Category: SWPL Match Reports

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Spartans 2

Forfar Farmington were defeated 2-0 by Spartans under the floodlights of Station Park on Wednesday in the SBSSWPL1.

An excellent free kick from Michaela McAlonie in the first half and a late and controversial penalty netted by Kaela McDonald-Nguah gave the visitors all three points in a tight game.

Farmington were dealt a blow with four starters unavailable for the fixture as Kayleigh Brough, Erin Cattanach, Cheryl Kilcoyne and Robyn Smith were replaced by Nicola Davidson, Leah White, Katie Hassett and Lotte Deubel; the latter two making their first starts.

Beth Shillitto and Ashleigh Smith were also called up from the SWFL2 team as Stevie Baxter aimed to take all three points.

The hosts started off well and had the first opportunity after three minutes when Danni McGinley sent her shot just past the post.

Spartans were awarded a chance six minutes later as Leah White fouled on the edge of the box; Michaela McAlonie stepped up to curl home a brilliant free kick past McNicoll.

Farmington looked to come back from this early blow with Hannah Stewart sending an effort into the grateful arms of Rachel Harrison.

Kaela McDonald-Nguah split the home defence in the 13th minute with a ball that allowed Louise Mason to go one on one with Fiona McNicoll and the attacker probably should have done better as she blasted wide.

She almost went one better eleven minutes later when a long range strike was palmed over by McNicoll.

McNicoll was called into action again when she punched away a McDonald-Nguah lob.

Stewart and McGinley linked up well in the 39th minute as the former sent the latter in on goal but Harrison did well to block the shot.

Alana Bruce tried her luck from distance a minute later but couldn’t find the target; the last action in the half fell to McDonald-Nguah as she headed wide after meeting a cross.

Both sides were matching each other well in the first half with only a stunning goal the difference between the sides.

The second half was much the same as both sides battled hard in the sunset at Station Park.

Stevie Baxter made an early change as Beth Shillitto made her first appearance at a Premier League level since March 2018 replacing Lotte Deubel.

The visitors’ Katie Frew fired wide in the only effort of the half’s first quarter of an hour.

Zoe Johnstone thought she had added a second for Spartans from the edge of the box in the 66th minute as she beat Fiona McNicoll but her shot hit the crossbar before a goal kick was awarded.

Midfielder Beth McPherson tested Harrison shortly after from 25 yards as Farmington hunted for an equaliser but it was the visitors who were to seal all three points with a controversial penalty.

With sixteen minutes remaining McNicoll beat away a Beth McKay shot and when Frew attempted to control the ball, Katie Hassett got a challenge in and won the ball cleanly. Despite this, referee David Fearn awarded a penalty to the visitors.

McDonald-Nguah stepped up and slotted home Spartans’s second, sending McNicoll the wrong way.

The visitors shut up shop after this with the closest anyone came to something resembling a shot was Hannah Stewart’s free kick that was easily held by Harrison.

As time wore on Stevie Baxter handed a Premier League debut to Ashleigh Smith for the final ten minutes, replacing Beth McPherson.

The result means Farmington stay seventh for now with a tough clash with Hibernian ahead of them this weekend but Baxter can be pleased with his side’s performance in what was a tight game.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, White (Weber 87), Paterson, McGinley, Stewart (Robb 89), Davidson, Bruce, Cowper, Hassett, McPherson (A. Smith 80), Deubel (Shillitto 49)

Spartans: Harrison, Clelland (Mawson 82), McAlonie, Frew, Douglas, McDonald-Nguah, Reynolds, Mason (McKay 60), Johnstone (Galbraith 82), McGonigle, McCafferty (D. McMahon 80)

SBSSWPL1 | Stirling University 1 Forfar Farmington 1

Forfar Farmington were unlucky not to take all three points at Ochilview on Sunday as they drew 1-1 with Stirling University.

Despite going behind to Demi Falconer’s first half opener, Hannah Stewart netted an equaliser midway through the second half for Stevie Baxter’s side.

Cheryl Kilcoyne had an early opportunity from long range but couldn’t find the target in the first 90 seconds.

