Category: SWPL Match Reports

SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Second Round: Forfar Farmington 0 Glasgow City 3

Forfar Farmington exited the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup at the second round after a 3-0 defeat at home to Glasgow City on Sunday.

Goals from Leanne Ross, Abbi Grant and Sam Kerr meant Farmington were defeated by City for the second year running after last season’s semi final encounter.

Mark Nisbet made just one change to the side after the win over Hamilton Accies a fortnight ago with the injured Cheryl Kilcoyne replaced by Alison Debio.

The visitors had chances early on with Kirsty Howat hitting the bar before Abbi Grant curled over after driving at the Farmington defence.

Fiona McNicoll did well with City’s first effort on target when Megan Foley’s low shot looked to be creeping in but the keeper scrambled across to push it away.

City took the lead in the 27th minute; Leanne Ross’ free kick finding the back of the net despite McNicoll getting a hand to it.

The lead was doubled ten minutes later with Ross sending another free kick into the box and Abbi Grant rose highest to send a header past McNicoll.

The final chance of the half fell to Farmington, however Nicola Davidson could only find the side netting with her free kick.

City killed the game off four minutes after the restart; a low cross found Sam Kerr and she fired into the back of the net via a slight deflection off her own teammate.

Farmington started to create a couple of chances after this with Alana Bruce finding Caroline Heron, although the attacker could only fire over the bar.

In the 64th minute Robyn Smith played a quick corner and after receiving the ball again, she fired a cross into the box; sub Beth McPherson’s header was parried by a desperate Lee Alexander and the keeper did well to deny the follow up by Heron.

Shortly after this Grant hit the bar as she looked for her second and City’s fourth against her former side.

The game quietened down in the last twenty minutes as substitutions interrupted the flow, however there were late chances for both sides; Crichton seeing her header expertly tipped over by McNicoll before McPherson had another header cleared.

The result now means Farmington can now focus on building on their current fourth place in the SBSSWPL1 with games against Hibernian at Peffermill on Wednesday before City visit Station Park on Sunday.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, McGinley, Smith (White 88), Davidson, Bruce, Heron (Dunbar 68), Cowper (Cattanach 76), McCarthy, Robb, Debio (McPherson 59), Brough (Milligan 74)

Subs not used: Noble, McKay (gk)

Glasgow City: Alexander, Love, Grant, Crichton, Howat (McLintock 62), Docherty, Paterson, Ross, Kerr, Girasoli, Foley

Subs not used: Cunningham, Stewart, Hill, Paton, Clachers (gk)

SBSSWPL1: Forfar Farmington 2 Hamilton Academical 1

Forfar Farmington continued their good run of form with a tight 2-1 win over Hamilton Academical in the SBSSWPL1.

After a goalless first half Robyn Smith put Farmington ahead before Katie Rice equalised, however Megan McCarthy secured all three points for Mark Nisbet’s side.

Just one change was made from the midweek win over Stirling University as Nicola Davidson replaced Tammy Harkin.

Accies had the first chance of the game four minutes in when Katie Rice’s tame effort was held by Fiona McNicoll.

Four minutes later Robyn Smith fired wide after being put through by Danni McGinley before Caroline Heron saw a header cleared from a Smith corner.

McGinley found herself set up by Smith in the 21st minute but her shot was deflected past the post.

Heron headed wide shortly before Rice saw a free kick held by McNicoll as the half drew to a close.

The final chances of the half fell to Megan McCarthy and McGinley, however neither of them could fine the target.

Farmington came storming out of the blocks after half time and took the lead less than sixty seconds after the restart. Cassie Cowper played the ball towards the box and despite the Hamilton defence having three players surrounding the ball, they failed to deal with it and Smith nipped in to lob Grant for her fourth goal of the season.

McGinley and Heron came close to doubling the lead before Nicola Davidson tried to repeat her goal at Celtic last Sunday as she sent a long range free kick towards goal but Grant scrambled to push the effort wide.

From the corner Forfar failed to threaten and from the counter attack Hamilton equalised in controversial circumstances. The ball fell outside the box and Cheryl Kilcoyne attempted to reach it along with a Hamilton player, the Farmington midfielder looked like she was fouled as she was sent spinning in the air. The referee allowed play to go on despite Kilcoyne being in some distress and the visitors took advantage with Rice finding the back of the net.

