Category: SWPL Match Reports

SWPL2: Jeanfield Swifts 1 Forfar Farmington 2

Forfar Farmington kept up their 100% record on Sunday with a hard fought 2-1 win over Jeanfield Swifts at the McDiarmid Park Astro.

Laura Parsley’s 50th minute opener was cancelled out by Danni McGinley’s corner flying in however Cheryl Kilcoyne scored a stunning winner with four minutes left.

Two changes were made from the previous week’s win over East Fife with Kirsty Deans and Julia Scott making way for Gemma Collier and Cheryl Kilcoyne.

Farmington had the first chance of the game with Alison Debio setting up Laura Parsley; the attacker firing straight at the keeper in the fourth minute.

Just after the quarter hour mark Debio was involved again, playing a ball for Robyn Smith to rebound off Parsley but the former Jeanfield winger could only send her effort wide of the mark.

The hosts had their best chance of the first half twenty minutes in; youngster Leah Fleming hitting the outside of the post from a tight angle.

Beth Shillitto and Leah White tested Bobby Cochran in quick succession before Jeanfield’s Jade McDonald blasted over from six yards out with only Fiona McNicoll to beat.

In the 34th minute Parsley fired across the face of goal however her shot flew past the wrong side of the far post.

Five minutes later Danni McGinley curled wide from just outside the box with the last chance before half time seeing Shillitto and Smith denied by Cochran.

Farmington took the lead five minutes after the break as Shillitto’s cross was flicked up by Parsley before she volleyed past Cochran from just inside the box for her second of the season.

Erin Cattanach and Gemma Collier saw efforts blocked from a Kilcoyne corner while substitute Kayleigh Noble found the sidenetting with a fierce effort just after the hour mark.

Noble came close again minutes later after being put through by Shillitto but she couldn’t beat Cochran.

McGinley equalised for Jeanfield in the 67th minute; her corner going straight in despite McNicoll’s claims she was impeded when trying to catch the set piece.

Kilcoyne blasted straight at Cochran seven minutes later and with ten minutes to go Jeanfield could have went ahead. McGinley made her way towards goal and she knocked the ball past McNicoll while off balance however before she could compose herself Megan McCarthy raced back to clear the ball. Unfortunately McGinley was injured in the attack and was subsequently substituted after treatment.

Farmington grabbed a stunning winner with four minutes to go when Laura Parsley set up Kilcoyne to send an effort in to the top corner from 25 yards.

The win keeps Farmington at the top of the league and they will look to continue their run when they host Motherwell in a fortnight.

Jeanfield Swifts: Bobby Cochran, Emma Flynn-Scott, Rhee Tweedie (Megan Moss 66), Danni McGinley (Donna Shaw 83), Amy Henderson, Rachel Todd (Ellie Cowie 60), Jodie Morris, Rebecca Foote, Jade McDonald, Laura Dunn, Leah Fleming

Subs not used: Niamh Irvine, Emma Maclean, Corrie McIlravey-Davidson, Megan Sidey

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Leah White (Kayleigh Noble 46), Erin Cattanach, Laura Parsley, Beth Shillitto, Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Cheryl Kilcoyne (Philippa McCallum 88), Megan McCarthy, Alison Debio (Caitlin Mitchell 58)

Subs not used: Erin Ross, Julia Scott, Alana Bruce, Chantelle McKay

Post-match interview with Mark Nisbet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrlrR2Hjoy8

SWPL2: Forfar Farmington 4 East Fife 1

Forfar Farmington started life in the second tier of the Scottish Women’s Premier League with a bang on Sunday as they convincingly defeated East Fife 4-1.

Kirsty Deans netted just five minutes in before second half goals from Laura Parsley, Robyn Smith and Cheryl Kilcoyne sealed the win despite Melissa McAllister’s consolation shortly after the hour mark.

Head coach Mark Nisbet handed a first start to Leah White meanwhile Anne Murrie made her first SWPL appearance after impressing for the U23 side.

Farmington got off to a dream start just five minutes in when Robyn Smith’s cross was taken down by Julia Scott for Kirsty Deans to rifle home.

The Fifers had their first chance three minutes later however Johanna Clark could only fire straight at Fiona McNicoll.

Laura Parsley was inches away from connecting with a teasing Beth Shillitto cross minutes before she saw her shot from a Scott cross blocked.

