Category: SWPL Match Reports

SBSSWPL1: Forfar Farmington 0 Hibernian 2

Forfar Farmington suffered their first defeat of the season despite a positive performance as Hibernian won 2-0 at Station Park.

After a goalless first half Amy Gallacher broke the deadlock against her former club in the 54th minute; fellow ex-Farmington attacker Katey Turner making sure of all three points with two minutes remaining.

After last week’s win at Hamilton Accies, Mark Nisbet made two changes as Kirsty Deans and Cheryl Kilcoyne replaced Hannah Stewart and Kayleigh Brough.

Both sides looked to create chances with the closest anyone came in the opening ten minutes arriving when Danni McGinley’s cross was gathered by Jenna Fife with Julia Scott lurking inside the box.

In the 11th minute former Farmington striker Katey Turner had the match’s first effort on goal but could only find the side netting.

Three minutes later Robyn Smith’s cross into the box was nicked off the head of McGinley and the clearance was just inches too high for Scott to make a connection.

McGinley was denied by Fife while at the other end Lucy Graham headed wide from an Emma Brownlie corner.

Another Brownlie corner on the half hour mark was bulleted over by Siobhan Hunter.

The final chance of the half fell to the visitors again, however Hunter was only able to send a long distance effort wide with no threat to Fiona McNicoll.

Hibs looked to break the deadlock early in the second half and came close as a Brownlie cross almost deceived McNicoll; the keeper doing well to smother the ball on the line.

They took the lead in the 54th minute through former Farmington Young Player of the Year Amy Gallacher; Hibs forcing their way through on the left hand side with Gallacher lashing home from close range.

Despite a good performance from Farmington, Hibs looked to grab a second and Lia Tweedie was unlucky not to find the back of the net in the 65th minute as McNicoll pushed her effort over the bar.

Kirsty Smith was also denied by McNicoll with twenty minutes remaining and the visitors were dealt a blow shortly after as Siobhan Hunter was forced off with a nasty looking injury.

Graham hit the bar after connecting with another Brownlie corner but they clinched all three points with just two minutes left of normal time; Turner curling a brilliant 20 yard effort into the net despite McNicoll getting her hand to it.

This ensured all three points left with the visitors but Mark Nisbet’s side can be happy with their performance against one of the league’s title challengers.

Next week sees a break from league action for Farmington as they host Aberdeen in the League Cup first round.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Danni McGinley, Robyn Smith (Erin Cattanach 71), Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Cassie Cowper, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Gemma Collier 84), Tammy Harkin

Subs not used: Leah White, Beth Shillitto, Alison Debio, Kayleigh Brough, Chantelle McKay (gk)

Hibernian: Jenna Fife, Siobhan Hunter (Cailin Michie 77), Lisa Robertson, Kirsty Smith, Rachel McLauchlan, Lucy Graham, Amy Gallacher, Ellis Notley, Katey Turner, Emma Brownlie, Lia Tweedie (Shannon McGregor 68)

Sub not used: Hannah Reid (gk)

SBSSWPL1: Hamilton Academical 0 Forfar Farmington 1

Forfar Farmington started their SBSSWPL1 season in the best possible fashion as they defeated Hamilton Academical 1-0.

Robyn Smith’s 53rd minute goal was enough to give Mark Nisbet’s side all three points at the Superseal Stadium.

Close season signings Cassie Cowper, Hannah Stewart and Tammy Harkin were all handed debuts while Sophie Milligan missed out through injury.

The hosts had the first opportunity of the game in the sixth minute as Lori Gardner attempted an overhead effort but failed to beat Fiona McNicoll.

A minute later Megan McCarthy was inches away from opening the scoring; Cassie Cowper’s free kick found the defender but she stabbed the ball wide.

In the 19th minute Hannah Stewart’s cross was cleared for a corner with Danni McGinley waiting and from Julia Scott’s set piece Cowper saw her effort cleared off the line.

Sixty seconds later Tammy Harkin was denied by Lauren Grant while Nicola Davidson’s long range effort had the sting taken out of it by an oncoming defender as both sides started to cancel each other out before half time.

The second half saw Forfar come flying out the blocks with Davidson and McGinley testing Grant in the first three minutes.

