Category: SWPL Match Reports

SWPL2: Buchan 0 Forfar Farmington 4

Forfar Farmington extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two with a 4-0 demolition of Buchan.

Julia Scott’s first half opener was added to by Laura Parsley, Robyn Smith and Kayleigh Noble as Farmington coasted to victory, restricting the hosts to long range efforts.

Forfar started well and opened the scoring just two minutes in as Julia Scott rose to head home Robyn Smith’s cross.

Buchan could have levelled eight minutes later through Leanne Reid’s 35 yard free kick but it was just too high and rattled the crossbar before going over.

Alison Debio came close to an impressive first goal for the club but couldn’t keep her effort down with it flying inches over the bar.

Megan McCarthy and Laura Parsley saw chances go off target as Farmington kept up the pressure on the Buchan defence.

Kirsty Deans fired over with captain Nicola Davidson doing the same shortly before the half hour mark.

Davidson forced former Farmington trialist Lauren Sangster into a save from her free kick in the 34th minute before Gemma Collier had a shot cleared off the line from a Scott corner.

Robyn Smith tested Sangster twice while Scott hit the post with a cross-cum-shot as Farmington went into half time a goal ahead.

They doubled that lead ninety seconds after the break with Parsley rising to nod home a Scott corner.

Scott and Erin Cattanach came close just after but it was Robyn Smith who added to the tally in the 55th minute; great work from Cattanach allowed Smith to run from her own half before driving the ball past Sangster from 20 yards.

Beth Shillitto came on shortly after the hour mark and was close to netting just minutes after coming on but for the Buchan defence blocking her effort.

Leanne Reid fired over from long range before Scott curled past the post after cutting in from the left wing. 

Deans blasted over from the edge of the box while Zoe Smart came the closest for the hosts as she sent an effort into Fiona McNicoll’s arms from 20 yards.

Kayleigh Noble completed the scoring with three minutes to go; lashing home from just inside the box after Buchan failed  to clear their lines.

The result means Forfar Farmington move four points ahead of their title rivals and are unbeaten after the first round of games with six wins and one draw.

They now face a fortnight wait until their next game which is a top of the table clash at Station Park against Glasgow Girls.

Buchan: Lauren Sangster, Gemma Rae, Jennifer Urquhart, Lydia Johnston, Fiona Ritchie, Natasha Wiseman, Bethany Emslie (Julia Reid 57), Zoe Smart, Leanne Reid, Michelle Sutherland (Caitlin Matthews 70), Rachel Masterton

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach, Laura Parsley (Beth Shillitto 64), Kayleigh Noble, Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Megan McCarthy (Kayleigh Brough 71), Julia Scott, Alison Debio (Leah White 64)

Subs not used: Alana Bruce, Hannah Dryden (gk)

SWPL2: Forfar Farmington 5 Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale 0

Forfar Farmington extended their lead at the top of the SWPL2 with a comfortable 5-0 win over Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale.

Cheryl Kilcoyne’s first half opener was followed by goals from Robyn Smith, Julia Scott, Kayleigh Noble and Megan McCarthy to make it six games unbeaten for Mark Nisbet’s side.

One change was made from the draw at Hearts a fortnight ago with Beth Shillitto replacing Laura Parsley while a trialist was named on the bench.

Farmington came close early on when Kirsty Deans nipped past a defender in the 7th minute but the midfielder could only fire wide.

Deans blasted wide again three minutes later while Julia Scott lobbed the advancing Charlene Lessells shortly after but a defender raced back to clear before the ball found the net.

Forfar did take the lead after increased pressure in the 19th minute; Nicola Davidson sent a perfect through ball for Cheryl Kilcoyne to race on to and calmly slot home under the keeper for her fifth of the season.

Ten minutes after this the visitors had their first chance of the game however Ashley Fish could only send her effort straight into Fiona McNicoll’s arms.

Shillitto almost forced a second for Farmington just after the half hour mark when her cross was cleared by a defender however the clearance flew only inches past the post for a corner.

Kilcoyne had the ball in the net once again on the stroke of half time however it was ruled out with the EUHV keeper injuring themselves attempting to beat the attacker to the ball.