In the 16th minute Danni McGinley was inches away from connecting with a cross and moments later she fired into the arms of Chloe Logan.

McGinley had the ball into the net in the 27th minute when she swept home Hannah Stewart’s cross but the referee ruled this out for offside; footage showed this may have been a harsh decision.

Logan was quick to gather another Stewart cross with Smith lurking while at the other end Stirling’s first chance came from Lauren Doran-Barr who was one on one with McNicoll but failed to beat her with her shot.

Donna Paterson fired low and wide in the 34th minute and five minutes later the deadlock was broken by the hosts; Ciara Bonner’s corner fell to Demi Falconer who netted despite the efforts of Cassie Cowper on the line.

Farmington came out for the second half looking for an equaliser and came close seven minutes after the restart as Paterson headed wide from a Smith free kick.

Abby Callaghan found herself with just McNicoll to beat in the 55th minute for Stirling but after nipping past her the striker’s shot was cleared by the retreating Alana Bruce.

Stevie Baxter’s side started to turn up the pressure with Stewart seeing her strike palmed wide by Logan; the resulting corner found Paterson but her header was deflected past the post.

Beth McPherson nodded over from a McGinley cross before Paterson again missed the target when a Smith free kick fell to her.

The hosts were eager to find a second goal to relieve the pressure as Bonner swung in another corner but Naomi Welch blazed over the bar.

Farmington levelled things up in the 67th minute from a goal kick; McNicoll’s quick pass allowed Paterson to send a defence splitting ball through and after flicking the ball forward, McPherson looked nailed on to net her first goal for the club but felt Stewart was in a better position to score, squaring it for the attacker to rifle into the back of the net.

Alana Bruce tried her luck from distance shortly after but her dipping strike landed over the bar before McPherson failed to beat Logan.

Stirling sub Kim Guthrie struck straight at McNicoll as the game edged closer to full time with Forfar still looking the more likely to find the winner due to their momentum but the hosts were tough to break down.

The final opportunity of the match came to Farmington again with Hannah Stewart’s late corner inches away from Paterson who rose highest in the awaiting pack of players in the box.

Farmington come away from Ochilview with a point but Stevie Baxter and his players can count themselves unlucky not to take away all three following the second half.

Another positive from the game was Katie Hassett making her SBSSWPL1 debut after impressing while playing for Jeff Rioch’s side in SWFL2.

Stirling University: Logan, Connor, Bonner, Mason (Fulton 78), Doran-Barr, Callaghan, Lyons (Kerr 86), Welch, Simpson, Falconer, Rule (Guthrie 64)

Subs not used: Murphy, Higgins

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, Paterson, McGinley, Stewart, Smith, Bruce, Kilcoyne, Cowper, McPherson, Brough (Hassett 62)

Subs not used: Weber, White, Davidson, Deubel, Williamson (gk)

SWPL Cup Quarter Final | Rangers 4 Forfar Farmington 1

Forfar Farmington exited the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup at the quarter final stage on Sunday following a 4-1 defeat to Rangers.

Two goals in either half for Rangers sealed their path through to the semi finals despite Danni McGinley pulling one back for Farmington.

Stevie Baxter was forced into one change from the side defeated by Glasgow City as Nicola Davidson missed out due to a knock with Donna Paterson returning from injury.

Amy Muir had the first chance of the game for the hosts at New Tinto Park after twelve minutes following a stubborn start for both sides; the defender hitting the sidenetting from the edge of the box.

Danni McGinley fired wide from distance for Farmington but it was Rangers who were to take the lead in the 17th minute.

Nicole Pullar made her way towards goal and after nipping past Fiona McNicoll was brought down by Donna Paterson; Clare Gemmell stepped up and slotted the penalty past the keeper.

Winger Chantelle Brown had chances to extend their lead but failed to trouble McNicoll before missing the target.

Farmington were unable to break through the Rangers defence in the first half and were reduced to long range strikes; Alana Bruce sending one into Khym Ramsay’s arms.

