Forfar Farmington Ladies 3
Cheryl Kilcoyne 70, Chelsey Lownie 83, Shamilla Pope 89
Dunfermline Athletic Development 5
Forfar Farmington Ladies lost out by five goals to three against Dunfermline Athletic Development in a tightly contested match on Sunday at Station Park.
Second half goals from Cheryl Kilcoyne, Chelsey Lownie and Shamilla Pope were not enough to counter the Pars’ goals, with their front two contributing all five goals.
The game was originally due to be played at Market Muir but was switched to Station Park in the early hours of Sunday.
With the Premier League side and the Development side not in action, five players were made available for Colin Brown’s depleted squad. Kayleigh Noble, Hannah Dryden, Ellice Brannan, Lownie and Kilcoyne all started, albeit Brannan went off injured.
Lownie had the first chance of the game inside the first sixty seconds, firing straight at the Pars keeper.
Dunfermline opened the scoring after just four minutes, their striker slotting home under Dryden.
The same player had a great chance to double their lead soon after but couldn’t find a way past the young keeper.
Lownie threatened again from a Jane Ritchie free kick after ten minutes although the shot was cleared while Noble blasted inches over from long range after a Chloe Sturrock corner.
On the quarter hour mark, Ritchie nodded over from a Kilcoyne free kick, with Lownie then setting up Emma Percy, but her lob from outside the box clipped the bar after beating the keeper.
Percy fired over again before the Pars grabbed their second after 23 minutes, the striker who netted their first curling home again.
Forfar began to pressure the visitors after that goal, Lownie again and Kirsti Leigh Hunt shooting wide as the half came to a close.
Eight minutes into the second half, the Dunfermline attacker completed her hat-trick, volleying home off the underside of the bar.
The Ladies did pull a goal back with twenty minutes remaining, Kilcoyne racing onto a long ball before lashing past the keeper from the edge of the box.
Less than three minutes later and the Pars had added another two to make it 5-1, both strikers netting for their first and fourth goal respectively.
In the final ten minutes the home side looked the more dangerous, with sub Lisa Hoggan and Kilcoyne again having efforts saved.
They did pull a goal back in the 83rd minute, Lownie forcing a Kilcoyne corner home after poor marking.
Another Kilcoyne corner a minute from time garnered another goal for the Ladies, sub Shamilla Pope nodding home.
On another day, the Ladies would have kept all three points at Station Park but for the Pars’ strikerforce. They now look to next week’s game away to promotion chasing Falkirk while Jeff Rioch and Davie Cattanach’s Development side entertain Dundee City with promotion hopes of their own.
Hannah Dryden, Jane Ritchie, Kirsti Leigh Hunt (Lisa Hoggan 73), Gemma Mulholland, Naomi Dunphy, Chloe Sturrock (Shamilla Pope 57), Emma Percy, Kayleigh Noble, Ellice Brannan (Megan Hassett 23), Chelsey Lownie, Cheryl Kilcoyne.
Sub not used: Bryony Anderson