- Created: Monday, 03 November 2014 14:45
- Published: Monday, 03 November 2014 14:45
Forres showed great character to defeat Strathspey in dramatic fashion at the death.
It took only nine minutes for the hosts to take the lead as a brilliant free-kick was headed right over Steve Dunn’s head by Graeme Fraser. Soon after Craig McGovern whipped in a dangerous cross and Lee Fraser hit the side netting with his effort.
Charlie Rowley’s side suffered a blow as Graham Fraser was taken off with a painful injury. But Forres could have doubled their lead when Lee Fraser sprinted clean through on goal and Dunn came out to block the striker’s shot.
Again the home side came close as Simon Allan thumped a high ball towards the back post with it falling kindly for Andrew Fraser, however Dunn reacted swiftly and made a fine save.
Dachi Khutsishvili then cleverly cut inside to cross the ball to the back post, but Lee Fraser hesitated as he was about to pull the trigger and this resulted in him missing his footing from a yard out, with Thistle managing to clear the danger. Just before the interval McGovern struck a shot and Dunn dived to his right to push the ball to safety.
After the break McGovern was gifted a great chance but he headed the ball over the crossbar from one yard out, despite not being challenged at all. Rowley’s team was then handed a free-kick just outside the box which Allan fired narrowly wide.
In the 83rd minute the home side were punished for some sloppy defending as McShane attempted to chip the keeper but he was adjudged to have been brought down by Knight. Referee Mark Stewart pointed straight to the spot and awarded the visitors a penalty. Mark McKernie powered the spot-kick into the net despite Knight getting a touch onto it.
This looked to have had given the visitors a share of spoils. However, that wasn’t the case as inside a crowded penalty area Soane flicked in a late winner from Allan’s corner to grab all three points.