The lead was doubled two minutes before the break from a Muir corner as Hannah Coakley forced the ball through a pack of players.

The half time lead was deserved for the hosts and it wasn’t long into the second half before they extended it further when Brown broke free and unselfishly squared the ball for the unmarked Pullar to tap into the net.

Gemmell and Boyce had further chances but couldn’t convert and it was following this that Farmington started to press Rangers and threaten.

McGinley fired across goal after being set up by Beth McPherson in the 53rd minute before Cassie Cowper’s corner found Erin Cattanach who blasted wide of the goal.

Further Cowper corners caused problems with Kayleigh Brough having a header deflected wide while Robyn Smith’s follow up corner was sent over the bar by Beth McPherson.

Farmington’s pressure paid off with twenty minutes remaining when Danni McGinley volleyed home from the edge of the box.

The hosts were denied by McNicoll again when Muir’s shot was blocked but Farmington kept up their pressure as Alana Bruce curled low and wide past the post.

Despite looking like the better side during this period, Farmington were to be undone again with five minutes to go as they failed to clear their lines and Carla Boyce made it 4-1.

McPherson came close to reducing the deficit again in injury time when her shot was pushed round the post by Ramsay.

Rangers deservedly through to the semi final stage of the SWPL Cup while Farmington can concentrate of their league campaign, beginning with a trip to Ochilview this Sunday to face Stirling University.

Rangers: Ramsay, Muir, L. Gallon, Dalgliesh (J. Gallon 69), Napier, Pullar (Inglis 60), Brown (Sinclair 69), Gemmell, Boyce, Coakley, O’Hara (Watson 87)

Subs not used: Baillie

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, Paterson, McGinley, Stewart (Robb 49), Smith, Bruce, Klicoyne, Cowper, McPherson, Brough

Subs not used: Deubel, White, Noble, Davidson, Weber

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Glasgow City 7

A second half collapse saw Forfar Farmington defeated by seven goals Glasgow City on Sunday at a sunny Station Park.

Despite going in at half time trailing by a solitary goal, Farmington were unable to stop City in the second half.

Stevie Baxter made one change as Erin Cattanach recovered from her knock to replace Leah White.

Hannah Stewart had the first chance of the game after four minutes but saw her effort blocked by a defender.

City has opportunities of their own in the first quarter of an hour as Carly Girasoli headed over before Kirsty Howat’s weak shot failed to trouble Fiona McNicoll.

Clare Shine missed three opportunities for the visitors; the most notable one being when one on one with McNicoll who pulled off a good save.

The deadlock was broken just six minutes before the break and it was Howat who nodded the visitors ahead via a deflection after meeting Docherty’s cross.

McNicoll denied Hayley Lauder shortly after with City looking to extend their lead.

The visitors came out for the second half looking a different side and it showed as they netted twice in quick succession.

Nine minutes after the break Shine made it two before sub Jordan McLintock added a third in the 56th minute.

The latter could have scored again on the hour mark but from inside the six yard box her shot ended up in Market Muir.

Shine made it four for City in the 69th minute and was looking for a hat trick but couldn’t find the target in chances following this.

In a rare Farmington chance Erin Cattanach sent a long range effort wide of the post but it wasn’t long before City found the net once again.

McNicoll pulled off a good save but the ball found its way to Jo Love who lobbed into the net despite the best efforts of Alana Bruce.

With eight minutes remaining Shine felt McLintock’s earlier effort should be replicated as she somehow fired over from three yards out despite an open goal.

She wasn’t to make the same mistake in the 87th minute as she completed her hat-trick.

The scoring wasn’t finished there as Carly Girasoli scored City’s seventh from a corner in stoppage time.

The result was disappointing for a Farmington side that had played well in the first half and they will look to bounce back when they travel to Rangers this Sunday in the SWPL Cup quarter final.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, McGinley, Stewart, Smith (White 89), Davidson (Noble 65), Bruce, Kilcoyne, Cowper, McPherson (Weber 90+1), Brough (Deubel 74)

Subs not used: Williamson (gk)

Glasgow City: Clachers, Lauder, Cunningham (McGlinchey 69), Love, Howat, Shine, Docherty, Clark, Ross, Girasoli, Ivanusa (McLintock 19)

Subs not used: Crichton, Alexander (gk)

SBSSWPL1 | Rangers 2 Forfar Farmington 1

A late winner meant Forfar Farmington found themselves leaving New Tinto Park without any points on Sunday as Rangers defeated Stevie Baxter’s side 2-1.

