After both sides suffered heavy defeats last weekend, both Forfar Farmington and Hearts took to the wet Station Park field on Sunday afternoon hoping for a change in fortunes.
The teams were evenly matched in the opening stages of the match with no clear sign of who will get the first real opportunity to score. This finally arrived in the 14th minute when a long ball from the back found Scottish Building Society SWPL Player of the Month nominee London Pollard, her shot ending just wide of Kendall Walsh’s net. Pollard nearly turned provider three minutes later when a pass to Cheryl Kilcoyne was missed by the opposition keeper, the striker’s choice trickled along the goal mouth and out for a goal kick.
The Angus side’s persistence finally came to a head in the 22nd minute. A well-rehearsed corner kick met the head of Donna Paterson, with the ball being too high for Walsh to reach, resulting in Forfar drawing first blood.
Forfar’s number five looked to be hungry for more after opening the scoring and eleven minutes later and she doubled the blue side’s lead. Aimee Anderson laid the ball to Paterson who unleashed a lightning bolt of a shot from long range towards goal, and with assistance from the crossbar managed to widen the gap between the two sides going into the half time break.
Hearts’ efforts to get the ball to the final third throughout the game did not go unnoticed, and the visitors nearly grabbed a goal back in the 75th minute when a free kick was met on the left hand side of the box, the first-time volley unfortunately ended just wide of the post.
With under 10 minutes left to play Ryan McConville’s side managed to grab their third and final goal. Donna Paterson collected the ball from a free kick and whilst her initial shot was saved by the keeper, her rebound was judged by the linesman to have crossed the line which resulted in Paterson grabbing her hat trick and collecting the three points for the hosts.
After the game, goal scorer Paterson was full of praise of how her side performed. She said “I thought we played really well. We continued to press and managed to nullify their chances so it was a good performance.”
Manager McConville is looking forward to his side’s next match, playing away to the always tricky Spartans. The Forfar coach said “They’re obviously a strong and robust side and will be looking to get their season on track when they face us next week so we will have to be very careful.”
Forfar Farmington: Perry; Cowper, Fraser, Lindsay (Bruce 68), Ryan; Simpson (Pender 46), D. Paterson, Rennie (M. Paterson 83), Pollard, Anderson (Gammie 46); Kilcoyne (McCafferty 68)
Heart of Midlothian: Welsh; Hunter (Delworth 46), Crosbie, McAllister; Williamson, Cunningham (Shepherd 67), Kaney (Cowan 87), Smith (Clark 87), Begg; Tweedie, Birse (Hathway 80)
Forfar Farmington Head Coach, Ryan McConville
Forfar Farmington Defender, Donna Paterson