Match Report - By Steven Mew
Despite taking a two goal advantage after half an hour, City were pegged back by near neighbours Forfar who fought back to earn a point at Glebe Park yesterday afternoon.
Manager Barry Smith made one change to the side that drew with East Fife in midweek with Ross Kavanagh coming back into the side at the expense of St Mirren loanee Sam Jamieson. There was some positive news with Sean Burns returning to the squad after fracturing his hand against Montrose at the start of last month.
On a bright but very blustery day at Glebe Park, the game got off to a lively start. With just 4 minutes gone, a floated cross into the box by Adam Eckersley was headed against the bar by Jamie Bain who had timed his run to perfection to rise above Tam Scobbie.
At the other end, Craig Thomson had a shot deflected into the side netting and four minutes later, ex-City striker John Baird screwed a shot wide of goal.
City opened the scoring on 12 minutes following a well worked move. Craig Thomson's cross from the right was knocked down by Kavanagh for ANDY JACKSON to drill home a low volley into the far corner.
The home side had the bit between their teeth and Orsi was next to threaten with a cross-sum-shot which had to be tipped over by Marc McCallum.
The lively John Baird had a shot from range which went comfortably wide and three minutes later Brad Spencer came closer when his effort flew just over the crossbar.
City doubled their advantage on the half hour mark. Kalvin Orsi collected a short corner before swinging a cross in for DOUGIE HILL and although his header lacked power, McCallum in the Forfar goal inexplicably pushed the ball into the corner of the net.
Now two goals down, the visitors sparked into action with Darren Whyte striking wide from a free kick before O'Neil was called into action to push away a shot from Dylan Easton at his near post.
City would have been delighted to go in at the break two goals to the good but that wasn't to be as the Loons halved the deficit on the stroke of half time. John Baird's lob found Dylan Easton in acres of space on the left hand side of the box and the winger made no mistake, slotting past O'Neil into the far corner.
As expected, that goal gave the visitors a real boost going into the second half and despite the swirling wind continuing to make things difficult for both sides, it was the Loons who went on to dictate much of the game. Eight minutes into the half Brad Spencer's effort from the edge of the box was comfortably gathered by O'Neil.
City's best spell would come midway through the half. Tam Scobbie's corner was only cleared as far as Toshney who flashed a left foot shot wide and four minutes later, Scobbie himself had a go when he cut in from the right hand side but his effort was tame and didn't trouble the keeper.
Almost immediately up at the other end, Paul McLean had to be on hand to clear a goalbound Baird shot off the line after a corner had fallen kindly for him at the back post.
The visitors continued to push for an equaliser and they got their just deserts twelve minutes from time. BRAD SPENCER, who netted for Dumbarton against City at the Glebe earlier in the season was at it again as his shot from 20 yards floated over O'Neil and into the far corner.
The momentum was firmly with Jim Weir's side as they looked to complete the comeback in the closing stages. Brad Spencer had a shot deflected into the arms of O'Neil whilst Meechan and Spencer again had wind assisted efforts which flew high and wide.
There was a scare for City as the game entered stoppage time - Toshney conceded a free kick 25 yards from goal and the set piece from Dale Hilson flashed just inches past the post.
Referee Steven Kirkland called time on a third consecutive draw for City and although many supporters would have been content with a point prior to the game, Barry Smith's side were in a commanding position and will feel disappointed not to have held on for what would have proved to be a crucial win.
Of interest to City elsewhere in League 1, Stenhousemuir picked up a surprise win at league leaders Arbroath to reduce the gap at the bottom to one point whilst Stranraer, who City play at Stair Park on Tuesday, conceded two late goals to lose 3-1 at East Fife. The ever-improving Dumbarton continue to pull away from the pack following a 3-1 win at Montrose.
Other Results - Ladbrokes League One
Arbroath 0 Stenhousemuir 2
The Warriors pick up a huge win at league leaders Arbroath.
East Fife 3 Stranraer 1
Two late goals help East Fife to victory over Stranraer.
Montrose 1 Dumbarton 3
The Sons continue their fine run of form with comfortable win at Montrose.
Raith Rovers 1 Airdrieonians 0
The Rovers make up some ground on Arbroath after narrow win.