Danni McGinley netted the opener midway through the first half with Fiona McNicoll saving a Jade Gallon shortly after but Gallon netted the equaliser in the second half before Chantelle Brown’s late winner.

Stevie Baxter made just one change from the SWPL Cup win over Kilmarnock as Erin Cattanach was ruled out through injury and Leah White made her first start of the season.

The first opportunity of the match came after three minutes as Cheryl Kilcoyne fired over from distance before Lauren Gallon headed wide from a Sinclair corner.

Carla Boyce blasted over the bar from a Laura McCartney cut back for the hosts in the tenth minute with both sides equally matched early on.

Farmington forced Jade Baillie into a save from Cassie Cowper while Lauren Gallon almost netted an own goal when she connected with Robyn Smith’s free kick; her header flying inches over the bar.

Clare Gemmell failed to trouble Fiona McNicoll in the 23rd minute but just sixty seconds later Farmington were up the other end of the park taking the lead.

Beth McPherson sprayed the ball wide to Smith who cut in before laying the ball off for Danni McGinley who fired low into the bottom corner.

Rangers looked to get back on level terms through Boyce but McNicoll was in fine form as she pulled off two quickfire saves to deny the attacker.

The hosts were awarded a penalty in the 27th minute when Alana Bruce was adjudged to have fouled McCartney.

Jade Gallon stepped up to take the spot kick but was denied by a fantastic save by McNicoll to keep Farmington ahead.

Smith sent an angled effort over the bar in the 35th minute and three minutes later Rangers hit the crossbar through McCartney’s shot from distance.

Farmington came close again through Smith and Hannah Stewart as they hunted for a second but Baillie was able to repel their efforts.

In the 42nd minute Smith raced towards goal from her own half and after getting into the box she lashed the ball across goal.

Boyce was once again denied by McNicoll from close range but the final chance fell to McGinley who nodded wide from a Cowper corner on the stroke of half time.

The hosts came out for the second half keen to get an equaliser with Sinclair and Terri Donnelly coming close before Jade Gallon fired wide from the edge of the box.

Farmington’s resilience was broken down on the hour mark when sub Chantelle Brown sent a cross in and the ball was bundled in by Jade Gallon.

Smith and Davidson had chances to put Farmington ahead again with free kicks but their set pieces went over the bar and was held by Baillie respectively.

Boyce and McNicoll continued their battle of one on ones and once again the keeper came out on top; parrying her close range effort before the rebound was sent wide.

Cowper was sent through on goal for Farmington with twelve minutes remaining but she was harshly ruled to be offside.

She was to save Farmington at the other end shortly after as she acrobatically cleared a McCartney shot off the line.

With the game looking like it would end in a draw, Rangers were to steal all three points in the 82nd minute as Brown’s angled shot found the net despite McNicoll getting a touch on it.

Less than sixty seconds later Smith couldn’t keep her shot down from a Davidson free kick as Farmington looked to bring things level once again.

In the 88th minute Hannah Stewart was next to try her luck with a free kick but Baillie smothered her shot and the hosts ran out winners.

Despite the disappointment of the defeat, there are positives for Farmington to take ahead of this week’s clash against Glasgow City at Station Park.

Rangers: Baillie, Inglis (Muir 68), L. Gallon, Dalgliesh, J. Gallon, Sinclair (Brown 58), Donnelly, Boyce (Pullar 76), McCartney, Gemmell, O’Hara (Napier 89)

Subs not used: Watson, Ramsay (gk)

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, White (Weber 57), McGinley, Stewart, Smith, Davidson, Bruce, Kilcoyne, Cowper, McPherson, Brough

Subs not used: Noble, Deubel, Cattanach, Williamson (gk)

SWPL Cup First Round | Forfar Farmington 2 Kilmarnock 1

Forfar Farmington advanced to the quarter final stage of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup with a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock on Sunday.

