Forfar Farmington 1 Hibernian 7
Parsley 14 Murray 18
Fairlie 41, 80, 83 (pen)
Forfar Farmington started off their SWPL season with a 7-1 defeat against a strong Hibs side at Station Park, Farmington fielding an side full of under 17’s and one or two of last seasons’s squad.
With a mass exodus after previous manager Mark Nisbet’s reign, new boss Paul Whyte fielded experienced captain Nicola Davidson, Jade McLaren, Laura Parsley, Amy Gallacher, Kayleigh Noble, who had all played at some point last season along with fellow youth players Sydney Cairns, Megan Burns, Keira Johnstone, Kayleigh Brough, Katy Dickson and keeper Fiona McNicoll.
Forfar had the first opportunity in the first minute with a free kick from Nicola Davidson just outside the box that caused problems in the area but Hibs composed themselves and cleared the ball.
The visitors went close twice in the first ten minutes, with Joelle Murray and Elliss Jenkins firing over before the young Forfar side took a shock lead in the 14th minute. Amy Gallacher set up Keira Johnstone and her shot came off the bar, Laura Parsley reacting first to nod the loose ball into the net.
Gallacher had a chance to double the lead two minutes later but she was muscled off the ball as she entered the penalty area.
Hibs equalised after 18 minutes with a great free kick, Cairns fouling Elizabeth Arnot on the edge of the box and Murray stepped up to curl the ball past McNicoll, who got a touch to the ball but not enough to stop it.
It was 2-1 to the Edinburgh outfit six minutes later, a through ball finding their summer signing from Farmington, striker Caroline Heron who beat a defender before firing the ball home.
Jenkins, Heron and Rachel Walkingshaw all saw efforts fly off target before they then added a third, Jenkins involved again in an attack when her shot wasn’t cleared properly and Kirsty Smith found the top corner with a shot from long range.
Susan Fairlie grabbed her first of the afternoon in the 42nd minute, stabbing home from a Jenkins cross.
HALF TIME: Forfar Farmington 1 Hibernian 4
Less than sixty seconds into the second half Arnot scored Hibs fifth of the afternoon, scoring from long range again.
Amy Gallacher, arguably the home side’s best player of the game, had two efforts in quick succession blocked, the second one from long range.
In the 54th minute after a counter attack Elliss Jenkinssaw her shot come off the post before being cleared.
Another ex-Forfar player, Katey Turner had three consectutive chances on goal but couldn’t convert any of them whereas at the other end Gallacher forced Shannon Lynn into a great save from long range again.
Hibs scored a sixth under controversial circumstances with ten minutes to go, Fairlie racing clear again, McNicoll saving her first shot but when the ball was sent back in, an offside looking Fairlie tapped the ball into an empty net for her second.
Fairlie had her hat trick goal three minutes later, a cross from her found Sarah Laverty, her shot was saved but Sydney Cairns was adjudged to handle the loose ball, Fairlie scoring the penalty that was awarded.
Despite the scoreline, the Farmington side shouldn’t be ashamed of their performance, most of the side making their SWPL debut. Next week they face a trip to Glasgow to play newly promoted side Queen’s Park.
Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Amy Gallacher, she looks a great player at just 15, had a fair amount of chances and was unlucky not to score.
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll 5, Sydney Cairns 6, Jade McLaren 7, Kayleigh Brough 6, Megan Burns 6, Keira Johnstone 6 (Alex Russell 57, 4), Laura Parsley 7, Amy Gallacher 8, Nicola Davidson 6, Kayleigh Noble 5, Katy Dickson 6.
Subs not used: Murron White, Leonie Simpson (gk).
Hibernian: Shannon Lynn 7, Kayleigh McConnell 6, Frankie Brown 7 (Tiffany Kawana-Waugh 56, 5), Siobhan Hunter 6, Elizabeth Arnot 7 (Zoe Johnstone 56, 5), Caroline Heron 7 (Katey Turner 64, 6), Kirsty Smith 7, Elliss Jenkins 8 (Lucy Graham 64, 5), Joelle Murray 7, Rachel Walkingshaw 6 (Sarah Laverty 64, 5), Susan Fairlie 10.
Subs not used: Claire Williamson, Hannah Reid (gk).