TONY BULLOCK had one of those afternoons which made you think he had just burst out of a telephone box after pulling on a red cape and Y-fronts over his gear.
But despite a string of wonder stops the Livingston keeper (pictured) still ended up on the losing side as the Lions went down 1-0 at Station Park.
Loons loan-star Scott Allan finally found a way by the brilliant Bullock with a 25-yard stunner midway through the second-half to hand Livi their second defeat on the road in a row.
After the match the gutted keeper admitted he was beaten by a wonder-goal and one he reckons the teenager will never better.
He said: “The most important thing is the result and personal performances come after that. Right now we are all bitterly disappointed that we lost the game albeit to an absolutely phenomenal goal.
“It was one of those days for me against Forfar and it was a game I was enjoying but in the end it was disappointing not to take the points.
“But the boy (Allan) will never hit a better strike than that in his life.
“It was one of those things and it ended up in the top corner.”
Livingston had the first real sight of goal when Iain Russell raced clean through on goal but he got his boot under the ball and skied his effort well over the top.
But it was Bullock who was proving the busier keeper as he was called into action to make a string of top saves.
The first saw him claw away a goal-bound free-kick from Iain Campbell at full stretch before he bettered that stop eight minutes later by springing to his right to tip wide a Dale Hilson half-volley.
After the break Livingston carved out a golden opportunity to take the lead when Bobby Barr threaded a ball through to the onrushing Kyle Jacobs.
The midfielder had time to take a touch but failed to work Scott Gallacher as he sliced the ball well wide of the near post.
It proved to be a costly miss for the Lions as the Loons took the lead on 74 minutes when Campbell rolled a free-kick at the edge of the box into the path of Allan who drilled it across Bullock into the opposite top corner for the opener.
Livingston had a strong penalty appeal waved away barely 60 seconds after falling behind when Barr went down in the box after a challenge by Ross Campbell. It looked a good shout but whistler Steven McLean instead flashed a yellow card at the winger.
Bullock made another incredible save to deny Hilson what looked a certain goal before Livi sub Aaron Conway rattled the bar with a dipping free kick late on.
Forfar manager Dick Campbell said: “Some people have been saying things about the way we play football but I thought we were outstanding.
“We played as good football as I’ve seen for a while. We were competitive and Livingston played it in the same way.
“Bullock made five world-class saves while my goalkeeper didn’t really have a save to make. And the goal we scored was worthy of winning any game.
“I’m very happy for Scott Allan but we don’t know if we will be able to keep him here. Dundee United have intimated they want to take him back and I’ll speak to them but at the end of the day he is their player.
“He is only a young laddie but he did well today and we’ll do what is best for him and his club.”
Livingston manager Gary Bollan said: “I didn’t think there was much in it but that goal was worthy of winning any game.
“We are now seeing how good a goalie Tony Bullock really is and I thought he was absolutely outstanding today.
“It was disappointing to lose but I’ve said to the players we need to dust ourselves down and not dwell on it and look forward to next week.
“We knew Forfar would make it difficult but we lacked a real cutting edge.
“Referees have a hard job to do but from where we were it looked a penalty.
“The players are saying the Forfar lads also thought it was a penalty but I’m not going to put any blame on a referee as I’m not that way inclined and they have been in the news enough without that.
“That’s the game and we didn’t get it next week but we might get one next time as things do swing around.”
Courier Man of the Match: Tony Bullock
Livingston: Bullock, C Barr, O’Byrne, Watson, Malone, Kyle Jacobs, Fox, Sinclair (Conway), B Barr, Winters (De Vita), Russell.