REPORT: Gallacher’s goal can’t stop Forfar Farmington’s loss at Spartans

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Forfar Farmington were defeated 3-1 on Sunday by Spartans after playing over an hour with 10 players despite a fantastic second half effort.

Alana Marshall put the hosts ahead with a contentious penalty and Amy Gallacher grabbed a quick-fire equaliser before Robyn Smith was sent off for an alleged kick.

Mark Nisbet’s side defended well in the second period but Mariel Kaney and Katie Reilly ensured the three points stayed at Ainslie Park.

Nisbet made two changes from the side that lost to Celtic the week before, Tori Sousa and Lindsey Dunbar dropping to the bench with Gemma Collier and Holly Napier replacing them.

Farmington had the first chance of the game in the seventh minute when Louise Magilton fired weakly at Eartha Cummings.

Spartans had a good chance to take the lead nine minutes later when Trish McLaughlin found herself inside the box but Fiona McNicoll denied her and it was eventually cleared.

The resulting counter attack saw Gallacher set Napier up the midfielder’s effort deflected into the arms of the keeper.

The hosts opened the scoring after Smith was adjudged to have fouled an attacker in the box, despite the offence happening two feet outside the area, and Marshall stepped up to fire the penalty home.

Four minutes after going behind Farmington were level; Gallacher raced onto a loose ball after Bobbie Beveridge was slow in reacting and the Scotland U19 winger made her way into the box before coolly slotting past Cummings.

In the 27th minute, Forfar were dealt a massive blow.

The referee had given Farmington a free kick in front of their dugout but the linesman alleged that Smith had a kick at a player off the ball.

After consulting him the referee sent Smith off, much to the surprise of the players of both sides.

Farmington were forced to defend time and time again in the second half and did so impressively until the 60th minute, when Mariel Kaney forced the ball home following a goalmouth scramble.

Then 10 minutes later Spartans sealed the win when their captain Katie Reilly lashed the ball home after latching onto a through ball from Kaney.

Substitute Lindsey Dunbar had a chance to make it an interesting injury time when Kayleigh Noble’s cross was laid off for her by Sousa, but her shot was pushed away by a scrambling Cummings.

The side now have a break from league action when they entertain Hibernian next Sunday at Station Park in the SWPL Cup quarter-final.

FARMINGTON: McNicoll, Scott, McLaren, Milligan (Noble 76), G. Collier, Deans, Napier (Sousa 58), Davidson (Gollan 81), Magilton (Dunbar 55), Gallacher (Noble 76), Smith