Heart of Midlothian 0
Forfar Farmington 2
Tori Sousa 1, Jade McLaren 53
Forfar Farmington moved out of the relegation places with an excellent 2-0 against Hearts in Dalkeith on Sunday.
A second goal in three games from Tori Sousa after just 93 seconds along with a Jade McLaren long range effort early on in the second half sealed the points for a side who have now won four league games in a row, scoring fifteen while just conceding one.
Scorer McLaren was speaking about the game and reckons the side definitely deserved the points. “I thought we played really well, we could have scored more but were good overall as a team considering we were missing Nicola and Fiona.” she said. “I’m definitely happy with scoring, in the right end for once as well. It just bobbled over the keeper and went in, I’d almost scored with a header as well so I thought we were good enough for the three points.”
The defender also believes the team are now starting to click and revealed she’s a massive fan of new signing Tori Sousa already, she said “I think we’ve developed a lot more since the start of the season coming off the back of last year; it’s good having a few new players as well so I’m just looking forward to hopefully staying up. Tori’s fitting in really well, she’s put in some good performances already, she’s fit right in with the squad and getting on with everyone too, she’s a great player.”
With captain Nicola Davidson and keeper Fiona McNicoll unavailable, McLaren came in after missing out last week due to concussion while former Aberdeen keeper Lauren Sangster played as a trialist. Chelsey Lownie also dropped out to be replaced by joint top scorer Keira Johnstone.
Farmington made a dream start just 93 seconds into the game when a free kick from the halfway line by Gemma Collier took a deflection inside the box and then found its way to Tori Sousa, who swept the ball home.
The side went hunting for a second to really stamp their authority on the game and went close again a minute later when Johnstone fired wide.
Captain for the day Holly Napier saw two efforts saved by Autumn Farrell within the opening ten minutes.
Hearts had their first chance soon after when Kirsty McLaughlin hit the side netting and then saw a low attempt held by Sangster.
In the 25th minute McLaren rose to meet a Napier corner but could only watch as Farrell caught the header while Sousa fired inches past the post.
Napier went closest to adding to the early goal ten minutes from the break, her free kick from just inside the Hearts half hitting the crossbar with Lindsey Dunbar slicing the rebound wide.
Sousa blasted over from another Napier set piece but it was Hearts who had the last chance of the half in added time; Vicki Farquhar seeing a header hit the post from a McLaughlin corner.
Forfar looked to have a similar start in the second half, just a minute in Sousa played a fantastic pass across the pitch that found Johnstone but her shot hit the wrong side of the net before Amy Gallacher fired straight at the keeper.
The lead was doubled in the 53rd minute, Napier giving the ball to McLaren, who from 25 yards out sent a low effort towards goal. The shot looked to have been covered by Farrell but at the final second it took a slight bobble and it was fumbled into the net for McLaren’s fourth of the season.
The game dulled down after this, with Farmington looking the more likely to add to their advantage, although Hearts were attacking well too, Patricia McLaughlin in particular a threat.
With fifteen minutes left, Gallacher blasted over after being set up by a Kayleigh Noble and Sousa combination.
Gallacher played a great ball in for Gollan in the 81st minute but Farrell was sharp enough to come out and gather in from the toes of Gollan.
Forfar saw the game out and were ecstatic to get three points which moves them above Hearts into eighth place and out of the relegation places. The side are in phenomenal form and will hope to continue that this Sunday when they face Hamilton Accies at Station Park, with a later kick off time of 4pm.
Hearts: Autumn Farrell, Danielle Diey (Carly Noble 74), Amber Robertson, Vicki Farquhar (Rachel Halliday 46), Stefanie Malcolm, Kara Kidd, Michelle Faughnan (Megan Paterson 74), Brogan Anderson (Demi Summers 46), Patricia McLaughlin, Ashley Nicolson, Kirsty McLaughlin (Rebecca Smith 74)
Forfar Farmington: Lauren Sangster, Jade McLaren, Megan Burns, Sophie Milligan, Gemma Collier, Tori Sousa, Amy Gallacher, Lindsey Dunbar, Keira Johnstone (Kayleigh Noble 74), Derrian Gollan (Alex Russell 85), Holly Napier.