Hearts Women were cruelly denied a thoroughly deserved victory by a last-gasp equaliser in Sunday’s SWPL match with Forfar Farmington at Oriam.
Building on last week’s disciplined and controlled first-half against title chasers Celtic, the Jambos began the match full of confidence and the impressive Kirstie McIntosh drew a smart stop from Forfar keeper Lauren Perry.
Hearts were pressuring their opponents and took the lead soon after, when a Murron Cunningham free kick landed inside the area to Monica Forsyth, and she controlled the ball before lobbing a lovely effort over Perry’s head and into the corner.
The game threatened to boil over at spells, with Donna Paterson of the visitors scything down Rachel Walkingshaw, who shoved her opponent over in retaliation, and both players saw yellow for their parts.
Forfar came into the game slightly more in the second half, without creating any real opportunities and Hearts were content to play on the break, with the introduction of Amelie Birse and Beth McKay in the attack bringing pace and energy to the latter stages of the match as Forfar pushed forward.
In the final ten minutes, Hearts had three great chances to kill the game. Birse used her pace to breach the defence, and cut inside, but her effort was blocked. Then, with two minutes left, Jenny Smith beat her marker on the right and crossed for goalscorer Forsyth who drew a superb save from Perry, before Forsyth set up McKay whose shot flashed across goal.
The Jambos would rue these misses as the Forfar keeper Perry - who had kept her side in the match singlehandedly - came forward to take a free kick near the touch line, around 40 yards from goal, and her cross deceived Charlotte Parker-Smith and flew into the net to deny Hearts a hard-earned three points.
Images courtesy of David Mollison
Highlights courtesy of Jordan Allan