Farmington maintain flying form with 3-1 win over Hamilton

Photo - David Young.
Photo - David Young.

Forfar Farmington continued their run as the Scottish Women’s Premier League in-form side with a 3-1 win over Hamilton Academical on Sunday.

An early opener from Keira Johnstone alongside an Amy Gallacher double means the side have now won five in a row in the league.

The side are in even better form than joint leaders Glasgow City and Hibernian, scoring more and conceding less than the pair.

Vice captain Holly Napier took the armband for the day and she believes the side are more than capable of continuing the unbeaten run until the end of the season in November.

She said: “It was a brilliant win, we are working very hard in training and the positivity is showing in our performances every weekend.

“We need to keep up this run we have going and I know the team will all work hard to continue to do so.

”I believe it’s just down to our own self belief.

“The first half of the season wasn’t the best for us and it wasn’t because of other teams, it was actually down to ourselves and the mistakes we were making.

“We are more than capable of going unbeaten this second half of the season and we have started that run incredibly well.

Napier grabbed an assist in the 72nd minute, her corner setting up Gallacher for an excellent strike and the midfielder has now been involved in eight of the side’s goals this season.

”As an attacking midfielder I love getting involved in play,” she said. “Assisting and scoring goals is the highlight of every game for me and is what each player works hard for in training.

“I am very pleased with how I have been playing this season, however, I would like to be involved even more and work hard for my team and the club.“

There was just one change made from the previous week’s win over Hearts, Fiona McNicoll returning to take her place in goal again.

Farmington made a dream start just eight minutes in, Amy Gallacher gliding through Hamilton’s midfield before poking the ball wide to Tori Sousa; she cut the ball back for Johnstone, who fired home inside the box.

Johnstone went close again in the 16th minute, receiving a ball from Megan Burns but she could only fire wide of the mark.

Five minutes later Sousa and Gallacher combined to put a cross into the area, Gollan nudged the ball out to Lindsey Dunbar but her shot rattled the crossbar.

Sousa stabbed an effort wide before Hamilton had a chance of their own, Gillian Inglis heading wide from an Amie McGill free kick.

Forfar did double their advantage seven minutes before the break; a poor kick out by the Hamilton keeper was collected by Sousa and she sprayed the ball to the unmarked Gallacher, who slipped the ball under the advancing keeper.

They went close to adding another before half time - Jade McLaren headed onto the roof of the net while Napier saw her long range effort fly past the post.

A minute into the second half Hamilton had the ball in the net through Inglis but it was ruled out after she bundled McNicoll into the net while doing so.

In the 54th minute Johnstone went close again, this time volleying a Sousa cross wide.

Napier sent a free kick inches over five minutes later while Accies’ Karen Baillie fired wide after getting in behind the Forfar defence.

Hamilton’s McGregor pulled off a great point blank save from McLaren in the 68th minute but was unable to stop Gallacher four minutes later.

A neat Napier corner was sent in the direction of Gallacher and she hit an unstoppable effort from 25 yards into the ceiling of the net for her seventh of the season.

McGregor denied Forfar again four minutes later, saving Sousa’s shot from a Noble cut back.

Inglis grabbed a consolation from outside the box in the 79th minute, the attacker one of the side’s more impressive performers along with McGregor.

The keeper was forced into action twice in the final moments, first denying Sousa a deserved goal before making a fantastic fingertip save from a Noble volley outside the box.

The win coupled with other results puts Farmington four points ahead of the relegation spots with six games remaining.

They now hope to continue the winning streak next Sunday against the only team above them in the bottom six, Stirling University, at Station Park - kick off at 2pm.

Napier believes they can get all three points if they keep going with the confidence they have at the moment.

She said: “I have every belief in my team mates.

“Like I said previously, we are more than capable of winning every game this second half of the season and each and every player has a massive role to play in the team.

“As long as we do not beat ourselves, we will undoubtedly win next weekend.”

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, McLaren, Burns, Milligan, Collier, Sousa, Gallacher, Dunbar, Johnstone (Russell 81), Gollan (Noble 62), Napier.