After a goalless first half, Cheryl Kilcoyne and Danni McGinley had Farmington at ease but Samantha Hare made things uncomfortable in the last five minutes.

Stevie Baxter was forced into one change from the win over Motherwell as Donna Paterson failed a late fitness test and was replaced by Kilcoyne for her first appearance of the season.

Hannah Stewart had the first chance of the afternoon after two minutes as she fired into the arms of Lauren McGregor from Nicola Davidson’s free kick.

Eight minutes later Stewart turned provider as a well timed pass found Robyn Smith and she controlled the ball before firing over.

Kilmarnock should have had their first shot on goal in the 16th minute as the ball fell to Kirsty Munro on the edge of the box but she mistimed her effort resulting in a fresh air swipe and Farmington cleared their lines.

Smith saw a shot deflected into McGregor’s arms while at the other end Colette Fleming and Lisa Swanson failed to threaten Fiona McNicoll.

In the 28th minute Cassie Cowper almost found the net directly from a corner as it deceived everyone bar the defender on the line who cleared well.

A minute later Aimie Docherty fired at McNicoll from the edge of the box before Fleming sent a volley on to the roof of the net.

Stewart was involved again for Farmington; firing wide from 20 yards shortly before Nicola Davidson failed to find the target from Cowper’s corner.

The final action of the first half came from another Cowper corner as Kayleigh Brough looked to have been shoved but referee Kevin Higgins waved away appeals for a penalty.

Farmington came out for the second half eager to take the lead with Cowper firing at McGregor 24 seconds after the restart and less than a minute later McGinley curled past the post.

Smith sent an effort wide after latching on to a McNicoll long ball before Cowper was unlucky not to find the back of the net in the 48th minute; Davidson’s free kick finding McGinley and she flicked the ball on for the former Aberdeen player to head wide from close range.

The deadlock was finally broken six minutes into the second half when Beth McPherson slipped the ball through to Cheryl Kilcoyne and she weaved her way to some space before stroking home for her first of the season.

There was another first goal of the season for Danni McGinley after 55 minutes; a Cowper corner flew over the heads of everyone and Davidson collected the loose ball before swinging in a cross that wasn’t cleared and McGinley volleyed past McGregor to double the advantage.

Smith was eager to get her first competitive goal of the season as well but was unfortunate not to score as she hit the side netting shortly before firing over from close range under pressure.

The ball was in the net again when Smith sent in a cross for Stewart to tap in but the assistant referee had adjudged her to be offside.

Davidson sent a free kick wide of the mark in the 77th minute, however seven minutes later Farmington were made to sweat as Samantha Hare bundled home a Swanson cross.

Swanson almost grabbed a late equaliser to force the game into extra time in the 89th minute with a well taken free kick but McNicoll pulled off an impressive save to deny her.

The result means Farmington progress to the quarter finals of the SWPL Cup where they will face one of their league rivals with all SWPL1 clubs advancing.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, McGinley, Stewart, Smith (Robb 77), Davidson, Bruce, Kilcoyne (Weber 61), Cowper, McPherson, Brough (Noble 61)

Subs not used: Deubel, Williamson (gk)

Kilmarnock: McGregor, Nicolson, Docherty (Burrows 58), Robinson, Munro (Jackson 73), Fleming, Swanson, Neil, Harty (Lyttle 82), Baird, Hare

Sub not used: Ponton

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 3 Motherwell 2

Forfar Farmington earned their first three points of the season on Sunday with a 3-2 win over Motherwell at Station Park.

A Hannah Stewart double along with Donna Paterson’s first Farmington goal was enough for all three points despite goals from Lori Gardner and Mhairi Fyfe.

Stevie Baxter made one change to his side following last week’s defeat to Celtic as Cassie Cowper came back from her suspension to replace Megan Robb.

