Forfar Farmington 1
Nicky Grant 82
Hamilton Academical 2
Carolina Richardson 63, 84
Forfar Farmington can be happy with their performance despite the result as they lost 2-1 to Hamilton Academical at Station Park on Sunday as the SWPL restarted.
Paul White fielded the same side that hammered Buchan 4-0 in the last game before the split and looked to avenge the 7-1 defeat to the Accies earlier in the season. The game was Keira Johnstone’s first competitive appearance since dislocating her knee against the same side back in March.
Inside the first minute Nicky Grant almost scored but Megan Cunningham saved her effort well. Grant had another chance three minutes later after Amy Gallacher collected a long ball, cut the ball back for her but she fired over.
She lashed the ball wide in the 6th minute after Gallacher set her up again with a through ball. Gallacher had an opportunity of her own after 14 minutes, Laura Parsley swinging a cross in, Lindsey Dunbar knocking the ball down for Gallacher to shoot just over.
The play was then mainly contained to the middle of the field as Forfar looked to press forward again and Hamilton struggled to get into the game.
In the 38th minute Cunningham almost gifted Forfar a goal, a ball from the Farmington defence was chased by Gallacher and as she advanced on the ball Cunningham attempted to clear the ball but only managed to swipe at thin air, allowing Gallacher past for the ball, defender Gillian Inglis saving her blushes by harrying the ball out of play under pressure from the young striker.
Parsley did well to beat two defenders on the right in the 40th minute, cutting in before sending her shot straight at Cunningham. Hamilton had their first shot of the game a minute later, Rachel Halliday’s corner falling to Terri Donnelly but her shot was blocked before being cleared.
HALF TIME: Forfar Farmington 0 Hamilton Academical 0
Hamilton came out for the second half a better side than they were in the first, with Forfar unlucky not be leading already. Halliday fired over for the visitors in the 47th minute before a counter attack saw Gallacher clear of the Accies defence but she could only shoot straight at Cunningham.
Striker Carolina Richardson, who had looked impressive so far came the closest either side had to scoring after 57 minutes, latching onto a long ball but when she let fly with her shot it cannoned off the post before being cleared.
Richardson opened the scoring just after the hour mark, another long ball from Deborah McLeod forward looked to be safely gathered by Fiona McNicoll but somehow slipped underneath her, allowing the striker to knock the ball into an empty net.
Five minutes later Farmington were dealt a blow when Jade McLaren was stretchered off after a challenge with Richardson.
The game slowed down after this and eventually livened up again in the 82nd minute, Nicola Davidson floating a free kick into the box for Nicky Grant to volley home the equaliser and her fifth goal in three competitive games, the very least Forfar deserved.
Hamilton stole all three points two minutes later though, Richardson scoring her second after Halliday’s corner fell to her, rifling home through a pack of players.
Despite Forfar piling on pressure in the final minutes they couldn’t find an equaliser and were disappointed when the final whistle went.
The side now take on Queen’s Park in Glasgow on August 10th and will look to take all three points as they attempt to climb the table.
Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Nicky Grant
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll 6, Lindsey Dunbar 7, Holly Napier 6 (Keira Johnstone 59, 6), Murron White 6, Jade McLaren 6 (Alex Russell 72, 4), Kayleigh Brough 6 (Sydney Cairns 63, 5), Laura Parsley 6, Nicky Grant 7, Amy Gallacher 6, Nicola Davidson 6, Alana Bruce 6.
Subs not used: Ellice Brannan, Kayleigh Noble.
Hamilton Academical: Megan Cunningham, Kirstin McGuire, Terri Donnelly, Rachel Halliday, Lynsey Hogg, Gillian Inglis, Sarah Laverty, Kathleen Toolan (Courtney Keary 77), Shelby Kearney, Deborah McLeod, Carolina Richardson.
Subs not used: Jennifer McDonald, Elaine Fleming (gk).