Forfar Farmington welcomed Airdrie United to Station Park for a third round Hensons Projects Scottish Cup tie, with the temperature dropping steadily from the morning’s sweltering conditions.
With another week of training on the Station Park 3G under their belts, the Farmington team looked to take the game to the visitors with Emma McCulley shooting straight at Airdrie keeper McSherry and Kelly Clark blazing a shot over the bar.
Airdrie looked to retain possession and did so to good effect limiting Farmington’s access to clear cut goal opportunities.
The breakthrough finally came in the 27th minute when a fantastic run and cut back from Bruce teed up Lucy Graham to fire home with authority.
Three minutes later that lead was doubled when Bruce, again the architect, fired across goal for McCulley to stretch and knock the ball home at the back post. Despite falling two goals behind Airdrie, with only ten players at their disposal, continued to press when possible and indeed had the ball in the net in the 33rd minute but saw it chalked off for offside. Bruce completed a hat-trick of assists in the 39th minute when she crossed for Heron to nod home at the back post.
The improved strike rate shown in the closing stages of the first half failed to manifest itself in the second period as further chances went a begging.
Although Farmington will see their name included in the next round draw, Head Coach Mark Nisbet admitted to being disappointed at the number of chances wasted by his side, with a more clinical edge required for next Sunday’s SWPL joust with Spartans at Station Park.