Farmington unbeaten run comes to end after late goal

Forfar Farmington        1

Heron 36


Hamilton Academical   2

Inglis 6

Richardson 81



Forfar Farmington’s run of eight games unbeaten came to an end on Sunday as a late winner saw Hamilton Academical grab all three points in a vital 2-1 victory at Station Park.


Manager Mark Nisbet made one change to the previous week’s thumping victory over Kilwinning, defender Gemma Collier making way for midfielder Cheryl Rigden. He also put Robyn Smith on the bench for the game, Smith making her return to playing after months out with an ankle injury.


Hamilton started off the better side, with Carolina Richardson firing straight at Leonie Simpson in the third minute before taking the lead minutes later. A defensive mix up presented Gillian Inglis with an empty net and she took great delight in slotting home.


Caroline Heron and Nicky Grant headed wide as Farmington looked to grab a quick equaliser.  Forfar looked poor in the first twenty minutes, too many long balls up the park not helping them.


Richardson knocked the ball inches past the post in the 24th minute whilst at the other end of the park there was a bizarre incident, Accies keeper Megan Cunningham was judged to have held the ball longer than the six seconds she is allowed to, and Forfar were awarded a free kick inside the box. From this Nicky Grant lay off Nicola Davidson but she could only hit the ball at the keeper.


Richardson went close yet again before her strike partner Cheryl McCulloch saw her long range effort saved well by Simpson.


Forfar equalised in the 36th minute, a long ball by Fay McDonald knocked forward by Julia Scott towards Caroline Heron, who rounded Cunningham and tapping into the net. Heron looks to be in unplayable form recently, scoring twenty goals in the last ten games she has played in.


Hamilton’s Lauren McMurchie and the home side’s Rigden both saw efforts fly over before half time.


HALF TIME: Forfar Farmington 1 Hamilton Academical 1


Less than a minute into the second half, Abbi Grant was unlucky to see her shot parried wide whilst Scott had a free kick deflected wide.


Carolina Richardson’s 20 yard effort saw Simpson pull off a good save whilst McMurchie shot wide again before the hour mark.


Abbi Grant nodded inches past the post as Forfar looked for a winner and they were unfortunate not to be awarded what looked from the terracing a stonewall penalty as Caroline Heron was bundled over in the box with fifteen minutes left.


Abbi Grant headed wide again a minute later before Scott had an attempt that trundled across goal in front of Aimee Godfrey but Godfrey couldn’t reach the ball to stab home.


Hamilton grabbed a late winner with nine minutes left, a ball spitting the defence and Carolina Richardson curled the ball past the keeper.


Heron’s game was over after that goal, she had went off to receive treatment minutes before after she received a knock too many and was replaced at kick off by Robyn Smith, who was just returning from an ankle injury suffered five months previous.


With this defeat, Forfar fall to eighth in the table, Hamilton the team moving up a position. Only one point separates the pair though, and with one game remaining Forfar could still clinch seventh place with victory over relegation battlers Falkirk Ladies in two weeks if Hamilton drop points.


Ramblings of a Loon’s Players of the Match: Julia Scott (Forfar), Carolina Richardson (Hamilton)

Scott played well in midfield and passed the ball about for Farmington whilst for Accies, Richardson took her goal well and could have had more.


Forfar Farmington: Leonie Simpson 6, Fay McDonald 6, Aimee Godfrey 6, Julia Scott 7, Nicola Davidson 6, Alana Bruce 6, Caroline Heron 6 (Robyn Smith 81, 4), Abbi Grant 6, Caren Webster 6, Nicky Grant 6, Cheryl Rigden 7.


Subs not used: Gemma Collier, Ann Taylor, Ellie Welton (gk).


Hamilton Academical: Megan Cunningham 6, Kirstin McGuire 7, Cara McBrearty 6, Ashley McDonald 8, Lynsey Hogg 6, Gillian Inglis 7, Corri Cairns 6, Lauren McMurchie 6, Carolina Richardson 8 (Helen Templeton 94, 2), Cheryl McCulloch 7, Kimberly Black 6 (Gillian Sloey 81, 4).


Subs not used: Terri Donnelly, Ainsley Douglas, Deborah McLeod, Elaine Fleming (gk)

Farmington in heaven after putting eleven past Kilwinning

Kilwinning SC              1
Woods 6

Forfar Farmington      11 (Eleven)
A. Grant 7, 61
Heron 9, 30, 49, 68, 74, 76
Scott 14
Godfrey 34, 69

Forfar Farmington went into double figures on Sunday with a thumping 11-1 win over Premier League strugglers Kilwinning which included a double hat-trick from top scorer Caroline Heron.

Manager Mark Nisbet made two changes from the win against Buchan two weeks previously with Leonie Simpson and Gemma Collier coming in for Ellie Welton and Jade McLaren.

Farmington started off well, Abbi Grant firing straight at the keeper in the 4th minute before Caroline Heron had a great chance but couldn’t connect with Julia Scott’s cross.