Seven minutes into the second half and Farmington deservedly added to their lead; Shillitto setting up Kilcoyne and her cross was knocked on to the post by Scott but when a clearance was attempted they could only blast the ball into Robyn Smith and it was diverted into the net.

Forfar kept up the pressure and in the 68th minute Scott grabbed herself her first goal of 2017; rising to nod home Smith’s inch perfect cross.

Four minutes later and it was a fantastic four for Forfar with Smith sending a cross in once again and despite it hitting the bar sub Kayleigh Noble was on hand to head home from a yard out.

There were further chances for the league leaders and Megan McCarthy could only watch as her header was cleared off the line before Noble tested Lessells with a well struck effort.

Nicola Davidson struck a free kick past the post in the 80th minute but there was yet another goal to come late on. Smith grabbed her hat trick of assists to go with her goal when her corner was bulleted home by Megan McCarthy.

The result, coupled with Hearts’ win over Glasgow Girls means Farmington hold a three point lead at the top of SWPL2 but will face tough opposition in Buchan next Sunday.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach, Beth Shillitto (Kayleigh Noble 52), Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne (Laura Parsley 66), Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Sophie Young 81), Alison Debio (Leah White 68)

Subs not used: Alana Bruce, Trialist, Chantelle McKay (gk)

Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale: Charlene Lessells, Nicole Clark, Fiona Boslem (Hannah Craig 46), Louise Kerr (Elizabeth Reid 75), Judith Shepherd, Steph Briggs (Florence Haines 66), Anna Murray (Beth MacLeod 46), Karen Hanson (Margaux Durand-Watson 73), Nichola Sturrock, Ashley Fish, Leanne Forker

Subs not used: Erin Burns, Lauren Watters

SWPL2: Heart of Midlothian 1 Forfar Farmington 1

Forfar Farmington dropped their first points of the season but remain top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League 2 after a 1-1 draw away to Hearts.

Jennifer Dodds’ first half goal put Hearts ahead and looked to be enough until Gemma Collier nodded home in the 87th minute to take a share of the spoils.

Mark Nisbet fielded the same team that defeated Glasgow Girls with the only squad change being keeper Chantelle McKay replacing Hannah Dryden as the sub keeper.

Forfar started off well with Nicola Davidson firing over from a distance before Gemma Collier was inches away from connecting with Julia Scott’s free kick.

Lauren Hall had Hearts’ first chance in the 11th minute but could only fire straight at the keeper. Scott did the same at the other end three minutes later as both sides started to settle.

Farmington could have taken the lead in the 17th minute when Scott’s corner was missed by the keeper but Kirsty Deans could only divert the ball over the bar.

Jennifer Dodds had a great chance to open the scoring when she met Ashley Carse’s cross but her header flew over. In the 28th minute she was provided with a carbon copy chance and the attacker stabbed the ball past McNicoll to give Hearts the lead.

This was a wake up call for Farmington and shortly before half time they came close to an equaliser with keeper Ashley Watson having to do well to save Megan McCarthy’s header and Deans’ 20 yard strike.

Katie Reilly blasted wide from long range as Hearts looked to kill the game early in the second half however Forfar began to take control of proceedings with Cheryl Kilcoyne seeing her effort blocked before Scott was inches away from connecting with a ball from McCarthy following a 50 yard weaving run from the defender.

McCarthy headed over from sub Kayleigh Noble’s corner before Deans fired wide of the mark again as Farmington looked to capitalise on the pressure.

With ten minutes left Robyn Smith sent her long range effort wide however in the 87th minute Farmington finally grabbed a deserved equaliser; Nicola Davidson’s free kick from the halfway line was flicked on by McCarthy and Gemma Collier was on hand to send a looping header over the keeper.

Mark Nisbet’s side kept up the pressure as they looked for a late winner however they were unable to break through the Hearts defence with the hosts also unable to carve out any clear cut chances.

The result means Farmington are still top of the league and are unbeaten in the first quarter of the season.

Nisbet was pleased to take a point away from a difficult venue as he felt Farmington weren’t at their best at Kings Park.

He said: “It was a slightly frustrating day for us; I thought we had a lot of the territory within the game and we put Hearts under a fair bit of pressure but we maybe struggled to create chances.”

“Sometimes you look at the game and you think is it a point gained or two points dropped and I think it’s a point gained as we weren’t at our best.”

