Scottish Women's Premier League

#SBSSWPL 1: Forfar Farmington 1-3 Rangers

November 23rd 2020

Rangers got back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win away to a tricky Forfar Farmington side.

As the opening stages of the match saw both sides attempt to get the ball to their attackers, it was the visitors who managed to draw first blood in the 15th minute. Brogan Hay collected a Reilly pass on the right wing and hit a low driven cross that was met by defender Jade Lindsay, the clearance however went backwards and was too far away for Fiona McNicoll to reach, resulting in the ball trickling into the net to give Rangers an early advantage.

The home side’s attacking partnership of London Pollard and Billie Simpson looked threatening throughout, with Scottish Building Society SWPL October Player of the Month nominee Pollard having a couple of opportunities to even the score but hitting both shots too lightly to trouble Jenna Fife.

Rangers also had a dangerous partnership in their arsenal in the form of wingers Hay and Daina Bourma, and on the 32nd minute the Gers’ number seven was on hand yet again for the visitors to double their lead. Having collected a long ball on the right, Hay found Zoe Ness in the box who was then tripped by Lindsay resulting in a penalty. Lizzie Arnot found her spot kick saved by McNicoll, however the former Manchester United striker was quick to tap in a rebound to double the Glasgow side’s lead.

Two minutes later and Forfar found a way back into the match. A pass from the right hand side found Donna Paterson who smashed a postage stamp shot from outside the box to grab her seventh goal of the season.

Pollard again nearly found herself getting an equaliser for the Angus side after stealing a pass back to the keeper. Jenna Fife, who this week was called up to Shelley Kerr’s national squad, managed to put a foot in however, stopping the striker from getting a scoring opportunity.

The second half provided much of the same as the first, with both sides eager to add to their account. An impressive performance from home stopper McNicoll saw Rangers missing opportunities to get their third, whereas the Forfar attack, added with substitute Charlotte Gammie, failed to trouble Fife.

Rangers did find the ball in the back of the net in the 82nd minute when Nicola Docherty found Emma Brownlie in the middle of the box to tap the ball in the net; however the left back was judged to have been offside by the linesman.

Malky Thomson’s squad looked more likely to get another goal in the closing stages of the match, and the constant pressure in the final third was rewarded with the last kick of the game. The ball switched from right to left and found captain Clare Gemmill who hit a chipped shot past McNicoll to ensure that the visitors returned to Glasgow with the three points.

Following the result, Rangers now occupy third place in the table, even on points with neighbours Celtic. They host seventh placed Motherwell at the Rangers Training Centre on Sunday 6th December.

Forfar Farmington sit in sixth spot, just below Hibs and Spartans due to goal difference. Ryan McConville’s side travel south in a fortnight to face Fran Alonso’s Ghirls.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll; Cowper (Gammie, 72), Fraser, Lindsay, Ryan (Ramsay, 89); Pender (McCafferty, 78), Paterson, Anderson (Bruce, 46), Rennie (Kilcoyne, 85); Pollard, Simpson

Rangers: Fife; Brownlie, Vance, Westrup, Docherty; Bourma, Reilly, Gemmill, Hay; Ness, Arnot

Forfar Farmington Assistant Head Coach, Kevin McGreskin:

 

Rangers Head Coach, Malky Thomson: