Farmington suffer 2-0 defeat at hands of strong Dons team

Keira Johnstone in action against Aberdeen in their first home game of the 2015 season.
Keira Johnstone in action against Aberdeen in their first home game of the 2015 season.

Forfar Farmington fell to two goals in quick succession against Aberdeen despite a determined performance in their first home game of the 2015 season.

Two changes were made from the defeat to Spartans, with Gemma Collier dropping to the bench and Amy Gallacher in Poland with the Scotland under 17s.

Sydney Cairns and Kayleigh Noble came into the starting 11 to replace them.

Aberdeen started well with Nikki Smith firing wide in the third minute.

The visitors had most of the chances in the first half whilst Forfar did well to contain the Dons.

Hannah Stewart saw two efforts saved before Smith had a header smothered by Fiona McNicoll.

Former Farmington player Rachael Small went close but her shot was deflected wide.

Forfar started to do better in the second half, with Nicola Davidson close to connecting with Holly Napier’s corner but a defender cleared the ball at the last second.

In the 55th minute Davidson swung a free kick into the box and Jade McLaren rose to meet the ball at the back post, forcing Becky Flaherty into a great save with her header.

McLaren put the ball in the net eight minutes later, unfortunately in the wrong end, Sophie Milligan blasting a clearance off the back of the defender and past McNicoll.

It was two in the 65th minute, Hannah Stewart laying the ball off for Small to rifle home from close range.

Aberdeen created more chances but couldn’t force their way past the home side, Stewart firing wide more than once and forcing McNicoll into a great one-handed save.

In the closing stages of the game Forfar went close again, with Kayleigh Noble and Davidson having shots held from long range.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sophie Milligan, Megan Burns (Gemma Collier 70), Sydney Cairns, Jade McLaren, Nicola Davidson, Lindsey Dunbar, Kayleigh Noble, Holly Napier, Keira Johnstone, Kayleigh Brough (Derrian Gollan 62)

Amy Gallacher was in Poland with the Scotland under 17s this past week and despite two wins, a 3-1 loss to France meant they finished second in their Elite Stage group of the UEFA Under 17s Women’s European Championships, with only the winner going through.

Gallacher scored twice in the opening win against Slovakia and also took part in the 1-0 win over Poland.

The attacker was disappointed to fall at this stage to one of the top ranked countries, with Scotland showing they are good enough to compete with the top sides.

She said: “It was really gutting not to qualify for the finals because the team deserved it so much after doing so well in previous games.

“We worked so hard for each other in every game and unfortunately we were knocked out by one of the best teams in Europe.

“I think we just have to be proud of how far we have come and look back on what we have achieved.”

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