Following the goal Kilcoyne attempted to play on but was forced off as she was taken to hospital, with the club later informed she had cracked her collarbone.

The scores were level for just ten minutes as Farmington were awarded a free kick in the 68th minute; Davidson lofted the set piece into the box and McCarthy headed past Grant for her first goal of the season.

The final twenty minutes of the game were end to end as both sides looked for a vital goal, Hamilton came closest deep into injury time when Amy Bulloch rattled the crossbar before the loose ball was cleared.

Hamilton could, and maybe should, have had a penalty late on as Rice’s free kick looked like it hit the hand of McCarthy but the referee waved away claims. The resulting corner found the head of Kirsty Fraser, but she couldn’t find the target in the final chance of the game.

The result pushes Farmington thirteen points away from the foot of the table and are now just two points away from third.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, McGinley, Smith (Noble 87), Davidson, Bruce, Heron (Dunbar 74), Kilcoyne (McPherson 64), Cowper, McCarthy, Robb (Debio 90+1), Brough

Subs not used: Deans, Deubel, McKay

Hamilton Academical: Grant, Connolly, Fraser, Lyons, Anderson, Hay (Quigley 80), Bulloch, Gardner, Inglis, Rice, Lindsay (Quinn 67)

Subs not used: Shearer, Fitzsimmons, Lyle, Hopkins

SBSSWPL1: Stirling University 0 Forfar Farmington 3

Forfar Farmington made it four wins from five in May with a comfortable 3-0 win at Ochilview over Stirling University on Wednesday night.

A goal in either half by Caroline Heron along with Megan Robb’s second goal since joining moved the side six points clear of the bottom half of the table.

With players missing through work commitments, Tammy Harkin and Megan Robb were drafted into the starting XI to replace captain Nicola Davidson and Beth McPherson.

The hosts almost got on to a perfect start just 30 seconds in as Orla King’s cross found Tegan Reynolds but her effort was easily held by Fiona McNicoll.

Three minutes later Farmington had their first chance as Tammy Harkin set up Caroline Heron on the edge of the box; her shot found the arms of Chloe Logan.

Danni McGinley combined with Megan Robb shortly after as the latter sent a cross in for Harkin, she controlled the ball before firing at the keeper.

At the other end Rebecca Galbraith latched onto a long ball, however her final effort failed to trouble McNicoll as she blasted over.

Heron and Kayleigh Brough were denied by Logan but it wasn’t long before the Stirling keeper was beaten. In the 21st minute Alana Bruce sent a fantastic cross from deep and Heron rose highest to head the ball into the back of the net via the post.

Farmington kept up their pressure following this with Cheryl Kilcoyne failing to find the target before Harkin hit the sidenetting.

On the stroke of half time the lead was doubled; Robyn Smith’s corner was sent into the box and Stirling failed to clear with Megan McCarthy knocking the ball down allowing Megan Robb to get the decisive touch as the assistant referee judged the ball had crossed the line.

It was much the same after the break as Mark Nisbet’s side hunted for a third goal and almost got it through Smith when her corner hit the bar with Logan beaten.

In the 51st minute Harkin tried her luck from distance, however her shot was going wide until Danni McGinley deflected it towards goal with Logan scrambling to collect it.

McGinley had a header from Bruce’s cross held while at the other end Reynolds had a tame shot find the arms of McNicoll.

It was almost three for Farmington in the 56th minute when Robb rattled the post, however she was ruled offside as she met Kilcoyne’s cross.

Sixty seconds later Robb tried her luck from long range but couldn’t beat Logan for a second time.

The attacker then headed wide from a McGinley cross before Smith sent a 30 yard free kick flying over the bar.

McGinley and Kilcoyne were close to adding a third but it finally came in the 76th minute when another Bruce cross found Heron and she was more than happy to bury the ball into the back of the net for her second and Farmington’s third.

This killed the game off and Farmington were more than happy to see the game out without really threatening the keeper in the final quarter of an hour.

The result sees Farmington move six points ahead of Rangers and consolidate their fourth place position after an impressive month.

