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