Forfar Farmington 1 Inverness City 1
Webster 13 Main 23
Forfar Farmington put in an encouraging performance as they were unlucky not to get all three points in a 1-1 draw at home to Inverness City.
From last week’s defeat at Spartans, Paul White made three changes with Fiona McNicoll returning in goal after her facial injury suffered at Glasgow City two weeks ago, Ellice Brannan, who was in goal for the Spartans game, moved to left back in place of Megan Burns. Caren Webster and Holly Napier both played for the side last season and were making their first appearance of the new season, Napier having returned from the USA for a few months.
Inverness started brightly with Lisa McKenzie seeing two chances fly over the bar before Rachel McLauchlan hit the woodwork with an effort from outside the penalty area in the 8th minute.
Forfar’s first chance was two minutes later, a quick free kick from Nicola Davidson over the defence found Amy Gallacher and her lob over the advancing Kim Jappy went the wrong side of the post and wide.
Holly Napier fired into the keeper’s arms before the home side took the lead on 13 minutes. A Webster cross wasn’t handled properly by the defence and after blocking shots by Gallacher and Parsley, the ball fell to Webster again and she curled the ball home beautifully from the edge of the box.
Inverness equalised ten minutes later, a corner from McLauchlan wasn’t cleared and Sarah Main blasted through a ruck of bodies into the net.
After this goal Forfar started to dominate play, with Inverness not really troubling the defence, Jade McLaren and Kayleigh Brough sweeping up any ball in the Forfar half.
Amy Gallacher went close for Farmington twice before half time but Jappy covered her efforts well.
HALF TIME: Forfar Farmington 1 Inverness City 1
Three minutes into the second half a Parsley corner was laid off to Nicola Davidson by Amy Gallacher but Davidson could only fire over.
Kim Jappy saved a Davidson free kick in the 52nd minute and from the counter attack Main’s cross was put over the bar by Natalie Bodiam.
Substitute Lindsey Dunbar went close in the 56th minute, she and Caren Webster combined and Dunbar’s shot was palmed away by Jappy before Dunbar sent a great ball to Gallacher who advanced on Jappy, her shot being stopped by the on form keeper.
Inverness looked to be on the back foot for the whole half but had chances themselves through Lisa McKenzie and Bodiam, both players struggling to find the target.
In the 73rd minute Nicola Davidson had a shot take a slight deflection and go out via the post, from the resulting corner Kayleigh Brough had a header blocked and a shot pushed wide. After another corner and a throw in Jappy saved an overhead kick by Holly Napier.
Davidson set up Gallacher in the 78th minute, a long ball found the talented striker and she cut inside a defender before curling a shot towards goal, Jappy saving well again.
Kayleigh Brough hit the sidenetting, Webster fired wide and a great run by Gallacher again ended in a long range strike being brilliantly palmed over by the Inverness keeper in the final ten minutes. Gallacher saw her corner after her effort crash off the crossbar with no takers for the ball as it came off it.
Farmington should be happy with the performance, arguably their best of the season so far, they were very unlucky not to take all three points off newly promoted Inverness. They now look to the next game in a fortnight’s time when they travel to Heathryfold Park to take on Aberdeen.
Ramblings of a Loon’s Players of the Match: Amy Gallacher and Kayleigh Brough. Gallacher deserved at least a goal for her efforts today, very unfortunate not to grab one while Brough swept up most Inverness attacks and looked dangerous inside the visitor’s box too.
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll 7, Sydney Cairns 7, Ellice Brannan 6 (Megan Burns 44, 6), Murron White 6 (Lynsey Dunbar 46, 7), Jade McLaren 7, Kayleigh Brough 8, Laura Parsley 7 (Katy Dickson 77, 3), Holly Napier 7, Amy Gallacher 8, Nicola Davidson 7, Caren Webster 7.
Sub not used: Lori Allan.
Inverness City: Kim Jappy, Nicola Ross, Sarah Main, Emma Paterson, Lorraine Cadden (Sheena Nicol 70), Megan McCarthy, Lisa McKenzie, Rachel McLauchlan, Hannah Gordon, Veronika Klechova, Natalie Bodiam.
Sub not used: Teri Fox