Stirling University: Logan, Bonner, Mason (Blair 84), Sutherland, McDonald (Allan 88), Simpson, Reynolds, Galbraith, Falconer, King (Guthrie 70), Murphy

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, McGinley (Deubel 88), Smith (Dunbar 77), Bruce (White 81), Heron, Kilcoyne, Cowper, McCarthy, Harkin (Debio 77), Robb, Brough (Milligan 81)

Sub not used: McKay

SBSSWPL1: Celtic 2 Forfar Farmington 1

Forfar Farmington’s winning run came to an end on Sunday as Celtic defeated them by the odd goal in three at K-Park.

Despite going ahead through Nicola Davidson’s fantastic free kick, two efforts from the edge of the box by Natalie Ross and Colette Cavanagh either side of half time ensured all three points stayed with the hosts.

There was just one change made from the win over Spartans a fortnight ago as Beth McPherson made her first start, replacing Hannah Stewart as she returned to Glasgow City following the conclusion of her loan spell.

At an extremely hot K-Park the game got off to a tricky start for both sides, with chances few and far between early on. Sarah Ewens fired wide from the edge of the box as she had the only chance in the opening quarter of an hour.

In the sixteenth minute Claire Adams sent a weak effort into the arms of Fiona McNicoll, but just three minutes later Farmington were ahead at the other end through captain Nicola Davidson.

The free kick specialist stepped up 35 yards out and sent her set piece beyond the despairing Gibson for her third goal of the season.

Celtic looked to get back into the game and had further chances with Nicole Pullar blazing over when one on one before Natalie Ross and Ewens failed to trouble McNicoll.

Josephine Giard was denied by McNicoll when one on one with Kayleigh Brough doing well to get back and put her off.

The hosts levelled things up just a minute before the break when Ross curled into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Following the break, Celtic looked to take the lead and came close early on as Alana Bruce denied Ross on the line.

It wasn’t long however, until they did find the back of the net and it was left back Colette Cavanagh who did so, racing towards goal before striking the ball past McNicoll.

Farmington were now the ones looking for an equaliser as Caroline Heron saw her effort blocked just after the hour mark.

Action in the second half was hard to come by with both sides having to cope with the heat, Celtic did come close to adding to their tally with Ewens having a header held before Adams blasted past the post from distance.

In the 82nd minute Cavanagh saw her effort cleared off the line, although in the aftermath Pullar was forced off following lengthy treatment for an injury.

Deep into injury time Pullar’s replacement failed to find the target as she met a Keeva Keenan cross but it wasn’t to matter as Celtic took all three points.

Farmington will now look to regroup before Wednesday’s fixture against Stirling University at Ochilview.

Celtic: Gibson, McCulloch, Ross, Craig (Donaldson 59), Giard, Pullar (Connor 86), Ewens (Rafferty 72), Clark, Knox (Keenan 72), Adams, Cavanagh

Subs not used: O’Neill, Littlejohn

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, McGinley, Smith, Davidson, Bruce, Heron (Debio 79), Kilcoyne, Cowper, McCarthy, McPherson (Robb 37), Brough (White 90+1)

Subs not used: Dunbar, Milligan, Deubel, McKay

SBSSWPL1: Spartans 1 Forfar Farmington 3

Forfar Farmington made it three wins in a row on Sunday as they eased past Spartans 3-1 to increase the gap between themselves and the bottom three.

Nicola Davidson and Cheryl Kilcoyne’s first half goals saw Farmington ahead with Danni McGinley adding a third before Kaela McDonald-Nguah’s late consolation.

Head Coach Mark Nisbet kept the same starting eleven that defeated Stirling University on Wednesday as he looked to keep up the winning run they have built.

Both sides had chances in the opening ten minutes with Caroline Heron heading into the arms of Rachel Harrison from a Robyn Smith free kick before Spartans’ Alana Marshall fired wide from distance.

Heron could have opened the scoring shortly after when the hosts failed to clear their lines leading to the attacker volleying past the post from the edge of the box.

Cheryl Kilcoyne failed to find the target in the 16th minute while Sarah Clelland cut in from the left wing before sending a tame effort into Fiona McNicoll’s arms.

Farmington started to dominate play after the first twenty minutes and saw Heron once again denied by Harrison with a curling shot.