Farmington went one better in the 53rd minute; Scott’s pinpoint cross was swept home by Robyn Smith at the far post.

A minute later Gardner couldn’t beat McNicoll while Nina Fitzsimmons’ cross was headed over by Katie Rice who should have done better.

On the hour mark Scott sent an effort just past the post as Farmington looked to add a second.

The Forfar defence held firm through a period of pressure from the hosts as they restricted them to two long distance shots from Rice that McNicoll gathered with ease.

In the 87th minute Stewart could, and probably should, have killed the game off as snow fell on the pitch; subs Kirsty Deans and Cheryl Kilcoyne combined for the latter to spray the ball across for the winger to blast over the bar.

The final chance fell to Accies sub Teigan McCann in injury time; she made her way into the box and after cutting inside, tamely sent a shot into the arms of McNicoll.

The result is the perfect start to the 2018 SBSSWPL1 season and Farmington will look to build on this when they take on Hibernian next week.

Hamilton Academical: Lauren Grant, Amy Anderson (Teigan McCann 65), Nina Fitzsimmons, Kirsty Fraser (Mhairi Lyle 78), Lori Gardner, Kodie Hay (Deborah McLeod 65), Gillian Inglis, Jade Lindsay, Emma Lyons, Megan Quinn, Katie Rice

Substitutes: Danielle Connolly, Jordan McLintock, Emily Shearer, Carys Hopkins (gk)

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Danni McGinley (Alison Debio 90+1), Robyn Smith (Beth Shillitto 86), Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Cassie Cowper, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Cheryl Kilcoyne 57), Tammy Harkin, Hannah Stewart, Kayleigh Brough (Kirsty Deans 57)

Substitutes: Leah White, Lotte Deubel, Chantelle McKay (gk)

SBSSWPL2: Forfar Farmington 4 Jeanfield Swifts 0

Forfar Farmington completed their championship winning season with a 4-0 win over Jeanfield Swifts as they were presented with the SBSSWPL2 trophy.

Danni McGinley’s double along with goals from substitutes Kayleigh Noble and Beth Shillitto earned Farmington the three points in front of a 200+ strong crowd.

After the previous week’s draw at Hearts, three changes were made with Fiona McNicoll, Alana Bruce and Erin Cattanach replacing Chantelle McKay, Kirsty Deans and Leah White.

Farmington started off well and put Jeanfield under early pressure with Gemma Collier and Robyn Smith seeing headers held by Bobby Cochran.

Smith was inches away from connecting with a Cheryl Kilcoyne cross in the tenth minute before Julia Scott saw her free kick gathered by the keeper shortly after.

Kilcoyne and Caroline Heron combined to send McGinley clear in the 20th minute but she could only send her shot straight at Cochran. Just 60 seconds later the striker found the net however; Cochran’s poor clearance landed at McGinley’s feet and she was more than happy to put Farmington ahead.

The game turned into a midfield battle following this with chances few and far between. Jeanfield’s first chance came on the half hour mark as Laura Dunn’s corner found Amy Henderson but she somehow sent the ball wide from two yards out.

Five minutes before the break Jeanfield captain Jade McDonald could only sent a shot from the edge of the box past the post.

It was a stuffy start to the second half as Farmington’s Erin Cattanach saw her name enter the referee’s book following a challenge on the wing.

Dunn couldn’t find the target for the visitors while at the other end McGinley saw her shot smothered by Cochran in the 55th minute.

Neither side was able to create many chances in the opening 25 minutes of the second half and it wasn’t until the 70th minute that the game opened up again.

Robyn Smith screwed the ball wide after racing onto a through ball but a minute later it was 2-0; Smith’s run to the byline saw her cut the ball back and Kayleigh Noble fiercely hammered the ball home.

Just over sixty seconds after the second goal and Farmington had added to their lead once again when the ball bobbled around the box; McGinley outmuscling a defender to send the ball past Cochran for her fifteenth goal in sixteen games.

From being only 1-0 up in the 70th minute, Farmington were 4-0 up by the 75th minute; Nicola Davidson’s free kick just inside the Jeanfield half was fumbled by Cochran and Shillitto tapped in from close range for her first senior goal.

With the points more or less sealed, the game quietened down once again with the next clear cut chance falling to Shillitto in the 89th minute; her shot after Nicola Davidson set her up saw her shot blocked.

