Category: SWPL Match Reports

SBSSWPL1: Forfar Farmington 0 Spartans 2

Forfar Farmington put in an uncharacteristic performance on Sunday as they were deservedly defeated 2-0 by Spartans in the SBSSWPL1.

Goals in either half by Alana Marshall and Kaela McDonald-Nguah sealed all three points for the Edinburgh side at a sunny Station Park.

After a three week break, Mark Nisbet made two changes to his side with Alana Bruce and Hannah Stewart replacing Kirsty Deans and Erin Cattanach.

It was a slow start to the game with only one chance coming in the first twenty minutes as Kaela McDonald-Nguah headed wide for the visitors from an Alana Marshall corner.

Farmington’s first chance came after 24 minutes; Nicola Davidson sending a ball towards Danni McGinley and she combined with Robyn Smith and Hannah Stewart before McGinley sent her effort wide of the mark.

Kayleigh Brough saw her header held shortly after before Simone McMahon sliced wide at the other end.

Spartans took the lead seven minutes before the break through a fantastic strike by Marshall from 25 yards, giving Fiona McNicoll no chance.

McDonald-Nguah sent a weak effort into the arms of McNicoll with the final chance of the half falling to McGinley. A poor clearance fell to Tammy Harkin and she set up McGinley but she could only fire wide from the edge of the box.

Spartans looked to add to their advantage and came close in the 51st minute when Simone McMahon’s cross was deflected into the path of Elena Santoyo-Brown but her shot was pushed round the post by McNicoll.

After the hour mark Farmington had their own chances; Smith volleying wide before McGinley stabbed wide from a Stewart cross.

The lead was doubled in the 69th minute through McDonald-Nguah as she nodded home a Simone McMahon free kick at the front post.

This took the sting out of the game and despite Farmington improving, they could only create one clear cut chance as Kirsty Deans fired wide with four minutes remaining.

The result means Farmington drop to seventh in the league and Mark Nisbet will be looking for a vast improvement when they travel to take on third placed Glasgow City this Sunday.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Danni McGinley, Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Cheryl Kilcoyne (Kirsty Deans 58), Cassie Cowper, Megan McCarthy, Tammy Harkin, Hannah Stewart, Kayleigh Brough

Subs not used: Gemma Collier, Leah White, Erin Cattanach, Lindsey Dunbar, Sophie Milligan, Chantelle McKay

Spartans: Rachel Harrison, Nichola Mawson, Sarah Clelland, Simone McMahon, Dion McMahon, Bobbie Beveridge, Michaela McAlonie, Ronaigh Douglas (Zoe Johnstone 69), Alana Marshall, Kaela McDonald-Nguah (Rachel Walkingshaw 84), Elena Santoyo-Brown

Subs not used: Michelle Russell

SWPL Cup Quarter Final: Forfar Farmington 2 Stirling University 0

Forfar Farmington progressed to the semi finals of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup with a 2-0 win at home to Stirling University.

First half goals from Kayleigh Brough and Cassie Cowper sealed the win for Farmington with both sides struggling to break down the opposite defences.

The first half hour of the game was essentially a non event with neither side creating anything of note.

The first chance of the game came in the 33rd minute; Cheryl Kilcoyne cutting the ball back for Megan McCarthy however her effort was blocked.

Katy Morris failed to trouble Fiona McNicoll with Stirling’s first opportunity while at the other end McGinley and Nicola Davidson all came close.

The deadlock was broken seven minutes before the break; Kilcoyne saw a shot pushed wide and from Robyn Smith’s corner Tammy Harkin flicked the ball on with Kayleigh Brough stabbing home from close range.

The lead was doubled four minutes later as Smith swung a cross in from deep territory and Cassie Cowper was lingering at the back post to head past Logan.

Farmington looked to add to their lead at the start with Smith sending a cross-cum-shot inches over the bar before Kirsty Deans and Cowper came close.

Tammy Harkin nodded over from a Smith corner and Stirling’s first chance of the second half came just after the hour mark when sub Beth McKay sent a free kick just past the post.