The deadlock was broken after 32 minutes through some slack clearing by the Spartans defence; Smith’s cross was flicked by Heron, the defence couldn’t clear their lines and captain Nicola Davidson was more than happy to rifle home her second of the season.

It wasn’t long until the lead was extended and four minutes later Heron received a cross from Smith, she laid it off for Cheryl Kilcoyne to strike from 20 yards out. Her initial effort hit the bar before it looked like it may have hit the keeper and rolled in.

Spartans looked to get back into the game but two long range efforts were nowhere near the target and Farmington went into the break two goals to the good.

The hosts went closer two minutes after the break when Rachel Walkingshaw hit the inside of the post with the ball flying back into play. Farmington started a counter attack and made them pay as Danni McGinley outmuscled two defenders before slipping past a third and stroking the ball into the net.

Smith could have made it four shortly after with Harrison doing well to push her shot wide while Heron had a shot of her own deflected wide.

Subsitutions began to affect the flow of the game and it wasn’t until the 72nd minute that another chance was carved out; Smith involved again as she curled a free kick into the danger zone for Megan McCarthy to send a header against her old friend the post.

Spartans sub Kaela McDonald-Nguah was their most dangerous outlet in the second half as she hit the side netting before seeing another shot pushed wide by McNicoll. From Douglas’ corner McDonald-Nguah nodded in what was a late consolation with four minutes remaining.

The result means Farmington have won three games in the last seven games and will be high on confidence ahead of their visit to Celtic in a fortnight.

Spartans: Harrison, Mawson, Clelland, S. McMahon (McDonald-Nguah 64), D. McMahon, Beveridge, Douglas, Russell (Johnstone 60), Marshall, Frew (Santoyo-Brown 60), Walkingshaw

Subs not used: McAlonie, Rennie

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Bruce (Cattanach 76), McGinley, Smith, Davidson, Heron (Robb 71), Kilcoyne (White 81), Cowper, McCarthy, Stewart (McPherson 64), Brough

Subs not used: Dunbar, Milligan, McKay

SBSSWPL1: Stirling University 0 Forfar Farmington 2

Forfar Farmington made it two wins in a row with a deserved 2-0 win over Stirling University on a very wet Wednesday evening at the University Playing Fields.

Second half goals from Danni McGinley and debutant Megan Robb gave Mark Nisbet’s side all three points to create a gap between themselves and the bottom three sides.

After Sunday’s win over Rangers, just one change was made as Alana Bruce replaced Erin Cattanach meanwhile Leah White was named on the bench in place of Gemma Collier.

Stirling had the first couple of chances early on as Beth McKay’s free kick was headed wide by Demi Falconer before McKay struck a low effort that Fiona McNicoll saved with ease.

The first shot for Farmington came after eleven minutes through Cheryl Kilcoyne when she fired over from long range.

Two minutes later Robyn Smith saw her corner nodded past the post by Caroline Heron as the side started to settle into the game.

Hannah Stewart could have broken the deadlock as a Smith free kick was flicked on by Heron but the winger’s shot was saved by Chloe Logan and the keeper was called into action shortly after when she tipped Nicola Davidson’s free kick over the bar.

Farmington had the best chance of the half eight minutes before the break; Smith saw a shot deflected wide and from the corner Cassie Cowper’s volley beat the keeper but was headed off the line, this fell to Nicola Davidson and her 25 yard effort hit a defender and flew past the post.

A minute before the break Stewart saw her shot blocked by a defender as both sides went in to half time level.

The second half started off well as Farmington took control of the game straight away; Danni McGinley firing wide just a minute after the restart.

Shortly after Heron nodded wide from a Davidson free kick before Stirling gifted Farmington a chance in the 57th minute.

A poor pass back saw McGinley race into a one on one situation, her effort was parried by Logan and Smith sent the ball back into the danger zone only for Logan to push Heron’s effort past the post.

The deadlock was broken in the 68th minute; Davidson’s free kick was headed down by Heron and McGinley stretched her leg out to divert the header past Logan for her second of the season.

Mark Nisbet had named a trialist in his squad once again and she came close to grabbing a second for the side two minutes after the opener as she saw her 20 yard effort held.

Stirling’s first chance of the half came in the 72nd minute when Eva Rule sent her effort past the post before McKay and Rebecca Galbraith failed to find the target ten minutes later.

