Forfar Farmington 1
Hamilton Academical 2
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)