Forfar Farmington 1 Hutchison Vale 2
Parsley 59 pen Russell 55
Forfar Farmington undeservedly lost out to the odd goal in three against fellow strugglers Hutchison Vale on Sunday at Station Park in the Scottish Women’s Premier League.
Despite Paul White’s side enjoying the majority of possession, Hutchison Vale had the first chance of the game, Michelle Russell firing wide from the edge of the box.
Nicola Davidson and top scorer Amy Gallacher saw shots in quick succession blocked by the visitors before Becky Galbraith sliced her effort towards the corner flag after 19 minutes.
Nicky Grant nodded into Ashley Watson’s arms minutes before Watson fumbled a corner, Grant unlucky not to bundle the ball home before the defence cleared it.
Laura Parsley shot wide in the 32nd minute before hitting the crossbar with a cross from the touchline while Galbraith fired into the keeper’s arms at the other end.
Sub Lindsay Dunbar touched the ball over the bar from a Parsley corner towards the end of the half, the sides going into the second half goalless.
Despite Nicky Grant testing Watson from long range and Forfar pressuring the Hutchie defence, the visitors opened the scoring in the 55th minute, Russell beating two defenders before lashing home inside the box.
The lead lasted four minutes when Galbraith handled a Grant free kick, Parsley blasting home the penalty.
Grant and Kayleigh Brough, who had been sent up front after Amy Gallacher was subbed, saw their efforts saved on the line by Watson in between Jamie Torrance and Russell’s missed chances for Hutchison Vale.
Brough set up Dunbar with a flick in the 75th minute and Dunbar turned a defender and fired off a shot but the effort flew inches over the bar.
The Edinburgh outfit took an undeserved lead a minute later when Galbraith made amends for giving away the penalty as she headed a hanging ball home from almost on the goal line.
Despite a mountain of pressure and Kayleigh Brough firing just wide, Farmington couldn’t find their way to another goal, missing out on a point, the very least they deserved for their performance.
The side dropped to bottom spot after Buchan won against Queen’s Park and now look forward to next week when they play Rangers away from home.
Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Nicky Grant/Kayleigh Brough: Grant’s experience was a much needed boost to the squad and she played well while Brough did a great job in defence and even when she moved up front.
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sydney Cairns, Murron White (Lindsay Dunbar 27), Jade McLaren, Kayleigh Brough (Cheryl Kilcoyne 86), Laura Parsley, Holly Napier (Steph Ward 83), Amy Gallacher (Kayleigh Noble 64), Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Nicky Grant (Claire Thoms 72)
Sub not used: Megan Burns.
Hutchison Vale: Ashley Watson, Jennifer Rodgers, Nicole Clark, Jennifer Malone, Michelle Russell, Laura Gavin, Claire Ditchburn, Louise Moultray, Ann Taylor, Jamie Torrance, Becky Galbraith.
Subs not used: Amy Henderson, Lisa McFarlane.