Two quick-fire goals kept bottom side Arbroath's relegation play-off hopes alive with a win over Forfar Athletic.

A loss for the Red Lichties would have meant automatic relegation, but player-manager Paul Sheerin opened the scoring in the 24th minute.

Kenny Deuchar doubled the visitors' lead two minutes later, tucking away Bobby Linn's pass after finding space in the penalty area.

Both sides squandered chances after the break as Arbroath secured the win.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Forfar Athletic

  • 01 Hill
  • 02 Baxter
  • 03 Campbell
  • 06 Fusco (Malin - 46' )
  • 04 Malcolm
  • 05 Dods
  • 07 Hilson Booked
  • 08 Dale (Kader - 46' )
  • 11 Duggan (Campbell - 68' )
  • 09 Templeman
  • 10 Swankie

Substitutes

  • 12 Campbell
  • 14 Andrews
  • 15 Malin
  • 16 Kader
  • 17 McCluskey
  • 18 Gibson
  • 20 Douglas

Arbroath

  • 01 Morrison
  • 02 Travis
  • 03 Hamilton Booked
  • 04 Chisholm Booked
  • 05 McGeever
  • 06 Keddie
  • 07 Linn Booked (Little - 85' )
  • 10 Cook (Banjo - 74' )
  • 09 Deuchar (Mcintosh - 76' Booked )
  • 08 McManus
  • 11 Sheerin

Substitutes

  • 12 Banjo
  • 14 Robertson
  • 15 Little
  • 16 Yao
  • 17 Mcintosh
  • 18 Scott
  • 21 Wood
Ref: Des Roache
Att: 833

Match Stats

Shots

8 15

On target

1 6

Corners

8 4

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Forfar Athletic 0, Arbroath 2.

90:00 +2:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Forfar Athletic 0, Arbroath 2.

90:00 +1:47

Attempt missed. Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

89:28 Booking

Booking Leighton Mcintosh (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

88:01

Foul by Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic).

88:01

Ross Chisholm (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:32

Attempt missed. David Banjo (Arbroath) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

84:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Richard Little replaces Bobby Linn.

83:34

Attempt missed. Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

82:23

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Alex Keddie.

81:55

Attempt blocked. Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

81:34 Booking

Booking Ross Chisholm (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

81:17

Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:17

Foul by Ross Chisholm (Arbroath).

80:00

Attempt blocked. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

77:41

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Gavin Malin.

76:40

Attempt missed. Leighton Mcintosh (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

75:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Leighton Mcintosh replaces Kenny Deuchar.

73:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. David Banjo replaces Alan Cook.

73:27

Attempt missed. Paul McManus (Arbroath) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

72:27

Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:27

Foul by Paul McManus (Arbroath).

71:49 Booking

Booking Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

71:42

Foul by Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic).

71:42

Colin Hamilton (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:55

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Stuart Malcolm.

70:38

Attempt blocked. Alan Cook (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:48

Attempt saved. Paul McManus (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

68:32

Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:32

Foul by Paul Sheerin (Arbroath).

67:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Ross Campbell replaces Chris Duggan.

67:41

Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:41

Foul by Kenny Deuchar (Arbroath).

62:56

Foul by Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic).

62:56

Alan Cook (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:57

Attempt saved. Ross Chisholm (Arbroath) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

60:18

Foul by Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic).

60:18

Michael Travis (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:31

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Ryan McGeever.

57:32 Booking

Booking Bobby Linn (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

55:41

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Alex Keddie.

55:09

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Scott Morrison.

54:56

Attempt missed. Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

53:09

Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:09

Foul by Paul Sheerin (Arbroath).

49:27

Attempt saved. Kenny Deuchar (Arbroath) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

48:21

Attempt missed. Paul McManus (Arbroath) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Gavin Malin replaces Gary Fusco.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Omar Kader replaces James Dale.

45:00

Second Half begins Forfar Athletic 0, Arbroath 2.

45:00 +0:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Forfar Athletic 0, Arbroath 2.

44:43

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Stuart Malcolm.

41:37

Foul by Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic).

41:37

Kenny Deuchar (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:33

Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:33

Foul by Paul Sheerin (Arbroath).

38:20

Foul by Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic).

38:20

Alan Cook (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:02

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Paul Sheerin.

34:27

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Stuart Malcolm.

33:56

Attempt blocked. Kenny Deuchar (Arbroath) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

31:39

Foul by Mark Baxter (Forfar Athletic).

31:39

Kenny Deuchar (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:48

Attempt missed. Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

27:17

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Scott Morrison.

26:54

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Ross Chisholm.

25:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forfar Athletic 0, Arbroath 2. Kenny Deuchar (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bobby Linn.

23:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forfar Athletic 0, Arbroath 1. Paul Sheerin (Arbroath) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

20:36

Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:36

Foul by Paul Sheerin (Arbroath).

16:52

Attempt missed. Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

16:14

Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:14

Foul by Alan Cook (Arbroath).

15:34 Booking

Booking Colin Hamilton (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

14:38

Attempt saved. Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

13:28

Attempt saved. Alan Cook (Arbroath) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

12:23

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Alex Keddie.

11:46

Attempt missed. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

7:02

Foul by Michael Travis (Arbroath).

7:02

Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:09

Attempt missed. Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

4:24

Attempt missed. Ross Chisholm (Arbroath) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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