There was almost a late goal of the season contender in the third minute of stoppage time with almost every Farmington player touching the ball in a series of passes culminating in Kayleigh Noble’s cross finding Kirsty Deans however her header flew inches past the post.

All in all, it was a good end to the season for the title winning squad who will look to build on this next season when they return to the top tier.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach (Kayleigh Brough 81), Danni McGinley, Robyn Smith (Beth Shillitto 71), Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Caroline Heron (Kirsty Deans 25), Cheryl Kilcoyne (Alison Debio 75), Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Kayleigh Noble 61)

Subs not used: Leah White, Chantelle McKay (gk)

Jeanfield Swifts: Bobby Cochran, Ellie Cowie (Megan Moss 86), Rhianna Tweedie (Hannah Clark 78), Amy Henderson, Erin McCrindle (Eilidh McIntyre 65), Rachel Todd, Rebecca Foote, Jade McDonald (Jennifer Rogers 78), Emma MacLean (Niamh Irvine 78), Laura Dunn, Leah Fleming

Subs not used: Emma Flynn-Scott

SBSSWPL2: Hearts 2 Forfar Farmington 2

SBSSWPL2 champions Forfar Farmington came from behind to draw 2-2 with Hearts in their penultimate game of the 2017 season.

After a dubious own goal and Danni Pagliarulo’s fantastic free kick put Hearts ahead, goals from Danni McGinley and Caroline Heron completed a second half comeback for Farmington at Kings Park.

Six changes were made for the fixture with Bruce, Shillitto, Cattanach, Parsley, Debio and Brough replaced by McGinley, Davidson, White, McCarthy, Smith and Kilcoyne.

Farmington started off strongly with Robyn Smith’s driven cross across the face of goal finding no takers inside the first minute before Caroline Heron sent a looping header onto the roof of the net from a Kirsty Deans cross.

Heron had another chance in the fifth minute as she flicked a Nicola Davidson free kick wide.

A minute later Hearts took the lead with a bizarre own goal; Megan McCarthy’s pass back bobbled over the foot of Chantelle McKay, the keeper looked to have gathered it on the line but the linesman ruled differently.

Farmington had the ball in the net in the 11th minute when Danni McGinley powered home a Julia Scott corner however the referee ruled it out for a foul.

Deans fired wide with Heron sending a dipping volley past the post but it was the visitors who grabbed the next goal in the 26th minute; Danni Pagliarulo curling a free kick in from 25 yards.

Despite the deficit, the visitors looked to get back into the game with Heron sending a long range effort wide five minutes before the break.

On the stroke of half time a corner found Hearts’ Ashley Carse but she couldn’t get her effort on target.

Farmington came out for the second half strongly as McGinley fired over seconds after the restart.

In the 54th minute Scott had an effort blocked before McGinley met a Scott corner with the shot deflected wide.

From another Scott corner Robyn Smith’s effort was held before Heron was also denied by Ashley Watson on the hour mark.

Cheryl Kilcoyne nodded just past the post but Farmington did find the net in the 67th minute; Smith flicking on a long ball for McGinley to outmuscle the defence before lashing past Watson.

The goal galvanised Farmington and they looked more likely to find the net next with Heron’s effort pushed wide four minutes after the goal.

After increased pressure on the Hearts defence, Heron levelled matters with ten minutes remaining; McGinley’s long throw wasn’t dealt with by a static defence and the attacker sent the loose ball past Watson for her fourth goal since returning to the club.

Farmington kept up the pressure and in injury time could have taken all three points when Nicola Davidson dragged her shot wide shortly before a Megan McCarthy cross was headed millimetres past the post by Smith with Watson beaten.

The result means Farmington are twelve points ahead at the top ahead of next week’s trophy presentation at home to Jeanfield Swifts.

Hearts: Ashley Watson, Louise Kerr (Georgia Hunter 65), Sharon Hughes, Lynsay Anderson, Holly Aitchison, Danni Pagliarulo, Courtney McAvoy, Michelle Stewart, Ashley Carse (Kara Kidd 74), Jennifer Smith, Megan Paterson

Subs not used: Jen Dodds, Tegayn Hamilton

Forfar Farmington: Chantelle McKay, Gemma Collier, Leah White (Kayleigh Brough 74), Danni McGinley (Laura Parsley 86), Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Caroline Heron, Kirsty Deans (Alana Bruce 58), Cheryl Kilcoyne, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 79)

Subs not used: Alison Debio, Erin Cattanach, Lotte Deubel

SBSSWPL2: EUHV 3 Forfar Farmington 1

It was a rare off day for Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League Two champions Forfar Farmington as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Peffermill against Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale.

