REPORT: Spartans hold firm to deny Forfar Farmington

- Forfar Farmington v Spartans in the Scottish Womens Premier League at Station Park, Forfar. Photo: David Young'' - � David Young - www.davidyoungphoto.co.uk - email: davidyoungphoto@gmail.com
- Forfar Farmington v Spartans in the Scottish Womens Premier League at Station Park, Forfar. Photo: David Young'' - � David Young - www.davidyoungphoto.co.uk - email: davidyoungphoto@gmail.com

Forfar Farmington fell to a single goal defeat against Spartans after a decent performance which merited more than they got from the game.

Nicola Davidson hit the crossbar in what was her 500th game and sub Jade McLaren saw her header cleared off the line with Spartans scoring with their only clear cut effort of the game.

Farmington had the first chance of the game nine minutes in; captain Davidson sending a free kick from 20 yards out towards goal but her set piece hit the crossbar before going over.

Spartans started to settle into the game and saw their first attempt from Mariel Kaney blocked while Sophie Milligan came close to her first goal in a Forfar shirt just after the half hour mark when her cross forced Cumings to backtrack and claw the ball away off the line.

In the 33rd minute Robyn Smith sprayed a cross field ball to Scotland U19 internationalist Gallacher who raced towards goal but the attacker could only fire straight at the keeper.

A minute later Bobbie Beveridge saw her shot denied by the defence however the visitors went ahead against the run of play with eight minutes left of the half; a through ball from Ronaigh Douglas found Louise Mason who curled past McNicoll.

Forfar came out for the second half looking for a quick equaliser and went close through Holly Napier after she was set up by Milligan, her effort sneaking wide of the mark.

Mark Nisbet’s side appeared to have a strong claim for a penalty turned down when Cumings shoved Napier as they both went to meet a Scott corner but the referee waved play on.

McLaren must have thought she had equalised with seven minutes left when she nodded a Davidson free kick past Cumings; her goalbound header hacked off the line before being cleared.

Napier fed Smith down the right in the 87th minute and with the winger at the byline, she sent a teasing cross that found no takers.

Farmington went close through Napier’s shot in to the sidenetting before they were denied a much deserved goal right at the death when Gallacher’s goalbound effort was excellently pushed wide by Cumings.

The side are still seven points behind Aberdeen in the relegation fight and will travel to face the Dons in a fortnight.