Three goals in the last five minutes saw Forfar Farmington lose 5-2 to Spartans in the third round of the Scottish Cup despite a very good performanc.
Two changes were made from last week’s win over Queen’s Park, Leonie Simpson coming in for the cup-tied Hannah Dryden while Nicky Grant returned to take Murron White’s place.
Spartans spurned the first chances of the game in the opening 10 minutes, with Trish McLaughlin, Louise Mason and Sarah Ewens all going close.
Forfar took a while to get into the game, but when they did they were rewarded with the lead in the 25th minute, Alana Bruce’s throw-in being flicked on by Grant before Lindsey Dunbar weaved her way past a defender and slotted home through the legs of the Spartans’ keeper.
The visitors equalised four minutes later when Katie Reilly bulleted home a header from Alana Marshall’s corner.
They then took the lead after 39 minutes, Kerry Montgomery taking advantage of the wind to swerve a ball over the top of Simpson from 30 yards.
Farmington equalised six minutes into the second half, Kayleigh Noble knocking the ball to Grant who turned and hit a beautiful shot that gave the keeper no chance from 25 yards.
On the hour, the young side almost took the lead when a poor pass in defence fell to Noble, but her shot was well saved by Rachel Harrison.
A minute later, Grant fired straight at the keeper, but her shot lacked power.
Simpson made a good save from Claire Crosbie before doing the same in the 70th minute when Ewens was clean through.
The visitors took the lead with five minutes left, Kirsty McLaughlin’s free kick being nodded home by Reilly for her second of the afternoon.
Alex Russell almost grabbed an instant equaliser but her shot from Amy Gallacher’s knock-back flew past the post.
Less than 60 seconds later that miss was punished when Simpson took too much time with a loose ball, and when she did kick the ball out it cannoned off the oncoming Ewens who took great delight in stabbing the ball into an empty net.
Forfar never gave up hunting for another goal, Holly Napier almost deceiving Harrison from 30 yards, her lob floating over the bar, but Spartans added a fifth in the dying seconds, Simpson parrying McLaughlin’s shot into the path of Ewens who tapped home for her second.
The scoreline was harsh on the side as the game was tighter than it suggests.
Forfar’s performance was night and day compared to the 16-0 defeat they suffered the last time the sides met in April.
They now look to the league next Sunday when they take on Hutchison Vale at Station Park, kick off 2 p.m.
Forfar Farmington: Simpson, Cairns, Burns (Russell 69), McLaren, Dunbar (Kilcoyne 90), Grant, Gallacher, Davidson, Bruce, Napier, Noble.