Hearts: Ashley Watson, Sharon Hughes (Demi Summers 24), Stacey Hutchison, Georgia Hunter, Megan Paterson, Rachel Walkingshaw, Katie Reilly, Danni Pagliarulo, Ashley Carse, Jennifer Dodds, Lauren Hall

Sub not used: Gemma Piaskowski

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach (Leah White 46), Laura Parsley (Kayleigh Noble 60), Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 60), Alison Debio

Subs not used: Alana Bruce, Chantelle McKay (gk)

SWPL2: Glasgow Girls 0 Forfar Farmington 2

Forfar Farmington became outright leaders at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two as two second half goals earned them victory against Glasgow Girls.

Robyn Smith’s 74th minute volley along with Kayleigh Noble’s injury time goal saw Farmington take all three points in a tough and physical match.

Mark Nisbet made one change from the win over Motherwell a fortnight ago with Erin Cattanach returning to replace Leah White.

The hosts had the first chance of a scrappy opening period with their left winger firing over after being sent clear of the Forfar defence.

Kirsty Deans lashed over from long range in the 15th minute before Julia Scott set up Laura Parsley who could only fire into the side netting.

Kilcoyne tested the keeper with two efforts in quick succession meanwhile Glasgow Girls should have done better as their forward raced towards goal with Megan McCarthy getting back to deny her.

Farmington could have gone ahead within a minute of the second half; Parsley sending a defence splitting through ball for Kilcoyne however she was inches away from connecting before the keeper collected.

Alison Debio saw her long range effort fly just past the post with the keeper beaten in the 51st minute while she was fouled from behind minutes later as the referee showed the Glasgow Girls midfielder the first booking of the game.

Fiona McNicoll was forced into a good save in the 65th minute as Glasgow Girls looked to break the deadlock.

Nine minutes later it was broken through a fantastic goal from Robyn Smith; sub Beth Shillitto’s corner was nodded out by the defence and Smith flicked the ball over a defender before volleying high past the keeper from 20 yards for her third of the season.

Parsley almost added a second less than a minute after the opener as her 30 yard effort looked to be covered by the keeper however it spilled through her gloves and fell wide for a corner.

Shillitto found the side netting from an angle while a Glasgow Girls midfielder fired wide from a distance.

Substitute Kayleigh Noble sealed the win deep into injury time with Shillitto battling to force the ball into the winger’s path and Noble was more than happy to slot home under the advancing keeper.

The result coupled with Hearts’ defeat means that Farmington are the only side to have a 100% record at the top of SWPL2 and will look to continue this when they visit Hearts this Sunday.

Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach, Laura Parsley, Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne (Kayleigh Noble 86), Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 72), Alison Debio

Subs not used: Leah White, Alana Bruce, Hannah Dryden (gk)

SWPL2: Forfar Farmington 5 Motherwell 3

Forfar Farmington continued their good start to the season with a 5-3 win over Motherwell, however they were given a late scare with all three Well goals coming in the last ten minutes.

A double from Cheryl Kilcoyne along with Nicola Davidson’s penalty, Robyn Smith’s close range finish and Megan McCarthy’s fantastic lob had the side coasting before Nicole Goodwin, Pamela Liddell and Stacey Cook made the scoreline look slightly less impressive for Forfar.

Two changes were made from March’s win away to Jeanfield as Erin Cattanach and Beth Shillitto dropped out of the starting XI to be replaced by Kirsty Deans and Julia Scott. U17 player Taylor Clifford was also named on the bench as she hoped to make her senior debut at just fifteen.

Farmington started off well and forced four corners in the first six minutes; those set pieces allowing Kirsty Deans chances to open the scoring however she volleyed over before her next effort was deflected wide.

Sophie Gallacher sent Motherwell’s first shot across the face of Fiona McNicoll’s goal however in the 19th minute it was Forfar who took the lead.

Some smart link up play down the left ended with Robyn Smith laying the ball off for Cheryl Kilcoyne to curl home past Lauren McGregor.

Seven minutes later it was two; a McCarthy cross was handled in the box and captain Nicola Davidson stepped up to slot the spot kick home.

The visitors came out for the second half looking better than they had fared in the first half with sub Nicole Goodwin and Dionne Brown testing McNicoll.

