Forfar Farmington 3
Lindsey Dunbar 22, Jade McLaren 60, Alex Russell 90
Queen’s Park 0
Forfar Farmington head coach Damon Neish would rather see more poor performances than playing extremely well if it means winning every game like Sunday’s 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Queen’s Park.
Goals from three sixteen year olds sealed the vital victory, Lindsey Dunbar, Jade McLaren and substitute Alex Russell the scorers with Nicky Grant and Holly Napier setting them up.
‘It was a very good win today, every game from now until the end of the season is going to play on our nerves and test us no matter who the opposition is so I’m incredibly happy with the result today.
The results are in our hands, if we win every game we stay up so although we are looking to see how Buchan and Queen’s Park are doing, if we win all of our games we stay up, that’s the bottom line and results like today are what matter.
Not so much performances, we have had some very good performances recently like Hamilton, we played well and came away with a loss. I’d rather play poor like we did today and come away with a three nil win than play incredibly well and be defeated by a single goal.’
Both sides started off with chances, the Spiders’ Valentina Mazzoni hitting the side netting in the first minute while Holly Napier’s corner was met by Jade McLaren but her header was cleared off the line and Lindsey Dunbar couldn’t direct the rebound home.
The visitors wasted an excellent chance to open the scoring in the eleventh minute, a long ball over the defence found Mazzoni but her shot in the box was tipped wide by Fiona McNicoll.
They paid for missing that chance just after twenty minutes, Grant won the ball outside the box and weaved her way past three defender before cutting the ball back for Dunbar who hooked the ball home for her fifth of the season.
Sara Paterson sent a 25 yard free kick straight at McNicoll on the half hour mark as Queen’s Park looked to get back into the game.
Holly Napier and Alana Bruce sent efforts from the edge of the box wide before the visitors had their best chance in the 40th minute, Mhairi Lyle hitting the crossbar from long range.
On the stroke of half time Grant raced clear of the defence but dragged her effort wide when one on one.
Forfar came out from half time looking the better side with Grant heading wide after McLaren and Napier combined on the right.
In the 58th minute Amy Gallacher placed a through ball to Dunbar and her shot was saved well by Williamson as was the rebound.
Two minutes later it was two nil, Napier’s corner was met by the head of McLaren but the header was blocked, McLaren making sure the second time, firing home through a pack of players.
Gallacher shot wide in her last action before she was subbed, the striker due to travel to Croatia on Tuesday with the Scotland under 17’s.
Caren Webster had a shot deflected off the line after she was set up by Grant, Bruce sending a long range effort inches over just a minute later.
Grant spurned a couple more opportunities before her final chance led to the third goal in injury time, collecting a through ball by sub Alex Russell her shot beat the keeper but came back off the post and Russell was on hand to blast home the loose ball for her second goal in three games.
The victory puts them four points clear of the relegation zone, with the side now on fifteen points, Queen’s Park on eleven with bottom side Buchan on nine. They now look to next week’s trip to Saughton Enclosure to take on Hutchison Vale and a win there will almost certainly secure safety, Buchan and Queen’s Park facing each other at the same time with just six points left to play for after next week.
Neish was glad to have a strong bench to choose from to see out the game ‘I think that’s one of the first times we’ve had a full quota of players to pick from, I know Amy Gallacher had a bit of a knock, Kayleigh Brough has had knocks here and there and a few other players. It’s great to have players like Murron White to come on, Alex Russell to change the game, Kayleigh Noble to balance the game up, Caren Webster to come on and be a difference maker. It makes a lot of a difference to have those players to be able to come on and change the game from being on the defensive side a lot to hitting them on the break.’
Nicky Grant echoed the head coach’s earlier comments about not playing well but getting the three points, ‘It’s a very good win, I’m disappointed we didn’t play very good football, but three points is all we need at the end of the day. It’s difficult when you’re in a dogfight every week, you don’t play good football, so I’m delighted we got three points and delighted we had three different scorers too.’
‘I could have had about five goals, but you know what, it’s a team game and as long as I’m providing goals and others are scoring them. That’s a couple of games without a goal for me now but I’m not the type of person to lack confidence because of it, just delighted to get the win!’
I think that puts a bit of breathing space between us and Queen’s Park, I think that’s four points, the only difficulty we have now is there will be quite a lot of people away on Sunday because it’s in the autumn holidays. I think that’s what’s been wrong with us throughout the season, that we haven’t really had a settled eleven, it’s difficult, the gaffer’s obviously away as well for the next two weeks but we just need to kick on and three points next week is a must.’
Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Nicky Grant
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll 6, Sydney Cairns 6, Megan Burns 6, Lindsey Dunbar 6 (Kayleigh Noble 89, 1), Jade McLaren 7, Kayleigh Brough 6 (Murron White 46, 6), Holly Napier 7 (Alex Russell 81, 5), Nicky Grant 7, Amy Gallacher 7 (Caren Webster 68, 5), Nicola Davidson 6, Alana Bruce 7.
Sub not used: Sophie Milligan
Queen’s Park: Laura Williamson, Lesley Palmer, Susan Hamilton, Katherine Jaycock, Mhairi Lyle, Stephanie Mallon, Valentina Mazzoni, Sara Paterson, Amber Clark (Carol McCluskey 75), Rebecca Madgin (Ceara MacIntyre 57), Caitlin O’Hara.
Subs not used: Suzanne MacTaggart, Lauren Grant, Elise Cole