Rangers kept up the pressure on SWPL1 leaders Glasgow City with a 3-1 win over Forfar Farmington on Sunday thanks to Lizzie Arnot, Clare Gemmell and an own goal – and manager Malky Thomson praised his “relentless” side for grinding out the win.
The Gers took the lead after 15 minutes when Brogan Hay drove down the right, delivering an enticing ball into the box and Forfar defender Jade Lindsay could only turn it into her own net.
It as 2-0 after 34 minutes when the Light Blues were awarded a penalty, Lindsay bringing down Zoe Ness in the area as things went from bad to worse from her.
Lizzie Arnot saw her effort by Fiona McNicoll before knocking home the rebound before Forfar pulled a goal back just a minute later through Donna Paterson.
With both sides contunuing to create chances, it looked like Rangers had done enough to hold on to their narrow lead before Gemmell made sure of the win with a curling effort into the top corner in the dying moments.
Malky Thomson praised Forfar for making it hard for his side but was delighted to see Gemmell grab finish the game off and keep the Gers on Glasgow City’s heels.
“The physicality was a problem and the pace Forfar had upfront so they were always going to be a threat,” Thomson told Rangers TV.
“We showed a great attitude. We were relentless in our approach, maybe technically we weren’t great and tactically we could’ve helped each other out to have a better shape but we have come through the other side and we have scored late on.
“We got the second goal then immediately conceded and it gave Forfar something to hang on to but credit to them they are a physical side.
“Clare gets the goal late on, she has great passion and great desire to win games but it is a great learning curve for us and we are facing different challenges every week.”
Gemmell netted the third in injury-time but admits that the Light Blues made life difficult for themselves against a well-organised Forfar side.
The Gers skipper was delighted to come away with the three points and keep the pressure on Glasgow City at the top of SWPL1.
“I think we made it difficult for ourselves but credit to Forfar, they sat in and were really physical which we expected,” she said, speaking to the club’s in-house media.
“Thankfully we managed to win the game and we have got the three points.
“There was space all over the pitch and we knew that but I just don’t think we were using it properly. I think we came into the game more in the second half.
“They were physical so we had to be alert. We set up well but as you said we still had to try and push to get that goal.”