Smith found the roof of the net in the 25th minute with a long range effort before her curled strike on the half hour mark was held by the keeper.

In the 39th minute Farmington should have probably extended their lead; Scott’s cross was met by the head of Smith and her header was diverted towards goal by Parsley however it was tipped wide.

Shillitto set up Scott on the stroke of half time with the winger firing into the keeper’s arms.

It didn’t take long for Farmington to get going again after the break and they doubled their lead just five minutes in; Scott’s corner found McCarthy and after East Fife failed to clear their lines Laura Parsley cheekily backheeled the ball through the legs of Anderson.

Cheryl Kilcoyne had been in fantastic form for the U23 team and was rewarded with a place in the SWPL match day squad. Three minutes after coming on, the striker came close to proving her worth when she latched on to a Nicola Davidson ball but her strike was blocked by Anderson.

Deans and McCarthy sent efforts off target and in the 64th minute East Fife gave themselves a lifeline when Wheatley’s corner was bundled home by Melissa McAllister at the back post.

Kilcoyne tested the keeper again before being involved in Farmington’s third with twelve minutes left. She sent Scott racing down the left wing to send in a perfect cross for Smith to slip under Anderson for her first goal since June last year.

It was 4-1 in the 88th minute after a fantastic piece of play from sub Kilcoyne. The attacker, who had another couple of chances saved prior, raced on to a through ball before weaving her way through the East Fife defence and finding the bottom corner of the net.

Scott could have added another in injury time but the tireless winger could only watch as her shot flew inches past the post.

It was a good win for the side to open their season with after last season’s relegation and they are on the road next week with a short trip to Perth to face Jeanfield Swifts at the McDiarmid Park pitches.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Leah White (Caitlin Mitchell 50), Erin Cattanach (Anne Murrie 87), Laura Parsley (Kayleigh Noble 57), Beth Shillitto (Cheryl Kilcoyne 50), Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott, Alison Debio

Subs not used: Alana Bruce, Hannah Dryden (gk)

East Fife: Liz Anderson, Kirsty Graham, Sam Pattison, Johanna Clark (Natalie Conner 60), Fern Newbigging (Kerry Walker 55), Elissa Nicholson (Caitlin Paul 85), Teri Skivington, Chloe Guppy, Melissa McAllister, Lauren Wheatley, Kerry Dickson (Laura Dawson 60)

Subs not used: Alexis Keir (gk)

SWFL1 North: Forfar Farmington U23 2 Dundee United 3

Forfar Farmington and Dundee United met in a five goal thriller on Sunday at Station Park with the visitors taking all three points in the SWFL1 North.

United went ahead through Fiona Mearns and despite Beth Shillitto equalising, Derrian Gollan and Mearns restored their lead with Cheryl Kilcoyne netting a late penalty as Farmington came close to taking something from the game.

Farmington captain Cheryl Kilcoyne came close to netting in the 2nd minute when her corner evaded almost everyone with Leia Swan doing well to hook the set piece off the line.

The visitors took the lead after nine minutes; Fiona Mearns forcing her way through the defence before burying home past McKay.

Nicola Davidson, in the squad for some much needed match fitness ahead of the Premier League starting next week, almost netted an instant equaliser but she could only watch her long range strike fly over the bar.

Kilcoyne saw her effort eight minutes later pushed wide by Becky Cameron with the resultant corner being cleared as far as Davidson, her volley missing the target.

Zoe Moreland had a chance saved before Davidson nodded home on the half hour mark, her celebrations cut short for a shove in the build up.

United started to edge their way in to the game more following this; Stacey McFadyen sent a lob wide of the mark before Derrian Gollan rounded McKay and thought she had scored only for Becky McMillan to clear the danger on the line.

Eight minutes in to the second half Kilcoyne did well to set up Beth Shillitto however the attacker couldn’t create enough space and her shot was blocked.

Shillitto did go one better in the 57th minute when she pounced on a loose ball after Kilcoyne’s shot was spilled and gleefully bundled the ball in to the empty goal.

Kilcoyne sent a shot inches over on the hour mark but following the goal kick United were back in front. Gollan was sent clear by McFadyen despite strong offside shouts from Farmington and the former Forfar striker fired low under McKay.

Gollan could have had another two minutes later but for McMillan again with the defender racing back to clear off the line.

