Forfar Farmington 8
Parsley 6, 7, 77, Davidson 34, Gallacher 36, 79, Napier 59, White 87
Forfar Farmington began preparations for the second half of the SWPL season with a home friendly against 2nd Division West side Motherwell, beating them by eight goals to the visitors’ one on an extremely hot Sunday.
The game was a good workout for the players, with wide midfielder Keira Johnstone getting some game time under her belt coming back from the dislocated knee she suffered back in March.
They almost scored after ten seconds, racing up the park without Motherwell touching the ball, but Holly Napier fired wide.
Napier shot wide two minutes later from an Alana Bruce cross before Laura Parsley sent her effort straight at the keeper.
Parsley gave the home side the lead in the sixth minute, collecting a great ball from Jade McLaren, beating the defence before lobbing Danielle McNamara.
Only a minute later it was 2-0, Amy Gallacher and Parsley playing a one-two before Parsley’s cross into the box deceived McNamara and went in via the underside of the crossbar.
Natasha Roberts went close for Motherwell as they looked to get back into the game, with Gallacher lashing wide at the other end.
In the 12th minute Pamela Liddell outmuscled McLaren but saw her shot saved, with Adele Tinney missing the follow up effort.
Nicky Grant could only fire at McNamara while Gallacher did the same minutes later. In the 23rd minute the visitors’ Cheryl Watt forced Fiona McNicoll into a good save.
Just after the half hour mark, Motherwell reduced the deficit, Liddell capitalising on an error to fire past McNicoll.
The two goal lead was restored two minutes later, Nicola Davidson and Grant exchanging passes before Davidson curled the ball into the top corner from the corner of the box.
Gallacher made it four in the 36th minute, Ellice Brannan giving the ball back to McNicoll, who went on a small run to the middle of her half, sending a ball up the park, the defence looked to be dealing with but it cannoned off one of them, allowing Gallacher to race clear, round McNamara and roll the ball home.
HALF TIME: Forfar Farmington 4 Motherwell 1
The first fifteen minutes of the second half were quiet, with the play mainly restricted to midfield, the first proper chance coming in the 59th minute, it was actually a goal, another for Farmington, Napier pouncing on another defensive mishap to score her fourth goal in three games.
Cheryl Kilcoyne forced a great stop from McNamara two minutes later, at the other end Liddell again having a chance but her shot flashed over the bar.
Kilcoyne had two chances in the space of a couple of minutes go wide of the mark before Keira Johnstone’s great run allowed her to send in a low cross that was swept over by Nicky Grant.
In the 76th minute Grant swung in a cross for Gallacher and as she readied herself to fire home the ball was nipped off her toes by an alert defender.
Gallacher was involved in another attack a minute later, collecting a long ball and as she advanced on McNamara she tried to round her, the keeper blocking her attempt to although the ball rolled out to Laura Parsley, who chipped the ball over the keeper and into the empty net.
Less than sixty seconds later Gallacher had her second, Grant beating players on the right wing, passing the ball to the unmarked striker, and she slotted home.
Lindsey Dunbar, Parsley and Napier all had chances to score in the final ten minutes before Murron White powered a header home from a Davidson corner three minutes from full time.
The side should take confidence from the victory, having now scored a massive twenty one goals in three games, conceding just three.
They now visit Jeanfield Girls on Thursday as more warm up for Sunday when they entertain Hamilton Academical in the first game of the second half of the season.
Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Laura Parsley, great hat trick.
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll 6, Holly Napier 7, Megan Burns 6, Murron White 7, Jade McLaren 6, Lindsey Dunbar 6, Laura Parsley 8, Nicky Grant 8, Amy Gallacher 8, Nicola Davidson 8, Alana Bruce 7.
Rolling substitutes: Sydney Cairns 6, Erin Cattanach 6, Ellice Brannan 6, Cheryl Kilcoyne 6, Kayleigh Noble 7, Keira Johnstone 7.
Motherwell: Danielle McNamara 6, Eilidh Barbour 6, Natasha Roberts 6, Ainsley Douglas 6, Nicole Goodwin 7, Adele Tinney 6, Demi McCulloch 6, Caylea Fraser 6, Erin Dickson 6, Karen Wright 6, Pamela Liddell 7.
Rolling substitutes: Kirsty Kirkland 6, Jane O’Toole 6, Amy Bulloch 6, Cheryl Watt 7.