Farmington maintain league status following Buchan rout

Forfar Farmington.
Forfar Farmington.

Forfar Farmington deservedly secured their Premier League status with a 4-0 rout over Buchan at Station Park.

The goals came from Holly Napier, Claire Galloway, Nicky Grant and Kayleigh Noble with the side having several other chances, hitting the bar four times, writes Lee Smith

After last week’s defeat to Hutchison Vale, three changes were made; Galloway, Alana Bruce and Amy Gallacher coming in for Sydney Cairns, Sophie Milligan and Murron White.

Farmington allowed people into the game for free in an attempt to get a larger support for this game, with 192 turning up, and they would have been pleased just 25 seconds into the match when Amy Gallacher released Caren Webster down the right flank - Webster sent in a cross and Napier was on hand to slot the ball home at the far post.

Webster hit the side netting while Kayleigh Brough nodded wide from Nicky Grant’s free kick as Farmington dominated, Buchan barely getting out of their own half.

There were another half a dozen chances for Forfar while Buchan’s only attempt on goal in the first half came in the 44th minute, Leanne Reid firing straight at Fiona McNicoll from

20 yards out.

Lindsey Dunbar went close again two minutes into the second half, controlling McLaren’s cross and knocking the ball past the advancing keeper but it rolled inches past the wrong side

of the post.

Forfar finally grabbed a deserved second in the 66th minute when Caren Webster was fouled in the box, the referee awarding a penalty.

Galloway stepped up to take the spot kick and fired home, the keeper guessing the wrong way.

The hosts could possibly have had a third shortly after, Gallacher’s effort from outside the box coming off the crossbar, hitting the keeper’s back and bouncing on the line before Anderson collected the ball.

Grant, Dunbar and Napier all went agonisingly close as Farmington looked to make sure of the three points - and their top flight status.

And they finally did exactly that in the 87th minute when sub Murron White made a good run into the box, her shot was parried but fellow sub Noble was on hand to bundle home the loose ball.

The result means that going into the last game of the season against Inverness City in two weeks the side can relax, with next season’s Premier League status ensured after a great performance which relegated Queen’s

Park and Buchan.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, McLaren, Brough, Dunbar (White 86), Grant, Gallacher, Davidson, Bruce, Napier (Russell 86), Webster (Noble 77), Galloway.

Subs not used: Cairns, Milligan, Kilcoyne

Buchan: Anderson, Strachan, Silcocks (Alexander 71), Johnston, Smart, Wiseman, Reid, Rae, Sutherland, Urquhart, Paterson.

Sub not used: Watt