Farmington started off well with Beth McPherson having a shot blocked in the first minute before Robyn Smith saw a 20 yard volley fly past the post.

The deadlock was broken in the tenth minute when a pinpoint cross by Erin Cattanach found Hannah Stewart and she fired home off the underside of the crossbar.

This goal seemed to spur Forfar on and they came close to a second just sixty seconds later; Danni McGinley’s shot took a touch off a defender before going out for a corner.

Shortly after Morgan Hunter pulled off a magnificent save to tip Donna Paterson’s close range header over the bar.

The visitors settled into the game and had chances of their own; captain Kerry Montgomery firing over from a tight angle before Sarah Crilly failed to trouble Fiona McNicoll with her effort, the keeper gathering easily.

Cassie Cowper volleyed over after some smart control but it wasn’t long before Farmington extended their lead.

After netting the first, Hannah Stewart was at it again in the 31st minute as she controlled a Kayleigh Brough ball before driving towards goal and curling a beautiful effort over Hunter for her and Farmington’s second.

Motherwell looked for something to take into the break as Georgie Rafferty blasted wide from distance while Lori Gardner forced McNicoll into a save on the stroke of half time.

The visitors kept up their efforts at the start of the second half; Montgomery denied by McNicoll after her long range effort was tipped over.

Chelsea McEachran fired over but Gardner went one better for Donald Jennow’s side in the 54th minute with a low effort that beat McNicoll and found the net via the post.

Two minutes later the two goal lead was restored as Nicola Davidson’s free kick just inside the Motherwell half found the unmarked Donna Paterson and her glancing header beat Hunter for her first goal in Farmington colours.

Paterson looked for her second and Farmington’s fourth in the 65th minute as she hit an ambitious effort from 35 yards but her attempt was wild and landed in the terracing.

Shortly after Kayleigh Noble fired wide and as the game entered the final stages Motherwell looked to add some pressure on in order to force their way back into the game and give themselves hope of getting something.

Rafferty and Rolph failed to trouble anyone with speculative long range strikes and sub Mhairi Fyfe should have reduced the deficit when Montgomery latched onto a loose ball before cutting it back; as Fyfe shaped up to shoot Paterson stormed back to put in a fantastic challenge and clear the ball.

In the third minute of injury time Fyfe turned her marker before slotting home to make the final moments nervy for Farmington.

The hosts held on for all three points, however Motherwell felt they should have had a point when Kerry Montgomery sent an effort into the net but referee Vikki Robertson had started to blow for full time before she had started to shoot so the ‘goal’ rightfully would not have stood.

A deserved three points for Stevie Baxter’s side and their first of the season that lifts them up to sixth ahead of next week’s League Cup clash with Kilmarnock.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, Paterson, McGinley, Stewart, Smith (Robb 84), Davidson, Bruce (Noble 39), Cowper, McPherson (Weber 87), Brough

Subs not used: Deubel, White

Motherwell: Hunter, Knox, Welsh, Rolph, Rafferty, Rice (Cunningham 60), Crilly, Montgomery, Gardner (Fyfe 66), McEachran (Russell 71), Adams

Subs not used: Hutchison, Hay

SBSSWPL1 | Celtic 4 Forfar Farmington 0

Forfar Farmington’s 2019 season got off to a disappointing start as they fell to a 4-0 defeat to Celtic on Sunday.

The Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League One kicked off on Sunday with a trip to K-Park and head coach Stevie Baxter can’t be disheartened despite the scoreline.

In his first game in charge, Baxter handed a second debut to Hannah Stewart with Kate Williamson and Philippa Weber having to settle for a spot on the bench.

Just two minutes after the game had started Farmington were dealt a blow as a cross into the box was bounced around before Sarah Ewens forced the ball past McNicoll.

Eleven minutes later the lead was doubled as Josephine Giard rounded Fiona McNicoll before slotting home despite almost losing her footing.

Hannah Stewart came close to pulling one back for Farmington in the 23rd minute as she cut in from the left wing before curling just past the post.

Celtic were clinical with their first half chances as they netted three times with the three clear cut chances they carved out; the third coming in the 39th minute as Natalie Ross bundled a Katherine Smart cross in off the bar.

