Photo by Colin Poultney.
Rangers got back to winning ways yesterday with an emphatic 11-0 win over Forfar Farmington in Scottish Building Society SWPL 1. A hat-trick from Sam Kerr accompanied goals from Lizzie Arnot, Zoe ness, Brogan Hay, Clare Gemmel and Sonia O’Neill meant the Light Blue’s came away with three points and a double-figure score-line.
The first whistle blew, and Rangers got straight to work. Forfar had to stay organised at the back to subdue the constant pressure coming from the home side. McLauchlan and Arnot came close with their efforts at goal, but Lauren Perry’s quick reactions were enough to keep it level.
It wasn’t long before the first goal of the day came; Lizzie Arnot put her team in front with a tap-in in the 7th minute. Thanks to some great play from Brogan Hay, Rangers could now capitalise on their advantage.
Just three minutes later, Forfar found themselves two goals down. Zoe Ness got on the end of a cross from Docherty and made no mistake. Ten minutes in and Rangers were looking dangerous.
The tempo of the game was only getting quicker, and a pace that Forfar were struggling to keep up with. Perry was doing well between the sticks to keep the score-line down.
Chances soon came for Gammie and Pollard to grab a goal back, the best opportunity coming from Pollard. A ball over the defence was met by the forward as she tried to lob it over Cunningham, but it was too high and over the bar.
At the other end, Sam Kerr got the third goal of the day for Rangers. Lizzie Arnot now had an assist and a goal with only half an hour gone. Nine minutes later, Brogan Hay was also given the gift of a Lizzie Arnot assist. The next five minutes would come with the same goal-scorers, both Kerr and Hay managed to grab a second for themselves. Hay’s coming from a quickly taken corner, Kerr’s a 25 yarder into the net.
On the stroke of half-time Sam Kerr was brought down in the box and gained her side a penalty. Arnot converted from the spot and made it seven. Forfar went into the second half with a huge mountain to climb and a shortage of confidence.
Straight out the gates Rangers were seeking their eighth of the game, and it wasn’t long until they did. The 47th minute struck and Zoe Ness got her second contribution of the afternoon with a chip over Perry who was left helpless in goal.
Eight goals evidently weren’t enough for the home side as they continued to push for more. Lisa Perry and her back-line were called to action from corners, crosses and shots from far out. It was difficult to shut them down with the depth of attack Rangers put out.
The match ball would find its new home with Sam Kerr after she snatched her third goal just shy of the 70th minute. A wonderful through ball from Sonia put Perry and Kerr in a one v one, Kerr calmy slotted the ball through the Northern Ireland goalkeeper’s legs to bag the ninth.
Impact sub, Sonia O’Neill had her assist and was now on the lookout for a goal. Nicola Docherty played a clever ball to Arnot in space, and she put it on a plate for the Venezuelan international. With 12 minutes left, Rangers had ten.
Forfar were struggling to have any of the ball throughout the match, and it would stay this way until the end. A high line and high press meant they were quickly de-possessed when the time came.
Eleven was the magic number for Malky Thomson and his group and it was Clare Gemmell who delivered. A ball into the box left Forfar scrambling to get it out, but it was the Gers veteran who placed it into the goal with the help of a slight deflection.
The goals ended there for the day but it could’ve been a fair few more. Lauren Perry often displayed her experience as a number one to deny Hay, Arnot and Kerr throughout the game.
It was a dominant display from Rangers to win 11-0 at home, they now look to Motherwell away. Forfar’s next opponent will be Celtic whom they face at home on Sunday.
Rangers’ Assistant Head Coach, Kevin Murphy complimented his group’s performance after a disappointing night at Parkhead on Wednesday:
“It was a terrific performance, obviously coming off the disappointing result mid-week, it was all about reactions today. I think you could see that today with the performances the players put in and they were relentless really from the first minute to the last”
Rangers: Cunningham, Docherty, Hay, Reilly (Gemmell 46), Ness (Brownlie 54), McLauchlan (O’Neill 54), Arnot, Cornet (Devi 54), Kerr, Westrup, Swaby (Girasoli 46); Fife
Forfar Farmington: Perry, Ryan, Lindsay (A Bruce 35), Davidson, Paterson (Z Bruce 73), White, Cowper, Kilcoyne (Taylor 73), Gammie (Stewart 49), Rennie, Pollard; Mowatt, Saddler, Neave