Farmington looked to level once more but were dealt a blow in the 68th minute; Mearns nodding her second from a McCafferty cross.

Both sides were attempting to force their way through the respective defences but were denied time and time again until the 87th minute when Forfar earned a corner. From the set piece the ball was headed back out to Kilcoyne and she made her way in to the box before being taken out by Mearns for a penalty; the United player earning a booking for her troubles.

Kilcoyne dusted herself off to fire the spot kick high beyond Cameron to create a nervy final few minutes.

Forfar were throwing everything they had at United and came close through Kilcoyne once again, her shot in injury time flying inches wide.

The final whistle went on an exciting game where it could have went either way with Farmington disappointed not to take a deserved point while United remain unbeaten.

Forfar Farmington U23: Chantelle McKay, Leah White, Anne Murrie, Beth Shillitto, Nicola Davidson, Rebecca McMillan, Sophie Young (Lois Millar 59), Jane Ritchie (Chloe Reilly 77), Zoe Moreland (Hannah Johnston 81), Cheryl Kilcoyne, Ellie Cook (Lynsey Tugman 46)

Sub not used: Beth Warwick

Dundee United: Becky Cameron, Laurie Denney, Kirsty Oliphant, Fiona Mearns, Leia Swan, Emma Sommerville, Chloe Robertson (Megan Robb 54), Eirinn McCafferty, Stacey McFadyen, Megan Burns, Derrian Gollan

Subs not used: Jena Jamieson, Anna Turfus, Emily Morton, Catriona Caine

Farmington Edged Out By Celtic in League Cup First Round

Forfar Farmington exited the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup at the first round following a 1-0 defeat at Celtic despite an impressive showing.

The side fought for each and every ball for the full 90 minutes, even when Gemma Collier was sent off for two bookable offences.

Farmington fielded two of their close season signings with Laura Parsley and Alison Debio starting with Beth Shillitto, Erin Cattanach and Caitlin Mitchell making only their second start for the senior team.

Celtic attempted to take an early lead with Heather Richards firing over from the edge of the box while a header flew over the bar in the first ten minutes.

Natalie Ross broke the deadlock for the hosts in the 18th minute; despite some resolute defending from Forfar, the ball was knocked down for her and she fired low past McNicoll from 20 yards.

Forfar were strong in frustrating Celtic to resorting to long balls and refusing to let their heads go down following the goal; a trait that had been a nuisance last season.

Nicola Davidson came close for Farmington with an effort that went over from the edge of the box before Sarah Ewens sent a weak effort past the post at the other end.

The second half was largely a quiet affair, with both defences on top for the most part.

Gemma Collier was booked with twenty minutes left for a foul in the middle of the park and in the 84th minute Farmington were dealt a blow when she was deemed to have fouled Ruesha Littlejohn on the edge of the box and was shown a second yellow.

Despite this, Farmington didn’t give up and kept attacking until the end, showing encouraging signs ahead of the new league season in three weeks.

Coach Kev Candy was pleased with how the team performed, adding: “We’re really happy with the players, we set out with a specific game plan to try and contain Celtic as best we could.”

“I felt the players executed that to the letter, the backline and keeper were phenomenal today. The plaudits go throughout the team however, everyone was magnificent today.”

Celtic: Megan Cunningham, Kelsey Hodges (Mairead Fulton 70), Ellis Dalgleish (Jamie-Lee Napier 70), Natalie Ross, Sarah Crilly, Sarah Ewens, Courtney Whyte, Kelly Clark, Georgie Rafferty (Nicole Cameron 79), Ruesha Littlejohn, Heather Richards

Subs not used: Keira Gibson (gk)

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach, Laura Parsley, Beth Shillitto, Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce (Kayleigh Noble 68), Megan McCarthy, Caitlin Mitchell, Alison Debio (Leah White 79)

Subs not used: Kirsty Deans, Julia Scott, Hannah Dryden (gk)

SWPL1: Forfar Farmington 0 Stirling University 1

The curtain closed on Forfar Farmington’s season on Sunday with a one goal defeat at home to Stirling University.

Nicole Pullar’s 30th minute goal against the run of play was enough for all three points in what has been the story of Farmington’s season, doing well but unable to score goals.

Head coach Mark Nisbet handed a first start to Erin Cattanach with Sophie Milligan taking part in her final game before departing for Australia.

