Forfar Farmington 4
Keira Johnstone 11, 43, Amy Gallacher 49, Holly Napier 58
Hutchison Vale 0
Forfar Farmington head coach Damon Neish reckons it was four going on “on whatever number you choose to pick” as the side dismantled Hutchison Vale with ease on Sunday.
A double from on fire striker Keira Johnstone along with excellently worked goals from Amy Gallacher and Holly Napier saw Forfar keep all three points at Station Park against a poor Hutchison Vale side.
Neish was delighted with how the side performed, saying after the game “I thought it was a very good game, we’ve been threatening to do that to a team for weeks, possibly even months now and we’ve finally done it, it was four going on whatever number you choose to pick. They were a stuffy side, they came to make it really difficult for us and did it, but our movement off the ball, the way we kept it and were patient with it was exactly what we’ve been doing against other teams, only we got the goals to go along with it this week so I’m delighted.”
“We’re capable of scoring goals like that, and it’s not just the one type of goal, we’ve got girls that are match winners and the problem lately has been that we’ve not had the rub of the green, we’ve maybe lacked a bit of confidence but the last three weeks have shown that not only do we belong here but we belong higher up than we are and I’m really looking forward to the second part of the season.”
Forfar were forced into one change after Gemma Collier’s suspension, with last week’s goalscorer Lindsey Dunbar stepping up from the bench. Three of the side’s under 17 squad were rewarded for their recent form with a place in the squad, Caitlin Mitchell, Leah White and Bethany Moir.
In the first two minutes Derrian Gollan had gone close twice, having a shot saved within the first thirty seconds before sending a volley straight into Connolly’s arms. A minute later Amy Gallacher sent a shot wide after collecting a Jade McLaren cross.
The visitors had one of very few chances in the tenth minute when Rebecca Galbraith blasted over, with Forfar taking the lead a minute later. A ball into the box found Gollan and when her effort was parried, Johnstone gleefully fired home for her second goal in two games.
The home side could have doubled their advantage two minutes after the first but Jade McLaren’s header from a Holly Napier corner was saved by Connolly.
Fiona McNicoll was forced into her first save of the game twenty minutes in when Walkingshaw had a good effort from a Dunn corner but the shot was clawed away by the keeper.
Five minutes later Amy Gallacher ran almost the length of the pitch in a quick counter attack but when she got to the box her shot was blocked. From a free kick shortly afterwards McLaren knocked the ball wide of the post.
Johnstone grabbed her second of the afternoon two minutes before half time, a Gallacher ball split the defence and Johnstone raced round the keeper before slotting into an empty net from a tight angle.
Four minutes after half time it was game over, an excellent passing move involving Gallacher, Gollan and Lindsey Dunbar ended in Gallacher firing home for her fourth of the season.
A minute later McLaren sent in a teasing cross that Gollan was inches away from reaching before Vale had their best chance of the game.
A corner into the box found Kaney and her header looked to be going in but Napier headed it onto the crossbar before McNicoll pushed the ball away from goal and it was eventually cleared.
In the 58th minute it was four for Forfar, Kayleigh Noble laying the ball off for Napier 25 yards away from goal and her shot flew into the top corner.
A minute later Noble volleyed over as the home side looked to add to their tally.
The game started to slow down with both midfields stopping the other from creating any chances.
In the final ten minutes Forfar had numerous chances with Gollan and Gallacher involved in all of them, the pair both seeing two shots each saved while Keira Johnstone saw her chance for a hat trick trickle agonisingly past the post.
Forfar handed debuts to 15 year old Caitlin Mitchell and Leah White, the latter replacing USA bound Kayleigh Brough in her final match.
Gollan almost got the goal she deserved in the last minute, collecting a Johnstone cross but couldn’t beat Connolly.
The side move up to 9th in the table as the league splits in two groups of six, with the action set to resume in the last weekend of July.
Neish is glad of the break despite it coming after two wins on the trot “The girls need a break, they’ve absolutely punished themselves since January, I don’t know what other teams do but they’ve been doing five sessions in four days, training four times a week in the last few weeks. I’ve put the girls through a lot in this first half of the season, they certainly deserve the break that they are away to get. “
“It’s not easy for any players to be doing college and working full time and coming to training four nights a week as well so the girls are going to get the break they deserve, come back fresh and we’re going to really push in the second half of the season to get into seventh spot, not even eighth, there’s nothing stopping us from being the best team in this bottom six.”
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Jade McLaren, Megan Burns (Sophie Milligan 77), Nicola Davidson, Kayleigh Brough (Leah White 90), Lindsey Dunbar, Holly Napier, Kayleigh Noble (Laura Parsley 61), Amy Gallacher (Caitlin Mitchell 87), Derrian Gollan, Keira Johnstone.
Sub not used: Bethany Moir