Late on McCarthy sent a header into the sidenetting from a McGinley throw and Brough could have had a second in added time as she was set up by Cowper but she was crowded out by the Stirling defence.

The result caps off a pleasing few months for the club with two semi finals in the League and Scottish Cups to go along with their SBSSWPL2 championship.

McNicoll, Cattanach (Bruce 41), McGinley (Shillitto 89), Smith (White 86), Davidson, Deans, Kilcoyne (Noble 76), Cowper, McCarthy, Harkin (Debio 90), Brough

Subs not used: Scott, McKay (gk)

SBSSWPL1: Forfar Farmington 0 Celtic 2

Forfar Farmington fell to their second defeat of the season in a tight 2-0 loss at home to Celtic.

After a goalless first half, Claire Adams’ fantastic long range effort and Kelly Clark sealed the three points for the visitors.

Farmington were looking to build on their deserved cup win over Aberdeen and had the first chance of the game as Megan McCarthy failed to send her header on target from a Cassie Cowper cross in the 8th minute.

Three minutes later McCarthy did well to stop Josephine Giard from getting a shot away while Danni McGinley’s low effort was held by Megan Cunningham at the other end.

Kayleigh Brough thought she had a great chance to open the scoring in the 21st minute when Kirsty Deans’ shot fell to her feet but she was adjudged to be offside.

Fiona McNicoll kept the scores level just before the half hour mark with a couple of phenomenal saves; both Giard and Heather Richards failing to beat the stopper.

Cheryl Kilcoyne saw her effort blocked by the visiting defence before McNicoll pulled off another great save from Giard to keep the scores level.

Both sides came out looking to break the deadlock after half time and Celtic came close as Clark headed over from a Richards free kick.

They went one better in the 61st minute; Claire Adams sending a 25 yard effort into the top corner past McNicoll.

Nicole Pullar was stopped by McNicoll once again six minutes later before McCarthy nodded wide from a Julia Scott corner.

The lead was doubled with eleven minutes left; Richards’ corner was swept home at the back post by former Farmington midfielder Clark.

Celtic could have had a third deep into injury time but McNicoll was in fine form to tip the ball over the bar.

With Farmington missing out on points for the second league game in a row, they will look to bounce back next week as they take on Stirling University.

McNicoll, McGinley, Smith, Davidson, Bruce (Cattanach 62), Deans, Kilcoyne, Cowper, McCarthy, Stewart (Scott 62), Brough

Subs not used: White, Debio, Shillitto, Collier, McKay

SWPL Cup First Round: Forfar Farmington 3 Aberdeen 0

Forfar Farmington progressed to the second round of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup with a 3-0 win at home to Aberdeen.

Cheryl Kilcoyne put Farmington ahead in the first half with Robyn Smith and Danni McGinley making sure of the win in the second half.

Captain Nicola Davidson had the first opportunity inside the opening 120 seconds; her effort from the edge of the box had the sting taken out of it and Emily Mutch gathered easily.

The visitors’ Beth McPherson fired wide from distance in the seventh minute with the majority of the first half resulting in neither side managing to break down the respective defences.

A poor pass back almost allowed Danni McGinley to break the deadlock but she shot over with Davidson also missing the target shortly after.

Mutch denied Kilcoyne with a goal line save after 35 minutes but the striker wasn’t to be denied a minute later when she rifled home a McGinley cross.

McNicoll had to be sharp to push a Chloe Gover free kick onto the bar on the stroke of half time but Farmington held firm and went into the break ahead.

McGinley came close to adding to the tally in the opening quarter of an hour of the second half; heading wide from a Julia Scott corner before hitting the sidenetting from a tight angle.

On the hour mark McNicoll held a Johan Fraser deflected effort with Chloe Fitzpatrick denied by the keeper shortly after.

The advantage was doubled with twenty minutes to go; sub Robyn Smith’s corner flew directly in with Mutch caught off guard.

Kilcoyne almost made it three with Mutch making another good save while Davidson and Noble were also spurned by the Dons stopper.

Kayleigh Brough tried her luck from distance only to find Mutch’s arms as the game edged closer to full time and Aberdeen could have had a consolation in added time. Megan Reid’s cross found the head of the unmarked Fitzpatrick, she could only head wide.

