Spartans 5 Forfar Farmington 0 (SWPL) 15th March 2015

Spartans                                              5

Sarah Ewens 29, 33, Michelle Russell 62, Louise Mason 64, Trisha McLaughlin 69

Forfar Farmington                           0

Keira Johnstone 

Keira Johnstone was pleased despite Forfar Farmington losing 5-0 to Spartans in their opening league game after returning from a serious knee injury that kept her out for almost a year.

Other than a thirty minute sub appearance in July, this was the winger’s first start since suffering the injury last March.

“It was good to get ninety minutes under my belt after being out for so long, it’s great to be back.”

“I thought it was a good game despite the defeat, I think we played better as a team in the second half once we got into it, got the ball down and started passing it.”

“We’ll work on things in training that we know we need to improve on and I feel it’ll be a closer game against Aberdeen in a fortnight.”

Two short periods of quick goals were enough for Spartans at Ainslie Park, with Sarah Ewens scoring twice in the first half, with second half goals from Michelle Russell, Louise Mason and Trisha McLaughlin.

Alana Marshall fired over for Spartans in the first ninety seconds before Rachel Harrison had to look sharp to hold Amy Gallacher’s cross after she beat two defenders on the right flank with Keira Johnstone lurking behind the keeper.

Louise Mason wasted several chances for the Edinburgh side before they took the lead in the 29th minute, a counter attack after Lindsey Dunbar’s shot was held ended in Sarah Ewens firing home.

She grabbed her second four minutes later, sweeping home Ronaigh Douglas’s cross.

Forfar started off well in the second half and went close in the 48th minute, Amy Gallacher collecting Davidson’s throw in before laying the ball off for Kayleigh Brough, who saw her shot held by Harrison.

Four minutes later Gallacher played a one two with Holly Napier, with Napier striking the ball into the keeper’s arms.

Farmington were starting to play better but were dealt a blow in the 62nd minute when Michelle Russell headed home Mason’s corner.

Mason grabbed a goal of her own two minutes later, firing home after being set up by Marshall.

It was five in the 69th minute, Trisha McLaughlin curling the ball past Fiona McNicoll just inside the box.

In the 71st minute Sarah Ewens almost netted her hat trick but McNicoll pulled off a great double save.

Farmington didn’t let their heads go down and still threatened, with Gallacher and Napier combining to allow Brough a shot on goal, the effort going inches wide.

Johnstone made her way down the left and found Gallacher with her cross in the 74th minute but her shot was pushed wide.

They went close yet again in the 83rd minute, Nivana Crighton giving the ball to Napier who fired wide.

Spartans had a couple of chances late on but blasted over from close range when it looked easier to score.

Spartans: Rachel Harrison, Nicola Mawson, Ciara Barnes, Bobbie Beveridge (Christie Kerr 78), Ronaigh Douglas (Michelle Russell 61), Alana Marshall, Louise Mason (Trisha McLaughlin 68), Danni Pagliarulo (Kirsty McLaughlin 61), Katie Reilly, Sarah Ewens, Suzy Shepherd.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sophie Milligan, Megan Burns, Jade McLaren, Gemma Collier (Sydney Cairns 61), Nicola Davidson, Lindsey Dunbar (Kayleigh Noble 79), Amy Gallacher, Holly Napier, Keira Johnstone (Nivana Crighton 81), Kayleigh Brough.

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