Scottish Womens' Football League Cup Final
26th March 2005
Forfar Farmington 2-1 Caley Thistle Ladies
Caley Thistle’s women came agonisingly close to League Cup glory last weekend before losing to Forfar in extra time.
After a frantic opening spell both sides eventually settled and Lorraine Cadden almost broke the deadlock after 15minutes with a blistering drive which the keeper touched over the bar. It was end to end stuff and Caley Thistle had keeper Kim Jappy to thank for a couple of fine saves before Leanne Calder headed a Cadden corner narrowly over on the half hour mark. Just as the Highland side were taking control Forfar took the lead on 35mins. A perfect through ball was met by Karen Webster who beat Kim Jappy with a fine shot.
Caley Thistle started the second half strongly and equalised after 49mins when Lorraine Cadden burst down the wing and her inch perfect cross was hammered into the net by Leanne Calder. Within a minute the Caley Jags almost took the lead when a speculative 30yard strike from Fiona Cuthbert rattled the post and rebounded to safety.
The 90 mins ended with the team’s level at 1-1. Forfar netted what proved to be the winner when Karen Webster again lost her marker and netted in the 102 nd minute. Try as they might Caley Thistle just couldn’t find a second equaliser and with minutes remaining their final chance disappeared when the referee failed to award a penalty after the keeper bundled Leanne Calder to the ground.
A disappointed coach Sandy Corcoran was full of praise for his battling side and said “Despite this defeat today I feel nothing but pride and admiration for my team. They pushed a very strong Forfar side to the limit today and there was absolutely nothing between the teams.Some of my girls were in tears at the end but deserve tremendous credit for the way they graciously applauded the victorious Forfar team at the end.” He added “It speaks volumes for the type of people they are and each and every one of them are born winners in my eyes.”
Young Karen Mason deserves a special mention for her overall performance; she was rock solid at the back and covered every blade of grass on the park in extra time as we went in search of an equalizer. We will now concentrate on winning our last three games in the League.
Kim Jappy, Claire Masterton, Karen Mason, Nicola Ross, Fiona Greig, Eilidh Mackay, (Kellie Dingwall 55mins) Kerry Smith, ( Stephanie Cameron 105mins), Fiona Cuthbert ( Louise Beattie 100mins), Lee Thomson, Lorraine Cadden, Leanne Calder.
Not Used: Angie Campbell, Sarah Main