Forfar Farmington will feature in the semi-final of the SWPL cup for the 2nd year running following a 3-0 victory over Hutchison Vale this afternoon, reports Kev Candy.
Caren Webster replaced the injured Alana Bruce in the starting line-up whilst Holly Napier replaced Nicola Davidson who dropped to the bench.
It was skipper for the day Fay McDonald who had the first Farmington opportunity of the match, shooting wide from an acute angle in the 8th minute.
Two minutes later, Caroline Heron tried her luck after being sent through on goal, but pulled her shot wide of target.
The visitors looked to hit back in the 13th minute when a long searching ball found Christie Kerr, but the young Vale striker fired her effort straight into the arms of Farmington keeper Ellie Welton.
Julia Scott’s quick thinking pass wide released Heron who, having executed a quick one-two with Abbi Grant, made space for herself before fizzing a shot just off target.
Holly Napier was next to try her luck, making the most of some industrious work from Aimee Godfrey – the Farmington number 9 was only denied by Vale keeper Danni Downs who quickly slid in to snuff out the danger.
Downs was again the hero in the 22nd minute when she pulled off an excellent save to deny Scott, but she was powerless a minute later when a magnificent angled ball from Grant found Heron who produced a cool finish to put the home side ahead.
Grant’s deliveries were proving dangerous and in the 27th minute she produced another ball which this time found Holly Napier. Having faked two defenders Napier coolly placed the ball past Downs.
On the half hour mark Julia Scott worked herself into a dangerous position, with her exquisite shot from distance hitting the outside of the upright with Downs beaten.
Five minutes later Aimee Godfrey hit the by-line before squaring the ball to Heron whose thunderous shot was successfully charged down by Suzy Robertson. The final chance of the half fell to Napier who saw her effort knocked clear by Anna Donald.
The second half was a more even affair, however the home side quickly extended their lead through Scott. A long delivery from Welton was met by Heron who in turn released Scott who turned quickly before curling the ball into the top corner for a tremendous goal.
Two minutes later the visitors really deserved to be a goal to the better when a defensive error was pounced on – the visitors seeing their final shot on goal run just wide.
Heron fired an effort straight at Downs and Scott fired high and wide from a searching Godfrey pass as Farmington looked to extend their lead.
First Scott cut inside Nicole Clark before curling a shot just off target, then two minutes later Downs made a fine low save to deny Nivana Crighton.
At the other end Laura Gavin fired straight into the arms of Welton, and Crighton and Graham both saw their efforts clawed away as both teams traded final attacks.
The action came to a close with Welton making a fine low save from Kerr to secure her first clean sheet of the season.