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Jeanfield Swifts Women
Forfar Farmington Women
R Armstrong (36'), T Laughlan (81')
Full time
Unknown (14')
Sun 10 Feb 14:00 - League

Swifts stun Forfar

Goals from Rachel Armstrong and Tara Laughlin secured the points for the Jeanie on the opening weekend of the league

A goal around the 35th minute of each half was enough to get the win for Jeanfield Swifts Women on their first outing in the SWFL2 North/East league in 2019.
A home tie against Forfar Farmington on the opening weekend was eagerly anticipated, and by the 4pm kick-off the players and coaches were buzzing on adrenalin.
The opening minutes saw two evenly matched sides looking for each other's weaknesses, and it was the home team's offside trap that was most effective initially.
The first attempt on goal came from a Paula Strathie corner for Jeanie, which was met by Rachel Armstrong on the edge of the 6 yard box but the right wing was unable to direct her header downwards and it went over the bar for a goal kick. Then on 12 minutes, the ball broke down the right, with Rachel feeding Tara whose shot was saved by the Forfar keeper diving low to her right. Two minutes later, Forfar won a corner on the left-hand side of the pitch, which was cleared behind by Lisa Stewart on the front post. From the second corner, Eilidh Davies' clearance met the head of a Forfar player before rebounding back of another Jeanfield player to the feet of the experienced Forfar midfielder, whose shot from close range couldn't help go over the line.
Forfar nearly extended their lead in the 22nd minute, with a shot from right hand side of the box, but Jeanfield keeper Claire Nellies closed the angle well and palmed the strike behind for a corner. The Angus side were now exerting more pressure, but again the Jeanfield offside trap caught their strikers. On 25 minutes a weak clearance from Jeanfield fell to a midfielder on the edge of the area and Nellies once again tipped a good shot well over the bar.
Following that 10 minute period of pressure from Forfar, the Jeanie women came back in to the game, and had a great chance to equalise in the 32nd minute when some nice interplay between Emma Flynn-Scott, Eilidh Davies and Rachel Armstrong on the right hand side saw the ball progress into the Forfar half, before finding its way over to the left with Lisa Stewart, whose pass to Jade Matthew put the striker into a great position, only for the referee to rule the Jeanfield player offside.
In the 35th minute, Tara Laughlin's touch took her round the Forfar keeper but away from goal. She turned the ball back inside, but Jade Matthew was unable to direct a shot. However the ball rebounded off a Forfar defender into the path of Eilidh Davies. Unfortunately the young midfielder's shot was high and wide. 30 seconds later, she won a corner and the resulting outswinger from Paula Strathie was met by the head of Rachel Armstrong who managed to direct her header into the bottom corner of the net to equalise.
The final 10 minutes of the first half saw both sides with chances to take the lead, but neither had the accuracy to finish them off.

With the floodlights at McDiarmid Park illuminating the second half, both teams were glad the pace of the game was maintained as the temperature dropped. The next chance dropped to Emma Flynn-Scott who had advanced up to the box but her shot was high. On 50 minutes Tara Laughlin had a shot, which was well saved. Tara had switched to right wing and was using her pace to great effect. With Jade Matthew dropping deep to pick up the ball from Eilidh Davies and Gemma Dolan in midfield, Tara was getting a good supply of ball up into the right hand corner.
While Forfar were squandering the few chances they had, Jeanfield were pressing and looked the more likely to score. The goal eventually came courtesy of a 35-yard effort from Tara Laughlin with 10 minutes to go.
Although Forfar pressed again in the dying minutes, Jeanfield held on comfortably to record the first three points of the new season.
FT 2-1

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Jade Matthew

Player of the Match

Jade Matthew
Claire Nellies

Player of the Match

Claire Nellies

Key moments

14:00
Goal Goal for Forfar Farmington Women
36:00
Goal Rachel Armstrong scores for Jeanfield Swifts Women
81:00
Goal Tara Laughlan scores for Jeanfield Swifts Women

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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Jade Matthew is awarded player of the match for Jeanfield Swifts Women
90:00 Player of the Match
Claire Nellies is awarded player of the match for Jeanfield Swifts Women
83:00 Sub Off
Gemma Dolan is substituted off for Jeanfield Swifts Women
83:00 Sub On
Eve Barnett is substituted on for Jeanfield Swifts Women
81:00 Goal 2 - 1
Tara Laughlan scores for Jeanfield Swifts Women
75:00 Yellow Card
Claire Nellies is yellow carded for Jeanfield Swifts Women
73:00 Sub Off
Paula Strathie is substituted off for Jeanfield Swifts Women
73:00 Sub On
Andrea Melrose is substituted on for Jeanfield Swifts Women
70:00 Sub Off
Olivia Revie is substituted off for Jeanfield Swifts Women
70:00 Sub On
Amber Martin is substituted on for Jeanfield Swifts Women
45:00 Sub Off
Lisa Stewart is substituted off for Jeanfield Swifts Women
45:00 Sub On
Olivia Revie is substituted on for Jeanfield Swifts Women
End of period 1
36:00 Goal 1 - 1
Rachel Armstrong scores for Jeanfield Swifts Women
14:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Forfar Farmington Women
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As it happened

  • Jeanfield Swifts Women
  • Forfar Farmington Women
  • 0
  • Goal 14:00'
  • Rachel Armstrong Goal 36:00'
  • Lisa Stewart Sub Off 45:00'
  • Olivia Revie Sub On 45:00'
  • Olivia Revie Sub Off 70:00'
  • Amber Martin Sub On 70:00'
  • Paula Strathie Sub Off 73:00'
  • Andrea Melrose Sub On 73:00'
  • Claire Nellies Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Tara Laughlan Goal 81:00'
  • Gemma Dolan Sub Off 83:00'
  • Eve Barnett Sub On 83:00'

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