Glasgow City 9 Forfar Farmington 0 (SWPL) 20th April 2014

Glasgow City         9        Forfar Farmington      0

O’Sullivan 4

Ross 17, 74

Love 19, 22

Brown 44, 55

McSorley 61

Grant 85

Forfar Farmington lost 9-0 to SWPL champions Glasgow City, but shouldn’t be ashamed of the scoreline considering they played for 67 minutes with ten players after two players were forced off with injuries at Petershill Park.

Manager Paul White made one change from the defeat against Hamilton last month, with the injured Keira Johnstone replaced by Alex Russell.

City took the lead after four minutes, a cross by Jo Love was met by the head of Denise O’Sullivan from close range, beating Fiona McNicoll.

The home side, filled with internationalists had more chances in the first ten minutes, Leanne Ross, Fiona Brown, O’Sullivan and ex-Farmington winger Abbi Grant all going close, McNicoll doing well to stop the efforts.

Leanne Crichton saw her shot come off the post in the twelfth minute before City doubled their lead in the 17th minute, a header from a cross was saved by McNicoll but Ross was on hand to stab home the rebound.

It was three nil two minutes later, Love curling home a great effort from the edge of the box. In attempting to save the shot, Forfar keeper McNicoll collided with the frame of the goal and had to be taken to hospital for a head wound, the players being taken off the pitch in the mean time.

After a 35 minute delay, the referee resumed play, with lone sub Leonie Simpson taking McNicoll’s place in goal.

Three minutes after the restart, Brown swung the ball into the box for O’Sullivan, but her header crashed off the bar, Love firing home the second chance.

Farmington were down to ten women in the 23rd minute, Alex Russell colliding with a home player when challenging for a header, Russell unable to continue after she was given treatment on the sideline.

The visitors had two opportunities to pull a goal back after the half hour mark, Murron White having a shot blocked before Nicola Davidson saw a free kick from twenty five yards fly just over.

City scored a fifth just before half time, Grant’s cross was headed towards goal by Brown and the ball came off Simpson and went into the net, which was harsh on the keeper as she had been performing well since coming on.

HALF TIME: Glasgow City 5 Forfar Farmington 0

The much more experienced home side went looking for a sixth straight away in the second half, Grant and Ross hitting the post and side netting in quick succession, Ross grabbed an assist though, laying off Brown as she fired home for her second of the game.

Brown forced Simpson into a great save in the 57th minute, Emma Black’s cut back allowing her to get a shot in that Simpson pushed away. Just after the hour mark Eilish McSorley scored City’s seventh, scoring from 30 yards.

Leanne Ross scored her second of the afternoon with fifteen minutes left of the game, swiping home from a Brown cross. Amy Gallacher saw a chance for a consolation blocked while at the other end, several chances for City from Ross, Love, McSorley and Crichton were well saved by Simpson in the last fifteen minutes of the game.

City scored a ninth in the 85th minute, a cross into the area punched out by Simpson but Abbi Grant was on hand to fire into an empty net.

Forfar Farmington now look to next week, where they take on Edinburgh side Spartans at Ainslie Park. The players shouldn’t be disheartened by the result, they did very well playing against internationalists especially with ten women for over an hour.

Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: I can’t decide between the pair, so Leonie Simpson and Kayleigh Brough share my player of the match award, Simpson had some great saves and Brough looked great in the centre of defence

Glasgow City: Lee Alexander, Eilish McSorley, Jo Love, Denise O’Sullivan (Danica Dalziel 85), Leanne Crichton, Nicola Docherty, Emma Black, Leanne Ross, Fiona Brown (Sarah Crilly 79), Abbi Grant, Julie Nelson (Courtney Whyte 84).

Subs not used: Laura Hamilton (gk)

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll (Leonie Simpson 19), Sydney Cairns, Megan Burns, Murron White, Jade McLaren, Kayleigh Brough, Laura Parsley, Alex Russell, Amy Gallacher, Nicola Davidson, Lindsey Dunbar.

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