In the second minute of added time any hopes of a late comeback were effectively killed off; a poor pass back allowed McGinley in to notch her first of the season.

The result puts Farmington into the quarter finals of the SWPL Cup and makes it two wins from three this season.

McNicoll, Collier, White (Cattanach 66), McGinley, Shillitto (Smith 46), Davidson, Kilcoyne (Noble 78), Cowper, Scott (Bruce 56), Harkin (Debio 78), Brough

Subs not used: McCarthy, McKay

SBSSWPL1: Forfar Farmington 0 Hibernian 2

Forfar Farmington suffered their first defeat of the season despite a positive performance as Hibernian won 2-0 at Station Park.

After a goalless first half Amy Gallacher broke the deadlock against her former club in the 54th minute; fellow ex-Farmington attacker Katey Turner making sure of all three points with two minutes remaining.

After last week’s win at Hamilton Accies, Mark Nisbet made two changes as Kirsty Deans and Cheryl Kilcoyne replaced Hannah Stewart and Kayleigh Brough.

Both sides looked to create chances with the closest anyone came in the opening ten minutes arriving when Danni McGinley’s cross was gathered by Jenna Fife with Julia Scott lurking inside the box.

In the 11th minute former Farmington striker Katey Turner had the match’s first effort on goal but could only find the side netting.

Three minutes later Robyn Smith’s cross into the box was nicked off the head of McGinley and the clearance was just inches too high for Scott to make a connection.

McGinley was denied by Fife while at the other end Lucy Graham headed wide from an Emma Brownlie corner.

Another Brownlie corner on the half hour mark was bulleted over by Siobhan Hunter.

The final chance of the half fell to the visitors again, however Hunter was only able to send a long distance effort wide with no threat to Fiona McNicoll.

Hibs looked to break the deadlock early in the second half and came close as a Brownlie cross almost deceived McNicoll; the keeper doing well to smother the ball on the line.

They took the lead in the 54th minute through former Farmington Young Player of the Year Amy Gallacher; Hibs forcing their way through on the left hand side with Gallacher lashing home from close range.

Despite a good performance from Farmington, Hibs looked to grab a second and Lia Tweedie was unlucky not to find the back of the net in the 65th minute as McNicoll pushed her effort over the bar.

Kirsty Smith was also denied by McNicoll with twenty minutes remaining and the visitors were dealt a blow shortly after as Siobhan Hunter was forced off with a nasty looking injury.

Graham hit the bar after connecting with another Brownlie corner but they clinched all three points with just two minutes left of normal time; Turner curling a brilliant 20 yard effort into the net despite McNicoll getting her hand to it.

This ensured all three points left with the visitors but Mark Nisbet’s side can be happy with their performance against one of the league’s title challengers.

Next week sees a break from league action for Farmington as they host Aberdeen in the League Cup first round.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Danni McGinley, Robyn Smith (Erin Cattanach 71), Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Cassie Cowper, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Gemma Collier 84), Tammy Harkin

Subs not used: Leah White, Beth Shillitto, Alison Debio, Kayleigh Brough, Chantelle McKay (gk)

Hibernian: Jenna Fife, Siobhan Hunter (Cailin Michie 77), Lisa Robertson, Kirsty Smith, Rachel McLauchlan, Lucy Graham, Amy Gallacher, Ellis Notley, Katey Turner, Emma Brownlie, Lia Tweedie (Shannon McGregor 68)

Sub not used: Hannah Reid (gk)

SBSSWPL1: Hamilton Academical 0 Forfar Farmington 1

Forfar Farmington started their SBSSWPL1 season in the best possible fashion as they defeated Hamilton Academical 1-0.

Robyn Smith’s 53rd minute goal was enough to give Mark Nisbet’s side all three points at the Superseal Stadium.

Close season signings Cassie Cowper, Hannah Stewart and Tammy Harkin were all handed debuts while Sophie Milligan missed out through injury.

The hosts had the first opportunity of the game in the sixth minute as Lori Gardner attempted an overhead effort but failed to beat Fiona McNicoll.

