Seventh heaven for ladies after relegation rivals are thrashed

Tori Sousa
Tori Sousa

Head coach Damon Neish was mightily impressed with his side’s professionalism after watching Forfar Farmington hammer Inverness City 7-0 on Saturday.

A double from Holly Napier along with goals from Keira Johnstone, Amy Gallacher, Lindsey Dunbar, Jade McLaren and debutant Tori Sousa sealed the win for a dominant Farmington.

The side could have had a lot more than seven with Napier hitting the post, Sousa the bar and Inverness keeper Kim Jappy in fine form.

Inverness hadn’t won a game at all this season but Neish refused to take them lightly before the game, saying: “I thought it was a very professional performance, Inverness obviously had a young side out; we can appreciate having a young side ourselves but as we saw when we went up to Inverness and when we had Hamilton here, there’s no such thing as an easy game in the league and it’s up to us to play as well as we can.

“To be fair, we played well and came away with the three points which is the most important thing. It’s four in a row but some of the games we’ve lost and drawn we really should have won, it’s just now we’re taking our chances and putting games to bed.”

The head coach believes that with six different scorers, it shows Forfar can threaten from anywhere on the park and was delighted with the debut of Sousa.

“We’ve got a lot of threats in the team so it’s good to see a lot of them on the score sheet,” he said. ”I’ve been saying for months now we’ve been threatening to do that to a team and we did it today; the girls all chipped in and worked well together so it was great to see.

“I thought Tori did well, she obviously doesn’t have a natural relationship with any of the girls but I thought she did really well; she was athletic and got around the park, I was impressed with her.”

Forfar were quick to start showing their intentions, with the ball rarely getting past the half way line from the Inverness half in the first five minutes.

Holly Napier fired over early on but went one better in the sixth minute; Dunbar sent a great through ball for Gallacher to race on to and her cut back was bundled home by the midfielder for her third of the season.

Dunbar had a 30 yard effort tipped over as Forfar hunted for a quick second goal.

In the 16th minute Sousa almost announced her arrival to Scottish football in style, weaving her way past two defenders but her shot was blocked by the onrushing Jappy.

Gallacher and Sousa went close again as the barrage on the Inverness goal continued.

The visitors had their first shot on goal 22 minutes into the match, Natalie Bodiam firing straight at Fiona McNicoll.

Farmington went close again several times throughout the first half, with McLaren, Gemma Collier, Napier, Johnstone and Gallacher all having efforts held by Jappy.

They did eventually net the second on the stroke of half time, good work from Megan Burns ending in Kayleigh Noble swinging a cross into the box for Johnstone to rise and send a looping header over Jappy for her fourth goal in four games.

Just 20 seconds into the second half Napier saw a shot hit the post with the follow up from Johnstone saved but it was three for them a minute later.

Napier’s pass found Gallacher on the edge of the box and she fired home.

The home side had at least 10 efforts on goal in the fifteen minutes after half time with Gallacher, Napier, Dunbar and Johnstone all involved, but it was the debutant Sousa who netted the fourth in the 54th minute.

Gallacher won the ball after poor defending before setting Sousa up and she was more than happy to slot home for her first goal in Forfar colours.

Farmington kept the pressure up but found Jappy still in good form, denying Dunbar yet again.

In the 67th minute Gallacher had a great chance to make it five but she fired over from close range.

It was five a few minutes later; a Napier corner found Dunbar who rifled home through a pack of players.

Four minutes after the goal McLaren got in on the act, stabbing home a Johnstone cross.

McLaren turned provider in the 80th minute, laying the ball off for Napier as she netted her second of the game to make it seven.

In the dying stages of the game Sousa and Gallacher exchanged passes and the American saw her effort beat Jappy but rattle off the crossbar.

Napier almost had her hat trick in injury time, her shot from outside the box flying inches over the bar.

With this victory, the side move onto 19 points, nine of those coming in the last three games and they close the gap on Hearts to two points following the Edinburgh side’s loss to Hamilton.

The side have a break from league action next week when they entertain Hibernian in the Scottish Cup.

Kick off for that game is 2pm with £4 admission for adults while under 16s go free.

Farmington: McNicoll; McLaren, Burns, Collier (Brannan 80), Davidson; Dunbar, Napier; Gallacher, Sousa, Noble; Johnstone (Mitchell 88)