Debutant Megan Robb made sure of all three points with six minutes remaining; a Farmington attack was cleared only as far as Alana Bruce and she swung a cross into the box for Robb to curl past Logan from just inside the box.

It was almost three as the game came to a close with Heron sending a glancing header wide before Davidson saw her 25 yard effort dip inches over the crossbar.

The result means that Farmington now have a four point gap between themselves and the bottom three and they could extend this on Sunday with a trip to the capital to face Spartans.

Stirling University: Logan, Murphy, Simpson, Bonner, Falconer, Sutherland, Mason (Reynolds 76), Guthrie (McDonald 66), McKay, Rule, Galbraith

Subs not used: Eadie, King, Godfrey

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Bruce, McGinley, Smith, Davidson, Heron (Robb 77), Kilcoyne (Cattanach 87), Cowper, McCarthy, Stewart (Trialist 63), Brough

Subs not used: White, Dunbar, Milligan, McKay

SBSSWPL1: Rangers 2 Forfar Farmington 4

Forfar Farmington came away with an impressive win away to Rangers in the SBSSWPL1 with two late goals taking a slight shine off the final result.

Robyn Smith and Hannah Stewart had Farmington ahead at half time with Caroline Heron and Cassie Cowper making it 4-0 late on before Jade Gallon and Brogan Hay netted consolations for Rangers.

Mark Nisbet made one change from the League Cup semi final as Kirsty Deans was ruled out through injury, Hannah Stewart replacing her while two trialists were named on the bench.

Rangers started off well but failed to threaten Fiona McNicoll early on with Chantelle Brown and Hayley Sinclair missing the target in the first four minutes.

The deadlock was broken in the 18th minute; McNicoll emptied the ball up the park and the Rangers defence failed to head clear, allowing Robyn Smith in to slot home under the advancing Jade Baillie.

Jade Gallon headed wide from an Amy Muir corner shortly after for the hosts and Danni McGinley was unlucky not to add a second for Farmington in the 24th minute when a ball wasn’t dealt with and she nipped in only for Baillie to push her effort away.

Farmington did increase their advantage with ten minutes remaining of the half when Smith turned provider, sending a corner in for Hannah Stewart to open her account for the club.

Sinclair fired over from the edge of the box as Rangers looked for a quick response but Farmington held firm and went in to the break two goals to the good.

Rangers came close to pulling a goal back a minute after the break as McNicoll used her feet to deny Brogan Hay, however they were made to rue that miss in the 51st minute.

McGinley won the ball in the middle of the half before laying it off for Heron, she took a touch before sending an amazing finish beyond Baillie from 35 yards.

She aimed to repeat that three minutes later from further out but couldn’t find the target this time.

McGinley hit the sidenetting for Farmington just before the hour mark and Rangers went even closer shortly after; Jade Gallon hitting the woodwork with McNicoll beaten.

Stewart fired over with Forfar looking for a fourth before Smith sent a shot inches wide.

Rangers kept looking for a way back into the game as Robertson headed wide while Davidson forced a save from McNicoll again.

Brough and one of the two trialists who came on were denied by Baillie but she was unable to stop Farmington adding a fourth with a minute remaining; Davidson’s short free kick found Cassie Cowper and she turned her marker before sending a low effort into the bottom corner.

This wasn’t to be the final action of the game with Rangers finding two quick goals in injury time through Jade Gallon and Brogan Hay.

The result means Farmington move above Stirling University in the league before their midweek trip to the University Playing Grounds this Wednesday.

Rangers: Baillie, Muir, L Gallon, Hay, Brown, Sinclair (Napier 63 (O’Hara 79)), Donnelly (Robertson 46), Gemmell, Boyce (Davidson 63), J Gallon, Eddie

Subs not used: Watson, Swanson, Coakley

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach (Bruce 63), McGinley, Smith (A Trialist 73), Davidson, Heron (B Trialist 70), Kilcoyne (Dunbar 83), Cowper, McCarthy, Stewart, Brough (Milligan 88)

Subs not used: Collier, McKay

SWPL Cup Semi Final: Celtic 4 Forfar Farmington 1

Forfar Farmington exited the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup at the semi final stage with a 4-1 defeat to Celtic.

