Deserved Late Maroon Leveller

Last updated : 23 January 2010 By Fargone

back ontrackOn a damp and dismal afternoon at Ochilview in front of a bigger crowd than usual, Arbroath fielded a revamped lineup with new Hibs loanee Moyes forming the central defensive partnership with Rattray,  Gibson took up the Sellars role further forward with Faulds, Lunan. Maclean, Doris in the middle and Hislop as the lone striker 

Dobbins, Sellars, Redman and Rennie were among on the sidelines for whatever reasons

The first half was largely forgettable with neither keeper seiously troubled.  Gibson was energetic and Maclean showed flashes of class, his crossnrrowly headed wide by Hislop.  Stenny had more possession and a series of corners from which hy intermittently threatened. fre headers from corner came clsoe to putting the home side up, the first hitting the top of our crossbar

Second half we cstennyame more into he game from the off.   Doris was playing further forward and closer to Hislop and the two showed promising signs of combining well.   As usual, we got no breaks this game but did carve out a series of chances from these two. Hislop's trundler beat the keeper but went inches right. 

Arbroath were well on top second half but a mistake by Faulds on the halfway line saw Stenny break clear down the left.  The cross was defended but Love follwed up to smash low past Hill - very frustrating since it was against the run of play.

We continued to create hlf chances going forward, Doris smashing one just high.  We carved out a few corners as well which caused problems and from one, Doris fed Hislop to slot home on 86 minutes.  Justice

Stenny were stug back into action and either team could maybe have snathced the winner since 7-8 minutes of added time were played

Overall not a great Arbroath performance but second half we turned up and could have won it.    Our front players -  MacLean,  Hislop and Doris - look able to work well together and at the back, the newcomer Moyes had a very solid game.