East Fife Ladies rout Forfar Farmington 8-0

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EAST Fife Ladies made a bright start to their league campaign with a good away win over Forfar.

East Fife went ahead after the ball broke to Skivington on the edge of the box and she rifled past the helpless home ‘keeper.

The local side went two up when a Mowbray corner was headed in at the back post by Anderson.

Anderson’s second goal of the game came after good build-up play down the left. Reilly played the ball through for a run along the back line, with Anderson stroking a left-footed strike into the bottom corner of the net.

A first half hat-trick was on the cards for Anderson after Skivington headed the ball back in to her path for a fine right-footed volley.

The second half saw Forfar attempt a fight back.

With central defender Graham pushing forward, the hosts made a fast counter-attack through the middle.

The Forfar player had rounded the ‘keeper and stroked the ball towards the empty net, only for Fitzpatrick to clear the ball off the line.

Fife responded to this, however, by going five up.

To, back on trial after leaving the club last season, made a great run down the left, cut in, and with the defenders and ‘keeper expecting the cut back, she cheekily caught the keeper out at the near post.

East Fife made changes with Herd, Gibson, Flatt and Gilmour replacing To, Mowbray, Kemp and Reilly.

This did not affect the balance of the team, however, and Skivington went on to get her second of the game and Fife’s sixth after a run down the left saw her find the bottom right hand corner with a great curling effort.

The seventh goal came as Wylie attacked down the right and found Skivington on the edge of the box, who knocked the ball into the path of Clark, who scored with an unstoppable shot high in to the roof of the net.

Skivington then went on to get a well deserved hat-trick with Flatt heading the ball back into her path for Skivington to header the ball in to the top corner.

Player coach Liz Anderson said: “We were determined to start the season well, as I feel we have a real shout at the league this season.

“It is the best performance I have seen from the team in a while and will expect the same commitment and class in next week’s Scottish Cup tie away to Hamilton Accies.”