By Jenna Thomson

Three second half goals allowed Forfar Farmington to beat Motherwell 3-2 on the return of SWPL 1 action.

Strikes after the half-time interval from Lisa Ryan, Cassie Cowper and Alana Bruce ensured victory for the travelling party, cancelling out Motherwell efforts by Claire Adams and Jordan McLintock. Forfar sit fifth in the SWPL 1 while the ‘Well are seventh.

Notable attempts at goal for Motherwell in the first half came from Kaela McDonald-Nguah, which saw them almost score five minutes before half-time. Forfar opened the scoring after the interval as Cowper crossed the ball to Ryan, who buried it into the back of the net.

Motherwell’s Adams then fired the ball into the back of the net, making it 1-1 a few moments later. A questionable free kick was awarded to Forfar after claims of a Motherwell handball which seen Forfar go 2-1 ahead, Cowper’s free kick soaring into the back of the net. 

Bruce continued Forfar’s goal streak as the score became 3-1 moments after key player London Pollard had to be subbed off, taking the game beyond Motherwell. Jordan McLintock slid the ball behind Forfar keeper Lauren Perry as the home side grabbed a consolation, Forfar ending the match with three points. Here are three things we learned.


McDonald-Nguah is a force to be reckoned with

Motherwell’s key player was McDonald-Nguah. She created important chances for the club and was able to give a dominate performance throughout the full match. McDonald-Nguah created several problems for both defenders and keeper alike as she continuously pressed for a goal of her own. 

Thorn in the side

Despite sitting mid-table, Forfar have continuously shown good form and been difficult opposition throughout the season and they showed no sign of changing their ways. Having three new scorers added to their list of wins is beneficial for the club, especially after regular scorer Pollard was forced to come off the pitch.

Standards haven’t changed

Although the standard of the match wasn’t 100%, as you could tell both teams hadn’t played in so long, the overall quality of the game was strong. A five-goal blitz in the second half of a match isn’t something that is common and with excellent goals from both teams ,they were able to show the great talent in the SWPL 1 hasn’t disappeared during the shutdown.

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