Forfar Farmington 7
Chelsey Lownie 10, 30, 76, Kayleigh Brough 29, Holly Napier 61, 89, Derrian Gollan 69
Tayside Ladies 1
Ellie Scanlan 66
A mixture of Forfar Farmington’s Premier League, Development and Ladies squads defeated Tayside Ladies 7-1 at a sunny Station Park this afternoon, in what was a good bounce match for both clubs.
A double from Chelsey Lownie and a Kayleigh Brough header had the team three up at half time before Lownie completed her hat trick in the second half, along with goals from Holly Napier twice and Derrian Gollan while Ellie Scanlan netted the Dundee side’s consolation.
Forfar started off well and went close just four minutes in when Holly Napier fired wide from the edge of the box before the visitor’s Natalie Cromar sent her effort the wrong side of the post from a tight angle five minutes later.
Just ten minutes into the friendly, Farmington took the lead, the development squad’s new signing Chelsey Lownie did well to get the ball from a Tayside defender and the keeper before slotting home into an empty net.
Napier then sent a free kick inches over the bar with each team starting to settle into the game. In the 26th minute Nicola Davidson hit the post from a Beth Shillitto corner, although Forfar did double their lead from a corner two minutes later, Kayleigh Brough rising to meet Kayleigh Noble’s set piece for her first goal since moving up to the Premier League squad, coincidentally, just before she moves across to America.
Lownie then made it three with her second a minute later as Forfar looked the more dangerous side with Chloe Sturrock, Shillitto and Lownie all going close before half time. Tayside had their own chance before the break with a long range effort that Hannah Dryden pushed away.
After six changes at half time for the home side, it took them a bit to get settled again and Tayside almost capitalised on that, seeing a shot hit off sub keeper Rachelle Milton before it was cleared.
Lownie and Napier combined in the 50th minute to set up Derrian Gollan but her effort was saved before Napier was sent clean through on goal, sending her effort wide off the woodwork after thinking she had been called offside.
Napier did find the net on the hour mark, racing into the box to meet Gollan’s cut back.
Tayside did pull a goal back after 66 minutes, Ellie Scanlan forcing home a loose ball in the six yard box after a corner wasn’t dealt with.
Within ten minutes Farmington had netted another two goals, Gollan rounding the keeper before netting while Napier set up Lownie, who squeezed past two defenders on her way to slotting home.
Laura Parsley had an effort saved by Chantelle McKay as the game entered the final ten minutes, Lownie also firing wide.
Fellow development squad signing Kathryn Pender was unlucky not to net in her first game as well as Lownie, the right back driving forward from her own half with the ball, exchanging passes with Parsley in the middle of the Tayside half but her 25 yard effort was tipped wide by McKay with the effort looking like it would go in at the top corner.
Chloe Sturrock then put a shot over from Napier’s corner with Napier finishing the scoring in the 89th minute, gathering Gollan’s pass before sending the ball into the bottom corner.
The game looked to have been a good exercise for players of all clubs, with the Premier League season starting again next week, Forfar away to Hutchison Vale. The SWFL season begins the week after and it is a local derby, Jeff Rioch and David Cattanach’s Development side entertaining Colin Brown’s Ladies.
Forfar Farmington: Hannah Dryden (Rachelle Milton 46), Chloe Sturrock, Ellice Brannan, Kayleigh Brough (Gemma Collier 46), Kathryn Pender, Chelsey Lownie, Nicola Davidson (Carol-Ann Timmons 46), Holly Napier, Beth Shillitto (Jade Logan 46), Kim Brodie (Derrian Gollan 46), Kayleigh Noble (Laura Parsley 46)
Sub not used: Katie Morison