A late change in host venue saw Forfar Farmington and Celtic take to the grass field at Station Park in what would be the final match before its replacement by a 3G synthetic surface.
Head Coach Mark Nisbet returned Steph Milne, Joanna Collier and Emma McCulley to the starting line up, for what would be his sides 3rd match against top level opposition in a week. There were no immediate signs of fatigue as the home side set off at a quick pace; Caroline Heron shooting wide with less then 15 seconds on the clock. In the 10th minute Rachael Small’s beautifully flighted cross was headed just over by skipper Nicola Davidson. Celtic responded five minutes later and Cat Fitzsimmons had to look smart to save low at her near post. The Farmington shot stopper was called into action again ten minutes later when she produced an exceptional stop to deny Chloe Craig; the Celtic full back seeing her blistering shot beaten away. The game then entered a more stagnant phase, with neither goalkeeper required to deal with anything greater than the routine duties. The game tipped in Forfar’s balance in the 41st minute however in most innocuous manner. A routine pass out from Celtic goalkeeper Gemma Fay was intercepted by the ever alert Julia Scott who did well to squeeze the ball under the visiting keeper. With a minute until half time Fay produced a tremendous save to deny Scott from a set piece.
The second half period saw Celtic retain a good deal of possession without creating a huge number of clear cut chances. An excellent defensive performance from the home side limited Celtic to a reduced number of opportunities on goal. The most dangerous of these came near the death with Suzanne Grant saw her header sneak just wide of the post.