Forfar Farmington 4
Holly Napier 1, Claire Galloway pen 66, Nicky Grant 84, Kayleigh Noble 87
Forfar Farmington deservedly secured their Premier League status for next season with a 4-0 rout over Buchan at Station Park.
The goals came from Holly Napier, Claire Galloway, Nicky Grant and Kayleigh Noble, with the side having several other chances, hitting the bar four times.
After last week’s defeat to Hutchison Vale, three changes were made, Galloway, Alana Bruce and Amy Gallacher coming in for Sydney Cairns, Sophie Milligan and Murron White.
Farmington allowed people into the game for free in an attempt to get a larger support for this game, with 192 turning up, and they would have been pleased just twenty five seconds into the match when Amy Gallacher released Caren Webster down the right flank, Webster sent in a cross and Holly Napier was on hand to slot the ball home at the far post.
It was almost two after five minutes, Gallacher forcing a good save from Sophie Anderson before Holly Napier’s follow up was blocked on the line.
Webster hit the side netting while Kayleigh Brough nodded wide from Nicky Grant’s free kick as Farmington dominated, Buchan barely getting out of their own half.
In the 28th minute Napier’s corner wasn’t cleared properly, Jade McLaren swinging the ball back in and that almost went in, beating the keeper but hitting the crossbar, Lindsey Dunbar tried to stab home the loose ball but it was blocked on the line and it fell out to Brough who lashed wide from the edge of the box.
Buchan’s only attempt on goal in the first half came in the 44th minute, Leanne Reid firing straight at Fiona McNicoll from 20 yards out.
Dunbar went close again two minutes into the second half, controlling McLaren’s cross and knocking the ball past the advancing keeper but it rolled inches past the wrong side of the post.
Gallacher fired over from just outside the box before she set up Napier, whose shot was at the keeper.
Forfar finally grabbed a deserved second in the 66th minute, Grant’s cross was collected by Gallacher, who put it back into the box, Caren Webster was waiting to shoot and was fouled by a Buchan defender, the referee awarding a penalty.
Claire Galloway stepped up to take the spot kick and fired home, the keeper guessing the wrong way.
As it was in the first half, Reid had Buchan’s only effort in the second half, firing wide.
In the 72nd minute Forfar could possibly have had a third, Gallacher’s effort from outside the box coming off the crossbar, hitting the keeper’s back and bouncing on the line before Anderson collected the ball.
Two minutes later it was Grant’s turn to hit the bar with a free kick and with ten minutes to go Lindsey Dunbar saw her shot from McLaren’s cross beat the keeper but not the bar, with Napier’s follow up being saved.
Brough stabbed the ball past the keeper but like Dunbar earlier, rolled the wrong side of the post before Gallacher’s effort from close range was saved.
Farmington made sure of the result and their safety in the 84th minute, Gallacher cutting the ball in for Nicky Grant and she fired home for her eighth of the season.
They made it four goals in the 87th minute when sub Murron White made a good run into the box, her shot was parried and fellow sub Kayleigh Noble was on hand to bundle home the loose ball.
The result means that going into the last game of the season against Inverness City in two weeks the side can relax, with next season’s Premier League status ensured after a great performance, which relegated Queen’s Park and Buchan.
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll 6, Jade McLaren 7, Kayleigh Brough 7, Lindsey Dunbar 7 (Murron White 86, 3), Nicky Grant 8, Amy Gallacher 8, Nicola Davidson 7, Alana Bruce 7, Holly Napier 8 (Alex Russell 86, 3), Caren Webster 7 (Kayleigh Noble 77, 4), Claire Galloway 7.
Subs not used: Sydney Cairns, Sophie Milligan, Cheryl Kilcoyne.
Buchan: Sophie Anderson, Connie Strachan, Vanessa Silcocks (Sabrina Alexander 71), Lydia Johnston, Zoe Smart, Natasha Wiseman, Leanne Reid, Gemma Rae, Michelle Sutherland, Jennifer Urquhart, Donna Paterson.
Sub not used: Emma Watt.