Despite the scoreline Kilwinning actually took the lead in the 6th minute, an uncharacteristic error from Leonie Simpson allowed Fiona Woods to fire into an empty net.

You’d think taking the lead would fire up the home side, but within 20 seconds of the restart Forfar had equalised, ending with Abbi Grant beating a couple of defenders before slotting home.

Two minutes later Forfar had taken the lead, Caroline Heron forcing the ball over the line, the linesman correctly flagging for a goal although the referee should have been quicker to notice the flag rather than let play go on.

Kilwinning were close to drawing level in the 13th minute, Gemma Collier conceding a debatable free kick 20 yards from goal, Jennifer Caldwell drawing a good save from Simpson.

With only a quarter of an hour gone, it was 3-1, a long ball from McDonald found Caren Webster and her cross was fired home by Julia Scott despite a defender’s efforts to clear off the line.

Fay McDonald, Abbi Grant, Aimee Godfrey, Heron and Webster all had chances saved before Heron made it 4-1 with her second, another good cross by Webster was lifted over the keeper and into the net.

Abbi Grant hit the cross bar minutes before swinging in a cross that Aimee Godfrey rushed into the box to blast home.

HALF TIME: Kilwinning SC 1 Forfar Farmington 5

Just four minutes into the second half it was six for Forfar and three for Heron, Abbi Grant beating defenders, her pass to Scott was laid off for Heron to slot in the far corner.

Aimee Godfrey had the keeper scrambling minutes later whilst Julia Scott had a goalbound effort palmed over by Halbert although the corner came to nothing.

Kilwinning brought on a sub keeper as they looked to keep the goal tally to a minimum now, but her first action of the game was to get the ball from the back of the net, a corner swung in from Webster was cleared by MacLeod, the clearance cannoned off Grant and in to make it seven.
From the 68th minute, there was four goals in the space of eight minutes, including another hat-trick, Kilwinning plastering about with the ball in defence, Alana Bruce dispossessed her and set up Caroline Heron for her fourth.

Less than a minute later Heron turned to goalmaker, running with the ball down the right flank before sending in a low cross that Godfrey stabbed home.

Heron had her fifth in the 74th minute, a ball into the box was fumbled by the keeper and the league’s top scorer walked across the line for her 33rd goal of the season, putting her several goals ahead of second placed Suzanne Lappin of champions Glasgow City.

It was eleven for Forfar and Heron completed her double hat-trick, a ball from Rigden split the standing defence and Heron took advantage, rounding the keeper and tapping into the empty goal.

Cheryl Rigden, Nicola Davidson and Caren Webster were unlucky not to grab a couple of goals each in the last ten minutes, having eight or nine chances between them go close.

Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Caroline Heron – If someone scores a double hat-trick and grabs a couple of assists you can’t not have them as player of the match can you?

Kilwinning: Rachel Halbert, Lauren Steel, Kirsty McNicol, Helen MacLeod, Leia Swan, Paige Henry, Jennifer Caldwell, Stephanie Todd, Fiona Woods, Stacey Hughes, Mhairi Hawksworth.

Subs: Lauren McGregor, Rhona Higgins, Jordan McLintock

Forfar Farmington: Leonie Simpson 7, Gemma Collier 8, Fay McDonald 8 (Jade McLaren 78, 4), Aimee Godfrey 9, Julia Scott 9, Nicola Davidson 7, Alana Bruce 8, Caroline Heron 10, Abbi Grant 10 (Cheryl Rigden 64, 6), Caren Webster 8, Nicky Grant 9.

Subs not used: Kayleigh Noble, Ann Taylor, Ellie Welton (gk).

Forfar Athletic 1-2 Stranraer

Forfar Athletic stay in the relegation play off spot after Stranraer came from behind to make the long journey home with all three points with a 2-1 victory at Station Park.

Dick Campbell made two changes from last week’s thumping win over Dunfermline, Gavin Malin and Stuart Malcolm making way for Marvin Andrews and Gavin Swankie, with ex-Dundee winger Jamie McCluskey making an appearance on the bench as a trialist.

The Loons took the lead after just five minutes, a ball sent out wide to Gavin Swankie was swept into the box after he beat a defender and Chris Templeman nodded home despite Stranraer keeper’s best efforts to push it off the line.

Three minutes later Scott Robertson almost equalised but his effort flashed past he post whilst Gavin Swankie volleyed inches wide from a Dale Hilson cross.

Hilson and Paul McManus had efforts blocked in quick succession in the 17th minute, Templeman and Swankie combining to set up Hilson but his diving header was blocked by Mitchell and McManus’ follow up was diverted wide.

Hilson fired at Mitchell again before Stranraer equalised in the 18th minute, a scramble in the box ending in Jamie Longworth lashing the ball home.

No clear chances came for either side for twenty minutes after that until Chris Aitken decided to have a go from around 30 yards, his shot decieving Darren Hill and curling into the goal with the aid of the wind.

This fired the away side up, with Andrew Stirling, Aitken and Mark Corcoran all going close whilst Darren Hill did well to stop a shot on the line.