Forfar almost got off to the perfect start when Kirsty Deans tested Chloe Logan in the second minute with the keeper holding her effort.

On the quarter hour mark Milligan came agonisingly close to breaking her scoring duck for the side; an Ann Taylor cross caused problems for the visitors in the box and when the ball fell to the defender she rifled past the post.

Logan had to look sharp to stop a Napier cross that looked like curling in shortly before Stirling missed a big chance to take the lead in the 23rd minute. Rachel Donaldson’s cross in to the area found Rebecca Galbraith but the unmarked attacker scooped her shot over the bar from close range.

Farmington seemed to look dangerous going forward but it was the visitors who took the lead in the 30th minute; Nicole Pullar was sent clear and slotted the ball past McNicoll.

Robyn Smith could have pulled Forfar level six minutes after going behind when the ball found its way to the unmarked winger however she swept her shot over the bar.

Kirsty Deans came close to equalising less than a minute in to the second half when she was set up by Amy Gallacher with the twenty yard effort flying just over the bar.

Six minutes later Holly Napier’s corner was cleared as far as full back Ann Taylor and she rifled over from long range.

Pullar looked lively up front and came close to netting again in the 56th minute when she was sent clear again but struck her shot straight at McNicoll.

Nicola Davidson set up Deans however she could only fire over again as both sets of players began to tire.

McNicoll had to look sharp to claw a great Demi Falconer effort away before Falconer nodded over from a Jade Gallon corner.

Pullar wasted another chance to extend the lead just before full time as the season ended with defeat for Farmington while Stirling should be congratulated for their efforts in reaching fourth in the SWPL1.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Erin Cattanach, Sophie Milligan (Jade McLaren 57), Lindsey Dunbar (Beth Shillitto 70), Amy Gallacher, Holly Napier, Nicola Davidson, Gemma Collier (Kayleigh Noble 70), Kirsty Deans, Robyn Smith, Ann Taylor

Subs not used: Alana Bruce, Julia Scott, Megan McCarthy.

Stirling University: Chloe Logan, Lauren Gallon, Katy Morris (Samantha Hare 60), Nicole Pullar, Jade Gallon, Lisa Sutherland, Ashley McDonald, Rachel Donaldson, Jennifer Godfrey, Rebecca Galbraith (Beth McKay 85), Demi-Lee Falconer.

Subs not used: Rebecca Blair, Lauren Eadie, Megan Moss, Kerry Kennedy

 

Match Images: http://davidyoung.photoshelter.com/gallery/30-10-2016-Forfar-Farmington-v-Stirling-University/G0000WTd10_D7SUE/

Match Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIqet56uiqI

SWPL1: Rangers 3 Forfar Farmington 0

Forfar Farmington’s final away game of the season saw them fall to a 3-0 defeat to Rangers at a cold New Tinto Park.

Goals from Chantelle Brown, Brooke Hendrix and Vicki Bruce sealed all three points for the Glasgow outfit.

Kayleigh Noble made her first start since July in one of two changes, with Holly Napier also starting in place of Kirsty Deans and Lindsey Dunbar.

Noble could have put Forfar ahead after just 54 seconds; Amy Gallacher’s piercing through ball finding the winger who fired inches past the post under pressure.

The hosts took the lead seven minutes later when former Farmington attacker Katey Turner made her way to the byline before cutting the ball back for Chantelle Brown to sidefoot past Fiona McNicoll.

The lead was doubled in the 19th minute with Turner involved again as her cross was nodded home by Brooke Hendrix.

Amy Gallacher attempted to force Farmington back in to the game when she found space at the edge of the box shortly before the half hour mark but her effort was dragged past the post.

Farmington went for a change of formation at half time, bringing youngsters Beth Shillitto and Erin Cattanach on and Mark Nisbet’s plan seemed to work well throughout the second half.

Brown and Turner both saw efforts saved by McNicoll, with the former’s shot hitting the post before Rangers finally broke the resilient Forfar defence again in the 72nd minute.

A corner in to the danger zone was flicked on and midfielder Vicki Bruce powered a header home through a pack of players.

Rangers seemed to relax after this however they were fortunate not to concede in the final fifteen minutes as Forfar pressed.

Captain Nicola Davidson saw a free kick parried by Laura Hamilton and the resultant corner was cleared as far as Julia Scott; her cross deceived everyone and the keeper had to look sharp to gather.