A minute later Megan McCarthy was inches away from opening the scoring; Cassie Cowper’s free kick found the defender but she stabbed the ball wide.

In the 19th minute Hannah Stewart’s cross was cleared for a corner with Danni McGinley waiting and from Julia Scott’s set piece Cowper saw her effort cleared off the line.

Sixty seconds later Tammy Harkin was denied by Lauren Grant while Nicola Davidson’s long range effort had the sting taken out of it by an oncoming defender as both sides started to cancel each other out before half time.

The second half saw Forfar come flying out the blocks with Davidson and McGinley testing Grant in the first three minutes.

Farmington went one better in the 53rd minute; Scott’s pinpoint cross was swept home by Robyn Smith at the far post.

A minute later Gardner couldn’t beat McNicoll while Nina Fitzsimmons’ cross was headed over by Katie Rice who should have done better.

On the hour mark Scott sent an effort just past the post as Farmington looked to add a second.

The Forfar defence held firm through a period of pressure from the hosts as they restricted them to two long distance shots from Rice that McNicoll gathered with ease.

In the 87th minute Stewart could, and probably should, have killed the game off as snow fell on the pitch; subs Kirsty Deans and Cheryl Kilcoyne combined for the latter to spray the ball across for the winger to blast over the bar.

The final chance fell to Accies sub Teigan McCann in injury time; she made her way into the box and after cutting inside, tamely sent a shot into the arms of McNicoll.

The result is the perfect start to the 2018 SBSSWPL1 season and Farmington will look to build on this when they take on Hibernian next week.

Hamilton Academical: Lauren Grant, Amy Anderson (Teigan McCann 65), Nina Fitzsimmons, Kirsty Fraser (Mhairi Lyle 78), Lori Gardner, Kodie Hay (Deborah McLeod 65), Gillian Inglis, Jade Lindsay, Emma Lyons, Megan Quinn, Katie Rice

Substitutes: Danielle Connolly, Jordan McLintock, Emily Shearer, Carys Hopkins (gk)

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Danni McGinley (Alison Debio 90+1), Robyn Smith (Beth Shillitto 86), Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Cassie Cowper, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Cheryl Kilcoyne 57), Tammy Harkin, Hannah Stewart, Kayleigh Brough (Kirsty Deans 57)

Substitutes: Leah White, Lotte Deubel, Chantelle McKay (gk)

SBSSWPL2: Forfar Farmington 4 Jeanfield Swifts 0

Forfar Farmington completed their championship winning season with a 4-0 win over Jeanfield Swifts as they were presented with the SBSSWPL2 trophy.

Danni McGinley’s double along with goals from substitutes Kayleigh Noble and Beth Shillitto earned Farmington the three points in front of a 200+ strong crowd.

After the previous week’s draw at Hearts, three changes were made with Fiona McNicoll, Alana Bruce and Erin Cattanach replacing Chantelle McKay, Kirsty Deans and Leah White.

Farmington started off well and put Jeanfield under early pressure with Gemma Collier and Robyn Smith seeing headers held by Bobby Cochran.

Smith was inches away from connecting with a Cheryl Kilcoyne cross in the tenth minute before Julia Scott saw her free kick gathered by the keeper shortly after.

Kilcoyne and Caroline Heron combined to send McGinley clear in the 20th minute but she could only send her shot straight at Cochran. Just 60 seconds later the striker found the net however; Cochran’s poor clearance landed at McGinley’s feet and she was more than happy to put Farmington ahead.

The game turned into a midfield battle following this with chances few and far between. Jeanfield’s first chance came on the half hour mark as Laura Dunn’s corner found Amy Henderson but she somehow sent the ball wide from two yards out.

Five minutes before the break Jeanfield captain Jade McDonald could only sent a shot from the edge of the box past the post.

It was a stuffy start to the second half as Farmington’s Erin Cattanach saw her name enter the referee’s book following a challenge on the wing.

Dunn couldn’t find the target for the visitors while at the other end McGinley saw her shot smothered by Cochran in the 55th minute.

Neither side was able to create many chances in the opening 25 minutes of the second half and it wasn’t until the 70th minute that the game opened up again.

