Forfar Farmington put in a phenomenal performance this afternoon away to Celtic to get a 2-2 draw. Disappointment at not getting the 3 points yes however would you take a draw away to Celtic at the beginning of the day? Definitely.
Farmington started on the ascendency straight away, within kick off, Billie Simpson got into a good area however was challenged by a Celtic defender & was forced off with Charlotte Gammie replacing the Northern Ireland player.
Gammie hasn’t netted for Farmington this season, something which she is keen to rectify however two things you can’t underestimate from her game which is an important element of football – work rate & desire. Went for every lost cause & battle there was possible and her best game in a while in a Farmington shirt.
Celtic did have a few opportunities early in the game through long range strikes which didn’t trouble Lauren Perry in the Farmington goal, Lisa Robertson also tried a long range effort which gone over the bar.
Farmington almost took the lead on 32 minutes, a lovely corner came in from the right by Cassie Cowper which troubled Chloe Logan in the Celtic goal & the home defence however they managed to clear, the ball was close to going over the line but nothing to shout about for either the management team or the spectators back home.
On 36 minutes, Charlotte Gammie found Donna Paterson however a long range strike by the midfielder went wide of the left post. Goal less at half time with the visitors well & truly in the game.
Half Time – Celtic 0-0 Forfar Farmington
Farmington started the 2nd half making sure they had that bit of stability about them knowing Celtic were going to get a response of some sort. The defensive line for the visitors were solid earning plaudits from media & spectators.
On 61 minutes, the deadlock was broken to Farmington’s advantage, a fantastic ball by Charlotte Gammie found its way into the pathway of London Pollard who guided home a lovely effort beyond Chloe Logan in the Celtic goal to give Farmington the opener. This was Pollard’s 3rd goal of the season.
Donna Paterson then kept up her fine goal scoring run to net her 8th goal of the season after a great ball came in by Cassie Cowper which was met by Paterson who guided home a lovely header beyond Logan to make it 2-0 to Farmington, the Farmington bench in joyous scenes! Something Diego Mara Donna would be proud of.
Farmington were well on course for a famous win in the 88th minute however Celtic had other ideas, Natalie Ross turned one in from close range after a ball came into the area that wasn’t dealt with properly.
It was Ross who was to save the hosts’s blushes by netting an equaliser with a good hit, heartbreaking however proud all the same, something which Gaffer Ryan McConville messaged the players about in his post-match talk.
It’s a fantastic point for Farmington & belief has to be the key moving forward now, Farmington will be looking to start the festive period with a win away to Hibernian next Sunday.
4th placed in what is a very competitive Scottish Premier League 1 is a terrific achievement for Farmington but there’s a long way to go. Nobody in a Farmington role will be getting carried away after this one.