Victory secured!

Hat-trick secured! With Abbi Grant
Hat-trick secured! With Abbi Grant

FORFAR Farmington made their final visit of the season to the Spartans Academy in the knowledge that a victory, coupled with a Glasgow City victory against Hibs, would see them move into second place in the SWPL.

Farmington started on the front foot with Alana Bruce sending an angled pass through to Lucy Graham, but Rachel Harrison was out smartly to clear the danger.

The visitors took the lead in the 20th minute when Aimee Godfrey disposed Crosbie before producing a composed finish past Harrison.

The lead would only last three minutes, however, as Spartans drew level through Barry.

The Spartans’ skipper was afforded space outside the box, but with her path to goal blocked produced a superlative curled effort that left Fitzsimmons with no chance. Ewens capitalised an error in the Farmington backline to produce a fine finish past Fitzsimmons.

The early stages of the second half were fairly even with neither side carving out any gilt edged chances.

Godfrey, not content with scoring the opener, hit home a fine equaliser in the 54th minute when she blazed an effort from distance high over Harrison.

The home side’s response was rapid with Alana Marshall hitting the crossbar and Fitzsimmons required to tip another goalbound effort over the bar.

The 81st minute proved to be a pivotal point in the game as Spartans’ McLaughlin was shown a red card for an off the ball incident with Fay McDonald.

Seizing the opportunity to find a winner, Farmington pushed for a third goal. Fitzsimmons blocked Barry with two minutes of regulation time left, whilst Abbi Grant was denied by a sharp tip over by Harrison.

A minute into injury time a half cleared visiting corner landed at the feet of Gemma Collier. A cultured ball from the Farmington centre half found Godfrey who produced another strikers finish to secure her hat-trick and a victory for the team in blue.