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Forfar Farmington 0
Hamilton Academical 1
Jade McLaren own goal 51
Forfar Farmington’s stand in manager Nicky Murray said Sunday’s defeat to Hamilton Academical was a ‘frustrating afternoon’ after the side failed to put their chances away.
A bizarre own goal involving Jade McLaren and Fiona McNicoll was the only goal of the game, despite Forfar hitting the bar through McLaren with Holly Napier and Amy Gallacher going close as well.
Murray, who was in charge along with Ed Thomson from the under 17’s due to Damon Neish being in Largs for his A Licence, said after the game “The conditions played a role, they were very difficult in the first half, it actually sped the game up in terms of the passing of the ball and a lot of girls were finding it hard to cope with the speed of the play. We had a number of good passages of play with overlaps and one vs one’s all over the park and we were unfortunate not to convert a few chances.”
“In the second half, the goal was lost through an error, the girls responded well after that, they continued to take the fight to Hamilton, they were unlucky with one or two chances but ultimately it was a frustrating afternoon, the team was fatigued by the end of the game but it was a really good performance.”
Farmington made one change from last week’s defeat to Hearts, Derrian Gollan dropping to the bench to make way for Megan Burns.
The home side started off with the majority of possession, with their first chance coming through Keira Johnstone in the eighth minute, latching onto a Lindsey Dunbar ball but Elaine Fleming pushed her effort wide. From the resulting corner, Fleming parried Dunbar’s shot before it was cleared.
Just a minute later Holly Napier was inches away from connecting with Laura Parsley’s corner, Napier then setting up Nicola Davidson with another corner although the captain fired into the side netting from inside the box.
In the 21st minute Hamilton had a great chance to open the scoring when Gillian Inglis thought she was clear through the defence but Kayleigh Brough made a magnificent effort to race back and challenge the attacker before she could get a shot away.
Two minutes later Davidson fired inches wide from 25 yards, Hamilton then attempting their own long range effort but Deborah McLeod blasted into McNicoll’s arms.
Ten minutes before half time Dunbar set up Johnstone again with a nice lob into the box, Johnstone could only fire her effort into the onrushing keeper before the defence cleared. Davidson had another long range attempt go wide with the visitors’ Lori Gardner also shooting past the post on the stroke of half time.
Inglis almost capitalised on a poor kick out four minutes into the second half but saw her effort palmed away before Hamilton took the lead in the 51st minute. Jade McLaren attempted to play the ball back to McNicoll who failed to control the pass back and the ball rolled into the net.
Forfar looked to get back into the game having looked the more likely to go ahead and almost equalised through Derrian Gollan just after the hour mark, racing onto a Dunbar ball but before she could get a shot away Fleming gathered the ball. Johnstone then headed a Napier corner into the arms of the keeper before setting up Amy Gallacher, the youth internationalist dragging her effort past the post.
Farmington started to pile on the pressure as they look for a much deserved goal in the final ten minutes. Megan Burns and Gallacher combined to lay the ball off for Johnstone, who fired wide before McLaren saw her header crash off the crossbar, the ball coming from another Napier corner.
Kayleigh Brough made another two good stops, clearing the ball off the line twice in quick succession before the final chance came to Forfar, Holly Napier’s shot from Gallacher’s ball being pushed wide by the keeper.
Forfar stay tenth in the league but are level on four points with Hamilton below them, with Inverness bottom on two points.
Afterwards, Nicky Murray confirmed he’ll be helping Neish out for the second part of the season after departing his role as East Region Head Coach “I’ll be helping out whenever I can after the summer and I look forward to being part of the team, the girls responded well, I’ve coached a lot of them at the regional performance programme. It’s an exciting team full of potential that performed well today in difficult conditions but ultimately there’s huge potential in this side.”
Murray also said he wouldn’t be at next week’s game with Glasgow City due to being at national camp for international trials.
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sophie Milligan, Megan Burns, Jade McLaren, Kayleigh Brough, Laura Parsley (Derrian Gollan 53), Lindsey Dunbar (Kayleigh Noble 83), Keira Johnstone, Nicola Davidson, Holly Napier, Amy Gallacher.
Subs not used: Erin Cattanach, Sally Patterson, Nivana Crighton
Hamilton Academical: Elaine Fleming, Kathleen Toolan (Demi Wardrop 58), Megan Quinn, Laura Gallen, Lori Gardner (Karen Baillie 89), Gillian Inglis, Laura Leslie (Ainsley Murphy 71), Amy McCafferty, Tiffany Kawana-Waugh, Amie McGill, Deborah McLeod