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Katey Turner 65, 82
Forfar Farmington 1
Nicola Davidson 57
Forfar Farmington were edged out by the odd goal in three with a late goal from former player Katey Turner against Rangers on Sunday at the Palace of Art.
Nicola Davidson opened the scoring for Forfar early on in the second half but a double from Turner was enough for the home side, who had Amy Lindsay dismissed in the opening twenty minutes for foul and abusive language.
A gutted Damon Neish was speaking after the game “I’m disappointed obviously, I thought we deserved more, a lot of the girls showed exactly what they’re capable of, girls like Amy Gallacher, Keira Johnstone and even Megan Burns were fantastic. Despite the defeat, there’s lots of positives to take, like I said, we had a wee half hour spell where we played incredibly well, we moved the ball, had good touches, we did all the right things so it’s frustrating to come away with nothing.”
“It was a great goal to put us in front, we wanted to have a few more shots on goal today and we had opportunities but we chose a pass instead of shooting or picked the wrong pass out, just bad decisions in the final third but it’s a learning experience for them, so they’ll grow from this, no doubt about it, they were excellent in a lot of phases today.”
The side made just one change, with Gemma Collier stepping up from the bench to replace the unavailable Kayleigh Brough.
Both sides started off with chances in the first ten minutes, Rangers’ Katey Turner having a shot blocked before Keira Johnstone fired low and at the keeper from the edge of the box.
Hayley Sinclair volleyed over before Turner lashed her effort wide as Rangers started to look more dangerous.
Seventeen minutes into the clash the home side were dealt a blow when referee Nicolle Andrews deemed Amy Lindsay to be using foul and abusive language and sent the player off.
Forfar almost capitalised on this seven minutes later, Amy Gallacher beating the keeper with a great shot from far out but the effort flew inches over Claire Johnstone’s bar.
Sinclair, Turner and Cunningham all went close again around the half hour period, the closest shot coming from Hayley Cunningham who saw hers smothered by the keeper.
On the stroke of half time Holly Napier set up Keira Johnstone but she could only fire at the keeper.
Five minutes into the second half the young Forfar squad shook things up, taking off midfielder Lindsey Dunbar for winger Laura Parsley.
Not long after that captain Nicola Davidson went down with an injury, which will have worried the Forfar bench and support but luckily she was able to continue and in the 57th minute sent Forfar into the lead. A throw in by Sophie Milligan found Davidson and she fired the ball into the top corner from twenty five yards.
Rangers looked to equalise quickly and almost did through Cunningham but her shot hit the side netting after being set up by Clare Gemmell.
Eight minutes after going behind the home side were back on level terms, former Forfar player Katey Turner firing the ball home past Fiona McNicoll.
Forfar started to create more chances than Rangers in the final twenty minutes, the first coming from Gallacher. A Napier ball was met by the Rangers keeper but she was dispossessed outside the box by Johnstone, the ball falling to Gallacher, whose lob attempt landed just over the open goal.
Johnstone then set up Nivana Crighton but she could only lash her shot wide of the mark before Johnstone nodded a Napier free kick into the keeper’s arms.
Rangers had the ball in the net in the 76th minute although it was ruled out for offside before they took the lead with eight minutes left, Claire Adams sending a through ball for Turner, her initial effort was saved before she slotted home the rebound for her second.
In the last five minutes Crighton had a cross-cum-shot that went inches past the far post of the Rangers goal. The winger was also involved in a controversial incident in the last minute, chasing a ball near the corner flag, a teenage boy, who was sat in that area moved on to the pitch and kicked the ball away, leading to a Rangers counter attack, the referee allowing play to go on despite what had obviously happened.
The defeat, coupled with other results confirms what was already obvious, that Farmington would be in the bottom six for the second half of the season.
There is a break from the league next week, with the side entertaining Hearts in the second round of the Scottish Cup.
Head Coach Damon Neish said about next week “It’s a break away from the league so anything can happen, we’re looking forward to it, the league’s turning into a great league, I see that Spartans lost to Stirling University today, so all sorts of things are happening, it’s good to get a little break from that and look forward to the cup.”
Rangers: Claire Johnstone, Claire Adams, Gillian Sloey (Lisa Swanson 63), Megan Foley, Hayley Cunningham, Rachael O’Neill, Clare Gemmell, Amy Lindsay, Chelsie Watson, Hayley Sinclair (Leeanne Hughes 83), Katey Turner.
Sub not used: Rachael Halbert
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sophie Milligan, Megan Burns, Gemma Collier, Jade McLaren, Amy Gallacher, Lindsey Dunbar (Laura Parsley 50), Keira Johnstone (Derrian Gollan 80), Nicola Davidson, Holly Napier, Kayleigh Noble (Nivana Crighton 61)