Forfar Farmington opened their pre-season with a 3-1 win over SWPL2 side Hutchison Vale on Sunday at a cold Station Park.
Despite going behind to Yasemin Emek’s goal in first half injury time, new signings Megan McCarthy and Julia Ralph Scott’s double made sure that Mark Nisbet’s side had a good run out.
Kirsty Deans was the only new player to start the game with McCarthy, Scott, Robyn Smith, Alana Bruce and Louise Magilton making substitute appearances.
Jade McLaren had the first shot on goal in the opening minutes but she fired over after being set up by Deans.
Both sides took a while to get going in a tight first half, the visitors having the next chance in the 18th minute when McLaren’s poor pass allowed their striker to get a shot away but Fiona McNicoll was more than capable of holding the effort.
Amy Gallacher made a smart run down the wing four minutes later, getting the edge of the box and cutting the ball across to Holly Napier but her off balance shot flew wide.
Gemma Collier and McLaren combined to set up Napier again although her lob beat the keeper to land on the roof of the net.
Gallacher saw an effort blocked before Derrian Gollan’s shot was held just before the half hour mark.
Eight minutes before half time Lindsey Dunbar swung a cross into the box that Holly Napier flicked on for Gallacher to head straight at the keeper.
Hutchison Vale took the lead just before half time when Yasemin Emek was sent clear and she slipped the ball under the advancing McNicoll.
Forfar found the net in the 54th minute, Alana Bruce raced down the right before swinging a cross in, Megan McCarthy controlled the ball before flicking it home.
Three minutes later Forfar took the lead through a bizarre goal; Julia Ralph Scott took a quick throw to Magilton who returned the ball and Scott sent in a tight cross from the byline that the keeper failed to gather and it was fumbled into the net.
Robyn Smith almost set up McCarthy with a great cross that the keeper came out and met seconds before Magilton had a backheel pushed away. From the resulting corner the Forfar trialist saw a shot rattle off the crossbar.
Emek almost equalised for Vale in the 67th minute after another through ball, Gemma Collier did well to race back and put in a last ditch challenge.
A Vale defender went close with two carbon copy chances in the space of six minutes, nodding past the post from a corner.
Scott added a second and Forfar’s third eleven minutes from time, controlling a Bruce cross and firing it past the keeper.
Smith, Scott and Davidson had efforts held by the keeper before Scott forced a great save from a close range header in the 86th minute.
The final chance of the game came two minutes from time, Milligan and Magilton combining before the midfielder’s turn allowed them to shoot from long range, the effort flying inches over the bar.
The game looked to be a good work out for the side and they will hope to build on this on Sunday when they entertain Hamilton Academical at Station Park, kick off is at 1pm.