Following last week’s convincing 10-0 victory over Kilmarnock, Forfar Farmington headed to Edinburgh in confident mood to face Spartans
Caren Webster and Lucy Graham looked to make the first breakthrough but the latter’s final shot was pulled wide of target.
Julia Scott was starting to find some space wide, and stung the palms of Harrison with a well struck shot in the 26th minute.
Scott then teed up Graham but the youngster’s shot scampered just past the post.
Spartans responded through Sarah Ewings, but her low shot was well dealt with by Catherine Fitzsimmons.
Molly McKean was next to try her luck, but her shot from distance sailed past Fitzsimmons’ near post.
Clear cut goal chances had been rare during the first period, and Ewings would have the last prior the half time break, a shot from distance failing to put the visiting goal under any danger.
The second half got underway, with play again flowing from end to end but with no real chances being created. All this changed in the 52nd minute when Farmington took the lead.
Skipper Nicola Davidson’s surging run down the left and perfectly flighted Rachael Small cross expertly guided past Harrison by Nicky Grant.
Farmington’s opener served as a wakeup call for the home side who were soon putting the Forfar backline under serious pressure.
Ewings fired a shot down the throat of Fitzsimmons in the 60th minute, but the American shot stopper was in no mood to surrender a potential shut out.
As the pressure mounted Emma McCulley and Joanna Collier were introduced ahead of what would turn out to be a pivotal point in the match. In the 70th minute Spartans substitute Diana Barry sprung the Farmington offside trap and went one on one with Fitzsimmons who produced a magnificent block from the shot.
The loose ball was immediately fired in on the now vacant goal; vacant that is apart from Kelly Clark who produced a sublime diving header to clear the ball from what would have been a certain equalizer.
As Forfar continued to weather the storm, Caroline Heron was introduced for Julia Scott in what would be another pivotal moment in the game.
Barely on the park for 20 seconds, Heron found herself on the end of a lofted through ball and duly lobbed the ball over Harrison.
Heron then had another two chances before the final whistle to underline Farmington’s first ever victory over Spartans.
Thursday sees Farmington face champions Glasgow City in the Semi Final of the SWPL Cup at Hill of Beath Juniors with a 7.30pm kick-off, before Celtic come visiting to Strathmore Park on Sunday, May 6 with a 2pm kick off.
Lochside in final
LOCHSIDE Football Club’s under 15’s team take part in the final of the J Bolton Cup at North End Junior Pitch, Dundee this Sunday, kick-off 2.30 pm.
It is hoped there will be a good travelling support to cheer the team on as they come up against ACSC of Arbroath.
Admission is £2 adults and 50p for children and OAPs.
There is a supporters bus which will be leaving at 1.30 pm sharp from West End Social Club, Forfar. (£2 per person.)
After the game there is a family disco for the boys and their families at the West End Social Club at 7.30 pm, members and guests welcome.