Kilcoyne and Deans saw efforts go narrowly wide meanwhile Laura Parsley’s overhead kick was cleared off the line shortly after the hour mark with McGregor beaten.

With twenty minutes remaining the lead was extended when Kilcoyne sent Smith sprinting clear and despite her first shot being parried, she gleefully knocked home the loose ball.

It was two goals in two minutes for Farmington as Kayleigh Noble forced her way down the left flank before cutting a low ball across goal for Kilcoyne to bundle past McGregor.

Liddell hit the bar for Well however Forfar added a fifth with ten minutes to go; McCarthy lobbing McGregor from 25 yards in a priceless moment for the defender not known for her goalscoring abilities.

Despite the comfortable lead Farmington allowed Motherwell to make it difficult for them with three goals inside the last eight minutes. Goodwin netted the first while Liddell and Cook made the score look respectable for the Steelwomen.

The win keeps Forfar at the top of SWPL2 with a fortnight break before their next game away to Glasgow Girls.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll (Hannah Dryden 78), Gemma Collier, Leah White, Laura Parsley (Beth Shillitto 71), Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne (Taylor Clifford 86), Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Kayleigh Noble 66), Alison Debio (Zoe Moreland 75)

Subs not used: Alana Bruce, Erin Ross

Motherwell: Lauren McGregor, Niamh Johnston, Stacey Cook, Heather Magill, Kayleigh Docherty, Suzanne Grant, Dionne Brown, Amy Bulloch, Natasha Roberts, Sophie Gallacher, Pamela Liddell

Subs used: Sara McWhirter, Nicole Goodwin, Lauren Whitehead

SWPL2: Jeanfield Swifts 1 Forfar Farmington 2

Forfar Farmington kept up their 100% record on Sunday with a hard fought 2-1 win over Jeanfield Swifts at the McDiarmid Park Astro.

Laura Parsley’s 50th minute opener was cancelled out by Danni McGinley’s corner flying in however Cheryl Kilcoyne scored a stunning winner with four minutes left.

Two changes were made from the previous week’s win over East Fife with Kirsty Deans and Julia Scott making way for Gemma Collier and Cheryl Kilcoyne.

Farmington had the first chance of the game with Alison Debio setting up Laura Parsley; the attacker firing straight at the keeper in the fourth minute.

Just after the quarter hour mark Debio was involved again, playing a ball for Robyn Smith to rebound off Parsley but the former Jeanfield winger could only send her effort wide of the mark.

The hosts had their best chance of the first half twenty minutes in; youngster Leah Fleming hitting the outside of the post from a tight angle.

Beth Shillitto and Leah White tested Bobby Cochran in quick succession before Jeanfield’s Jade McDonald blasted over from six yards out with only Fiona McNicoll to beat.

In the 34th minute Parsley fired across the face of goal however her shot flew past the wrong side of the far post.

Five minutes later Danni McGinley curled wide from just outside the box with the last chance before half time seeing Shillitto and Smith denied by Cochran.

Farmington took the lead five minutes after the break as Shillitto’s cross was flicked up by Parsley before she volleyed past Cochran from just inside the box for her second of the season.

Erin Cattanach and Gemma Collier saw efforts blocked from a Kilcoyne corner while substitute Kayleigh Noble found the sidenetting with a fierce effort just after the hour mark.

Noble came close again minutes later after being put through by Shillitto but she couldn’t beat Cochran.

McGinley equalised for Jeanfield in the 67th minute; her corner going straight in despite McNicoll’s claims she was impeded when trying to catch the set piece.

Kilcoyne blasted straight at Cochran seven minutes later and with ten minutes to go Jeanfield could have went ahead. McGinley made her way towards goal and she knocked the ball past McNicoll while off balance however before she could compose herself Megan McCarthy raced back to clear the ball. Unfortunately McGinley was injured in the attack and was subsequently substituted after treatment.

Farmington grabbed a stunning winner with four minutes to go when Laura Parsley set up Kilcoyne to send an effort in to the top corner from 25 yards.

The win keeps Farmington at the top of the league and they will look to continue their run when they host Motherwell in a fortnight.

