Draftees on top form to help Farmington to deserved Vale victory

Nicola Davidson.
Nicola Davidson.

Midfielder Nicola Davidson was delighted with how the younger players performed as Forfar Farmington took all three points in the capital on Sunday.

The depleted side won 2-1 against Hutchison Vale with second half goals from Davidson and Kayleigh Noble despite a late consolation from Hutchison Vale.

With several players missing, Chelsey Lownie, Alex Russell, Ellice Brannan, Sally Patterson and Cheryl Kilcoyne stepped up from the development squad and the captain reckons it is great seeing them impress.

Davidson said: “It was a good win for the team, I think we deserved it. We weren’t sure if we were going to score, it took us a while but it was a good all round team performance.

“The girls who did step in today stepped up so I’m pleased about that, Chelsey had a good game along with Sally and Ellice too; when Alex and Cheryl came on they did well holding the lead.

“They did tremendously which is great for the club seeing the young ones coming through.”

The goalscorer was also delighted with keeper Fiona McNicoll after she pulled off several fantastic saves to deny Hutchie Vale.

“Fiona had some tremendous saves today and Gemma cleared a shot off the line after Fiona saving one, it was great defending from the pair of them,” she said. “I hope we can progress with our winning run because it’s a good momentum to take forward; there should be a couple back for next weekend so the squad should be even stronger, it’s onwards and upwards for Farmington.”

It was a return to league action for Damon Neish’s squad after a month’s break and it was an uphill task after five regular starters were unavailable.

The aforementioned development players came in, with Brannan and Lownie starting and the other three on the bench.

A scrappy opening saw Vale’s Laura Gavin fire at McNicoll while Laura Parsley and Keira Johnstone both saw chances saved in the opening 10 minutes.

Johnstone had another chance 18 minutes in after excellent work from Lownie but she was offbalance when she took the shot and it was easily gathered by Laura Connolly.

Hutchie had efforts of their own through new signings Hayley Cunningham and Elliss Jenkins, neither could find the target though.

Both Johnstone and Lownie were combining well up front and went close yet again, the pair firing straight at Connolly in quick succession before Lownie hit the side netting from a Burns long ball.

Cunningham forced a good save from McNicoll on the stroke of half time but the sides finished the first half goalless.

Forfar kept hunting for that elusive first goal with Lownie yet again going close, captain Davidson also seeing a long range shot sail inches over the bar.

McNicoll had two excellent saves again in quick succession just after the hour mark; the second of which saw the ball spin towards goal but defender Gemma Collier raced back to clear off the line.

Davidson saw a free kick pushed away in the 65th minute before Jade McLaren nodded Noble’s corner wide.

Three minutes after her first set piece, Davidson went one better and curled another free kick into the top corner to open the scoring from twenty yards.

With 13 minutes left Forfar doubled their advantage, a long ball from McNicoll deceived everyone, including the Hutchie keeper and Sally Patterson raced in to collect the ball before cutting it back for Kayleigh Noble to bundle home.

McNicoll had yet another great save from Vale captain Gavin but was unable to stop Cunningham’s free kick two minutes from time.

Forfar kept the lead until the final whistle and went home with a vital three points, the side now looking ahead to next week’s clash with Inverness City at Station Park with a 2pm kick off.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, McLaren, Burns, Brannan, Collier, Dunbar, Davidson, Noble, Johnstone (Kilcoyne 90), Lownie (Russell 86), Parsley (Patterson 46)