Forfar Farmington 3
Holly Napier 50, Alana Bruce 67, Alex Russell 72 pen
Inverness City 1
Zoe MacLean 60
Forfar Farmington are now four points ahead of their relegation rivals Queen’s Park and six ahead of Buchan after a deserved 3-1 win over Inverness City at Station Park on Sunday.
Three changes were made from last week’s defeat at Buchan, with keeper Fiona McNicoll, Nicola Davidson and Claire Galloway returning in place of Lindsey Dunbar, Kayleigh Noble and Amy Gallacher, who had played almost 180 minutes for Scotland u17’s in Italy in midweek.
Forfar went close early on, with Claire Galloway heading wide from Holly Napier’s corner in the 2nd minute.
Four minutes later captain Nicola Davidson sent Napier down the left but her low cross evaded makeshift striker Kayleigh Brough, eventually making its way to Alana Bruce, her shot on the edge of the box was blocked by a defender and Nicky Grant’s follow up was lashed wide of the mark.
Twenty minutes in Inverness had their first chance, Hannah Gordon setting up Natalie Bodiam but the striker could only shoot straight at McNicoll.
Grant hit the sidenetting minutes before Napier had a great run in the box, weaving her way past three defenders before getting a shot away, keeper Kim Jappy pushing it wide. From the corner Brough sent a header wide.
In the 34th minute Davidson looked to threaten from long range, Jappy doing well to hold the effort before Grant set up Jade McLaren, her shot from outside the box flying just past the post.
Forfar were starting to pressure the visitors more and more the closer it got to half time, Grant and then Alana Bruce going close with efforts.
At the other end, Gordon’s shot was deflected wide, with the resultant corner seeing Kirsten Shearer’s shot blocked by a resilient defence.
HALF TIME: Forfar Farmington 0 Inverness City 0
Four minutes into the second half McLaren sent another effort wide, with this sending the ball out of play, Forfar made a change, Brough coming off for Amy Gallacher. Within thirty seconds the striker had played a big part, spraying the ball to Napier who cut in past a defender before sending the ball past the keeper into the top corner to open the scoring.
Murron White almost doubled the advantage a minute later, a poor clearance by the keeper fell to White just inside the Inverness half and her shot flew just wide of the post with Jappy beaten.
The visitors equalised on the hour mark, Bodiam’s cross was knocked onto the bar before Zoe MacLean netted the loose ball.
Two minutes later Gallacher had a shot blocked and from the corner it created, McLaren sent her header wide.
Forfar regained the lead in the 67th minute, a free kick up the park was collected by Alana Bruce and as she advanced on goal she lashed the ball past the keeper for her second of the season.
It was 3-1 five minutes later, Jade McLaren was bundled over in the box and sub Alex Russell stepped up to slot home the penalty and look to put the game out of reach.
Inverness looked to at least get another goal back to give them hope of a comeback with Bodiam and Sheena Nicol having shots on target in quick succession.
Sydney Cairns had a shot on the D of the box blocked in the 84th minute, the ball falling to Nicky Grant, whose lay off for Gallacher was fired wide by the striker.
Kayleigh Noble’s drive forward late on ended with her sending a shot across the face of goal whilst her corner in the last minute found Alex Russell and her header was hooked wide by Grant.
It was a deserved victory for the home side and gives them breathing space with Queen’s Park losing to Hutchison Vale and Buchan losing to Hamilton.
There is a two week break now with the next game against Hamilton at the John Cumming Stadium on September 21st.
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sydney Cairns, Megan Burns, Murron White (Alex Russell 67), Jade McLaren, Kayleigh Brough (Amy Gallacher 49 (Cheryl Kilcoyne 88)), Claire Galloway, Nicky Grant, Holly Napier (Kayleigh Noble 67), Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce.
Sub not used: Lindsey Dunbar
Inverness City: Kim Jappy, Claire Masterton, Zoe MacLean, Sheena Nicol, Kirsten Shearer, Megan McCarthy, Lisa McKenzie, Kirsty Deans, Hannah Gordon, Lorraine Cadden, Natalie Bodiam