Jeanfield Swifts: Bobby Cochran, Emma Flynn-Scott, Rhee Tweedie (Megan Moss 66), Danni McGinley (Donna Shaw 83), Amy Henderson, Rachel Todd (Ellie Cowie 60), Jodie Morris, Rebecca Foote, Jade McDonald, Laura Dunn, Leah Fleming

Subs not used: Niamh Irvine, Emma Maclean, Corrie McIlravey-Davidson, Megan Sidey

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Leah White (Kayleigh Noble 46), Erin Cattanach, Laura Parsley, Beth Shillitto, Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Cheryl Kilcoyne (Philippa McCallum 88), Megan McCarthy, Alison Debio (Caitlin Mitchell 58)

Subs not used: Erin Ross, Julia Scott, Alana Bruce, Chantelle McKay

Post-match interview with Mark Nisbet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrlrR2Hjoy8

SWPL2: Forfar Farmington 4 East Fife 1

Forfar Farmington started life in the second tier of the Scottish Women’s Premier League with a bang on Sunday as they convincingly defeated East Fife 4-1.

Kirsty Deans netted just five minutes in before second half goals from Laura Parsley, Robyn Smith and Cheryl Kilcoyne sealed the win despite Melissa McAllister’s consolation shortly after the hour mark.

Head coach Mark Nisbet handed a first start to Leah White meanwhile Anne Murrie made her first SWPL appearance after impressing for the U23 side.

Farmington got off to a dream start just five minutes in when Robyn Smith’s cross was taken down by Julia Scott for Kirsty Deans to rifle home.

The Fifers had their first chance three minutes later however Johanna Clark could only fire straight at Fiona McNicoll.

Laura Parsley was inches away from connecting with a teasing Beth Shillitto cross minutes before she saw her shot from a Scott cross blocked.

Smith found the roof of the net in the 25th minute with a long range effort before her curled strike on the half hour mark was held by the keeper.

In the 39th minute Farmington should have probably extended their lead; Scott’s cross was met by the head of Smith and her header was diverted towards goal by Parsley however it was tipped wide.

Shillitto set up Scott on the stroke of half time with the winger firing into the keeper’s arms.

It didn’t take long for Farmington to get going again after the break and they doubled their lead just five minutes in; Scott’s corner found McCarthy and after East Fife failed to clear their lines Laura Parsley cheekily backheeled the ball through the legs of Anderson.

Cheryl Kilcoyne had been in fantastic form for the U23 team and was rewarded with a place in the SWPL match day squad. Three minutes after coming on, the striker came close to proving her worth when she latched on to a Nicola Davidson ball but her strike was blocked by Anderson.

Deans and McCarthy sent efforts off target and in the 64th minute East Fife gave themselves a lifeline when Wheatley’s corner was bundled home by Melissa McAllister at the back post.

Kilcoyne tested the keeper again before being involved in Farmington’s third with twelve minutes left. She sent Scott racing down the left wing to send in a perfect cross for Smith to slip under Anderson for her first goal since June last year.

It was 4-1 in the 88th minute after a fantastic piece of play from sub Kilcoyne. The attacker, who had another couple of chances saved prior, raced on to a through ball before weaving her way through the East Fife defence and finding the bottom corner of the net.

Scott could have added another in injury time but the tireless winger could only watch as her shot flew inches past the post.

It was a good win for the side to open their season with after last season’s relegation and they are on the road next week with a short trip to Perth to face Jeanfield Swifts at the McDiarmid Park pitches.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Leah White (Caitlin Mitchell 50), Erin Cattanach (Anne Murrie 87), Laura Parsley (Kayleigh Noble 57), Beth Shillitto (Cheryl Kilcoyne 50), Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott, Alison Debio

Subs not used: Alana Bruce, Hannah Dryden (gk)

East Fife: Liz Anderson, Kirsty Graham, Sam Pattison, Johanna Clark (Natalie Conner 60), Fern Newbigging (Kerry Walker 55), Elissa Nicholson (Caitlin Paul 85), Teri Skivington, Chloe Guppy, Melissa McAllister, Lauren Wheatley, Kerry Dickson (Laura Dawson 60)

Subs not used: Alexis Keir (gk)

SWFL1 North: Forfar Farmington U23 2 Dundee United 3

Forfar Farmington and Dundee United met in a five goal thriller on Sunday at Station Park with the visitors taking all three points in the SWFL1 North.