The hosts came close to a fourth shortly after the break as Kodie Hay fired straight at McNicoll but they went one better after 51 minutes.

A ball into the box wasn’t cleared properly and Ross took advantage to fire into the top corner, giving McNicoll no chance.

Smart had chances to extend the lead but couldn’t find the target as the game inched past the hour mark.

In the 70th minute Ewens failed to trouble McNicoll while Forfar started to create more chances at the other end.

Philippa Weber came on for her debut and almost capped it with a goal as she met Robyn Smith’s corner but couldn’t force the ball on target at the back post.

A free kick just inside the Celtic half was launched towards goal by Donna Paterson and was met by Kayleigh Brough; her header creeping wide.

In injury time Danni McGinley burst down the right wing and as she advanced towards goal she shaped up to shoot only for a defender to make a last ditch clearance.

Despite the result, Farmington performed well in the second half and will look to improve when they host Motherwell this Sunday at Station Park, kick off is 1pm.

Celtic: Megan Cunningham, Keeva Keenan, Natalie Ross, Chloe Craig (Claire Crosbie 77), Kirsty McLaughlin (Rachael O’Neill 77), Katherine Smart, Josephine Giard, Sarah Ewens (Kathleen McGovern 82), Kelly Clark, Emma Black (Cheryl McCulloch 77), Kodie Hay (Nicole Cairney 77)

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Erin Cattanach, Donna Paterson, Danni McGinley, Hannah Stewart (Leah White 84), Robyn Smith (Lotte Deubel 84), Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Megan Robb (Philippa Weber 64), Beth McPherson, Kayleigh Brough

Sub not used: Kate Williamson (gk)

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Hamilton Academical 0

Despite a multitude of chances, Forfar Farmington were held to a goalless draw by Hamilton Academical in their final game of the 2018 season.

Failure to find the target along with Accies keeper Lauren Grant were the reason for Farmington missing out on all three points even after going down to ten following Cassie Cowper’s dismissal for a second yellow card.

Head Coach Mark Nisbet made two changes as Erin Cattanach and Megan Robb were replaced by Kirsty Deans and debutant Donna Paterson.

The first chance came just two minutes in as Danni McGinley set up Kirsty Deans 20 yards from goal, however her effort flew wide of the mark.

Three minutes later visiting custodian Lauren Grant had to look sharp when Robyn Smith’s cross-cum-shot looked to be heading in until the keeper palmed the ball away. It was cleared for a throw in and McGinley found Megan McCarthy with her throw, she turned her defender before lashing a shot across the face of goal from a tight angle.

Rebecca Dempster found her attempted blocked in the eighth minute while Smith couldn’t find the target under pressure after a McGinley cut back.

After dominating the opening period, Farmington took the foot off the gas for a spell, allowing Accies to settle but the home defence stood firm, allowing no chances to be created by the visitors.

In the 27th minute captain Nicola Davidson floated in a free kick from distance and McCarthy flicked the ball on for Donna Paterson but she could only watch as her header was clawed away by Grant.

Paterson was involved again four minutes later when Smith’s free kick found the defender who sent the ball past the post.

Hamilton’s first chance came ten minutes before the break as a Katie Rice corner was diverted towards goal only to see Alana Bruce clear off the line.

Dempster fired wide from distance and Deans went one better shortly after as she forced Grant into a save while at the other end Rice saw her free kick held by McNicoll.

Farmington had time for one last chance before the break as McGinley volleyed wide from an Alana Bruce cross.

Mark Nisbet’s side kept up their pressure after the break with Cheryl Kilcoyne and Kirsty Deans firing wide from long range but they were dealt a blow in the 53rd minute when Cassie Cowper was shown a second yellow card for dissent.

After being reduced to ten women, Farmington struggled to keep up the same pressure, allowing Accies to creep back into the game but the hosts still looked more likely to find the back of the net first.

Debutant Paterson repeated the earlier two efforts in the second half as she failed to find the target from distance in the 57th minute.