Robyn Smith screwed the ball wide after racing onto a through ball but a minute later it was 2-0; Smith’s run to the byline saw her cut the ball back and Kayleigh Noble fiercely hammered the ball home.

Just over sixty seconds after the second goal and Farmington had added to their lead once again when the ball bobbled around the box; McGinley outmuscling a defender to send the ball past Cochran for her fifteenth goal in sixteen games.

From being only 1-0 up in the 70th minute, Farmington were 4-0 up by the 75th minute; Nicola Davidson’s free kick just inside the Jeanfield half was fumbled by Cochran and Shillitto tapped in from close range for her first senior goal.

With the points more or less sealed, the game quietened down once again with the next clear cut chance falling to Shillitto in the 89th minute; her shot after Nicola Davidson set her up saw her shot blocked.

There was almost a late goal of the season contender in the third minute of stoppage time with almost every Farmington player touching the ball in a series of passes culminating in Kayleigh Noble’s cross finding Kirsty Deans however her header flew inches past the post.

All in all, it was a good end to the season for the title winning squad who will look to build on this next season when they return to the top tier.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach (Kayleigh Brough 81), Danni McGinley, Robyn Smith (Beth Shillitto 71), Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Caroline Heron (Kirsty Deans 25), Cheryl Kilcoyne (Alison Debio 75), Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Kayleigh Noble 61)

Subs not used: Leah White, Chantelle McKay (gk)

Jeanfield Swifts: Bobby Cochran, Ellie Cowie (Megan Moss 86), Rhianna Tweedie (Hannah Clark 78), Amy Henderson, Erin McCrindle (Eilidh McIntyre 65), Rachel Todd, Rebecca Foote, Jade McDonald (Jennifer Rogers 78), Emma MacLean (Niamh Irvine 78), Laura Dunn, Leah Fleming

Subs not used: Emma Flynn-Scott

SBSSWPL2: Hearts 2 Forfar Farmington 2

SBSSWPL2 champions Forfar Farmington came from behind to draw 2-2 with Hearts in their penultimate game of the 2017 season.

After a dubious own goal and Danni Pagliarulo’s fantastic free kick put Hearts ahead, goals from Danni McGinley and Caroline Heron completed a second half comeback for Farmington at Kings Park.

Six changes were made for the fixture with Bruce, Shillitto, Cattanach, Parsley, Debio and Brough replaced by McGinley, Davidson, White, McCarthy, Smith and Kilcoyne.

Farmington started off strongly with Robyn Smith’s driven cross across the face of goal finding no takers inside the first minute before Caroline Heron sent a looping header onto the roof of the net from a Kirsty Deans cross.

Heron had another chance in the fifth minute as she flicked a Nicola Davidson free kick wide.

A minute later Hearts took the lead with a bizarre own goal; Megan McCarthy’s pass back bobbled over the foot of Chantelle McKay, the keeper looked to have gathered it on the line but the linesman ruled differently.

Farmington had the ball in the net in the 11th minute when Danni McGinley powered home a Julia Scott corner however the referee ruled it out for a foul.

Deans fired wide with Heron sending a dipping volley past the post but it was the visitors who grabbed the next goal in the 26th minute; Danni Pagliarulo curling a free kick in from 25 yards.

Despite the deficit, the visitors looked to get back into the game with Heron sending a long range effort wide five minutes before the break.

On the stroke of half time a corner found Hearts’ Ashley Carse but she couldn’t get her effort on target.

Farmington came out for the second half strongly as McGinley fired over seconds after the restart.

In the 54th minute Scott had an effort blocked before McGinley met a Scott corner with the shot deflected wide.

From another Scott corner Robyn Smith’s effort was held before Heron was also denied by Ashley Watson on the hour mark.

Cheryl Kilcoyne nodded just past the post but Farmington did find the net in the 67th minute; Smith flicking on a long ball for McGinley to outmuscle the defence before lashing past Watson.

The goal galvanised Farmington and they looked more likely to find the net next with Heron’s effort pushed wide four minutes after the goal.

