MATCH REPORT: FALKIRK WOMEN 5-0 FORFAR FARMINGTON

Falkirk resumed their league campaign on Sunday as they faced unbeaten league leaders Forfar Farmington.

After a cagey start Falkirk began to create chances. On 14 minutes a mis-punch from the Forfar keeper was cleared off the line by a defender to prevent the opener. This was only delayed by two minutes however. A short corner routine caught out the Forfar defence and Suzanne Wyatt was there to knock the ball in from close range.

Forfar’s response and best chance of the half came in 33 minutes when a shot from distance struck the top of the bar and bounced over, albeit keeper Rachel Pirie appeared to have it covered. Falkirk’s response was more deadly. On 45 minutes the Forfar captain mis-hit her clearance into the air and when it landed, Eva Rule was in the perfect position to lash it beyond the exposed goalkeeper, giving Falkirk a two goal lead going into the break.

Forfar should have pulled one back three minutes after the restart. Their winger put in a dangerous cross and the ball fell to their number 11 inside the six yard box. With keeper Pirie on the ground it should have been a tap in, but the forward somehow sent the ball over the bar. This would be the only real chance of note that Forfar would create throughout the remainder of the game.

Falkirk were now in their stride and were creating multiple opportunities. On 51 minutes Vicky Wood fired a free-kick over the bar and followed it up six minutes later with a shot that was saved. She then ran clean through for a one-on-one with the keeper who only just beat her to the ball. You sensed another goal was coming and it duly arrived in the 64th minute. Another corner came in and Wyatt was, again, on hand to outmuscle the defenders and head Falkirk into a three goal lead.

It could have been four two minutes later but Rule’s shot was saved by the keeper, who was probably the best performer on the day for the Angus side.

The fourth goal came with five minutes left and it was the pick of the bunch. Substitute Robyn O’Neill fed the ball to fellow sub, Helen Templeton, who played it out wide to Wood. When the cross came in, O’ Neill was on hand to finish the move she started. In doing so, she also scored her debut goal for Falkirk.

The fifth and final goal came in the last minute. Kirsty Gilbert played a brilliant through ball from the centre circle and veteran striker Templeton made no mistake from the edge of the box. This was also her debut goal for the club.

After a series of below-par performances just before the winter break, Falkirk finally got their act together and played the football that this team are capable of. They will have to maintain it to remain in contention as the next few games are against the better teams in the league. This coming Sunday will be particularly spicy, with a game at Ochilview against fierce rivals Stenhousemuir. This fixture is the women’s equivalent of Falkirk V Dunfermline so if you have nothing else to do on Sunday afternoon, please get along and give our girls your support. Kick-off is at 2:30pm

Line-up: Rachel Pirie, Daisie Donegan, Lauren Shaw, Erin Sludden, Ellie Roberts, Lauren Simmons, Vicky Wood, Iona Bridges, Eva Rule (sub Robyn O Neill), Suzanne Wyatt (sub Helen Templeton), Kirsty Gilbert.

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