Brown 45, Crichton 77
Forfar Farmington 9
Grant 16, 25, 40, Noble 19, Dunbar 21, 37, Napier 28, 60, Kilcoyne 65
After weeks of playing well yet not getting anything to show for it, Forfar Farmington won their first game of the season this past Sunday, defeating lower league side Claremont 9-2 at Ballerup Recreation in East Kilbride.
With first team regulars Sydney Cairns, Amy Gallacher and Jade McLaren missing along with Keira Johnstone and Alex Russell who were all at the U16 National Camp in Fife, Nicky Grant, Caren Webster and Megan Burns all returned to the starting line up, this being Grant and Webster’s first game in weeks.
Farmington started off the much stronger side, Lindsay Dunbar set up Nicky Grant but she could only shoot straight at Vikki Gavin in the first sixty seconds before Dunbar had the ball in the net although the ref had deemed her to be offside when she received the ball.
In the seventh minute Dunbar was involved in a chance again, her cross being met by Caren Webster but the ball ended up in Gavin’s arms again. At the other end, in a rare venture towards keeper Fiona McNicoll, who could have had the deckchair out in the first half with Claremont barely threatening her, Dionne Brown blasted wide when she could have ran closer to goal before letting fly.
Two minutes later Alana Bruce, who was deputising at right back was unlucky not to see her 40 yard lob go in, the ball swerving inches wide of the post. It was one nil in the sixteenth minute after Laura Parsley beat the left back before sending a cross in that Nicky GRANT swept home from close range.
Kayleigh NOBLE doubled Forfar’s lead soon after, rounding the keeper, who was eager to rush off her line far too many times, before knocking the ball into an empty net. Lindsay DUNBAR scored an almost identical goal two minutes after Noble, rounding Gavin before gleefully slotting home.
Parsley nodded a Nicola Davidson free kick past the post as the visitors looked to further extend their lead after 23 minutes. They got their wish two minutes later, a long ball by Bruce was met by Nicky GRANT who chipped the stranded keeper for her second of the game.
Grant was now hunting for her hat-trick, and after Bruce fired over from long range, a cross from Parsley evaded everyone bar Grant at the far post but her shot cannoned off the post and went wide for a goal kick.
Holly NAPIER grabbed Forfar’s fifth in the space of twelve minutes when she capped off an amazing run, beating three defenders before lashing the ball home.
Lindsay DUNBAR scored an even better goal in the 37th minute, Forfar were awarded a corner after Davidson’s effort from range was pushed wide and Parsley’s corner was cleared out towards Dunbar, she controlled the ball as it fell, touched it over a defender and volleyed home into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.
Five minutes before half time it was seven without reply, a fantastic venture forward by Bruce ended in her slipping a through ball for GRANT to latch on to before waltzing past the keeper and completing her hat-trick.
Claremont were given a bizarre free kick on the edge of the Forfar box on the stroke of half time and gave themselves a very faint glimpse of hope, Dionne BROWN curling the ball home.
HALF TIME: Claremont 1 Forfar Farmington 7
Eight minutes into the second half Grant almost had a fourth when her long range strike was fumbled in an Igor Akinfeev style by Vikki Gavin on the line but she gathered the ball before she dropped it into the net.
Holly Napier had two chances in quick succession straight after, powering a header wide from a Bruce cross before firing straight at Gavin after Noble cut the ball back for her. Noble set up Webster with a carbon copy cut back and like Napier, Webster sent the ball into the keeper’s arms.
Grant was making a mockery of the East Kilbride outfit’s players with her play, this time darting past them with ease from the halfway line before passing to Parsley but the winger sent her shot wide of the mark.
On the hour mark Holly NAPIER made it 8-1, firing home after meeting another Bruce cross. Before kick-off, Kayleigh Brough and Caren Webster were brought off for Murron White and striker Cheryl Kilcoyne for the last half hour.
In the 64th minute Parsley raced past the Claremont left back, as she had been doing all day and let fly with an effort that Gavin had to parry back out to her, the cross back in was put over the bar by Noble.
A minute later Parsley swung a cross in that Napier headed over before less than 30 seconds had passed since then, Cheryl KILCOYNE scored her first of the season for the senior side when she capitalised on a defensive error to slot home from outside the box.
After this Forfar took their foot off the gas a little bit but still threatened, Grant setting up Kilcoyne but she blazed the ball over. With thirteen minutes left of the tie, Claremont scored their second, Stephanie Crichton shrugged off her challenger to fire home.
The home side should have had a player sent off when Gill McKenzie was the last woman as she took down Grant, the referee deemed it to be a booking though. The resultant free kick wasn’t cleared properly after hitting the wall but Lindsay Dunbar blasted inches wide.
Dunbar did the same moments later from a Parsley corner before Davidson and Kilcoyne both made the keeper work to save their efforts in the 84th minute.
A minute later Alana Bruce sent a long ball up towards Dunbar who rounded Vikki Gavin but saw her chance hit the post and was then cleared.
In the final stages of the game Kilcoyne shot straight at Gavin before the final whistle went, booking Farmington’s place in the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup.
They now look to take this winning feeling into next week’s game with fellow relegation battlers Buchan, where they will have the majority of their squad available. They play Buchan at Kessock Park in Fraserburgh on Sunday 28th June at noon.
Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Nicky Grant
Fiona McNicoll: 6 – Had very little to do, unlucky with the goals
Holly Napier: 8 – Great goals and was a handful all day
Megan Burns: 7 – Defended well at left back, did great supporting Noble
Lindsay Dunbar: 9 – Second goal was fantastic, was a menace, unlucky not to get a hat-trick
Kayleigh Noble: 8 – Did well for her goal and had a hand in every chance down the left
Kayleigh Brough: 7 – Solid performance but looked tired early in the second half so was subbed
Laura Parsley: 8 – Tormented the left side of Claremont, should have scored
*Nicky Grant: 9 – Great performance, grabbed a deserved hat-trick, dictated play
Caren Webster: 7 – Caught offside a couple of times but played well up front on own
Nicola Davidson: 8 – Like Grant, a great influence in the middle of the park
Alana Bruce: 8 – Was at right back for the day and helped Parsley trouble the left back constantly
Murron White (Brough): 6 – Did well when she came on
Cheryl Kilcoyne (Webster): 6 – Took her goal well
Claremont: Vikki Gavin, Gillian McLellan, Rachel Everett, Gill McKenzie, Dionne Brown, Stephanie Crichton, Kate McCormick, Shannon McLean, Lynsey Senior, Lauren McMurray.