After weeks of playing well yet not getting anything to show for it, Forfar Farmington won their first game of the season this past Sunday, defeating lower league side Claremont 9-2 at Ballerup Recreation in East Kilbride.
With first team regulars Sydney Cairns, Amy Gallacher and Jade McLaren missing along with Keira Johnstone and Alex Russell who were all at the U16 National Camp in Fife, Nicky Grant, Caren Webster and Megan Burns all returned to the starting line up, this being Grant and Webster’s first game in weeks.
The visitors started much the better side and they were in front after 16 minutes when Grant converted Laura Parsley’s cross from the left flank.
It was 2-0 soon after when Kayleigh Noble rounded the keeper before knocking the ball into an empty net.
Farmington’s third was almost identical, coming two minutes later when Lindsay Dunbar rounded Gavin before gleefully slotting home.
Parsley nodded just wide from a Nicola Davidson free kick before Alana Bruce’s long ball was met by Grant, who chipped the stranded keeper for her second of the game.
Grant almost secured her hat-trick when she collected Parsley’s cross but her shot cannoned off the post and went wide for a goal kick.
Holly Napier then hit Forfar’s fifth, lashing the ball home after an amazing run in which she beat three defenders.
And it was six in the 37th minute when Dunbar hit a sweet volley from the edge of the area after touching the ball over a defender’s head.
The first half wasn’t yet finished before Grant completed her hat-trick, skipping past the goalie after a fantastic venture by Bruce ended in her slipping a through ball in between the defence.
Claremont pulled one back right at the end of the half from a controversial free kick.
Chances fell to Grant and Holly Napier before the latter made it 8-1 on the hour mark, firing home after meeting another Bruce cross.
Cheryl Kilcoyne, on as a substitute in place of Caren Webster, netted her first of the season for the senior side when she capitalised on a defensive error to slot home from outside the box for 9-1.
Claremont pulled another goal back with 13 minutes to go, Stephanie Crichton shrugging off her challenger to fire home, but after a string of further chances for Farmington the referee signaled full time and Forfar cruised into the third round of the Scottish Cup.
Next up is a game with fellow relegation battlers Buchan, where they will have the majority of their squad available, at Kessock Park in Fraserburgh on Sunday, June 28 kick-off 12.00 p.m.
Claremont: Gavin, McLellan, Evertt, McKenzie, Brown, Crichton, McCormick, McLean, Senior, McMurray.
Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Napier, Burns, Dunbar, Noble, Brough (White, 60), Parsley, Grant, Webster (Kilcoyne, 60), Davidson, Bruce.