Forfar Farmington 5
Tori Sousa 6, 46, Holly Napier 8, Alex Russell 61, Sally Patterson 85
Hutchison Vale 0
Yasemin Emek sent off 38
Another week, another win for Forfar Farmington as they defeated Hutchison Vale 5-0 to make it seven league wins in a row on Sunday.
A double from midfielder Tori Sousa along with goals from Holly Napier, Alex Russell and Sally Patterson’s first Premier League goal was enough, with Vale having Yasemin Emek sent off for two bookings.
Goalscorer Russell was making her first start of the season and the midfielder was delighted with both her own and her teammates performances. Speaking after the game, Russell said “I’m really delighted, I didn’t think I would be getting a start today but I managed to get it done and do what the coach wanted me to. I managed to bag myself a goal as well so I’m pleased with that. I think we played really well, we got off to a good start with the two goals early on and everyone put in a great effort.”
“I felt we pressed them at the start really quickly, putting them under pressure which was good. The early goals seemed to put Hutchie off their stride too, which gave us the upper hand. In the second half we held the ball up really well and everyone performed again; we were playing fast football and added to our lead.”
She added “We definitely have a great chance of staying up; if we keep playing the way we have been playing, managing to get early goals too is helping. I think we can push through, at the beginning of the season it was a shaky start but after the break, we came back and we’ve really stuck in and got the job done.”
The side were depleted before the game, with Gemma Collier and Kayleigh Noble missing while Derrian Gollan was relegated to the bench after her time with the Scotland under 17’s during the week. To replace Gollan and Collier, captain Nicola Davidson and the aforementioned Russell came in.
Farmington opened the scoring with the first chance of the game six minutes in, Lindsey Dunbar setting up Tori Sousa who waltzed her way through a static defence before knocking the ball past the keeper.
Two minutes later and it was two nil to Forfar, Keira Johnstone sent the ball into the box and after the ball wasn’t cleared properly by Hutchie, Holly Napier stepped up to fire the loose ball home.
Dunbar went close herself in the fifteenth minute but couldn’t keep her shot from the edge of the box down.
The home side were very much the better side in the first half but couldn’t break down a robust Hutchison Vale defence. Russell and Johnstone combined to set up Amy Gallacher on the half hour mark but her shot was well covered by Taylor Brown.
In the 37th minute Forfar were dealt a blow when Lindsey Dunbar went down injured and had to be replaced by Sally Paterson. It was then Vale’s turn for bad luck a minute later, Yasemin Emek shown her second yellow for a poor challenge on Sousa.
Johnstone went close to adding a third five minutes before half time with a shot that trickled inches wide of the post.
It was three less than 120 seconds into the second half, Gallacher raced down the left after beating the right back before cutting the ball back for Sousa to bundle home, her fourth goal in six games.
Hutchie had their first effort on goal in the 50th minute when Ashley Carse latched onto a long ball but the striker could only fire straight at Fiona McNicoll.
Johnstone again sent her effort wide four minutes later from a Burns cross before Gallacher and then Napier saw shots saved by the impressive Brown.
Just after the hour mark Forfar made it four, Sousa playing in Russell on the right who saw her first shot saved and she made sure the second wasn’t, stabbing the ball in for her first of the season.
In the 64th minute Burns saw a header of her own saved while soon after Jade McLaren almost caught Brown out, her cross-cum-shot almost drifting in over the keeper.
Sousa and then sub Derrian Gollan went close to adding to the side’s tally but found Brown in good form.
Hutchie’s summer signing Hayley Cunningham saw her low shot smothered by McNicoll in the 84th minute.
With five minutes left Sally Patterson scored her first ever goal for the Premier League side; after collecting a ball from Gallacher, she curled the ball home from the edge of the box.
Farmington did go close to adding a sixth through Gallacher and Napier but neither could get their shot on target.
The result means the side extend their run as the league’s in form side, with seven wins in a row, scoring twenty four and only conceding two. It also keeps Hearts at arm’s length going into the final four games of the season, with four points separating the Edinburgh side, in the final relegation spot in ninth, and Farmington in eighth.
The side now look to their next game, when they face Inverness City up north on September 27th, the next home game against Hearts the Sunday after.
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Jade McLaren, Megan Burns, Nicola Davidson, Sophie Milligan, Tori Sousa, Amy Gallacher, Lindsey Dunbar (Sally Patterson 37), Keira Johnstone (Derrian Gollan 61), Alex Russell, Holly Napier.