A much changed Farmington were two goals down to Anna Hume and Nichola Sturrock goals at half time with Margaux Durand-Watson adding a third before Danni McGinley’s consolation.

There were six changes made from the title winning game a fortnight ago as McKay, Parsley, Cattanach, Shillitto, Debio and Brough came in for McNicoll, Davidson, McCarthy, McGinley, Smith and Kilcoyne.

It was an even start for both sides with EUHV looking strong at the back to deny Farmington and they went ahead after ten minutes; Kayleigh Brough couldn’t get a strong enough touch on Nichola Sturrock’s cross and it fell through to Anna Hume who fired home.

Hume almost added a second four minutes later but Gemma Collier cleared the loose ball.

Farmington started to settle more into the game with Beth Shillitto firing straight at Charlene Lessells in the 15th minute.

Shillitto had the ball in the net when she converted a Scott cross but the referee pulled play back as Scott was adjudged to have been offside when she received the ball before.

Caroline Heron was denied by Lessells from distance with the keeper beating Laura Parsley to the ball from Scott’s cross shortly after.

Hume nodded over for the hosts after meeting Beth Macleod’s cross while Heron and Scott combined at the other end only for Parsley’s effort to fall wide.

The hosts added a second just before half time when Sturrock looked to have taken the ball out of play but the referee kept play going and she lashed the ball past McKay.

Farmington came out from the break looking to have a better second half performance and seemed to have that with Heron threatening the keeper within sixty seconds of the restart.

On the hour mark sub Danni McGinley sent a glancing header inches past the post from a Kilcoyne cross before Nicola Davidson’s free kick fell to Kirsty Deans who volleyed just wide with sub keeper Parker-Smith beaten.

Scott sent a cross into the danger zone which Parker-Smith had to look sharp to paw it away from going straight in.

McGinley and Heron combined in the 65th minute for the latter to fire straight at the keeper as Farmington kept up the pressure.

Heron had a header cleared before the attacker and sub Robyn Smith were denied by a resolute defence when Scott’s cross caused problems in the box.

The hosts extended their lead with their first clear cut chance in a while as Margaux Durand-Watson slotted home from Macleod’s cut back.

Fiona Boslem fired over from a Sturrock corner with eight minutes left but it was Farmington who found the net as the game entered injury time; Alana Bruce played the ball to McGinley and she turned the defence before slipping the ball past the keeper.

Deans almost added a second moments later when Smith’s cross found her but her effort was blocked before being cleared.

EUHV: Charlene Lessells (Charlotte Parker-Smith 46), Nicole Clark, Judith Shepherd, Fiona Boslem, Beth Sutherland (Margaux Durand-Watson 46), Nichola Sturrock (Lucy Brown 89), Lucy Stanton, Anna Hume, Beth Macleod, Sophie Boeckh, Leanne Forker

Subs not used: Kayla Durverger, Katie MacDonald, Katy Watt, Lisa MacFarlane

Forfar Farmington: Chantelle McKay, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach (Leah White 83), Beth Shillitto (Robyn Smith 60), Alana Bruce, Caroline Heron, Kirsty Deans, Laura Parsley (Danni McGinley 52), Julia Scott, Alison Debio (Cheryl Kilcoyne 52), Kayleigh Brough (Nicola Davidson 52)

Subs not used: Megan McCarthy, Fiona McNicoll (gk)

SBSSWPL2: Forfar Farmington 5 Motherwell 1

Forfar Farmington clinched the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League Two title with a dominant 5-1 win over closest challengers Motherwell.

Danni McGinley netted a hat trick with Caroline Heron and Julia Scott completing the scoring while Pamela Liddell grabbed a late consolation for the visitors.

Two changes were made from the Scottish Cup semi final defeat with Kayleigh Brough and Erin Cattanach replaced by Megan McCarthy and Cheryl Kilcoyne.