Nicole Pullar put Celtic ahead early on but Farmington levelled through Nicola Davidson before goals from Rachel Donaldson, Cheryl McCulloch and Josephine Giard sent Celtic through to the final.

Celtic took the lead after just three minutes when a cross into the box wasn’t cleared and the loose ball made its way to Nicole Pullar who tapped into the net from almost on the line.

Farmington came close to an equaliser five minutes later as Megan McCarthy rose to meet a Robyn Smith but her header hit the post.

Rachel Donaldson lashed an effort across the face of goal on the quarter hour mark before Caroline Heron sent a long range effort wide shortly after.

Celtic could have added to their lead through Sarah Ewens when she created a couple of opportunities but she couldn’t find the target before being denied by Fiona McNicoll.

Kayleigh Brough saw a header held by Keira Gibson five minutes before half time but two minutes later Farmington were level.

Colette Cavanagh blocked a Heron cross with her hand and referee Daniel Graves pointed to the spot.

Danni McGinley stepped up but saw her effort saved by Gibson, Robyn Smith’s follow up was parried and captain Nicola Davidson rifled home the loose ball.

Celtic looked to regain the lead in the second half as Ewens almost caught McNicoll out with a swerving shot before Donaldson nodded over early on.

They restored their lead in the 65th minute when a ball into the box found Ewens, her initial effort was cleared off the line by McCarthy but the ball eventually made its way to Donaldson and she blasted the ball into the roof of the net.

Claire Adams fired over for Celtic but it wasn’t long before they made it three; Georgie Rafferty’s cross into the area was nodded home at the back post by Cheryl McCulloch.

This essentially killed the game off but Josephine Giard added the cherry on top of the cake for Celtic with five minutes to go, beating McNicoll with a low effort just inside the box.

The result means Farmington exit the SWPL Cup at the semi final stage but they can be happy with their performance for the majority of the tie.

Celtic: Gibson, Keenan, McCulloch, Ross, Pullar (O’Neil 88), Ewens (Giard 72), Donaldson, Rafferty, Adams, Clark (Connor 77), Cavanagh

Sub not used: Cairney

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach (Milligan 88), McGinley, Smith, Davidson, Heron (Stewart 71), Deans (Harkin 18), Kilcoyne (Dunbar 88), Cowper, McCarthy, Brough

SBSSWPL1: Glasgow City 1 Forfar Farmington 0

Forfar Farmington came so close to a late equaliser after a determined performance against Glasgow City.

After shutting them out for over 70 minutes, Christie Murray’s slice of luck gave City all three points but Farmington can take heart from the Petershill Park fixture.

Mark Nisbet made two changes from the defeat to Spartans with Tammy Harkin and City loanee Hannah Stewart replaced by Erin Cattanach and Kirsty Deans.

City came close in the opening sixty seconds as Kirsty Howat found the side netting with a fierce effort.

Just after the quarter hour mark the hosts started to create more chances but Farmington’s strong defence meant Leanne Ross, Howat and Sam Kerr all failed to find the target.

Ross almost broke the deadlock after 22 minutes with a fantastic free kick but Farmington stopper Fiona McNicoll tipped the set piece over the bar.

Two minutes later Ross hit the crossbar with another free kick, the rebound fell to Howat and she could only blaze her effort wildly over the bar.

The ball was in the net at the other end shortly after when Alana Bruce lobbed Lee Alexander, the referee pulling play back when she connected with it for being offside.

Bruce was involved with another Farmington attack in the 32nd minute as she set up Nicola Davidson, the captain’s long range strike held by Alexander.

Howat was denied by McNicoll as the game edged closer to half time after turning Megan McCarthy.

It was the same story for City after the break with Kerr’s header held by McNicoll before Donna Paterson sent a header off target from a Lauder cross.

Farmington’s spirits were heightened with the return of Caroline Heron in the 54th minute after missing the start of the season due to injury.

McNicoll pulled off another fantastic save on the hour mark with City hitting the bar shortly after for the second time.

Five minutes later Davidson’s 30 yard free kick was held by Alexander and from the counter attack Howat couldn’t beat McNicoll.

