Forfar Farmington 2
Amy Gallacher 68, 87
Stirling University 2
Ashley McDonald 34, Nicole Pullar 90+5
Forfar Farmington head coach Damon Neish was left frustrated after Stirling University grabbed a point with an equaliser five minutes into injury time at Station Park on Sunday.
Stirling took a first half lead through Ashley McDonald but two goals from Amy Gallacher, the second coming three minutes from time, looked to have given Forfar the three points but the visitors’ Nicole Pullar netted an equaliser deep into added time.
Speaking after the game, Neish said “I feel it was two points dropped, should have had three points. We just needed to kill the game and see it off but we never and were punished for silly mistakes. I’m disappointed because we dominated the game, they had two very good girls up front but not I’m genuinely gutted. We’ll look ahead to next week and go for three points against Hearts.”
“Amy scored two good goals, she used her wits about her to make some room in the box and finish for the first and running in behind for the second, which is something that we’ve been working on and took the goal really well. She was unlucky only to get two in fact, she made a lot of space for herself all day. A lot of girls including Amy played well, just not good enough obviously.”
Neish was able to bring a new face of sorts off the bench, with Laura Parsley returning from America until August “It’s always good to have Scoob back, she’s not quite match fit yet, I think that showed a little bit but she gave us an option out wide and created a couple of chances for herself, I’m pleased to have her back.”
Stirling had the first chance in a stuffy start to the game in the tenth minute when Nicole Pullar raced clear but Fiona McNicoll raced out to deny her.
Nine minutes later Holly Napier fired a thirty yard free kick over the bar before the keeper held a Lindsey Dunbar effort.
Stirling almost gifted Forfar the lead in the 26th minute when Ana Gomez swung a foot at a Jade McLaren cross and her wayward clearance landed on the roof of the net. From the corner McLaren sent a header up there as well.
Napier headed at the keeper from a McLaren cross on the half hour mark while at the other end Rachel Donaldson forced McNicoll into a save with Pullar heading straight at the keeper from Gallon’s corner.
The visitors took the lead in the 34th minute when Ashley McDonald fired home past McNicoll.
Forfar could have equalised with a Napier free kick just three minutes after going behind but Chloe Logan was able to hold the effort.
After half time Nicola Davidson sent a free kick to the feet of Keira Johnstone but her cross into the area had no takers and Stirling cleared the ball.
Winger Laura Parsley came on just after the hour mark for her first game for Forfar in nine months, having played in America in that time.
She almost netted a goal within a minute of coming on, firing Napier’s corner over the bar. With 68 minutes gone Forfar got the equaliser they deserved, Davidson setting up Amy Gallacher who curled the ball home from 20 yards.
Forfar looked by far the better side but struggled to break through a resilient Stirling defence who were unbeaten in their last two games.
The home side looked to have grabbed a winner with just three minutes left, Jade McLaren lofting the ball over the defence for Amy Gallacher to squeeze through and flick the ball past Logan for her third goal in two games.
Stirling were to spoil the celebrations though in the fifth minute of injury time, which was arguably far too much than was needed, Pullar fired home after the Forfar defence failed to clear their lines.
It was a disappointing end to a game Forfar deserved to win but the side will now look ahead to next week when they travel to face Hearts.
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Jade McLaren, Sophie Milligan, Gemma Collier, Kayleigh Brough, Lindsey Dunbar, Nicola Davidson, Amy Gallacher, Holly Napier, Keira Johnstone (Cheryl Kilcoyne 73), Derrian Gollan (Laura Parsley 61)
Subs not used: Megan Burns, Kayleigh Noble, Sally Patterson, Ellice Brannan
Stirling University: Chloe Logan, Lauren Gallon, Rebecca Robertson, Nicole Pullar, Jill Paterson, Jade Gallon, Lisa Sutherland, Ashley McDonald, Rachel Donaldson, Beth McKay, Ana Gomez.
Subs: Rebecca Blair, Lauren Eadie, Jennifer Godfrey, Kerry Kennedy