HALF TIME: Forfar Athletic 1 Stranraer 2

Swankie came close again for the Loons twelve minutes into the second half, a long range effort palmed wide whilst Dale Hilson had a 20 yard free kick punched over the bar.

Stranraer had another two shots cleared off the line in the 69th minutes, a corner from Aitken evaded everyone and Iain Campbell had to head off the line before sub Sean Winter had his shot blocked by the foot of Mark Baxter.

Stirling had an excellent run end with a shot that flew wide of the mark in the 72nd minute, six minutes later Gavin Malin fired straight at the keeper who parried into the path of Gavin Swankie but he couldn’t control the ball and it was cleared.

Malin fired wide and Omar Kader headed past the post in the final minutes as the Loons struggled to look for an equaliser before the final whistle went.

Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Mark Baxter

Forfar Athletic: Darren Hill, Mark Baxter, Iain Campbell, Gary Fusco, Marvin Andrews, Darren Dods, James Dale (Gavin Malin 46), Dale Hilson (Omar Kader 72), Chris Templeman, Gavin Swankie, Paul McManus (Jamie McCluskey (T) 70).

Subs not used: Ross Campbell, Neil McCabe, Rab Douglas (gk).

Stranraer: David Mitchell, David McGregor, Mark Docherty, Scott Robertson, Frank McKeown, Chris Aitken, Andrew Stirling (Steven Bell (T) 84), Grant Gallagher, Martin Grehan, Jamie Longworth (David McKenna 78), Mark Corcoran (Sean Winter 46).

Subs not used: Ryan Borris, Adam Forde, Chris Fahey (gk).

Forfar Athletic 4 Dunfermline Athletic 0 (SPFL League One) 5th October 2013

Forfar Athletic     4     Dunfermline Athletic    0
McManus 2
Malcolm 14
Malin 73
Hilson 82

Rampant Forfar Athletic destroyed a Dunfermline side that failed to take chances when they had them with a 4-0 win to lift them off the bottom of the league.

Dick Campbell made four changes from the defeat to Arbroath the previous week with Neil McCabe, Marvin Andrews, Omar Kader and the suspended Gavin Swankie making way for Paul McManus, Gavin Malin, Gary Fusco and Stuart Malcolm.

McManus made an great start after just two minutes, latching onto a Templeman knockdown inside the box before slotting home past Ryan Scully.

Templeman almost doubled the lead a quarter of an hour into the game, a through ball sending him clear, Scully doing well to touch his effort wide. From the resulting corner Stuart Malcolm bulleted home his third of the season from 6 yards.

Dunfermline threatened to reduce the deficit, Andy Geggan heading past the post twice in quick succession before Ross Millen, Geggan, Stephen Husband and Shaun Byrne all saw efforts go off target.

McManus was unlucky not to grab a second in the 34th minute, a cross from Mark Baxter was cleared out to Gary Fusco and his header back into the box was knocked past the past by McManus.

A scramble in the Forfar penalty area ended in Robert Thomson hitting the side netting before the last kick of the first half saw Alex Whittle blast a 30 yard effort inches over the bar.

HALF TIME: Forfar Athletic 2 Dunfermline Athletic 0

The Pars started the second half off strongly with Byrne causing Darren Hill to look sharp with an effort from close range whilst Geggan had an excellent opportuinty at the back post but failed to connect with the ball and it went wide.

Very little happened in the half until the 73rd minute, Dale Hilson firing off a shot from 25 yards that cannoned off the crossbar into the path of Gavin Malin who gleefully slotted home from close range.

Gary Fusco blasted wide from just outside the box minutes before Forfar made it four, Chris Templeman turning Luke Johnston, his shot was palmed towards Hilson and he stabbed into the empty net.

Dunfermline’s Alan Smith fluffed his shot into Hill’s arms with seven minutes to go whilst Templeman almost made it five, flicking the ball over a defender before volleying inches over the bar.

Two minutes later he had his final chance of the game, dancing around the away defence but he curled his effort around the wrong side of the post.

Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the MatchDale Hilson, was excellent all day and was unlucky not to score with the shot that led to the third goal.

Forfar Athletic: Darren Hill 7, Mark Baxter 6, Iain Campbell 7, Stuart Malcolm 8, Darren Dods 6, Gary Fusco 6, James Dale 7 (Liam Keillor 85, 4), Gavin Malin 7 (Ross Campbell 75, 4), Chris Templeman 8, Paul McManus 8 (Omar Kader 71, 5), Dale Hilson 9.

Subs not used: Marvin Andrews, Craig Smith, Rab Douglas (gk).


Dunfermline Athletic: Ryan Scully 4, Ross Millen 5, Alex Whittle 5, Luke Johnston 4, Callum Morris 6, Andy Geggan 6, Shaun Byrne 5 (Jordan Moore 80, 3), Stephen Husband 5 (Alan Smith 73, 4), Ryan Wallace 5, Josh Falkingham 4, Robert Thomson 5 (Ryan Thomson 63, 4).

Subs not used: Kerr Young, Ryan Ferguson, Faissal El Bakhatoui, Ryan Goodfellow (gk).