Forfar Farmington 1
Grant (27, 42, 70, 90+1) Gilmour-McGuire (44, 64) Harrison (57)
Despite taking the lead and having a fantastic first half performance, arguably their best this season, Forfar Farmington fell to a 1-7 defeat at home to Celtic on Sunday.
From last week’s defeat, Paul White made two changes, with Alana Bruce and Kayleigh Noble coming in for Megan Burns and Murron White.
Farmington more than matched Celtic in the opening stages, Lindsay Dunbar putting in an excellent challenge to block Kelly Clark in the fifth minute before Kayleigh Noble tested Scotland number one Gemma Fay from a tight angle.
Fay gathered a Laura Parsley cross that swerved towards goal as Forfar started to pile on the pressure on the Glasgow outfit.
They took the lead in the 22nd minute, top scorer Amy Gallacher capitalising on a defensive error when she slotted home when one on one with Fay, the goal being her fourth of the season.
Five minutes later Celtic had equalised, Mhairi Gilmour-McGuire’s lofted ball into the box found Suzanne Grant and she fired home from close range.
Holly Napier set up Gallacher three minutes later but she shot wide, at the other end Jade McLaren cleared a Hayley Sinclair effort off the line before Grant blasted straight at McNicoll under pressure from McLaren.
Celtic took the lead in the 42nd minute and further extended it two minutes later, Grant lobbing McNicoll before Kelly Clark sent a through ball to Gilmour-McGuire, who lashed home to make it 3-1, which was harsh on the Farmington side after their performance this half.
HALF TIME: Forfar Farmington 1 Celtic 3
Gilmour-McGuire and Grant started to cause havoc for the Forfar defence after half time with both players firing over in the first ten minutes of the half.
They went 4-1 up in the 57th minute when Abi Harrison netted despite Fiona McNicoll getting a palm to it.
On the hour mark Gilmour-McGuire rounded McNicoll but with an open goal she smashed her shot off the post.
Gilmour-McGuire knocked home a cut back from Harrison for her second of the afternoon while Grant grabbed her hat-trick with twenty minutes to go after again rounding the keeper.
As tiredness set in on Farmington, Celtic enjoyed more of the ball and went close again with Heather Richards and again Suzanne Grant but both players saw their shots miss the target.
In the 87th minute Jade McLaren rose to meet Laura Parsley’s corner but her header was cleared by the away defence.
Kelly Clark hit the bar in the closing stages of the game before with virtually the last kick of the game Grant notched her fourth of the game with a tap in.
The home side can be proud of their first half performance, having more than matched a team filled with internationalists for the opening 40 minutes, even taking a deserved lead.
They now look to the rest of the season with the hardest games completed, they now have a great chance to pick up some points, starting in three weeks away to Buchan, which is the final game before the league split, and the bottom six will contain Hamilton Accies, Hutchison Vale, Inverness City, Buchan and Queen’s Park, all sides Forfar can beat.
Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Lindsay Dunbar – had an good game, especially in the first half, didn’t stop bothering the Celtic midfield.
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll 6, Sydney Cairns 7, Holly Napier 6, Lindsay Dunbar 7, Jade McLaren 7 (Cheryl Kilcoyne 68, 4), Kayleigh Brough 6, Laura Parsley 6, Kayleigh Noble 6, Amy Gallacher 7, Nicola Davidson 6, Alana Bruce 6 (Megan Burns 46, 6).
Sub not used: Murron White.
Celtic: Gemma Fay, Chloe Craig, Abi Harrison, Mhairi Gilmour-McGuire, Hayley Sinclair, Kelly Clark, Heather Richards, Pernilla Johansson (Simone McMahon 61), Emily McKerlie, Georgie Rafferty, Suzanne Grant.
Subs not used: Emma Brownlie, Chloe Logan, Nanna Jansson, Chloe Arthur.