SWPL Cup: Aberdeen 3-4 Forfar

Written by Kev Candy.

Despite trailing by two goals at the break, Farmington emerged the victors after a goal filled second half.

There were competitive SWPL debuts for Holly Napier and Kate Williamson, with both hoping for a victory to mark the occasion. Aberdeen had other ideas and set about their task with some gusto.
A quick free kick in the 4th minute saw Nikki Wright denied by a smart stop by Williamson, but it was her strike partner Becca Dempster who would draw first blood. A free kick on the edge of the box was expertly curled into the next to open the scoring in the 16th minute. The home side further extended their lead in the 35th when Dempster fired home from a Lisa Glennie cut back.

The second half saw a far improved performance from Farmington, with the deficit narrowed in the 55th minute.  Holly Napier slipped the ball to Caroline Heron who in turn laid it into the path of Rachael Small who took no second invitation to steer the ball past Lauren Sangster.
Six minutes later the score was all square when Napier won the race for the ball with Kirsty McKenzie before lobbing the ball over Sangster.
Small tested Sangster again with a low shot but the Aberdeen goalkeeper saved well.
The home side were in no mood to surrender the game however and Dempster secured her hat-trick in the 70th minute when she nodded home a well flighted corner.
Five minutes later Sangster denied Farmington again with a smart block to deny Heron. Farmington had to find their second equaliser of the day and duly found it with ten minutes of time left when Napier slid the ball in behind Susan Murray to find Julia Scott who made no mistake from just inside the box.
With the game hurting towards extra time both sides strove to secure a winner, but it would be Farmington who would find it – and in some style! Some good flank play from Scott saw the ball crossed to Heron whose sharp footwork allowed the ball to be squared to Nicky Grant who sent a cracking strike from 20+ yards hurtling past Sangster.
Aberdeen could have found their own 2nd equaliser of the day near the death but a sharply cut back ball evaded substitute Steph Milne – with Alana Bruce clearing the danger.
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