Forfar Farmington are still seeking their first points of the season following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat away to Rangers.
Despite a poor first half showing that saw them 2-0 down, Tori Sousa gave Forfar a lifeline with Nicola Davidson and Holly Napier also inches away from netting however the hosts added another midway through the second half.
Head coach Mark Nisbet fielded the same side that ran Glasgow City close the previous week and captain Davidson almost netted for the second week in the 2nd minute, firing wide from long range.
Rangers opened the scoring three minutes later through Megan Foley, racing on to a through ball before firing past McNicoll.
Forfar were once more behind and looked to grab a quick equaliser but Davidson couldn’t threaten with her free kick in the 16th minute. At the other end Claire Gemmell’s effort was blocked before Rhonda Jones nodded into the arms of McNicoll.
On the half hour mark Tori Sousa was unlucky not to reach Amy Gallacher’s floated ball before Lindsey Dunbar saw her header held by the keeper.
Holly Napier and Sousa threatened once more before Gallacher had the best chance to equalise; curling inches past the post with the Gers keeper beaten.
Rangers added a second on the stroke of half time when Gemmell’s shot was deflected in, giving McNicoll no chance.
They almost had another shortly after the break; Foley could only fire straight at McNicoll however.
Farmington did force their way into the game in the 55th minute when Sousa chested down a Robyn Smith cross before rifling home.
Kirsty Deans headed wide before the hosts restored their two goal lead just after the hour mark; Katey Turner firing home despite looking offside.
Forfar were not to give up despite the deficit and less than sixty seconds later Davidson was close to another one of her trademark long range efforts when she rattled the crossbar from forty yards.
In the 71st minute Napier forced Johnstone into a save when her shot from the edge of the box looked to be heading for the top corner.
Less than a minute later the duo of Napier and Sousa combined but Smith could only fire over.
Sousa once again had an effort but saw her chance fly wide while Turner fired into McNicoll’s arms at the other end.
Napier saw a free kick into the box go wide in the final moments as Forfar failed to gain their first points of the season.
They can however take some positives from the second half performance as they hope to eradicate the mistakes ahead of their next game against Stirling University in a fortnight.
Rangers: Claire Johnstone, Rhonda Jones, Rachael O’Neill, Kirsty McLaughlin (Lisa Swanson 66), Rhianna Tweedie (Claire Adams 66), Claire Gemmell, Shelly Faughnan (Hayley Sinclair 86), Jordan McLintock (Ashley Nicolson 78), Chantelle Brown
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sophie Milligan (Jade McLaren 38), Lindsey Dunbar (Gemma Collier 65), Amy Gallacher (Robyn Smith 46), Tori Sousa, Holly Napier, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Kayleigh Noble (Alana Bruce 55), Megan McCarthy, Ann Taylor
Subs not used: Julia Scott, Joanna Collier
Reported by Lee Smith
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