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Forfar Farmington 1
Lindsey Dunbar 70
Glasgow City 8
Abbi Grant 4, 64, Georgie Rafferty 8, Clare Shine 20, 38, Rhonda Jones 21, 87, Jo Love 60
Forfar Farmington coach Yasmin Anderson thought the Premier League side did well despite the scoreline after champions Glasgow City defeated them 8-1 on Sunday.
Lindsey Dunbar netted a great consolation in the second half but in the end City’s goals, which included deflected efforts and a goal that looked offside were too strong for the youngsters.
Anderson, standing in for head coach Damon Neish, who was still on his A Licence course in Largs, was helped by under 17’s coaches Ed Thomson and Lindsay Hoggan. The young coach, speaking after the game, said “I thought, especially the second half, Forfar seemed to give them a lot less respect than they did at the beginning of the game. They put in a lot more effort after half time, they were a lot more confident, taking chances that we had and managed to create a goal from Amy Gallacher out wide, she managed to cut the ball in for Lindsey Dunbar.”
The only change after last week’s disappointing defeat against Hamilton was Kayleigh Noble coming in for Laura Parsley.
Amy Gallacher and Fiona McNicoll were the recipients of praise from Anderson, stating “Amy created some chances in the first half, playing the ball through, she had a brilliant ball to play when she played through to Keira Johnstone, who was sitting up front, but unfortunately it was snapped away.”
“Fiona McNicoll was unfortunate last week against Hamilton after some miscommunication through her and Jade McLaren, they both managed to put it behind them today and did tremendously well, Fiona had a brilliant game, pulled off some amazing saves, especially in the second half to keep the score down.”
Forfar had one of the first chances of the game in the 3rd minute, Keira Johnstone cross finding Sophie Milligan, who drove forward but her shot was held by Megan Cunningham.
A minute later, former Farmington winger gave City the lead, Abbi Grant curling home from the edge of the box. Georgie Rafferty doubled their advantage in the eighth minute, her shot from outside the box looping over McNicoll after taking a deflection off Jade McLaren.
Clare Shine fired into the arms of McNicoll after being set up by fellow Irish striker Denise O’Sullivan fourteen minutes into the game, six minutes later Shine eventually had the ball into the net, netting a half volley from close range.
It was another quickfire double for City as sixty seconds later, defender Rhonda Jones headed home a Leanne Ross corner.
O’Sullivan was denied by McNicoll twice in quick succession before Forfar went close to breaking through, Amy Gallacher split the City defence with a fantastic ball but Cunningham gathered the ball off the toes of Keira Johnstone.
McNicoll had another great save from a Shine effort in the 34th minute but the striker wasn’t to be beaten four minutes later. Jo Love had a strike at goal that looked to be going wide but a suspiciously offside looking Shine stuck a foot out at the ball, diverting it past the keeper.
Shine did have the ball in the net before half time again but the linesman correctly ruled her to be offside.
City kept pressing for more goals after half time with chances coming from Rafferty and Grant again, both firing wide.
The league leaders had a third burst of two goals in the space of four minutes, the first coming on the hour mark through Love, stabbing home a Ross cut back.
City netted their seventh in the 64th minute, Grant scoring her second of the game after a fantastic run.
Clare Shine was again denied her hat trick by another superb block by McNicoll. Forfar grabbed a consolation goal with a fantastic 25 yard goal from Lindsey Dunbar. Holly Napier won the ball in midfield, giving it to Amy Gallacher, she beat a defender before passing in to Lindsey Dunbar and her effort curled in off the post.
With fifteen minutes left Gallacher went for her own goal from long range but her shot flew inches over with Cunningham beaten. Grant sent a shot over from the edge of the area before City sub Carla Boyce sent her chance into the arms of McNicoll.
Forfar went close twice in the last ten minutes through Laura Parsley and Gallacher, Parsley sending a Davidson free kick wide before Gallacher had a carbon copy of her earlier effort, flying inches over again.
City added an eighth in the 87th minute, Rhonda Jones firing home a Ross corner again.
After the game, Yasmin Anderson said “I thought they were unlucky with goals that were deflected, but like I said they did well, especially in the second half, did really well to stick together, when Gemma Collier came on she made a difference at the back, keeping the defence nice and tight and on their toes.”
The result means Forfar Farmington drop to eleventh, three points behind Hamilton Academical ahead of next week’s visit to Rangers in Glasgow.
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sophie Milligan, Megan Burns (Gemma Collier 46), Jade McLaren, Kayleigh Brough, Lindsey Dunbar, Keira Johnstone, Nicola Davidson, Holly Napier, Amy Gallacher, Kayleigh Noble (Laura Parsley 63)
Sub not used: Derrian Gollan
Glasgow City: Megan Cunningham, Lauren McMurchie, Georgie Rafferty, Rhonda Jones, Jo Love (Kodie Hay 73), Denise O’Sullivan (Carla Boyce 70_, Clare Shine, Nicola Docherty (Emma Black 52), Leanne Ross, Erin Cuthbert, Abbi Grant
Sub not used: Lee Alexander