After increased pressure on the Hearts defence, Heron levelled matters with ten minutes remaining; McGinley’s long throw wasn’t dealt with by a static defence and the attacker sent the loose ball past Watson for her fourth goal since returning to the club.

Farmington kept up the pressure and in injury time could have taken all three points when Nicola Davidson dragged her shot wide shortly before a Megan McCarthy cross was headed millimetres past the post by Smith with Watson beaten.

The result means Farmington are twelve points ahead at the top ahead of next week’s trophy presentation at home to Jeanfield Swifts.

Hearts: Ashley Watson, Louise Kerr (Georgia Hunter 65), Sharon Hughes, Lynsay Anderson, Holly Aitchison, Danni Pagliarulo, Courtney McAvoy, Michelle Stewart, Ashley Carse (Kara Kidd 74), Jennifer Smith, Megan Paterson

Subs not used: Jen Dodds, Tegayn Hamilton

Forfar Farmington: Chantelle McKay, Gemma Collier, Leah White (Kayleigh Brough 74), Danni McGinley (Laura Parsley 86), Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Caroline Heron, Kirsty Deans (Alana Bruce 58), Cheryl Kilcoyne, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 79)

Subs not used: Alison Debio, Erin Cattanach, Lotte Deubel

SBSSWPL2: EUHV 3 Forfar Farmington 1

It was a rare off day for Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League Two champions Forfar Farmington as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Peffermill against Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale.

A much changed Farmington were two goals down to Anna Hume and Nichola Sturrock goals at half time with Margaux Durand-Watson adding a third before Danni McGinley’s consolation.

There were six changes made from the title winning game a fortnight ago as McKay, Parsley, Cattanach, Shillitto, Debio and Brough came in for McNicoll, Davidson, McCarthy, McGinley, Smith and Kilcoyne.

It was an even start for both sides with EUHV looking strong at the back to deny Farmington and they went ahead after ten minutes; Kayleigh Brough couldn’t get a strong enough touch on Nichola Sturrock’s cross and it fell through to Anna Hume who fired home.

Hume almost added a second four minutes later but Gemma Collier cleared the loose ball.

Farmington started to settle more into the game with Beth Shillitto firing straight at Charlene Lessells in the 15th minute.

Shillitto had the ball in the net when she converted a Scott cross but the referee pulled play back as Scott was adjudged to have been offside when she received the ball before.

Caroline Heron was denied by Lessells from distance with the keeper beating Laura Parsley to the ball from Scott’s cross shortly after.

Hume nodded over for the hosts after meeting Beth Macleod’s cross while Heron and Scott combined at the other end only for Parsley’s effort to fall wide.

The hosts added a second just before half time when Sturrock looked to have taken the ball out of play but the referee kept play going and she lashed the ball past McKay.

Farmington came out from the break looking to have a better second half performance and seemed to have that with Heron threatening the keeper within sixty seconds of the restart.

On the hour mark sub Danni McGinley sent a glancing header inches past the post from a Kilcoyne cross before Nicola Davidson’s free kick fell to Kirsty Deans who volleyed just wide with sub keeper Parker-Smith beaten.

Scott sent a cross into the danger zone which Parker-Smith had to look sharp to paw it away from going straight in.

McGinley and Heron combined in the 65th minute for the latter to fire straight at the keeper as Farmington kept up the pressure.

Heron had a header cleared before the attacker and sub Robyn Smith were denied by a resolute defence when Scott’s cross caused problems in the box.

The hosts extended their lead with their first clear cut chance in a while as Margaux Durand-Watson slotted home from Macleod’s cut back.

Fiona Boslem fired over from a Sturrock corner with eight minutes left but it was Farmington who found the net as the game entered injury time; Alana Bruce played the ball to McGinley and she turned the defence before slipping the ball past the keeper.

Deans almost added a second moments later when Smith’s cross found her but her effort was blocked before being cleared.

