Forfar Farmington 3 Hutchison Vale 1 (Pre-Season Friendly) 1st March 2015

Forfar Farmington                           3

Holly Napier 51, 62, Lindsey Dunbar 57

Hutchison Vale                                                 1

Forfar Farmington will head into the start of the competitive season on a high after defeating fellow SWPL side Hutchison Vale 3-1 in a friendly.

The sides were due to face each other in the League Cup but after failing to field a side in last season’s competition they were told they wouldn’t be allowed in it this season. Despite this they were entered in it and it took the league an embarrassing month and a half to notice their ‘admin error’.

With defender Gemma Collier absent, Nicola Davidson was pushed back into defence, with Sydney Cairns, new vice captain Holly Napier and Lindsey Dunbar pulling the strings in the centre of midfield.

The first half was a midfield game, with chances few and far between, the first one coming in the 16th minute when the visitors saw a shot flash past Fiona McNicoll’s post.

Four minutes later Nicola Davidson sent a free kick over the bar before Lindsey Dunbar was set up by Keira Johnstone but the midfielder hit the side netting.

Just after half an hour Jade McLaren and Amy Gallacher combined to release right back Sophie Milligan down the wing, she advanced to the byline before sending a cross in for Kayleigh Brough but her shot was blocked by a defender before being safely gathered by the keeper.

Johnstone and Brough both fired straight at the keeper in the last five minutes of the half as Farmington looked the better side despite not breaking the deadlock.

Six minutes after the break they opened the scoring, Holly Napier curling a free kick past the keeper into the bottom corner.

It was two nil in the 57th minute, Dunbar taking advantage of a high ball and a static defence before gleefully slotting home past the keeper.

Megan Burns tested the keeper from long range a minute later, her shot held well by the stopper.

On the hour mark sub Kayleigh Noble slipped the ball to Dunbar, her effort from the edge of the box was deflected wide and Nicola Davidson was unlucky not to connect with Napier’s corner.

Two minutes later Napier netted another free kick, this time 20 yards out, the keeper nowhere near it.

Hutchison Vale pulled one back in the 67th minute, their midfielder’s long range effort beating McNicoll.

Their keeper held Davidson’s touchline free kick well before Amy Gallacher’s chance from the edge of the box was deflected past the post in the 82nd minute.

With five minutes left Kayleigh Brough won the ball in the middle of the Vale half, setting up Gallacher but the Scotland youth internationalist curled the shot wide.

She had two more chances in the last minute but both times fired wide, the second one from long range.

Farmington now look forward to opening their league season in a fortnight when they visit Spartans at the Edinburgh side’s Academy.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sophie Milligan, Megan Burns, Sydney Cairns, Jade McLaren, Kayleigh Brough (Sally Patterson 62), Amy Gallacher (Kayleigh Noble 46), Lindsey Dunbar (Kayleigh Brough 82), Keira Johnstone (Amy Gallacher 77), Nicola Davidson, Holly Napier.

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