Debbi McCulloch’s Spartans returned to fourth spot in the SWPL table with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Forfar Farmington at Ainslie Park.
Boosted by the first opportunity to play in front of a ‘live audience’ for some time, Spartans set out their stall early on however the alert Perry raced off her line to thwart McAlonie.
Several attempts followed and the hosts were almost left to rue not putting them into the onion bag when Bruce’s effort whizzed past the gloves of Yates and rattled the post.
Patience, they say, is a virtue and five minutes before the oranges, Becky Galbraith unleashed an unstoppable drive which nestled in the back of the net. Due to Scottish Government restrictions, the fans may not have been able to verbally appreciate the goal, but the generous round of applause rung out around the Pilton arena.
Moments before the break, Galbraith had the ball in the net again, this time to be flagged offside.
Just three minutes into the second half, Galbraith notched up an unwanted hat-trick of ‘offside goals’, much to the striker’s obvious frustration.
Forfar launched a counter attack and Yates had to look lively as a Gammie shot from 25 yards offered a warning sign that the tourists were looking for an avenue back into the game.
On the hour McMahon and Mason replaced Gibb and Reynolds as Debbi McCulloch rung the changes in what is a gruelling few months for the squad.
Midway through the half, Kat Smart was on hand to bullet home a header after a pinpoint precision Alana Marshall corner to put light between the sides. Mason made her mark and sealed the win when she latched onto a delightful through ball and she lobbed the advancing keeper to despatch into the empty net.
With five minutes to go, Pathway pair Lily Graham and Zoe Murray made their 1st Team debuts from the bench. Their collective Twitter Notifications will be reaching crazy numbers tonight as we are all thrilled to see them earn their proverbial stripes.
Full Time from Ainslie Park: Spartans 3 Forfar Farmington 0