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Forfar Farmington claim victory in the East Region Under 17s League Cup Final

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Amy Gallacher 2’, Jose McCabe 50’, Beth Shillitto 53’, Lindsey Dunbar 57’, Nikki Grant 66’, Alex Russell 70’, 78’

Spartans FC Girls 0

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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Forfar Farmington put on an incredibly impressive display to beat Spartans FC 7-0 in the final of the East Region Under 17s League Cup final. Goals from Amy Gallacher, Jose McCabe, Beth Shillitto, Lindsey Dunbar, Nikki Grant and a double from Alex Russell ensured that Forfar left St Andrews delighted with their performance, and also with a trophy in their possession.  
 
The crowd did not have to wait long to witness the first goal of the afternoon match. After just 2 minutes Gallacher latched onto a long ball straight from a goal kick that had evaded the Spartans defence. Gallacher’s shot was too powerful for Spartans ‘keeper Eartha Cumings, who did well to get a hand to it, but it nestled inside the net despite her best efforts. 
 
Forfar’s early strike signaled what was to come for the rest of the game as their attack continued to create plenty of chances. 
 
Forfar’s Bekah Brown came close to doubling the lead on 10 minutes after skillfully collecting the ball from a cross that came from the right hand side. Following a clever turn she took her shot. However, the ball hit the ground, which took the sting out of the effort, leaving Cumings to claim the ball. 
 
In the 17th minute Nikki Grant burst through to take a shot aimed towards the right hand corner of the goal. Cumings produced a good save to parry the ball behind for a corner. 
 
Brown had another attempt at goal 5 minutes later after running down the left wing. Again Cumings denied Forfar with another save.
 
Shortly afterwards Spartans had their first attempt on goal. Taylor Sanderson made a spirited run down the right before shooting across the goal aiming for the bottom left hand corner. Unfortunately for her, and Spartans, the ball drifted wide of the post.
 
On the 35th minute it was Lindsey Dunbar’s turn to be denied by Cumings. After a fine ball Dunbar ran in on goal before Cumings bravely dived in to feet and blocked the effort. 
 
Just a minute later Forfar Farmington would have been scratching their heads wondering how on earth they could beat the Spartans goalkeeper, who was more than keeping her team in the game. Again Dunbar was the one to be denied. After a cross from wide into the penalty area she unleashed a strong powerful shot towards goal which seemed destined to put her team 2-0 up. However, Cumings produced an absolutely phenomenal close range save diving low to her left to push the ball away. Her impressive reactions received a round of applause from all the spectators. 
Forfar continued in the second half as they had done in the first. 
 
Eventually, 10 minutes into the second period, Cumings resistance was broken. Gallacher made a fine run on the left wing and drove into the 18 yard box. In amongst the crowd of players she managed to accurately pick out Jose McCabe who had found herself some space. Cumings met her high, powerful shot but, just like the first goal, there was too much power for it to be kept out. 
 
3 minutes later it was 3-0. Again the ball came in from the left hand side of the pitch to find Beth Shillito in the penalty area. Her first time shot took a sizeable deflection, wrong footing the goalkeeper, and finding its way into the net. 
 
The left side was proving a problem area for Spartans as attack after attack was starting to come from this area. It proved fruitful once again as a ball from the left found the impressive Dunbar. She ran in on goal and neatly slotted the ball past the oncoming Cumings to make the score 4-0. 
 
9 minutes later and Forfar got themselves a 5th goal with Nikki Grant getting herself on the scoresheet. Once again it came from a great cross on the left supplied by Gallacher. Grant didn’t need to adjust her stride at all as she ran in to finish with a neat first time shot. 
 
It became 6-0 soon after when Gallacher found space and sent a great through ball to Alex Russell, who had beaten the offside trap with only the keeper left to beat. She finished the move expertly with a neat lobbed finish. 
 
Just 2 minutes later it could have been 7-0 after Russell had a shot saved well by Cumings, who pushed it onto the crossbar. 
 
However, Forfar did eventually get their 7th goal of the game. Russell ran in goal before attempting to set up her teammate to score. Spartans defender Cara Targett-Ness did well to get to the ball first. Unfortunately her interception returned the ball back to Russell who smashed the ball into the back of the net.
 
The final whistle went soon afterwards and Forfar Farmington could celebrate their win, and a great attacking performance. 
 

Lineups

Forfar Farmington FC
Spartans FC Girls
1. Rachelle Milton
2. Ellice Brannan
3. Renni Keay
5. Katie Morison
6. Bekah Brown
7. Beth Shillitto
8. Hannah Wilson
10. Amy Gallacher
11. Rhianne Menmuir
12. Leah Marshall
13. Hannah Ramsay
14. Alex Russell
15. Jade Mclaren
16. Tami Guilcher
17. Nikki Grant
18. Lindsey Dunbar
19. Jose McCabe
20. Hannah Robb
22. Louise Falconer
23. Erin Cattanach
1. Eartha Cumings
3. Cara Targett-Ness
4. Taylor Sanderson
8. Brogan Douglas
9. Ronaigh Douglas
10. Kayley Robinson
11. Chloe Gilhooley
14. Coreen Grant
19. Courey Edwards
20. Indyah Heard
24. Niamh Henderson
36. Taylor Healy
47. Megan Metcalfe
115. Naomi Hume
Star Player
Forfar Farmington FC
Spartans FC Girls
You really could pick any of the attacking players on show today. For starting the scoring off and providing a couple of assists Amy Gallacher just edges it.
Eartha Cummings – A great display in the first half kept the score down to one. She couldn’t keep the shots out forever though.
Magic Moment
Forfar Farmington FC
Spartans FC Girls
Pick any of the goals you like. Nice back heel from Lindsey Dunbar caught the eye too.
That save from Eartha Cummings on the 36th minute. Pure class.
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