Farmington crash out of Cup after Hibernian loss

Joanna Collier in action.
Joanna Collier in action.

Forfar Farmington were knocked out of the Scottish Cup on Sunday after a 5-0 defeat at home to Hibernian in the third round.

Despite the result, midfielder Joanna Collier was delighted to be back on a football pitch after two years away from the game.

Collier came on as a sub for the remaining 20 minutes while her younger sister Gemma played the whole game.

Speaking after the game, 27 year old Joanna said: “I thought it was always going to be a tough game and we definitely competed better in the second half.

“I really enjoyed being back playing, especially with Forfar because I played here since I was a youth.

“It was great to be playing with my sister Gemma again as well. This isn’t a one off appearance; hopefully I can turn up more often when I don’t have work commitments stopping me from playing.”

After last week’s comprehensive victory, Damon Neish was forced into three changes: Jade McLaren had concussion so was replaced by Sophie Milligan, and Keira Johnstone and Kayleigh Noble also dropped to the bench with knocks with Derrian Gollan and Chelsey Lownie taking their place.

In what was a drab game, there were little chances in the first half, despite Hibs going into the second half four goals ahead.

The first goal came in the eighth minute after a shot was deflected wide, Hibs’ Chloe Arthur swinging in a corner that was met by Siobhan Hunter but her header was saved, Abi Harrison sweeping home the loose ball.

It was two for the visitors after 21 minutes, Cailin Michie capitalising on a poor pass by a Forfar midfielder and firing home from just inside the box after a drive forward.

Harrison went close in the 29th minute with a long range effort that flew over but did manage to find the net again six minutes later.

Almost identical to the first goal, Arthur’s corner found Hunter; her header was saved and Harrison knocked the ball into the net.

Another Arthur corner led to Hibs’ fourth five minutes from half time, this time Lia Tweedie nodding the ball home.

The second half was even quieter than the first, although Forfar had their first effort on goal.

Vice captain Holly Napier saw her ferocious 30 yard strike held by Jenna Fife.

Farmington then hit the side netting soon after; great play between Amy Gallacher, Lindsey Dunbar and Gollan ended in Gallacher’s ball in the box being met by Gollan but she could only hit the wrong side of the net.

A minute later Hibs made it five, Arthur firing home after breaching the home defence.

The game was dull and tedious after that, with both sides struggling to break through each other’s defence.

Hibs did go close through sub Heather Richards in the dying stages but the shot was saved.

Not long before this Richards had fired over from inside the six yard box.

Forfar’s last attack saw Gallacher play a good ball through for Tori Sousa but Fife was alert to gather it before Sousa could latch onto it.

The side now move onwards and upwards to next week’s league game away to Hearts.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Milligan, Burns, G Collier, Davidson, Dunbar, Napier, Sousa, Gallacher, Gollan (J Collier 71), Lownie (Noble 56)

Hibernian: Fife, Williamson (Brownlie 74), Johnstone, Hunter, Tweedie (Richards 65), Robertson, Michie, Murray, Cornet, Harrison (Arnot 56), Arthur.