Amy Gallacher had the last chance of note in the game; driving forward at the defence who allowed her to get a shot on goal however Hamilton saved the chance.

The side now look to end their season on a high against Stirling University this Sunday at Station Park; kick-off is at the later time of 2pm as SWPL rules state all games on the final day must begin at this time.

Rangers: Laura Hamilton, Brooke Hendrix, Rhonda Jones, Katey Turner (Rachael O’Neill 85), Lisa Swanson (Sarah Robertson 59), Hayley Sinclair, Clare Gemmell, Claire Adams (Leeanne Hughes 89), Chantelle Brown, Vicki Bruce (Megan Foley 89), Chelsie Watson.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sophie Milligan (Beth Shillitto 46), Amy Gallacher, Holly Napier, Nicola Davidson (Lindsey Dunbar 81), Gemma Collier, Kayleigh Noble, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott, Robyn Smith (Kirsty Deans 75), Ann Taylor (Erin Cattanach 46)

Subs not used: Jade McLaren, Alana Bruce

SWPL1: Forfar Farmington 0 Glasgow City 3

Forfar Farmington fell to a 3-0 defeat to Glasgow City on Sunday in their penultimate home game of the 2016 season.

A double from Sarah Crilly either side of a Sam Kerr goal to seal all three points for City as the visitors looked to recover from their Champions League defeat on Thursday.

Captain Nicola Davidson replaced Jade McLaren in the only change from their defeat to Hibs a week prior.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 7th minute when Clare Shine made her way down the left, spraying the ball across the face of goal for Sarah Crilly to stab past McNicoll.

The pair combined again two minutes later, Crilly swinging a cross in for the Irish internationalist who could only head over.

Four minutes after the opener and City found the net again when Shine’s cut back found Sam Kerr and the midfielder fired home.

Amy Gallacher tried her luck with a long range effort in the 16th minute however the attacker saw her attempt deflected wide.

Shine fired over before Crilly had another effort saved as City attempted to extend their lead. At the other end Gallacher failed to threaten Gemma Fay shortly before the break.

City started the second half keen to grab their third and after Savannah McCarthy saw her shot diverted over Crilly netted her second of the afternoon in the 56th minute.  Brogan Hay made her way to the byline and her cross was knocked down by sub Kodie Hay for the striker to rifle her shot home.

The game seem to quieten down in terms of chances following this, with Farmington holding firm against a relentless City attack.

McCarthy forced a great close range save from McNicoll in the 73rd minute while Brogan Hay couldn’t test McNicoll from lost range minutes later.

Julia Scott couldn’t find the target from 25 yards with twelve minutes remaining and the last chance fell to City youngster Hannah Coakley; nodding past the post from a Ross cross.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sophie Milligan (Kayleigh Noble 64), Lindsey Dunbar (Holly Napier 56), Amy Gallacher (Beth Shillitto 73), Nicola Davidson, Gemma Collier, Kirsty Deans, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott, Robyn Smith, Ann Taylor.

Subs not used: Erin Cattanach, Caitlin Mitchell, Leah White, Zoe Moreland.

Glasgow City: Gemma Fay, Lauren McMurchie, Hayley Lauder (Kodie Hay 46), Jo Love (Hannah Coakley 19), Clare Shine (Carla Boyce 46), Nicola Docherty (Keeva Keenan 68), Cheryl McCulloch (Savannah McCarthy 50), Leanne Ross, Sam Kerr, Sarah Crilly, Brogan Hay.

Subs not used: Erin Cuthbert, Erin Clachers.

SWPL1: Forfar Farmington 1 Hibernian 5

Forfar Farmington’s eleven year stay in the Scottish Women’s Premier League was ended with a 5-1 defeat to Hibernian on Sunday.

Despite Amy Gallacher’s opener, two own goals coupled with a Lizzie Arnot double and Caroline Heron’s lob meant Farmington were faced with the drop to SWPL2.

Lindsey Dunbar replaced Megan McCarthy in the only change from last week’s defeat at Aberdeen, Dunbar making her first start since June.

The visitors started off well with Abi Harrison and Kirsty Smith testing Fiona McNicoll early on while Farmington were dealt a blow when Jade McLaren was forced off with a head knock, Nicola Davidson replacing her.