In front of a 200+ crowd, Farmington looked to be up for it from the start with three chances in the first five minutes.

Alana Bruce sent in two crosses in quick succession with Julia Scott volleying over before Caroline Heron sent her effort at the keeper.

Cheryl Kilcoyne then found Danni McGinley but Sarah Rhind did well to push her shot away.

Farmington went ahead from the resulting corner; Scott’s cross was flicked on by Kilcoyne and McGinley fired home for her ninth of the season.

It was 2-0 inside the opening ten minutes; Scott’s cross found McGinley however the striker couldn’t get a shot away with Heron more than happy to blast the ball past the keeper.

Pamela Liddell had Motherwell’s first chance in the 12th minute but her ambitious overhead kick was off target.

Scott and Heron were denied again before Scott had another shot deflected away from goal; the cross back in from Robyn Smith found Gemma Collier who saw her header held by Rhind.

Nicole Goodwin tested Fiona McNicoll from distance in a rare foray forward from the visitors before Scott and Collier came close again at the other end.

Heron fired wide from a McGinley with before the latter denied by Rhind after the former set her up.

McGinley went one better in the 35th minute; Heron sent Scott clear on the wing and she sent in a low cross for McGinley to slot home.

Sixty second later Forfar netted their fourth as Smith split the Motherwell defence and Scott rounded Rhind before tapping the ball into the empty net.

McGinley was denied again as the game approached half time but Farmington looked to be well on their way to a title win.

The second half started somewhat less frantic than the first half with the first opportunity coming from Liddell when she fired a free kick wide in the 55th minute.

Four minutes later Scott had her own set piece tipped wide before Megan McCarthy headed over from a Davidson ball.

Heron came close again with two quickfire opportunities that were held by Rhind meanwhile sub Kayleigh Noble hit the sidenetting in the 70th minute.

Noble could have grabbed an assist a minute later when Farmington broke forward and she sent a great ball into Beth Shillitto with the winger’s shot parried by Rhind again.

Kilcoyne had a shot deflected over minutes prior to McGinley’s shot being saved by the keeper from a Shillitto cross.

After Heron came close twice again, McGinley completed her hat trick in injury time; Kilcoyne flicked a ball on and the striker was sent clear to round the keeper and slot home.

Motherwell pulled one back through Pamela Liddell’s consolation but it wasn’t enough to derail Farmington as the players and staff celebrated the league win on the full time whistle.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Danni McGinley, Robyn Smith (Kayleigh Noble 66), Nicola Davidson (Erin Cattanach 76), Alana Bruce (Leah White 76), Caroline Heron, Kirsty Deans (Alison Debio 73), Cheryl Kilcoyne, Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 66), Megan McCarthy

Subs not used: Kayleigh Brough, Chantelle McKay (gk)

Motherwell: Sarah Rhind, Stacey Cook, Heather Magill, Megan Murray, Nicole Goodwin (Lauren Simmons 61), Suzanne Winters, Lauryn Reside, Natasha Roberts, Kaitlyn Canavan, Pamela Liddell

SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Semi Final: Glasgow City 5 Forfar Farmington 0

The SSE Scottish Women’s Cup run came to an end for Forfar Farmington at the semi final stage as they fell to a 5-0 defeat against Glasgow City.

Noelle Murray, Keeva Keenan, Abbi Grant, Joanne Paton and Megan Foley netted for City, giving the scoreline a more negative look than the Farmington performance warranted.

Mark Nisbet made three changes from last week’s win over Buchan with Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans and Alana Bruce replacing Megan McCarthy, Cheryl Kilcoyne and Leah White.

The game, held at Stirling Albion’s Forthbank, got off to a fast start with City taking the lead just three minutes in; Katie McCabe setting up Noelle Murray to curl home despite suspicions of offside.

Nicola Docherty fired over from 20 yards on the quarter hour mark with Farmington’s first chance coming four minutes later.

Julia Scott sent a cross into the box and despite it falling to Robyn Smith, she dragged her effort wide of the mark.

Carla Boyce skied a great chance over the bar from ten yards before Megan Foley nodded over from a Leanne Ross free kick just after the half hour mark.

City extended their lead in the 34th minute when Keeva Keenan rose highest to nod home a Ross set piece.

