close range effort, but it was the hosts who broke the deadlock on 26 minutes when striker Joe Murray fired a powerful shot past McGhee and into the Wanderers net.
Forth responded through a Kris Dick free kick which was blocked and fell to his father Jim, whose shot was deflected for a corner. Chris Lennon was then a victim of two crude fouls within a couple of minutes as United came under increasing pressure, but the Wanderers were struggling to create any clear cut openings and went in at the interval a goal down.
United were first to show in the second half, McGhee having to look lively to turn a shot away for a corner on 47 minutes but the Wanderers gradually began to take control of the game and equalised on 54 minutes. Chris Lennon embarked on one of his rampaging runs down the left wing and his cross come shot was turned home, somewhat fortuitously it seemed, by Barry Canning.
Forth now had their tails up and took the lead on the hour mark with another superb strike from Chris Lennon, who gave the home keeper no chance. Lennon almost made it three after 72 minutes when a Weir pass sent him through, but although he rounded the advancing keeper this took him wide and the United stopper did well to get back and claw away his netbound shot. Lennon then fired wide after another good run as the Wanderers sought to seal the victory.
However, United weren’t down and out and created a few late chances, the best of which saw one of their substitutes fire straight at McGhee from a good position. A bad tempered match was summed up in the final seconds when, out of view of the referee, the United number 7 appeared to stamp on Chris Lennon off the ball.
Forth team : McGhee,Trialist,McLean(McQuade),J.Dick(Corbett),Grant,Brown(Weir),Canning,