Hibernian 7 Forfar Farmington 2 (SWPL) 3rd May 2015

Hibernian                           7

Siobhan Hunter 19, Chelsea Cornet 24, Kirsty Smith 34, Abi Harrison 48, 69, Liz Arnot 59, Katey Turner 85

Forfar Farmington           2

Jade McLaren 47, Amy Gallacher 90

Forfar Farmington head coach Damon Neish insisted the Premier League side can be pleased with the performance in tough circumstances despite a 7-2 loss to joint top Hibernian.

The team went into the game without Fiona McNicoll, Keira Johnstone, Sydney Cairns and Nivana Crighton, with young keeper Hannah Dryden making her second start for the side, impressing the likes of onlooking Scotland manager Anna Signeul with her performance.

Goals from Jade McLaren and Amy Gallacher were the least the team deserved, with their goals arguably the best of the game, McLaren’s a half volley into the top corner from the corner of the box while Gallacher lobbed the keeper from thirty yards.

After the loss, Neish said “It was always going to be a tough match, we’ve had a really difficult opening to the season, Spartans, Celtic, Aberdeen, Inverness and now this. The girls did well though, although Hibs were clinical in front of goal, the scoreline doesn’t really reflect on how we played I don’t think. We were miles better than we performed against Celtic and there are a lot of positives to take out of it.

We scored two very good goals but we lost a couple of players due to injury which meant that we were up against it, a couple of girls took knocks during the game, which again meant we had to just persevere and just push through it. The scoreline is obviously not very flattering towards us but we can be happy with the performance and how we competed against a very good Hibernian side.”

There were three changes made for the game, with the aforementioned McNicoll and Johnstone injured, Sophie Milligan also dropping to the bench, with Dryden, Megan Burns and Kayleigh Noble coming into the side.

Hibernian started off the better side, with Abi Harrison hitting the sidenetting and then the post within the first ten minutes, the hosts finding the Forfar defence tough to break down.

Harrison saw a shot cleared by Kayleigh Brough before Lia Tweedle nodded a Liz Arnot corner past the post.

They took the lead after nineteen minutes when another corner, this time by Harrison, was met by Siobhan Hunter, despite Dryden’s best efforts.

Chelsea Cornet increased the lead in the 24th minute, although she and Dryden required attention after clattering into each other as she netted.

Hibernian were creating chances but wasteful with them, with Chloe Arthur and then Lisa Robertson firing shots off target.

Kirsty Smith forced Dryden into a great save in the 34th minute, but the youngster couldn’t do anything about her next effort, slotting home Arnot’s corner after the save beforehand.

Dryden had another fantastic save in the 38th minute, this time from Robertson.

At half time, Forfar were forced into a change, Sophie Milligan coming on for Derrian Gollan, with Gallacher shifting up front while Jade McLaren was playing in the unfamiliar role of right midfield.

Moving there paid off for McLaren two minutes into the second half when she received a throw in and sent a half volley curling into the top corner.

Hibs wasted no time restoring the three goal advantage, Abi Harrison netting a minute after McLaren’s goal.

They added a fifth just before the hour mark, Arnot firing home. Holly Napier looked to score straight from kick off but her shot flew inches past Jenna Fife’s post.

Three minutes later Gallacher went close as well from long range, the youngsters determined to add to the McLaren goal.

Harrison grabbed her second for a tough Hibernian side in the 69th minute, knocking Arnot’s cross past Dryden.

In the final twenty minutes Hibernian found it hard to break through the Forfar defence, the home side also having to be difficult for the attacking side of Farmington to beat.

Hibs did add a final goal in the 85th minute when Katey Turner netted but Amy Gallacher grabbed another goal for Forfar in injury time, lobbing Jenna Fife from thirty yards.

Despite the result, Forfar can be happy with how they played, especially in the second half and will now look towards the game against Stirling University on the 17th May.

After the game, Damon Neish had some bad news regarding sixteen year old defender Sydney Cairns, who had been injured for the last three weeks after damaging her knee winning a 50-50 challenge in the dying moments of the win over Inverness City.

“Sydney Cairns is probably out for the rest of the season, she is in for an operation early this week. We knew it was bad at the time and that it would be a push to get her back for this season but Sydney’s the type of player that we’ll build this club around so it’s important that she’ll strong and healthy for the next ten seasons, not for this season.”

“Sydney’s a great kid and a fantastic football player and it’s just unfortunate that this has come at a time when she would be pushing the international set up, pushing to start every week for us but she’s got a long, long career ahead of her with lots of big moments and good times, so we’ll focus on her getting her operation, which happens on Monday and getting her back stronger and ready to compete again for next season.”

Forfar Farmington: Hannah Dryden, Jade McLaren, Megan Burns, Gemma Collier, Kayleigh Brough, Lindsey Dunbar, Nicola Davidson, Amy Gallacher, Holly Napier, Kayleigh Noble, Derrian Gollan (Sophie Milligan 46)

Sub not used: Keira Johnstone

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