Forfar Farmington were defeated by second place side Rangers 14-0 at Petershill Park this past Sunday, with several call offs meant they had only 12 players, with some playing the full game carrying injuries.
Alana Bruce, Nicky Grant, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Steph Ward and Claire Thoms all dropped out of the squad from last week, with Megan Burns and Lindsay Dunbar stepping up from the bench to the starting eleven, Kayleigh Noble the only substitute available.
Despite the injury problems, Farmington started off well and almost grabbed an opener after three minutes, Amy Gallacher’s effort from 25 yards was fumbled by Khym Ramsay but she gathered again before any Forfar player could go near it.
Rangers took the lead three minutes later, Suzanne Mulvey knocking the ball home after Amanda Traynor swung the ball into the box.
In the eleventh minute they doubled their lead, Mulvey heading home Lisa Swanson’s cross, 60 seconds later Megan Foley lobbed Fiona McNicoll for their third.
It was 5-0 by the 19th minute, Swanson grabbing a goal of her own before the referee awarded a soft penalty, Kayleigh Brough adjudged to have fouled Mulvey and Melisa Krnjaic fired home despite McNicoll getting a palm to the ball.
Ten minutes later Mulvey had grabbed her hat-trick, firing home yet another cut back. Mulvey almost had another a minute later but she could only send her effort wide.
Lindsay Dunbar shot straight at Gers keeper Ramsay minutes before half time, in between goals from Krnjaic, Erin Cuthbert and Kathryn Hill, bringing the half time score to 9-0.
Krnjaic went close to her third just after half time, with Foley firing wide and in to McNicoll’s arms in quick succession.
McNicoll was in great form in the second half as she pulled off several saves to deny Rangers, stopping Mulvey, Hayley Cunningham and Natalie Ross’s efforts in the space of two minutes.
The referee bizarrely gave Rangers a second penalty on the hour mark for a foul that nobody else knew anything about. Krnjaic fired home her second penalty of the afternoon, completing her hat-trick.
In the 64th minute Rangers had notched their eleventh of the afternoon but it was very controversial, Steph Knox firing home after everyone in the ground but the referee apparently had seen her push the ball with her hand before shooting.
Forfar were better in the second half despite conceding more goals and almost grabbed a goal of their own with two chances in a minute, sub Kayleigh Noble’s vicious effort deflected wide before Jade McLaren nodded wide from Laura Parsley’s corner.
With 17 minutes to go, Mulvey nodded home from close range after a teammate’s effort crashed off the crossbar.
Amy Gallacher went closest to a consolation for the away side, Dunbar setting her up, Gallacher sidestepped a defender but saw her shot tipped just over by Ramsay.
Natalie Ross scored the Glasgow outfit’s 13th in the 79th minute when she lobbed McNicoll with a suspicion of offside when she received the ball.
Gallacher was again denied by the Rangers defence in the 82nd minute, with Dunbar also having an effort blocked.
Mulvey scored her fifth in the final stages of the game, with Gallacher forcing Ramsay into another save in the last action of the game.
Forfar Farmington now look to next week when they take on Rangers’ rivals Celtic at Station Park in the penultimate game before the split.
Rangers: Khym Ramsay, Melisa Krnjaic, Michelle Barr (Steph Knox 46), Kathryn Hill (Amy Lindsay 58), Megan Foley, Lisa Swanson (Leeanne Hughes 64), Hayley Cunningham, Suzanne Mulvey, Natalie Ross, Erin Cuthbert (Megan Karagiozis 66), Amanda Traynor (Sophie Riley 46).
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sydney Cairns, Megan Burns, Murron White (Kayleigh Noble 64), Jade McLaren, Kayleigh Brough, Laura Parsley, Lindsay Dunbar, Amy Gallacher, Nicola Davidson, Holly Napier.