Hamilton Academical 1 Forfar Farmington 0 (SWPL) 18th October 2015

Hamilton Academical    1

Holly Napier own goal 45+1

Forfar Farmington           0

Forfar Farmington’s nine game winning run was ended on Sunday after their makeshift squad were edged out by a single goal by Hamilton Academical.

Missing almost an entire defence meant that Damon Neish was left with a headache before the game, forcing him to field three midfielders in his back four.

With Gemma Collier, Megan Burns and midfielder Sally Patterson already ruled out, a freak training injury to Sophie Milligan on Friday saw Forfar’s defence line up as Alex Russell, Nicola Davidson, Jade McLaren and Kayleigh Noble, McLaren the only natural defender.

Neish called up Rebecca McMillan and Caitlin Mitchell from the under 17’s, with both making an appearance from the bench, this being the former’s senior debut.

Forfar did start the game the better side, with Lindsey Dunbar and then Amy Gallacher testing Elaine Fleming early on. In the sixth minute Derrian Gollan had a great chance to open the scoring but Fleming again denied her.

Gallacher curled wide again in the 16th minute while at the other end Carolina Richardson volleyed straight at Fiona McNicoll.

In the 24th minute Holly Napier saw her effort from outside the box go inches over. Minutes later Gallacher laid the ball off for Sousa but the midfielder couldn’t beat Fleming with her shot.

Gallacher almost scored with another solo effort, racing from her own half to just outside the Hamilton box but she curled inches past the post.

Johnstone and Alex Russell were denied by Fleming again before Hamilton took the lead seconds before the end of the first half. Under pressure in her own box, Napier knocked the ball past her own keeper, an uncharacteristic error from the midfielder.

Farmington came out for the second half eager to get back on level terms, Gollan firing wide two minutes after half time.

Jade McLaren played a great through ball for Napier who was inches away from connecting, Fleming sweeping the ball up.

In the 54th minute Accies’ Lori Gardner shot wide while McLaren hit the side netting from a Davidson free kick.

Richardson almost scored a second for Hamilton in the 67th minute, her shot slipping under McNicoll but the keeper managed to save on the line.

With seventeen minutes left Forfar had a penalty shout denied when Johnstone looked to have been fouled by Fleming.

Three minutes later Gallacher was forced off through injury, with Rebecca McMillan coming on for her debut.

The only effort of note in the final ten minutes was when Johnstone fired over while Forfar ended the game with ten players, McLaren also going off injured.

The result means Forfar will definitely finish the season in 8th place with only one game left, away to Stirling University on November 1st.

Fiona McNicoll, Alex Russell, Kayleigh Noble, Jade McLaren, Nicola Davidson, Lindsey Dunbar, Holly Napier, Tori Sousa, Derrian Gollan (Caitlin Mitchell 61), Amy Gallacher (Rebecca McMillan 76), Keira Johnstone.

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