Forfar Farmington were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Inverness City after a performance that probably did enough to warrant all three points.
Paul White made three changes from last week’s defeat at Spartans, Fiona McNicoll returning in goal after her facial injury two weeks ago with Ellice Brannan, who took the goalie’s gloves for the Spartans game, moving to left back in place of Megan Burns. Caren Webster and Holly Napier, both of whom played for Farmington last season, made their first appearances of the new campaign.
Forfar went in front after 12 minutes when a Webster cross wasn’t handled properly by the defence and after Amy Gallacher and Laura Parsley had shots blocked, the ball fell to Webster again and she curled the ball home beautifully from the edge of the box.
Inverness equalised 10 minutes later when a corner from McLauchlan wasn’t cleared, Sarah Main blasting through a ruck of bodies into the net.
Forfar then proceeded to dominate the play with Inverness not really troubling the defence, Jade McLaren and Kayleigh Brough sweeping up any foray into the hosts’ half.
Gallacher went close for Farmington twice before half time but Kim Jappy covered her efforts well.
Jappy saved a Davidson free kick in the 52nd minute and from the counter attack Sarah Main’s cross was put over the bar by Natalie Bodiam.
Substitute Lindsey Dunbar then sent Gallacher through with a great ball, the latter advancing on the goalkeeper only to see her shot stopped by the in-form goalkeeper.
It was Davidson who then set up Gallacher in the 78th minute, a long ball finding the talented striker who cut inside a defender before curling a shot towards goal, Jappy saving well again.
Brough hit the sidenetting, Webster fired wide and a great run by Gallacher again ended in a long range strike being brilliantly palmed over by the Inverness keeper in the final 10 minutes. Gallacher then saw a corner crash off the crossbar as it eluded the players waiting in the box.
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sydney Cairns, Ellice Brannan (Megan Burns 44), Murron White (Lynsey Dunbar 46), Jade McLaren, Kayleigh Brough, Laura Parsley (Katy Dickson 77), Holly Napier, Amy Gallacher, Nicola Davidson, Caren Webster.
Sub not used: Lori Allan.
Inverness City: Kim Jappy, Nicola Ross, Sarah Main, Emma Paterson, Lorraine Cadden (Sheena Nicol 70), Megan McCarthy, Lisa McKenzie, Rachel McLauchlan, Hannah Gordon, Veronika Klechova, Natalie Bodiam.
Sub not used: Teri Fox.