Farmington edged out in close game

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Spartans were the visitors to Strathmore Park on Sunday for what was forecast to be a top Scottish Women’s Premier League fixture, and it lived up to its bill.

Farmington were unchanged from a win against Rangers on Wednesday and that side were looking to continue their winning run and almost got it off to a great start.

Sharp interchanges between Clark, Davidson and Webster released the latter into the corner to deliver a ball that McCulley couldn’t quite hook on target from in front of the near post.

Forfar continued to pass the ball about with the composure that has won them games in previous weeks and Spartans did well to cut out numerous through balls that would have left Farmington through in dangerous positions.

Spartans, though, always looked like they could be dangerous as they broke quickly down the left flank time and again but were marshalled well by the Farmington defence but in a spell when Spartans had control, they broke through three times but came up against Cook, who has been a formidable figure in the Farmington goal of late, and she saved each chance well.

Forfar regained control of midfield but, in the final third, shots wide or straight at the ‘keeper and a Webster free kick that was just too high were the closest the home side could come to breaking the deadlock.

The second half started with both teams breaking fast. Firstly, McCulley was released by Small to cross but Spartans’ Scott managed to poke the ball away for a corner.

Spartans then broke and, as Barry looked to pull the trigger from the edge of the box, the ever present Small was on hand to stop any danger.

The game continued to rage on at frantic pace with neither side maintaining possession for prolonged periods and a hopeful long ball found the on running Sarah Ewens.

Ewens was then taken out by Cook towards the outskirts of her box and it was a penalty. Spartans looked for a sending off but Cook correctly only received a caution for what wasn’t a definite goal scoring opportunity.

Forfar went on to push for an equaliser but couldn’t pull back the one goal lead.

That fact left the home side deflated at full-time. With the balance of play being with Forfar in the first half and the second 45 being an equal encounter as the two teams went blow for blow the home side rightly felt they should have taken at least a point, if not all three in a game which saw them concede there first penalty of the season.

This Sunday Forfar Farmington travel west looking to return to winning ways as they face Glasgow City in the league.