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Forfar Academy add another cup win to their collection after seeing off Webster’s HS

Forfar Academy 3

Millar 43' 48' Roberts 59'

Webster's High School 1

Shillilto 54'
  • Thursday, 11 June 2015
  • Station Park
  • 17's Girls
  • Angus Schools FA Senior Girls Cup

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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Forfar Academy have continued their cup victory sweep by dispatching Webster’s High School in the senior girls final.

On a warm, sunny day at Station Park, Forfar Academy broke the deadlock eight minutes into the second half, through Lois Millar, after a closelyfought opening period. Millar added a second goal just five minutes later to hand her side a 2-0 lead. Webster’s got back into the game soon afterwards, however, when Beth Shillilto managed to pull a goal back for the girls from Kirriemuir. As they searched for an equaliser Forfar were able to break and regained their two-goal lead when Cali Roberts netted in the 59th minute. Forfar Academy were able to hold on to this lead to add another piece of silverware to their repertoire.

The first half of the cup final was very evenly matched. Forfar had the larger share of possession but Webster’s looked a real threat on the counterattack, particularly down the left flank. Steffi Simson, Webster’s pacey left winger, was pivotal to this and displayed her qualities in the 10th minute. The number 11 executed a superb solo run before cutting infield from out wide. She managed to work her way to the edge of the box before firing a shot at goal. Unfortunately for her the ball sailed straight into the hands of Forfar goalkeeper Rachelle Milton.

Shortly afterwards Simson was at it again, creating havoc for the Forfar defence. This time, however, she was halted in her tracks by an excellent sliding tackle by Kiera Balfour.

With the game ticking into the 17th minute it was Forfar’s turn to enjoy some success courtesy of a solo run. Sophie Young was the person in question as she made a lung-busting run towards the Webster’s goal. She eventually got a shot away but it was well saved, and held, by Webster's keeper Hannah Dryden.

In the 27th minute Webster’s came close to opening the scoring. Robyn Hill delivered an outstanding cross from the right which landed at the feet of Stimson inside the penalty area. Under pressure from Lori Simpson, Stimson’s shot was straight at Milton, once more. The Forfar keeper ended up collecting the ball with ease and calming the situation down.

A few half chances for either side were created afterwards but, by the time the half time whistle went, the game remained scoreless.

  • Half Time:
  • Forfar Academy
  • 0-0
  • Webster's High School

Just a few minutes into the second half Webster’s had their best chance to score but were denied by some outstanding play in net. Stimson proved to be the catalyst once more after another trademark run from the left brought her just yards out from goal. Her effort rebounded off of Milton’s legs and the ball fell to Niamh Henderson who was lurking around the penalty spot. With the goal gaping she struck her shot first time, but was denied by an excellent diving save from Milton. The keeper stuck out a strong left hand to stop the shot crossing the line before she pounced on the loose ball. What a save to stop Forfar going behind.

Webster’s were left to rue that missed opportunity as, just four minutes later they fell behind. Carrie Hoggan displayed some outstanding skill as she, whilst in possession of the ball on the right flank, nutmegged an oncoming defender before sending an inviting cross straight into the box. Arriving completely unmarked at the back post was Lois Millar who thundered her effort into the top left corner.

It was not long before Forfar Academy were celebrating a second goal, five minutes in fact. For the second time it was Hoggan acting as provider as she played a beautiful through ball into the box. Also for a second time the person to latch onto the end of Hoggan’s ball was Millar. She had beaten her marker for pace before slotting the ball past Dryden with a neat first-time effort.

Millar threatened to run riot shortly afterwards as she drove into the box straight from midfield, bypassing defenders on the way. As she entered the penalty area Emily Thain executed a perfect sliding tackle to halt the powerful midfielder’s progress. If it had not been timed to perfection it would have been a certain penalty. Some great defending from the Webster’s number five.

As the game entered the 54th minute Webster’s hauled themselves back into the game. Forfar had conceded a free kick around the halfway line and Erin Caltanach stepped up to take it. She delivered the ball deep into the Forfar penalty area looking for someone to latch onto it. The ball then fell to the feet of Beth Shillilto who managed to nudge home from close range. Having reduced the deficit the game was well and truly on.   

Four minutes later the ball broke to Lousie Falconer just outside the 18-yard line. Milton came racing out of goal, however, to tackle the Webster’s number 16 just as she reached it. She was then able to pick up the loose ball and temporarily diffuse the danger.

The Webster’s fight back was dealt a significant blow as, in the 59th minute, Forfar regained their two-goal lead. Cali Roberts had broken down field towards the Webster’s penalty box. After being halted by a defensive challenge she regained the ball, kept her composure and then outstandingly curled the ball into the bottom right corner to make the score 3-1.  

Webster’s continued to fight to try and get back level but they could not find any further breakthroughs. Soon the referee blew the final whistle to conclude the cup final and Forfar Academy were confirmed as winners of the senior girls cup. In a highly enjoyable, well-matched game it seems a shame that the two sides had to be separated in the end. Forfar Academy just had that little bit more about them on the day though and have proved to be well worth their cup victory. 

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  • Full Time:
  • Forfar Academy
  • 3-1
  • Webster's High School

Lineups

Forfar Academy
Webster's High School
1. Rachelle Milton
2. Taylor Clifford
3. Lia Cameron
4. Lori Simpson
5. Kiera Balfour
6. Sophie Young
8. Carrie Hoggan
9. Chloe Reilly
10. Rebekah Brown
12. Toni Paton
14. Shannon Torrie
15. Cali Roberts
16. Lois Millar
1. Hannah Dryden
2. Jade Logan
4. Jessica McGregor
5. Emily Thain
6. Claire McIldowie
7. Beth Shillilto
8. Niamh Henderson
10. Erin Caltanach
11. Steffi Simson
12. Amber Ogg
14. Morgan McVicar
16. Louise Falconer
17. Robyn Hill
Star Player
Forfar Academy
Webster's High School
Lois Millar – The Forfar Academy midfield maestro won this award last time I saw her play and her performance levels remain outstanding. She picks out passes and makes unstoppable driving runs. Not to mention she scored two goals in this game as well. She has been described as a 'machine’ by some and you can certainly see why.
Steffi Simson – The left winger had a great game and she caused all sorts of problems for the Forfar back line with her pace and trickery. Pretty much everything Webster’s did in attack went through her.
Magic Moment
Forfar Academy
Webster's High School
Lois Millar’s opening goal – Plenty of moments to choose from in this category but it has to go to Forfar’s opening goal with the main reason being the nutmeg from Carrie Hoggan. Audacious, skillful and she then topped it all off by providing a perfect cross for Millar to score from. Great all round play.
Stimson’s first solo run – As soon as she executed that run you just knew she was going to be one to watch throughout the game. A perfect example of the skill this young winger is capable of.
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