The deadlock was broken with 18 minutes left; a ball towards the box resulted in McNicoll and Brough hesitating and when McNicoll attempted to clear her lines it hit Christie Murray and rolled into the empty net.

From kick off Forfar could have equalised when Robyn Smith sent McGinley through on goal; her shot was saved by the advancing Alexander, who seemed to take a knock as the ball hit her face.

This was the City keeper’s last action as she was forced off through injury for Erin Clachers.

As the game entered injury time Ross saw another free kick saved by McNicoll but the momentum seemed to change following this.

Caroline Heron saw her effort blocked by the City defence in the 92nd minute and just sixty seconds later Farmington could and should have equalised.

Nicola Davidson sent a cross into the box and after McGinley outmuscled a defender she slipped the ball past Clachers only to see it hit the base of the post; City cleared the ball as far as Smith, her first shot was blocked and she sent the rebound to the back post where Heron was waiting but she could only turn the ball agonisingly wide.

The final whistle went shortly after and despite the result, the players can all be proud of themselves after their performance at the home of the current champions ahead of next week’s SWPL Cup semi final against Celtic.

Glasgow City: Alexander (Clachers 76), Lauder, Love, Grant (Foley 70), Crichton, Howat (Paton 87), Docherty, Paterson, Ross, Kerr, Murray

Subs not used: McLintock, Hill, Girasoli, McCartney

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach (Heron 54), McGinley, Smith, Davidson, Bruce, Deans, Kilcoyne (Dunbar 87), Cowper, McCarthy, Brough

Subs not used: White, Scott, Milligan, Deubel, McKay

SBSSWPL1: Forfar Farmington 0 Spartans 2

Forfar Farmington put in an uncharacteristic performance on Sunday as they were deservedly defeated 2-0 by Spartans in the SBSSWPL1.

Goals in either half by Alana Marshall and Kaela McDonald-Nguah sealed all three points for the Edinburgh side at a sunny Station Park.

After a three week break, Mark Nisbet made two changes to his side with Alana Bruce and Hannah Stewart replacing Kirsty Deans and Erin Cattanach.

It was a slow start to the game with only one chance coming in the first twenty minutes as Kaela McDonald-Nguah headed wide for the visitors from an Alana Marshall corner.

Farmington’s first chance came after 24 minutes; Nicola Davidson sending a ball towards Danni McGinley and she combined with Robyn Smith and Hannah Stewart before McGinley sent her effort wide of the mark.

Kayleigh Brough saw her header held shortly after before Simone McMahon sliced wide at the other end.

Spartans took the lead seven minutes before the break through a fantastic strike by Marshall from 25 yards, giving Fiona McNicoll no chance.

McDonald-Nguah sent a weak effort into the arms of McNicoll with the final chance of the half falling to McGinley. A poor clearance fell to Tammy Harkin and she set up McGinley but she could only fire wide from the edge of the box.

Spartans looked to add to their advantage and came close in the 51st minute when Simone McMahon’s cross was deflected into the path of Elena Santoyo-Brown but her shot was pushed round the post by McNicoll.

After the hour mark Farmington had their own chances; Smith volleying wide before McGinley stabbed wide from a Stewart cross.

The lead was doubled in the 69th minute through McDonald-Nguah as she nodded home a Simone McMahon free kick at the front post.

This took the sting out of the game and despite Farmington improving, they could only create one clear cut chance as Kirsty Deans fired wide with four minutes remaining.

The result means Farmington drop to seventh in the league and Mark Nisbet will be looking for a vast improvement when they travel to take on third placed Glasgow City this Sunday.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Danni McGinley, Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Cheryl Kilcoyne (Kirsty Deans 58), Cassie Cowper, Megan McCarthy, Tammy Harkin, Hannah Stewart, Kayleigh Brough

Subs not used: Gemma Collier, Leah White, Erin Cattanach, Lindsey Dunbar, Sophie Milligan, Chantelle McKay

Spartans: Rachel Harrison, Nichola Mawson, Sarah Clelland, Simone McMahon, Dion McMahon, Bobbie Beveridge, Michaela McAlonie, Ronaigh Douglas (Zoe Johnstone 69), Alana Marshall, Kaela McDonald-Nguah (Rachel Walkingshaw 84), Elena Santoyo-Brown

Subs not used: Michelle Russell