Forfar Farmington 2 Spartans 5 (Scottish Cup 3rd Round) 17th August 2014

Forfar Farmington           2

Lindsey Dunbar 25, Nicky Grant 51

Spartans                           5

Katie Reilly 29, 85, Kerry Montgomery 39, Sarah Ewens 87, 90

Three goals in the last five minutes saw Forfar Farmington lose 5-2 to Spartans in the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup, despite a very good performance at an extremely wet and windy Station Park.

Two changes were made from last week’s win over Queen’s Park, Leonie Simpson came in for the cup tied Hannah Dryden and Nicky Grant returned to take Murron White’s place, White being unavailable.

Spartans spurned the first chances of the game in the opening ten minutes, with Trish McLaughlin, Louise Mason and Sarah Ewens three times all going close.

Forfar took a while to get into the game but when they did, they were rewarded with the lead in the 25th minute, Alana Bruce’s throw in being flicked on by Nicky Grant and Lindsey Dunbar weaved her way past a defender before slotting home through the legs of the Spartans keeper.

The visitors equalised four minutes later when Katie Reilly bulleted home a header from Alana Marshall’s corner. They took the lead after 39 minutes, Kerry Montgomery taking advantage of the wind to swerve a ball over the top of Leonie Simpson from 30 yards.

HALF TIME: Forfar Farmington 1 Spartans 2

Farmington equalised six minutes into the second half, Kayleigh Noble knocked the ball to Grant who turned and hit a beautiful shot that gave the keeper no chance from 25 yards.

On the hour mark the young side almost took the lead, a poor pass in defence fell to Noble but her shot was well saved by Rachel Harrison. A minute later Nicky Grant fired straight at the keeper but her shot lacked power.

Leonie Simpson made a good save from Claire Crosbie before doing the same in the 70th minute when Ewens was clean through.

They took the lead with five minutes left, Kirsty McLaughlin’s free kick being nodded home by Reilly for her second of the afternoon.

Alex Russell almost grabbed an instant equaliser but her shot from Amy Gallacher’s knock back flew past the post.

Less than sixty seconds later that miss was punished when Simpson took too much time with a loose ball, when she did kick the ball out it cannoned off the oncoming Ewens who took great delight in stabbing the ball into an empty net.

Forfar never gave up hunting for another goal, Holly Napier almost deceiving Harrison from 30 yards, her lob floating over the bar.

In the dying seconds Spartans added a fifth, Simpson parrying Kirsty McLaughlin’s shot into the path of Ewens who tapped home for her second.

The scoreline was harsh on the side as the game was tighter than it suggests, with the performance night and day compared to the 16-0 defeat they suffered the last time the sides met in April. They now look to the league next Sunday when they take on Hutchison Vale at Station Park, kick off for that is at 2pm.

Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Nicky Grant

Forfar Farmington: Leonie Simpson 7, Sydney Cairns 8, Megan Burns 7 (Alex Russell 69, 5), Jade McLaren 7, Lindsey Dunbar 7 (Cheryl Kilcoyne 90, 1), Nicky Grant 8, Amy Gallacher 7, Nicola Davidson 7, Alana Bruce 7, Holly Napier 7, Kayleigh Noble 7.

Spartans: Rachel Harrison, Ashley Harrison (Kirsty McLaughlin 69), Ciara Barnes, Trisha McLaughlin, Alana Marshall, Louise Mason (Claire Crosbie 58), Katie Reilly, Sarah Ewens, Suzy Shepherd, Steph Briggs, Kerry Montgomery.

Subs not used: Bobbie Beveridge, Tracy Donachie, Kirsty Hamilton, Christie Kerr, Danni Pagliarulo.

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