Buchan 2 Forfar Farmington 1 (SWPL) 31st August 2014

Buchan                                 2

Donna Paterson 3, Vanessa Silcocks 76 pen

Forfar Farmington           1

Nicky Grant 27

Forfar Farmington were dealt a blow in their SWPL battle when they were beaten 2-1 by bottom side Buchan in Maud on Sunday.

The side were forced to play midfielder Lindsey Dunbar in goals, who other than the goals had very little to do, because of a late goalkeeping situation, with Fiona McNicoll, Leonie Simpson and Hannah Dryden unavailable. The only two changes from the draw last week were Murron White and Kayleigh Brough coming in to take Dunbar’s spot in the middle of the park and Claire Galloway’s in defence. Manager Paul White was also unavailable so coach Damon Neish took charge for the game.

Farmington had the first chance of the game when Alana Bruce lashed wide from inside the box but it was the league strugglers who took the lead in the 3rd minute, Donna Paterson swinging at the ball from 25 yards, the effort going into the top corner giving Dunbar no chance.

The visitors soon settled and went looking for an equaliser, but were unlucky when Kayleigh Noble played Megan Burns down the left wing and her cross looked to cause bother in the box but Holly Napier was inches from getting her toes to it.

Noble went close herself in the 23rd minute, her long range drive being saved by Jodie Kennedy. At the other end Lydia Johnston’s shot after being set up by Louise Brown was pushed onto the bar by Dunbar.

Forfar equalised in the 27th minute when Nicky Grant’s 30 yard free kick flew into the top corner for her seventh goal in six games.

Amy Gallacher fired straight at the keeper on the half hour mark and went even closer five minutes later, Noble’s corner was nodded off the line by a defender but after the ball wasn’t cleared properly, Gallacher’s shot cannoned off the bar.

They almost took the lead three minutes into the second half, Sydney Cairns found Nicky Grant who cut the ball inside for Gallacher, her shot was saved well by Kennedy.

Johnston was through on goal for Buchan in the 58th minute, the striker was crowded out by Dunbar and Cairns and her shot was deflected wide for a corner.

In the 73rd minute Buchan should have been down to ten players, Vanessa Silcocks bringing down Nicky Grant when she was the last woman but ref Morag Pirie decided that it was only worth a yellow in one of several poor decisions.

Three minutes later Pirie gave a penalty when she decided that Alana Bruce fouled Danica Ritchie inside the box. Despite Lindsey Dunbar’s best efforts, the aforementioned Silcocks fired home.

Forfar went close to an equaliser in the 83rd minute, Caren Webster setting up Alex Russell but her shot was parried away before being cleared.

Farmington were reduced to ten women in injury time, sub Webster receiving her second yellow in five minutes for trying to get the ball off a Buchan attacker who was trying to waste time in the corner.

The side now hope to bounce back next week when they entertain Inverness City at Station Park.

Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Just for the fact she had to play in goals and has never done so before, doing quite well, Lindsey Dunbar.

Forfar Farmington: Lindsey Dunbar 7, Sydney Cairns 6, Megan Burns 6, Murron White 6 (Caren Webster 53, 5), Jade McLaren 7, Kayleigh Brough 6, Holly Napier 6, Nicky Grant 7, Amy Gallacher 6, Kayleigh Noble 6 (Alex Russell 64, 5), Alana Bruce 6.

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