Extra-time needed but Forfar push into next round of cup

Forfar Farmington v Stirling University in SWPL1 action at Station Park, Forfar'' - � David Young - www.davidyoungphoto.co.uk - email: davidyoungphoto@gmail.com
Forfar Farmington v Stirling University in SWPL1 action at Station Park, Forfar'' - � David Young - www.davidyoungphoto.co.uk - email: davidyoungphoto@gmail.com

Forfar Farmington advanced to the third round of the Scottish Cup after making hard work of defeating Buchan at Maud Pleasure Park on Sunday.

After Robyn Smith gave the SWPL1 side the lead, Buchan raced into a 3-1 advantage however Amy Gallacher and Ann Taylor levelled the scoring before half time.

The game went into extra time after no further goals with Kirsty Deans and Smith’s second sealing a hard fought 5-3 win.

Forfar took the lead in the 17th minute when poor defending by Buchan ended up with a clearance bouncing off Noble and the ball found Robyn Smith who nodded home under the keeper.

Just three minutes later the scores were level after a long ball from the Buchan defence found Louise Brown and the striker raced clear of the defence before firing past Dryden.

It was Brown who was found with another long ball in the 27th minute, this time the striker’s effort going in off the post to give the hosts the lead.

They extended their lead two minutes later through Reid when she curled home from the edge of the box.

Forfar reduced the deficit shortly after Buchan’s third with Noble swinging a cross in for Amy Gallacher to fire home.

Less than three minutes after the second Forfar were level through a freak goal; Ann Taylor’s mishit cross into the box was misjudged by the keeper and flew into the top corner.

It seemed to be a one way street in terms of chances in the second half with Davidson and Deans both having efforts on target in the final twenty. Buchan’s only chance of the second half came in the final minute when Zoe Smart blasted over.

Eight minutes into the first half of extra time and Forfar took the lead - Holly Napier’s run down the left ended with her finding Julia Scott who laid the ball off for Deans and the ex-Inverness midfielder fired home after deceiving the defence.

Robyn Smith delivered Buchan a coup de grace two minutes later after Megan McCarthy weaved her way past four defenders before driving the ball across goal for Smith to tap in and send Forfar through to the third round of the Scottish Cup.