Cairns out with injury as ladies thrashed by Hibs

Farmington defender Sydney Cairns.
Farmington defender Sydney Cairns.

Forfar Farmington head coach Damon Neish insisted the Premier League side can be pleased with the performance in tough circumstances despite a 7-2 loss to joint top Hibernian.

The team went into the game without Fiona McNicoll, Keira Johnstone, Sydney Cairns and Nivana Crighton, with young keeper Hannah Dryden making her second start for the side, impressing the likes of onlooking Scotland manager Anna Signeul with her performance.

Goals from Jade McLaren and Amy Gallacher were the least the team deserved.

After the loss, Neish said: “It was always going to be a tough match. We’ve had a really difficult opening to the season - Spartans, Celtic, Aberdeen, Inverness and now this. Although Hibs were clinical in front of goal, the scoreline doesn’t really reflect on how we played. We were miles better than we performed against Celtic.”

Hibs took the lead after 19 minutes when a cross by Harrison was met by Siobhan Hunter, despite Dryden’s best efforts.

Chelsea Cornet then increased the lead in the 24th minute.

Kirsty Smith forced Dryden into a great save in the 34th minute, but the youngster couldn’t do anything about her next effort, slotting home Arnot’s corner after the save beforehand.

Jade McLaren pulled one back just two minutes into the second half when she received a throw in and sent a half volley curling into the top corner.

Hibs wasted no time restoring the three-goal advantage, Harrison netting a minute later.

They added a fifth just before the hour mark, Arnot firing home before Harrison grabbed her second in the 69th minute.

Hibs did add a final goal in the 85th minute when Katey Turner netted but Amy Gallacher grabbed another goal for Forfar in injury time, lobbing Jenna Fife from 30 yards.

Neish confirmed after the game that 16-year-old defender Sydney Cairns is likely to be out for the season with a knee injury.

The boss said: “Sydney Cairns is probably out for the rest of the season, she is in for an operation early this week. Sydney’s the type of player that we’ll build this club around so it’s important that she’ll be strong and healthy for the next 10 seasons, not just for this season.”