Forfar Farmington 2
Lindsey Dunbar 46, Derrian Gollan, 54
Nicole Goodwin 37, Stacey Cook 57
Holly Napier reckons there is still a lot more to come from Forfar Farmington after they were held to a two all draw by Motherwell in their first pre-season friendly of 2015.
Midfielder Lindsey Dunbar’s superb effort from 35 yards out cancelled out the Steelwomen’s first half opener and despite youngster Derrian Gollan putting them ahead, Motherwell equalised again with twenty minutes left.
The attacking midfielder said ‘It was a much better second half, I think we were a lot more relaxed than in the first, at least we were definitely less panicky on the ball.’
‘For our first friendly of the season, I thought it was okay, but there’s still a lot more to come from us I think.’
The Forfar side featured Gemma Collier, who had taken a year out from football and Keira Johnstone, making her second appearance since dislocating her knee last March.
Farmington had the first chance in the fifth minute, Kayleigh Brough forcing a good save from Linda Gibson.
Three minutes later Mandy Burns saw her shot parried and a counter attack ended with Holly Napier laying the ball off for Brough but again her strike was parried before being cleared.
The game was a midfield battle, with Motherwell creating more chances as the half progressed, firstly Helen Templeton flashed an effort wide before Pamela Liddell found the sidenetting in the 24th minute.
Eight minutes before half time, Motherwell took the lead, Nicole Goodwin punishing poor defending as she lashed home from close range.
Six minutes into the second half Lindsey Dunbar scored a fantastic 35 yard volley, pouncing on a poor header to send the ball looping over Gibson.
In the 54th minute, 15 year old sub Derrian Gollan scored her first senior goal, latching onto a perfectly timed through ball by Napier, racing clear of a slow defence before slotting home to give Forfar the lead just eight minutes after equalising.
The lead lasted all of three minutes, Stacey Cook firing into the top corner for Well. A poor pass back let Gollan in again in the 64th minute but Gibson managed to get a hand to her shot this time. The resultant corner wasn’t cleared properly although Dunbar could only volley into the keeper’s arms.
Keira Johnstone set up Napier with four minutes left but her edge of the box chance was smothered easily.
In the 77th minute Jade McLaren set up Dunbar although she could only send her long range effort straight at the keeper.
The final chance of the game fell Motherwell’s way, Burns wasting her effort with McNicoll alert to her shot.
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sophie Milligan, Megan Burns, Jade McLaren, Kayleigh Brough (Derrian Gollan 40), Lindsey Dunbar, Keira Johnstone, Nicola Davidson, Holly Napier, Gemma Collier (Sydney Cairns 40), Kayleigh Noble (Nivana Crighton 57)
Motherwell: Linda Gibson, Tracy Burns (Erin Dickson 70), Stacey Cook, Ainsley Douglas, Terri Donnelly, Nicole Goodwin (Natasha Roberts 62), Mandy Burns, Toni Mason, Laura Smith, Pamela Liddle, Helen Templeton (Karen Wright 70)