Joanne Paton fired wide after a great run forward while at the other end Lee Alexander just beat Danni McGinley to a Scott through ball.

Farmington were unlucky not to pull a goal back on the stroke of half time when Caroline Heron sent a 40 yard effort towards goal; Alexander having to do well to tip the ball over. Heron came close to meeting the resulting corner but City were able to clear the danger.

After half time, City had chances to add to their advantage through Murray and Boyce but neither could trouble McNicoll.

The keeper pulled off a great save in the 57th minute; Hayley Lauder slipping the ball to Jo Love and the midfielder’s fierce shot was expertly pushed away by McNicoll.

Two minutes later former Farmington winger Abbi Grant made it 3-0 with a great darting run towards goal before slipping it past the keeper.

Despite the scoreline, Farmington kept their heads up and almost pulled a goal back with Robyn Smith seeing her effort deflected away from goal just after the hour mark.

The game started to peter out following City’s third goal, with neither side creating much until the final quarter of an hour.

City sub Eilish McSorley sent a shot wide from distance and Grant sent a tame effort towards McNicoll but they added another in the 83rd minute.

Joanne Paton was fouled by Erin Cattanach just inside the box with the defender booked; Paton stepped up to fire the penalty past McNicoll.

As the game entered injury time, there was still time for City to make it 5-0 with Megan Foley slotting home from close range.

The scoreline was harsh on Mark Nisbet’s side but they can take positives from their performance as they focus on the final four league games, starting with next week’s potential championship decider against second place Motherwell.

Glasgow City: Lee Alexander (Erin Clachers 46), Jo Love, Leanne Crichton (Hayley Lauder 46), Noelle Murray (Lauren McMurchie 58), Nicola Docherty, Carla Boyce, Keeva Keenan, Leanne Ross (Eilish McSorley 46), Joanne Paton, Megan Foley, Katie McCabe (Abbi Grant 46)

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach (Leah White 86), Danni McGinley (Laura Parsley 82), Robyn Smith (Beth Shillitto 70), Nicola Davidson (Cheryl Kilcoyne 61), Alana Bruce, Caroline Heron, Kirsty Deans (Alison Debio 82), Julia Scott, Kayleigh Brough

Subs not used: Kayleigh Noble, Chantelle McKay (gk)

SBSSWPL2: Buchan 1 Forfar Farmington 7

Forfar Farmington inched to within a point of sealing the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League Two with a comfortable 7-1 win in Maud against Buchan.

First half goals from Danni McGinley, Caroline Heron, Julia Scott and a Joanna Murphy own goal were added to by McGinley and Heron’s second while Megan McCarthy completed the scoring for Mark Nisbet’s side.

There were three changes from the previous week’s draw with East Fife with Beth Shillitto, Alana Bruce and Nicola Davidson replaced by Gemma Collier, Leah White and Julia Scott.

Farmington started off well and could have gone ahead twice in the opening three minutes with Caroline Heron firing over before Danni McGinley’s throw in was flicked on but Gemma Collier could only scoop the ball over from yards out.

Louise Brown sent an effort into the arms of Fiona McNicoll for the hosts while McGinley saw her header from a Scott corner held.

McGinley was denied again but she put Farmington ahead in the 11th minute; Cheryl Kilcoyne’s shot was deflected onto the bar and the striker reacted fastest to net her seventh of the season since re-joining in June.

Four minutes later the lead was doubled when Kilcoyne sent a cross into the box only for Joanna Murphy to divert the delivery past her keeper.

Leah White cleared off the line in the 18th minute however at the other end Scott and McGinley were unable to force the ball home, the former hitting the woodwork.

Heron was next to add her name to the scoresheet six minutes later as she powered a header home following Scott’s corner.

McGinley was next to hit the woodwork while Scott did the same on the half hour mark when Lauren Sangster pushed her shot onto it before gathering the loose ball.

Megan McCarthy saw her header held by Sangster however Farmington added a fourth on the stroke of half time; Scott sending a 30-yard free kick soaring into the top corner for her ninth of the season.

Scott came close to a fifth for Farmington at the start of the second half when she was denied by the keeper.

Buchan pulled a goal back in the 54th minute as Louise Brown fired past McNicoll but the four goal deficit was restored less than sixty seconds later; Erin Cattanach’s run set up McGinley to find Heron with a low cross for the latter to stab home.

