Inverness City 3
Veronika Klechova 45, 49, Sarah Main 77
Forfar Farmington 3
Nicola Davidson 53, 64, Murron White 86
Forfar Farmington ended their 2014 Scottish Women’s Premier League season with a 3-3 draw away to Inverness City, the side coming from behind twice with all three goals from thirty yards or more.
A free kick double from Nicola Davidson and a late goal from Murron White countered City’s double from Veronika Kletchova and Sarah Main’s deflected effort.
Four changes were made from the win over Buchan a fortnight ago, with Fiona McNicoll, Nicky Grant and Claire Galloway all unavailable while Holly Napier dropped to the bench. Sydney Cairns, Sophie Milligan, Alex Russell and Kayleigh Noble all came in while Kayleigh Brough took the gloves for the first half, with Lindsey Dunbar in goal for the second half.
The game started off a stuffy affair, with the first chance coming in the tenth minute when Caren Webster’s shot was deflected wide.
Two minutes later Inverness’ Slovakian Veronika Klechova fired wide before Kayleigh Noble’s corner for the visitors was cleared as far as Jade McLaren who put the ball back into the box and Webster’s lay off was met by Noble but her effort was knocked wide by a defender.
Amy Gallacher latched onto a long ball by Webster in the 21st minute, raced to the byline and cut the ball in but Alex Russell stabbed the ball at keeper Kim Jappy while under pressure by the defence.
On the half hour mark Lisa McKenzie had two chances in quick succession for City, nodding past the post before blasting wide as well.
Good work from Gallacher two minutes later allowed captain Nicola Davidson a shot at goal but her long range effort flew over the bar.
Noble volleyed inches wide from Russell’s knock down before City took the lead on the stroke of half time, Klechova’s curling shot giving Kayleigh Brough no chance.
At half time Lindsey Dunbar took over goalkeeping duties while Brough moved into the centre of defence.
Noble saw another chance pushed wide before Inverness doubled their advantage, a cross from the left evading Dunbar and Klechova slotted home for her second of the game.
Farmington didn’t let the heads go down with this further blow, instead hunting for a goal back, half time sub Holly Napier sending a shot over from the edge of the box.
They grabbed a goal back in the 53rd minute, Nicola Davidson took a free kick from 30 yards out close to the touchline, the ball looked to be covered by keeper Jappy but it slipped under her and into the bottom corner.
On the hour mark Hannah Gordon thought she had scored when she put the ball past Dunbar but Noble managed to clear the ball off the line.
This was to prove to be vital when in the 64th minute Nicola Davidson equalised with a second free kick, this time five yards further out, the ball going in just under the crossbar out of the keeper’s reach.
Kirsty Deans hit the bar for the home side with twenty minutes to go before Caren Webster sent a ball towards the edge of the box for Amy Gallacher to run onto, she beat the keeper and outmuscled a defender but the tight angle and being off balance meant she hit the side netting with the shot.
Inverness took the lead again with thirteen minutes left, Sarah Main’s shot from the corner of the box was deflected past a helpless Dunbar.
In the 82nd minute Napier swung in a cross that found Brough but her shot was cleared off the line by a defender as Forfar looked to level the scores for the second time.
They did so with four minutes to go, Murron White picking the ball up 30 yards out and firing towards goal, the ball going in off the crossbar similar to Nicola Davidson’s second, this being White’s first of the season.
Gallacher went close to grabbing a minute later, Noble laying her off from Russell’s cross but her shot was knocked wide by Zoe MacLean. She then had another effort saved before Inverness hit the bar again seconds before the final whistle, Lindsey Dunbar looked like she was fouled as she was pushed, the ball fell to Klechova and her shot from the edge of the box cannoned off the bar.
The draw means that the girls end the season in tenth place on nineteen points and everyone at the club who played a part in helping the side stay up can be proud of their efforts.
Inverness City: Kim Jappy, Claire Masterton, Sarah Main, Emma Paterson, Kirsten Shearer, Megan McCarthy, Lisa McKenzie, Kirsty Deans, Hannah Gordon (Natalie Bodiam 66), Veronika Klechova, Sheena Nicol (Zoe MacLean 77)
Forfar Farmington: Kayleigh Brough 6, Sydney Cairns 10*(Murron White 46, 6), Jade McLaren 6 (Holly Napier 46, 6), Lindsey Dunbar 7, Amy Gallacher 7, Nicola Davidson 8, Alana Bruce 7, Alex Russell 7, Kayleigh Noble 7, Sophie Milligan 6 (Megan Burns 57, 5), Caren Webster 7.
*Happy now Sydney?