Home draw leaves Glens on the brink of relegation

John Martin scores in the last game of the season.
John Martin scores in the last game of the season.

Glenrothes Juniors 1, Forfar West End 1

Glenrothes went into this last game of the season hoping for three points in a bid to stave off the prospect of relegation.

Meikle replaced the suspended Anderson for the home side and the game started at a fair pace with both teams going at each other.

On 13 minutes a through ball from Sawers found Martin but his effort brought a fine save from Johnstone in the Forfar goal.

Three minutes later a shot from Napier struck the post as the match became a keenly contested midfield battle.

The visitors almost took the lead when Fullerton broke clear and chipped Gay in the Glens goal, only to watch the ball go agonisingly past the post.

From a free kick Griffin narrowly missed with a header, then just a minute later Moffat headed strongly over the bar.

Glens were winning their share of free kicks but failed to use them to their advantage.

Another chance came from the head of Macbride but was cleared by the Forfar defence.

Forfar were having less of the ball but still creating the odd chance; L Godfrey hit one just over the bar.

A through ball from Meikle found Napier but an excellent chance was wasted when he over ran the ball, then a good run from the troublesome Ramsey was well defended.

The Glens were eventually rewarded for their efforts when on 42 minutes a pass from Scott Napier put John Martin through to shoot home under the legs of Johnstone to put the home side 1-0 up at the break.

In the first minute of the second half Glens won a free kick on the edge of the eighteen yard line and Forbes brought out a fine save from the keeper, but it wasn’t long until Forfar drew level.

From a long throw in the Glens defence got into a tangle and Reynolds tapped the ball home.

A minute later an excellent cross from Martin almost brought an immediate response, but it was missed by everybody.

On 57 minutes Glens were reduced to ten men when Griffin was shown a straight red.

The away side were putting a lot of pressure on the Glens ten men when another shot from Reynolds went sailing over the bar.

Glenrothes made their first change with Scarborough replaced Sawers in sixty eight minutes, just before a header from Hart slipped harmlessly past the post.

The home side then brought on Wallace for Moffat before C Gay made a fine save from Godfrey.

Glens kept up the pressure to try and find a winner. Macbride headed over the bar and a fine run from Napier was again just overrun. Glens made their last change when J Gay replaced Pearson.

A free kick from Macbride was headed wide by Napier then the last chance of the match came from Hart when he headed over a corner kick.

This was a disappointing result in a game where the woodwork came into play again.

Glenrothes now face a nervy couple of weeks as they will need to wait on other results to see if they remain in the Premier League next season.

Glenrothes: C Gay, Kinnes, Moffat, Pearson, Macbride, Forbes, Meikle, Griffin, Martin, Napier, Sawers. Subs: Wallace, Bissett, Steele, Gay, Scarborough.

Forfar W E: Johnstone, M McDonald, R McDonald, Farquarson, Robertson, M Godfrey, Fullerton, L Godfrey, Hart, Ramsey, Reynolds. Subs: Stephen, Scott, Bell, Tinley, Weir.