EUHV: Charlene Lessells (Charlotte Parker-Smith 46), Nicole Clark, Judith Shepherd, Fiona Boslem, Beth Sutherland (Margaux Durand-Watson 46), Nichola Sturrock (Lucy Brown 89), Lucy Stanton, Anna Hume, Beth Macleod, Sophie Boeckh, Leanne Forker

Subs not used: Kayla Durverger, Katie MacDonald, Katy Watt, Lisa MacFarlane

Forfar Farmington: Chantelle McKay, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach (Leah White 83), Beth Shillitto (Robyn Smith 60), Alana Bruce, Caroline Heron, Kirsty Deans, Laura Parsley (Danni McGinley 52), Julia Scott, Alison Debio (Cheryl Kilcoyne 52), Kayleigh Brough (Nicola Davidson 52)

Subs not used: Megan McCarthy, Fiona McNicoll (gk)

SBSSWPL2: Forfar Farmington 5 Motherwell 1

Forfar Farmington clinched the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League Two title with a dominant 5-1 win over closest challengers Motherwell.

Danni McGinley netted a hat trick with Caroline Heron and Julia Scott completing the scoring while Pamela Liddell grabbed a late consolation for the visitors.

Two changes were made from the Scottish Cup semi final defeat with Kayleigh Brough and Erin Cattanach replaced by Megan McCarthy and Cheryl Kilcoyne.

In front of a 200+ crowd, Farmington looked to be up for it from the start with three chances in the first five minutes.

Alana Bruce sent in two crosses in quick succession with Julia Scott volleying over before Caroline Heron sent her effort at the keeper.

Cheryl Kilcoyne then found Danni McGinley but Sarah Rhind did well to push her shot away.

Farmington went ahead from the resulting corner; Scott’s cross was flicked on by Kilcoyne and McGinley fired home for her ninth of the season.

It was 2-0 inside the opening ten minutes; Scott’s cross found McGinley however the striker couldn’t get a shot away with Heron more than happy to blast the ball past the keeper.

Pamela Liddell had Motherwell’s first chance in the 12th minute but her ambitious overhead kick was off target.

Scott and Heron were denied again before Scott had another shot deflected away from goal; the cross back in from Robyn Smith found Gemma Collier who saw her header held by Rhind.

Nicole Goodwin tested Fiona McNicoll from distance in a rare foray forward from the visitors before Scott and Collier came close again at the other end.

Heron fired wide from a McGinley with before the latter denied by Rhind after the former set her up.

McGinley went one better in the 35th minute; Heron sent Scott clear on the wing and she sent in a low cross for McGinley to slot home.

Sixty second later Forfar netted their fourth as Smith split the Motherwell defence and Scott rounded Rhind before tapping the ball into the empty net.

McGinley was denied again as the game approached half time but Farmington looked to be well on their way to a title win.

The second half started somewhat less frantic than the first half with the first opportunity coming from Liddell when she fired a free kick wide in the 55th minute.

Four minutes later Scott had her own set piece tipped wide before Megan McCarthy headed over from a Davidson ball.

Heron came close again with two quickfire opportunities that were held by Rhind meanwhile sub Kayleigh Noble hit the sidenetting in the 70th minute.

Noble could have grabbed an assist a minute later when Farmington broke forward and she sent a great ball into Beth Shillitto with the winger’s shot parried by Rhind again.

Kilcoyne had a shot deflected over minutes prior to McGinley’s shot being saved by the keeper from a Shillitto cross.

After Heron came close twice again, McGinley completed her hat trick in injury time; Kilcoyne flicked a ball on and the striker was sent clear to round the keeper and slot home.

Motherwell pulled one back through Pamela Liddell’s consolation but it wasn’t enough to derail Farmington as the players and staff celebrated the league win on the full time whistle.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Danni McGinley, Robyn Smith (Kayleigh Noble 66), Nicola Davidson (Erin Cattanach 76), Alana Bruce (Leah White 76), Caroline Heron, Kirsty Deans (Alison Debio 73), Cheryl Kilcoyne, Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 66), Megan McCarthy

Subs not used: Kayleigh Brough, Chantelle McKay (gk)

Motherwell: Sarah Rhind, Stacey Cook, Heather Magill, Megan Murray, Nicole Goodwin (Lauren Simmons 61), Suzanne Winters, Lauryn Reside, Natasha Roberts, Kaitlyn Canavan, Pamela Liddell