An Aimee Godfrey hat-trick was enough to secure three vital points for Farmington on the road this afternoon. Kev Candy reports.
Farmington were first to threaten within the opening 30 seconds. Aimee Godfrey’s smart dummy allowed Caroline Heron to feed in Julia Scott who saw her chipped shot sail just over the bar.
Two minutes later a flowing move saw Lucy Graham fire wide from Julia Scott’s pass.
Farmington took the lead in the 10th minute when persistence in the middle of the park from Nicola Davidson, first winning back the ball then slotting a pass through for Godfrey whose slide was well-timed to poke the ball past McQuillian.
Buchan were back on level terms within two minutes when Hannah Stewart’s industry was rewarded with a well taken goal.
Not content to see her early lead cancelled out, Godfrey duly reinstated the lead less than two minutes later – forcing the Buchan rear guard into an error which was punished in clinical fashion.
Godfrey might have secured her hat-trick on the half hour mark, Heron was the architect as she weaved away from her marker before Godfrey pulled a fine save out of McQuillian.
Heron herself was unlucky not to net a goal on the stroke of half time, but she nodded her effort just wide of goal from a corner.
Two minutes into the second half Farmington had a strong penalty appeal turned down when the ball appeared to strike the arm of a Buchan player, but play raged on.
Godfrey headed wide from Heron’s cross and then turned provider for Scott who was only denied by a combination of a tremendous save from McQuillian and a favourable deflection off the crossbar.
Heron was dispossessed when in the throes of pulling the trigger from close range and Buchan would punish the visitors for not converting their chances when Lydia Johnston fired home with half an hour left to play.
Whilst deserving of their equaliser the home side may not have been too surprised to see Aimee Godfrey again flex her goal scoring prowess three minutes later. A fizzing low strike from the edge of the box flew past McQuillian to secure the Farmington number six her hat-trick.
Buchan went searching for another equaliser and enjoyed a period of sustained pressure as the clock slowly ticked down. Both Ann Taylor and Holly Napier had chances late on but all three points went to Farmington as the final whistle sounded.