Lizzie Arnot forced a good save from McNicoll however it was Forfar who took the lead in the 27th minute; Kirsty Deans’ through ball found Amy Gallacher and she composed herself inside the box, beat a defender before stroking the ball past Fife for her fourth of the season.

Harrison nodded over as Hibs looked to level the scores quickly with Farmington coping well with the talented Hibs attack. Gallacher came close to doubling the advantage on the half hour mark however; her long range effort was dealt with well by Jenna Fife.

Deans sent a thundering volley inches over the bar two minutes later after being teed up by Dunbar.

The visitors went in to half time level after Smith’s low cross was turned in at the near post by an unfortunate Farmington defender.

Two minutes after the break and it was another own goal that put Hibs ahead, Arnot’s cross was deflected in with McNicoll beaten.

Holly Napier saw her effort held by the keeper after being set up by Gallacher before Hibs sub Sarah Ewens curled over from the edge of the box.

Arnot extended the lead on the hour mark when Cornet was brought down by Dunbar, the winger netting the resultant penalty.

Dunbar went close to reducing the lead but it was the visitors who struck again in the 76th minute with former Farmington striker Caroline Heron lobbing McNicoll from 25 yards.

Davidson fired inches wide in the final stages of the match but it was the visitors who netted again with three minutes left; Arnot slotting home a second penalty despite the efforts of McNicoll.

The result means that Farmington are now unable to catch Aberdeen’s ten point lead over them and the side will now regroup ahead of their final three SWPL1 matches and prepare for SWPL2 in 2017.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Ann Taylor, Jade McLaren (Nicola Davidson 19), Sophie Milligan (Kayleigh Noble 66), Gemma Collier, Kirsty Deans, Robyn Smith, Lindsey Dunbar (Beth Shillitto 66), Amy Gallacher, Holly Napier, Julia Scott.

Subs not used: Alana Bruce, Louise Magilton, Erin Cattanach

Hibernian: Jenna Fife, Siobhan Hunter, Lisa Robertson (Ellis Notley 64), Lizzie Arnot, Cailin Michie, Kirsty Smith (Clare Williamson 46), Rachel McLauchlan (Joelle Murray 46), Lucy Graham (Caroline Heron 69), Chelsea Cornet, Abi Harrison (Sarah Ewens 46), Emma Brownlie

Subs not used: Rachael Small

SWPL1: Aberdeen 1 Forfar Farmington 0

Forfar Farmington face an uphill battle if they are to remain in the SWPL1 after losing out to relegation rivals Aberdeen on Sunday.

Hannah Stewart’s 13th minute deflected goal gave the Dons all three points despite Farmington’s dominance in the second half.

Mark Nisbet’s side were without captain Nicola Davidson, Jade McLaren replacing her while Holly Napier captained the side for the clash.

The hosts had the first chance of the game with Susan Murray’s effort from a Cassie Cowper free kick held after eight minutes.

Amy Gallacher set up Kirsty Deans shortly after but the Aberdeen defence were quick to block her shot.

The only goal of the game came in the 13th minute; Hannah Stewart saw her shot take a deflection before looping over Fiona McNicoll.

Going behind seemed to light a fire underneath Forfar and went close through Julia Scott while Ann Taylor’s run forward ended with her long range shot flying just past the post.

Gallacher blasted over while at the other end Cheryl Anderson should have done better in the 32nd minute, rifling wide when through on goal.

Ten minutes before the break Megan McCarthy had a header saved from a Jade McLaren free kick; the latter close to equalising herself a minute later when Lauren Dawson punched Gallacher’s cross away off the head of the defender.

McCarthy had another header saved on the stroke of half time as Farmington were perhaps unlucky to go in to half time behind.

Forfar began the second half with intent and were close once again to equalising; Robyn Smith setting up Scott who could only volley over the bar.

The hosts seemed to be under immense pressure in the opening twenty minutes, making it past the halfway line a handful of times.

Gallacher hit the side netting on the hour mark after excellent work from herself, Smith and Taylor down the left wing.

Holly Napier fired over from long range before Smith forced a good save from Dawson following a defence splitting ball from sub Lindsey Dunbar.

Farmington seemed to be throwing everything they had at the Dons and came close again when Amy Gallacher’s effort from the edge of the box beat Dawson but cannoned off the base of the post while Smith saw a stab at goal cleared off the line by a desperate defence.