Robyn Smith blasted over from close range shortly before she found the net only for her goal to be ruled out for offside.

Kayleigh Brough saw her effort deflected wide after the hour mark while Heron and McGinley were unlucky not to score again with Sangster saving both shots.

Substitute Alison Debio sent a long range drive into the arms of Sangster but it wasn’t long before Farmington went further ahead. A long ball wasn’t dealt with by the defence and McGinley capitalised to round the keeper before stroking into the empty net.

It was seven in the 79th minute as Kayleigh Noble’s free kick was headed in at the back post by the unmarked McCarthy.

McGinley could have had a hat-trick moments after but she couldn’t keep her shot down.

Debutant Lotte Deubel almost grabbed her first goal four minutes after entering the fray; her run towards goal ending in the former Tayside Ladies player firing inches over the bar.

The result, coupled with Motherwell’s defeat, sends Farmington nine points clear with just four games remaining. They can potentially win the title when they entertain Motherwell in a fortnight however they have the small matter of a Scottish Cup Semi Final this week; taking on Glasgow City at Stirling Albion’s Forthbank with a noon kick off.

Buchan: Lauren Sangster, Gemma Rae, Fiona Ritchie (Julia Reid 62), Natasha Wiseman, Danica Ritchie, Joanna Murphy (Jenna Shepherd 83), Zoe Smart (Beth Emslie 74), Leanne Reid, Rachel Masterton (Michelle Sutherland 54), Caitlin Matthews, Louise Brown

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier (Laura Parsley 70), Leah White, Erin Cattanach (Alison Debio 62), Danni McGinley (Lotte Deubel 83), Robyn Smith (Beth Shillitto 62), Caroline Heron, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Kayleigh Noble 74), Kayleigh Brough

Subs not used: Kirsty Deans, Chantelle McKay (gk)

SBSSWPL2: Forfar Farmington 0 East Fife 0

Despite having numerous chances, Forfar Farmington failed to net as they were held to a goalless draw by East Fife at Station Park.

Danni McGinley and Caroline Heron saw their second half efforts rattle the woodwork with Farmington’s lead at the top of the SBS Scottish Women’s Premier League Two cut to six points.

Mark Nisbet made five changes from their Scottish Cup quarter final tie a fortnight ago with Gemma Collier, Leah White, Laura Parsley, Julia Scott and Alison Debio replaced by Caroline Heron, Kayleigh Brough, Erin Cattanach, Robyn Smith and Cheryl Kilcoyne.

Farmington had chances in the opening ten minutes with Beth Shillitto heading wide from a Robyn Smith cross in the 7th minute. The goal kick from Trudy Hamilton fell to Danni McGinley however her long range effort fell wide of the mark.

A minute later McGinley saw her shot inside the area blocked while the follow up was held by Hamilton.

In the 13th minute Smith set up Caroline Heron and she was denied again by a defender. Two minutes later Smith curled a free kick past the post.

An Alana Bruce throw in shortly after found Heron and she flicked the ball over a defender before seeing her effort deflected wide.

Heron’s long range shot was held by Hamilton before Bruce curled wide as Farmington kept up their pressure.

East Fife’s only chance of the game came in the 33rd minute; Isla Brown’s corner was headed over by Melissa McAllister.

Two minutes later Heron sent in a cross for McGinley but she could only send a header over.

McGinley came closest to scoring three minutes into the second half when Heron set her up and the attacker’s effort was pushed onto the bar by Hamilton.

Heron nodded over from another Smith corner in the 50th minute and shortly after the duo were involved in another corner; the former’s header cleared off the line.

Smith and Bruce combined for the winger to send an effort towards goal but she was denied by Hamilton.

McGinley came close again twice in quick succession, firing wide on both occasions before Bruce set up Heron on the hour mark only for Hamilton to divert the shot onto the post.

Winger Smith curled over in the 70th minute meanwhile Kayleigh Brough and Heron had efforts blocked by the visitors defence.

Farmington kept up the pressure as they looked for a late winner with Megan McCarthy heading over before Cheryl Kilcoyne fired wide.

In injury time Julia Scott sent a free kick into the area but Heron nodded over with the former curling inches past the post following another attack.

