Forfar Farmington 2 Falkirk Ladies 1
Taylor 69 Pullar 90
Forfar Farmington Ladies ended their season on a high with a 2-1 victory over now relegated Falkirk Ladies.
Manager Mark Nisbet made three changes from the defeat against Hamilton, Ellie Welton replacing Leonie Simpson in goal whilst Danni McGinley and 15 year old debutant Alex Russell started in place of Aimee Godfrey and Abbi Grant.
Forfar started well at a bitterly cold Station Park, dominating possession and only allowing Falkirk to get out of their own half a couple of times in the first half.
Top scorer Caroline Heron nodded wide in the sixth minute from an Alana Bruce cross whilst Julia Scott set up the youngster Russell but she directed her header inches past the post.
Bruce tested Falkirk keeper Leigh Skelton in the 14th minute with a 35 yard effort and Skelton did well to save it. Scott came closest to opening the scoring after 17 minutes, her cross from the left evaded everyone and cannoned off the far post before Falkirk scrambled to clear it.
Falkirk did have one solitary shot in the first half and this came twenty minutes into the match, Nicole Pullar firing towards goal from the edge of the box but her shot was blocked and the resultant corner came to nothing.
Danni McGinley and Caroline Heron were combining well up front, both were unlucky not to score after setting each other up, McGinley’s shot in the 21st minute creeping past the post whilst Heron had an excellent attempt parried away by Skelton seven minutes later.
Heron and McGinley were again unfortunate before half time, McGinley blasting into the keepers arms before Heron was inches away from netting from outside the penalty area.
HALF TIME: Forfar Farmington 0 Falkirk Ladies 0
Falkirk came out for the second half fired up looking to save their SWPL status with Pullar, Michaela Brown and Jade Gallon all going close in the first fifteen minutes of the half.
They were dealt a blow in the 66th minute though, Jennifer Godfrey went down after turning awkwardly and had to be stretchered off and replaced by Lisa Sutherland.
Three minutes after this, Farmington took the lead with a wonder goal. Sub Ann Taylor, who had come on for Cheryl Rigden in the 52nd minute, beat a couple of defenders before curling an excellent effort from 20 yards that went in off the post.
With fifteen minutes to go Julia Scott tried a lob from the middle of the Falkirk half, but the effort landed on the roof of the net.
Farmington doubled their lead with four minutes to go, a good ball into the box was received by Caren Webster and she stroked the ball past Skelton for her third goal of the season.
Falkirk grabbed a late consolation deep into injury time, Nicole Pullar shrugging off the defence to slot the ball under Ellie Welton.
Despite the eighth placed finish Farmington can say they had a good season, reaching another semi-final while they were also defeated the lowest amount of times bar the champions Glasgow City.
They were also the third highest scorers as well as conceding a very low amount of goals, the third lowest in the league in fact.
After the match, head coach Mark Nisbet announced he was to step down after ten years at the club, eight of which was in the head coach position.
I’m quite fortunate to have been allowed to do match reports for the club by him and Kev Candy, was a pleasure to work with both, best of luck to them in the future!
Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Alex Russell – played like she had been there for years, you wouldn’t have thought she was making her senior debut
Forfar Farmington: Ellie Welton 7, Alana Bruce 7, Fay McDonald 7, Nicola Davidson 7, Caren Webster 8, Julia Scott 7, Cheryl Rigden 7 (Ann Taylor 52, 7), Alex Russell 8, Nicky Grant 7, Danni McGinley 7 (Robyn Smith 85, 4), Caroline Heron 7.
Subs not used: Gemma Collier, Aimee Godfrey, Abbi Grant, Joanna Collier, Leonie Simpson (gk)
Falkirk Ladies: Leigh Skelton 7, Lauren Gallon 6, Sara Quilletti 6, Emma Lyons 6, Jennifer Godfrey 6 (Lisa Sutherland 66, 4), Jade Gallon 6, Lauren Hastings 6, Michaela Brown 6 (Susanne McLellan 90, 2), Nicole Pullar 6, Ruadh Houston 6, Kerry Kennedy 6.
Subs not used: Nicola Carroll