Campnell’s Lichties are beaten at Hampden by last-gasp strike

Photo by Graham Black
Photo by Graham Black

Arbroath left the national stadium empty-handed as they failed to build on the momentum created by Dick Campbell’s inspired first win as manager.

The return of former Spider Ricky Little from suspension meant a slight reshuffle as Greg Rutherford dropped to the bench allowing Jordan Lowdon to play on the left wing as Darren Ramsay slotted inside to play a supporting role to striker Josh Skelly.

It was a positive and energetic start for the Lichties but the hosts soon started to find their momentum, getting a stranglehold on the match with more efficient passing and it was soon to pay off.

A loose ball was picked up by Woods who found Duggan running into the Arbroath box before the striker looked up and returned the ball back to Woods, who found the top corner of the Arbroath goal in the 32nd minute.

The score could have increased if it wasn’t for the gloves of Fleming who twice denied Galt at the end of the first half as the tricky striker struck a blistering shot across goal before almost sneaking a header in at the rear post.

Arbroath finally started to slowly build their own momentum and first to try was Ramsay who cut in before hitting a 16 yard drive but Muir was able to get his body behind it, but just four minutes later a Skelly cross floated over the head of Wharton and Hester instinctively flicked the ball towards goal beating Muir at his far post to claw the Lichties right back into it.

The game looked to be heading for a draw as the 90th minute came and went but Queen’s Park won a corner which was cleared by Greg Rutherford to the edge of the box where it found McLeish who struck a volley towards goal.

His effort looked to be heading wide but McGeever nodded the winner.