[media-credit name=”© Phil McCloy | Scotzine” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]The opening exchanges of the game saw both sides cancel one another out, with neither side able to make the breakthrough. Indeed it took 15 minutes for the first chance on goal to take place, but Forfar’s Nicola Davidson could not find the target with her shot and it went wide.
Scotland international Rachael Small, who was finding plenty of time and space down the right flank, sent in a teasing cross for Lucy Graham but from six yards out Graham could only head wide of the target.
It was all Forfar, as Accies were pegged back, and the visitors should have really taken the lead just before the half hour mark when Emma McCulley broke through the Accies defence and with only the keeper to beat her attempted lob was thwarted by the outstretched glove of Accies keeper Megan Cunningham.
Minutes later Rachael Small tried a shot from distance but her powerful strike went well over the Accies goal, but she more than made up for it just a minute later. Driving in from the right wing, Small fired a superb shot from 25 yards out with the outside of her right foot which hit the crossbar and into the goal, as Cunningham could only grasp at fresh air. A superb strike from the diminutive full back and certainly one for goal of the season.
[media-credit name=”© Phil McCloy | Scotzine” align=”alignleft” width=”229″][/media-credit]However parity was restored soon after. Accies main threat came from Carolina Richardson who got the better of Kelly Clark, before she drove towards the Forfar foal and struck a shot that Soutar could not get to grips with and fumbled the ball into the back of the net.
Into the second half and Forfar came out of the traps looking to take the lead once more, but stubborn defending from Accies halted any progress for Nisbit’s side.
On 52 minutes Forfar struck the woodwork through Kelly Clark, after she headed a Scott corner towards goal.
Just after the hour mark and Soutar in the Forfar goal pulled off the save of the day when she denied Accies with a reactionary point blank save to tip the ball out for a corner. It gave the youngster some confidence after her early gaffe and that save spurred Forfar into relentless action to secure that winner and the all-important three points.
That winner was duly delivered when a Scott cross was headed back across goal by Grant at the back post for Graham to stab the ball past the helpless Cunningham. Despite claims from one or two Accies players that the ball had gone out of play before Grant had headed it into the middle of the goal mouth the goal stood.
In the final stages of the game Accies pressed forward for an equaliser, but it wasn’t to be for the Lanarkshire side who came close through Lindzi Bayne but her header failed to hit the target and trouble Soutar.
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