Edinburgh Caledonia produced an attacking masterclass as they completely outplayed Forfar Farmington Ladies to win 3-0. Caley led 2-0 at half-time, but in truth, the scoreline should have been far greater than the two goals scored by Michelle Sandilands an Emma O’Sullivan and whilst they didn’t create as many chances in the second half, they did further extend their lead through Jane Layton’s strike.
During the whole match, Forfar only managed one shot on target, and that came in second-half stoppage time.
The result sees Edinburgh Caledonia move up to sixth whilst Forfar Farmington drop down three places to seventh.
Caley On Top
Edinburgh Caledonia started the game with the same intensity that would characterise their performance, with their pressing producing a shooting opportunity for Samantha Hyett on the edge of the box, but she couldn’t hit the target. Soon after, Emma O’Sullivan came close from a corner, but she shot wide at the near post.
In the tenth minute, the home side nearly scored when Forfar’s keeper Elice Brannan could only parry Hyett’s shot in the air, but before Anna Murdy could get her head on the ball – the referee ruled her offside.
Caley kept up the pressure with Hyett having a shot blocked before Kim Redpath had her shot saved. Then, clever wing play from Lisa Mitchell set up Murdy but her shot went well wide of the left post with O’Sullivan just failing to get her foot on the ball at the far post.
If anything, Caley was at times being guilty of taking one too many passes with O’Sullivan giving up a glorious chance of scoring to pass to Hyett and her effort was saved.
Caley Take The Lead
But in the 25th minute, Edinburgh Caledonia finally took the lead when Michelle Sandilands blasted the ball into the bottom-right corner with a fierce shot.
They could have doubled their lead soon after but Hyett saw her effort saved.
All the chances seemed to fall to O’Sullivan after that with her long-range dipping effort just going over and then having her shot kept out by Brannan’s stunning save.
In the 38th minute, both O’Sullivan and Caley got their second goal after they won a free-kick, 20 yards from goal in the left channel. O’Sullivan chipped the ball over the wall and keeper, and into the top-right corner.
Half-Time: Edinburgh Caledonia 2-0 Forfar Farmington Ladies
At half-time, Forfar made an unusual tactical change, swapping their goalkeeper with midfielder Pauline Harley going in goal, whilst their keeper went in midfield. Five minutes into the second half, they nearly created a chance when Emily Younger broke into the box – but she was denied by Friederike Mansfield’s last-ditch tackle.
Layton Makes Sure
But just before the hour mark, Caley extended their lead further, coming directly from a Forfar free-kick. As the home side countered, Jane Layton and O’Sullivan linked up with a one-two before Layton’s shot found the top right-hand corner.
Caley kept on looking for another goal with Murdy and Hyett coming close before O’Sullivan missed out on a hat-trick when her free-kick was saved low down. She had another hat-trick opportunity when Murdy played O’Sullivan into the box and she tried to beat the keeper with a placed finish, but the keeper narrowed the angle enough to make the save.
Hyett came close for Caley twice in quick succession with both shots coming from the edge of the box, with her shots being saved by the keeper’s legs.
And then, Hyett showed great determination to close down a Forfar clearance and the broke into the box, but her shot just went wide of the top corner.
In the final minute, Forfar finally had their shot on target when pressure from Ashleigh Smith in the Caley box saw her get a shot off, but it was easily saved.
Edinburgh Caledonia: Robyn Taylor; Kathleen Davidson (Jennifer Stewart 66), Kim Redpath, Friederike Mansfield, Elaine Johnson; Michele Sandilands, Samantha Hyett, Jane Layton, Lisa Mitchell, Emma O’Sullivan (Rosaria Cartisano 75), Anna Murdy (Lauren Skedd 75).
Goals: Sandilands 25, O’Sullivan 38, Layton 59
Forfar Farmington Ladies: Elice Brannan, Emily Thain, Suzann McDonald (Amanda Hay 78), Jessica McGregor, Gemma Mulholland (Cali Roberts 66), Emma Percy, Pauline Harley, Monika Sarvajcz (Kirrin Gellatly 58), Lisa Hoggan (Tammy Guilcher 66), Emily Younger, Ashleigh Smith.
Division Two East
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