Late comeback earns Farmington point

Hamilton Academical     2    Forfar Farmington    2

McCulloch 45                            Heron 78

Richardson 52                          Godfrey 90+1

Forfar Farmington kept their record of being unbeaten since the SWPL split after coming back from behind to draw 2-2 with Hamilton Academical at John Cumming Stadium in Carluke on Sunday.

Farmington made four changes from the 8-0 win over Kilwinning two weeks ago with keeper Leonie Simpson, Jade McLaren, Cheryl Rigden and Holly Napier, who has now left the club for the USA, being replaced by Ellie Welton, Ann Taylor, Nicola Davidson and Julia Scott.

The away side started off well, with Aimee Godfrey and Nicky Grant both seeing shots go over the bar in the first ten minutes.

A defensive error almost saw Hamilton take the lead after 12 minutes as it allowed Cara McBrearty to fire a shot off, but her effort flew past the post.

Julia Scott had a cheeky backheeled attempt smothered by Megan Cunningham before Nicola Davidson’s long range effort went the wrong side of Cunningham’s goal.

Hamilton’s Cheryl McCulloch set up Carolina Richardson but her attempt was straight at Welton while at the other end of the park Scott had a free kick deflected wide.

The home side had their best chance of the game on the half hour mark, a long ball was misjudged by Ann Taylor and Ashley McDonald rushed in behind the defence but her shot was brilliantly tipped over by Welton.

They did take the lead seconds before half time, a ball in the box pinged out to McCulloch and from the edge of the box she sent the ball into the top corner.

Hamilton doubled their advantage seven minutes into the second half, goalscorer McCulloch swinging a cross into the box, Welton tried to smother it but the ball slipped out her hands and Richardson knocked the ball home.

Richardson went close to scoring again minutes later as she tried to round Welton but the keeper did well to block before she went past.

Davidson and Alana Bruce both went close before another defensive error, this time from Hamilton, let Julia Scott in but her shot went wide of the mark.

Farmington finally grabbed a goal back in the 78th minute, a counter attack culminating in Caroline Heron slotting home.

This seemed to encourage the away side as they started to pressure the home side looking for an equaliser, Heron twice, Nicky Grant and Gemma Collier going close in the space of five minutes before Hamilton tried to slow down play with several substitutions in the final minutes.

Forfar weren’t to be beaten though, deep into injury time a ball into the box evaded everyone but Aimee Godfrey and she stabbed home to the delight of the management and players.

Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Abbi Grant – solid play

Hamilton Academical: Megan Cunningham 6, Kirstin McGuire 6, Cara McBrearty 7, Ashley McDonald 6, Ainsley Douglas 6, Gillian Sloey 6 (Katie Flannigan 87, 2), Gillian Inglis 6, Corri Cairns 6, Carolina Richardson 7 (Kimberley Black 85, 2), Cheryl McCulloch 7 (Amy Bulloch 87, 2), Deborah McLeod 7 (Angela Lamont 89, 2).

Subs not used: Lynsey Hogg, Claire Campbell.

Forfar Farmington: Ellie Welton 6, Gemma Collier 7, Fay McDonald 6, Aimee Godfrey 7, Julia Scott 6, Nicola Davidson 6, Alana Bruce 7, Caroline Heron 7, Abbi Grant 7, Nicky Grant 6, Ann Taylor 6 (Caren Webster 61, 6).

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