The final chance fell to Heron in the second minute of injury time; Smith’s cross fell to the attacker but her shot was held by Hamilton.

The result extends Farmington’s unbeaten run but their lead is reduced to six points following Motherwell’s win.

They travel to Buchan next week as the league continues to edge towards the end of the season.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Erin Cattanach (Laura Parsley 70), Danni McGinley (Alison Debio 84), Beth Shillitto (Julia Scott 54), Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson (Gemma Collier 54), Alana Bruce, Caroline Heron, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Megan McCarthy, Kayleigh Brough

Subs not used: Leah White, Kayleigh Noble, Chantelle McKay (gk)

East Fife: Trudy Hamilton, Liz Anderson, Kirsty Graham, Sam Pattison, Laura Dawson (Stacey Penman 70), Johanna Clark, Fern Newbigging (Kerry Dickson 70), Teri Skivington, Isla Brown (Elissa Nicholson 46), Chloe Guppy, Melissa McAllister

Subs not used: Niamh Gavin

SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Quarter Final: Cumbernauld Colts 1 Forfar Farmington 2

Forfar Farmington overcame a tricky Cumbernauld Colts side to advance to the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup semi finals with a 2-1 win.

Despite going behind to a Sarah Wardlaw goal, Laura Parsley and Angela McGann’s unfortunate own goal ensured Mark Nisbet’s side avoided a potential upset to reach the last four for the first time since being runners up in 2012.

Three changes were made ahead of the cup tie with Erin Cattanach, Cheryl Kilcoyne and Robyn Smith dropping to the bench for Beth Shillitto, Laura Parsley and Leah White.

Farmington had the best chances of the opening ten minutes; Danni McGinley testing Angela McGann from distance before Megan McCarthy headed wide from Julia Scott’s corner.

The hosts took the lead after twelve minutes when a long ball found Sarah Wardlaw who made her way towards goal before sending a low effort past Fiona McNicoll.

Mark Nisbet’s side looked keen to get back on level terms and came close with McGinley hitting the sidenetting from 25 yards.

Scott and McGinley both had shots held by McGann before the latter blasted over from the edge of the box.

In the 36th minute Farmington grabbed an equaliser when McCarthy sent the ball forwards to Laura Parsley and despite her first effort being blocked, she made sure with the rebound.

McGann diverted another Parsley effort wide shortly before half time while Bethany Kerr sent a long range effort into the arms of Fiona McNicoll.

Farmington looked more determined in the second half with Nicola Davidson having a free kick turned wide by McGann.

A set piece led to a bizarre winner for Forfar in the 53rd minute; Scott’s corner was held by McGann but she fell back and landed over the line, appearing to hurt herself in the process.

After five minutes of treatment, the keeper was able to continue but couldn’t take goal kicks for the remainder of the tie.

McGinley had further chances to extend the lead but couldn’t beat McGann before Davidson fired wide from the edge of the box.

Parsley sent a lob over the bar while McGinley sent her shot from an Erin Cattanach cross into the arms of the keeper in the 75th minute.

From a Robyn Smith corner Megan McCarthy headed over as the game approached the final ten minutes.

Sub Cheryl Kilcoyne and Beth Shillitto sent further efforts wide before the final chance fell to Gemma Collier from a Smith corner, her shot was cleared by the Colts defence.

Farmington now enter the semi finals alongside Rangers, Hibernian and Glasgow City with the draw on Wednesday on STV2 Player at 10.30am.

Cumbernauld Colts: Angela McGann, Ruth Young, Frances Fern, Lauren Shaw (Erin Wilson 90), Sarah Wardlaw (Lynsay Guthrie 90), Bethany Kerr, Melissa Porter, Nicole Hutchison, Taylor Johnston (Maureen Simpson 81), Pamela Martin, Lynne Jackson

Subs not used: Kerry Adams, Lesley Blair, Laura Dickson, Lisa McPhee

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Leah White (Kayleigh Noble 70), Laura Parsley (Cheryl Kilcoyne 83), Beth Shillitto, Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce (Erin Cattanach 50), Danni McGinley, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Robyn Smith 59), Alison Debio (Kayleigh Brough 59)

Subs not used: Kirsty Deans, Chantelle McKay (gk)