Farmington break Hearts with stellar victory in Scottish Cup

The Farmington ladies celebrate against Hearts.
The Farmington ladies celebrate against Hearts.

Forfar Farmington advanced to the third round of the Scottish Cup with a deserved 3-2 win over Hearts on Sunday.

Keira Johnstone and Jade McLaren put Forfar two goals to the good at half time before Amy Harrison pulled a goal back for Hearts.

Substitute Lindsey Dunbar restored the two-goal advantage but the hosts had to sweat in the dying moments when Danielle Diey scored a penalty for 3-2 after Gemma Collier was sent off.

Head coach Damon Neish said it was a well deserved victory.

He said: “I thought it was a great advert for women’s football, both ourselves and Hearts played some lovely football.

“It’s good to get a win, we’ve deserved a lot more than we’ve got this season in the league. We’re maybe seven or eight points off where we should be in my opinion. With the performances we’ve put in, we’ve definitely deserved more than the points are showing so it was good to get a win and get some of the pressure off, go out and just play.

“It was a great performance. It was brilliant seeing Keira on the scoresheet, Lindsey Dunbar responded excellently coming off the bench and doing what needed to be done, so I’m very happy.”

The home side had the first chance in the fourth minute - Holly Napier’s short corner to Derrian Gollan was played back to her before she set up Amy Gallacher, who curled her effort wide.

Hearts had one of their very scarce chances in the 11th minute but Brogan Anderson blasted a volley over the bar when it was easier to keep it down.

Johnstone opened the scoring deservedly for Farmington after 19 minutes; a delightful through ball split the Hearts defence and Johnstone latched onto it before rounding the keeper and rolling the ball into the empty net for her second of the season.

Kayleigh Noble was inches away from doubling the advantage two minutes later, shooting after a McLaren cross but the ball was deflected just past the far post by a defender.

Forfar added a second when Nicola Davidson’s free kick from the halfway line was met by McLaren, who put the ball in the right end this week after a torrid time in previous games this season.

Hearts were able pull a goal back in the 65th minute, Harrison slotting the ball home.

Four minutes after coming on, Dunbar had restored the side’s two-goal advantage, racing to the back post to stab home Gallacher’s cut back after some very impressive work by the youth internationalist on the left.

The ball was punted into the Forfar half and Anderson beat Fiona McNicoll to it in the middle of the half, but McNicoll managed to stop her getting a shot away until there was a defender back.

Anderson took a shot that looked to possibly be going wide but it was stopped by defender Collier, who was sent off.

Diey stepped up to fire home the resulting penalty but despite pressuring Forfar in the final moments, Farmington held on to book their place in the next round of the Scottish Cup.

Neish was chuffed to see the ladies’ hard work pay off and believes the result sends out a warning to other teams that someone is in for a real doing shortly.

He added: “We’re building confidence all the time, confidence shouldn’t really be an issue, we’re playing well and doing the right things, it was only a matter of time before we scored a few goals and we’re still capable of turning it on and hammering somebody, we just need the rub of the green.”

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, McLaren, Burns, Collier, Brough, Davidson, Napier, Gallacher, Gollan, Johnstone (Parsley 77), Noble (Dunbar 69)

Hearts: Farrell, Diey, Paterson, Noble (Falconer 46), Kidd (Hughes 46), Anderson, Reilly, Mason (Cunningham 78), Hutchison, Faughnan (Smith 78), Harrison.