Ten minutes later a fantastic cross from Davidson towards the back post found Bruce and half the support thought her shot hit the back of the net as the ball rippled the sidenetting after going agonisingly wide.

Substitute Caroline Heron fired wide from 12 yards after being set up by Bruce and Deans with the game entering the final quarter of an hour.

Hamilton could have gone in front in the 79th minute when a ball through the defence found Rice and her close range effort saw McNicoll pull off a brilliant save to deny the attacker.

Deans was denied by Grant six minutes later before the final chance of the game fell to Accies as Rice fired over.

The result means that Farmington end their first season back in the top flight in fifth place and will look to build on this next season.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Paterson, McGinley (Heron 60), Smith (Robb 78), Davidson, Bruce, Deans, Kilcoyne (McPherson 60), Cowper, McCarthy, Dempster

Subs not used: Milligan, White, Deubel, McKay

Hamilton Academical: Grant, Quinn (Lyons 87), Connolly, Fraser, McIntosh, Anderson, Hay, Gardner, Fitzsimmons (Ross 69), Rice, Quigley (Bulloch 60)

Subs not used: Lyle, McCann, Hopkins (gk)

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Rangers 3

Forfar Farmington were defeated 3-0 by Rangers on Sunday as the result sees them almost certainly finish fifth in the SBSSWPL1.

A Jade Gallon double along with an own goal from Cheryl Kilcoyne saw Farmington fall to their fourth straight defeat with one game of the season remaining.

Erin Cattanach, Alana Bruce and Nicola Davidson returned to the starting XI with Kirsty Deans, Caroline Heron and Kayleigh Brough unavailable.

Rangers had the first opportunity just two minutes in as Clare Gemmell’s free kick was met by Jade Gallon but she couldn’t beat Fiona McNicoll.

The first chance for Farmington came from a free kick as well; Nicola Davidson finding Megan McCarthy but her header was blocked and then cleared.

McCarthy did well to get back in the 15th minute when it looked like Gallon was clear as she put in a last ditch block to deny the attacker.

In the 26th minute Amy Muir hit the bar with a wind assisted free kick from long range and the visitors thought they had gone one better as Carla Boyce headed home but was adjudged to have been offside.

Danni McGinley sent an ambitious effort onto the roof of the net on the half hour mark but it was Rangers who took the lead four minutes later; Jade Gallon slotting home past McNicoll.

McNicoll denied Boyce shortly after while the final chance of the half fell to Brogan Hay who could only fire wide form the edge of the box.

Just over a minute into the second half Rangers doubled their advantage when Gemmell’s corner was diverted into her own net by Cheryl Kilcoyne.

Nicola Davidson forced a save from Khym Ramsay shortly after before Rangers were awarded a disputed penalty as Alana Bruce and Gallon both challenged for the ball.

Gallon stepped up and sent McNicoll the wrong way for Rangers’ third in the 54th minute.

Gemmell saw a free kick saved by McNicoll before McGinley was denied by Ramsay at the other end.

With fifteen minutes remaining Davidson fired over with a free kick as Farmington looked to find a way back into the game.

Rangers hit the bar in a scramble from a Gemmell corner with nine minutes remaining with Davidson firing wide for Farmington.

Mark Nisbet’s side had the ball in the net in the 85th minute when Megan McCarthy met Davidson’s free kick but linesman Willie Ferguson put his flag up despite McCarthy appearing to come from behind the defender.

The result means that Rangers move three points ahead of Farmington with one game left; they can move above Rangers again with a win over Hamilton this Sunday if Rangers lose to Hibernian but this also requires an eighteen goal swing.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach (Milligan 61), McGinley, Smith (Deubel 87), Davidson, Bruce, Kilcoyne (White 85), Cowper, McCarthy, Robb (McPherson 61), Dempster

Subs not used: Heron, Deans, McKay

Rangers: Ramsay, Muir, Hay, Napier (Sinclair 71), Donnelly, Gemmell, Boyce (Robertson 68), Gallon, Coakley (Inglis 57), O’Hara, Eddie

Subs not used: Baillie