The final few minutes saw Forfar’s eagerness to press almost cost them when a counter attack by Aberdeen saw goalscorer Stewart race clear; her shot hitting the post before the follow up effort cleared by McCarthy.

The result means Farmington are ten points behind the Dons in their fight to survive. Four games remain, meaning they will have to win all of them, including clashes with Hibernian and Glasgow City; it might be a difficult task but as we all know, anything can happen in football.

Fiona McNicoll, Sophie Milligan (Erin Cattanach 69), Ann Taylor (Lindsey Dunbar 63), Megan McCarthy, Gemma Collier, Kirsty Deans, Robyn Smith, Jade McLaren, Amy Gallacher, Holly Napier, Julia Scott.

Subs not used: Beth Shillitto, Kayleigh Noble, Hannah Dryden (gk)

SWPL1: Forfar Farmington 0 Spartans 1

Forfar Farmington fell to a single goal defeat against Spartans after a performance which merited more than they got from the game.

Nicola Davidson hit the crossbar in what was her 500th game and sub Jade McLaren saw her header cleared off the line with Spartans scoring with their only clear cut effort of the game.

Two changes were made from the defeat to Celtic a fortnight ago with Louise Magilton and Jade McLaren dropping out for Gemma Collier and Ann Taylor.

Farmington had the first chance of the game nine minutes in; captain Nicola Davidson sending a free kick from 20 yards out towards goal but her set piece hit the crossbar before going over.

Five minutes later Amy Gallacher set up winger Julia Scott with her attempt curled away from goal and was gathered by Cumings with ease.

Spartans started to settle in the game and saw their first attempt from Mariel Kaney blocked while Sophie Milligan came close to her first goal in a Forfar shirt just after the half hour mark when her cross cum shot forced Cumings to backtrack and claw the ball away off the line.

In the 33rd minute Robyn Smith sprayed a cross field ball to Scotland U19 internationalist Gallacher who raced towards goal but the attacker could only fire straight at the keeper.

A minute later Bobbie Beveridge saw her shot denied by the defence however the visitors went ahead against the run of play with eight minutes left of the half; a through ball from Ronaigh Douglas found Louise Mason who curled past McNicoll.

Forfar came out for the second half looking for a quick equaliser and went close through Holly Napier after she was set up by Milligan, her effort sneaking wide of the mark.

Mark Nisbet’s side appeared to have a strong claim for a penalty turned down when Cumings shoved Napier as they both went to meet a Scott corner but the referee waved play on.

The visitors seemed to hold firm against a strong and constant Forfar attack and Jade McLaren must have thought she had equalised with seven minutes left when she nodded a Davidson free kick past Cumings; her goalbound header hacked off the line before being cleared.

Napier fed Smith down the right in the 87th minute and with the winger at the byline, she sent a teasing cross that found no takers but was close to going in itself.

Sarah Clelland was sent in on goal for the visitors a minute later but the substitute could only gift the ball to McNicoll and should have done better.

Farmington went close through Napier’s shot in to the sidenetting before they were denied a much deserved goal right at the death when Gallacher’s goalbound effort was excellently pushed wide by Cumings.

The side are still seven points behind Aberdeen in the relegation fight and will travel to face the Dons in a fortnight looking to repeat their 2-0 win at Heathryfold Park in May.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sophie Milligan (Jade McLaren 76), Ann Taylor, Gemma Collier, Megan McCarthy, Nicola Davidson, Amy Gallacher, Kirsty Deans (Lindsey Dunbar 64), Holly Napier, Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 56), Robyn Smith

Subs not used: Erin Cattanach, Kayleigh Noble, Louise Magilton, Alana Bruce.

Spartans: Eartha Cumings, Bobbie Beveridge, Kirsty McLaughlin, Ellie Simpson (Sarah Clelland 64), Ronaigh Douglas, Simone McMahon, Jennifer Malone, Louise Mason (Danijela Rae 85), Laura Gavin, Mariel Kaney, Dion McMahon

Subs not used: Nichola Mawson, Christie Kerr, Ashley Nicolson, Suzy Shepherd

Post-match from Head Coach Mark Nisbet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK5zV9wsjzw

Match photographs courtesy of David Young: http://davidyoung.photoshelter.com/gallery/11-09-2016-Forfar-Farmington-v-Spartans/G0000WVE70kQcqd8/