United went ahead through Fiona Mearns and despite Beth Shillitto equalising, Derrian Gollan and Mearns restored their lead with Cheryl Kilcoyne netting a late penalty as Farmington came close to taking something from the game.

Farmington captain Cheryl Kilcoyne came close to netting in the 2nd minute when her corner evaded almost everyone with Leia Swan doing well to hook the set piece off the line.

The visitors took the lead after nine minutes; Fiona Mearns forcing her way through the defence before burying home past McKay.

Nicola Davidson, in the squad for some much needed match fitness ahead of the Premier League starting next week, almost netted an instant equaliser but she could only watch her long range strike fly over the bar.

Kilcoyne saw her effort eight minutes later pushed wide by Becky Cameron with the resultant corner being cleared as far as Davidson, her volley missing the target.

Zoe Moreland had a chance saved before Davidson nodded home on the half hour mark, her celebrations cut short for a shove in the build up.

United started to edge their way in to the game more following this; Stacey McFadyen sent a lob wide of the mark before Derrian Gollan rounded McKay and thought she had scored only for Becky McMillan to clear the danger on the line.

Eight minutes in to the second half Kilcoyne did well to set up Beth Shillitto however the attacker couldn’t create enough space and her shot was blocked.

Shillitto did go one better in the 57th minute when she pounced on a loose ball after Kilcoyne’s shot was spilled and gleefully bundled the ball in to the empty goal.

Kilcoyne sent a shot inches over on the hour mark but following the goal kick United were back in front. Gollan was sent clear by McFadyen despite strong offside shouts from Farmington and the former Forfar striker fired low under McKay.

Gollan could have had another two minutes later but for McMillan again with the defender racing back to clear off the line.

Farmington looked to level once more but were dealt a blow in the 68th minute; Mearns nodding her second from a McCafferty cross.

Both sides were attempting to force their way through the respective defences but were denied time and time again until the 87th minute when Forfar earned a corner. From the set piece the ball was headed back out to Kilcoyne and she made her way in to the box before being taken out by Mearns for a penalty; the United player earning a booking for her troubles.

Kilcoyne dusted herself off to fire the spot kick high beyond Cameron to create a nervy final few minutes.

Forfar were throwing everything they had at United and came close through Kilcoyne once again, her shot in injury time flying inches wide.

The final whistle went on an exciting game where it could have went either way with Farmington disappointed not to take a deserved point while United remain unbeaten.

Forfar Farmington U23: Chantelle McKay, Leah White, Anne Murrie, Beth Shillitto, Nicola Davidson, Rebecca McMillan, Sophie Young (Lois Millar 59), Jane Ritchie (Chloe Reilly 77), Zoe Moreland (Hannah Johnston 81), Cheryl Kilcoyne, Ellie Cook (Lynsey Tugman 46)

Sub not used: Beth Warwick

Dundee United: Becky Cameron, Laurie Denney, Kirsty Oliphant, Fiona Mearns, Leia Swan, Emma Sommerville, Chloe Robertson (Megan Robb 54), Eirinn McCafferty, Stacey McFadyen, Megan Burns, Derrian Gollan

Subs not used: Jena Jamieson, Anna Turfus, Emily Morton, Catriona Caine

Farmington Edged Out By Celtic in League Cup First Round

Forfar Farmington exited the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup at the first round following a 1-0 defeat at Celtic despite an impressive showing.

The side fought for each and every ball for the full 90 minutes, even when Gemma Collier was sent off for two bookable offences.

Farmington fielded two of their close season signings with Laura Parsley and Alison Debio starting with Beth Shillitto, Erin Cattanach and Caitlin Mitchell making only their second start for the senior team.

Celtic attempted to take an early lead with Heather Richards firing over from the edge of the box while a header flew over the bar in the first ten minutes.

Natalie Ross broke the deadlock for the hosts in the 18th minute; despite some resolute defending from Forfar, the ball was knocked down for her and she fired low past McNicoll from 20 yards.

Forfar were strong in frustrating Celtic to resorting to long balls and refusing to let their heads go down following the goal; a trait that had been a nuisance last season.

Nicola Davidson came close for Farmington with an effort that went over from the edge of the box before Sarah Ewens sent a weak effort past the post at the other end.

The second half was largely a quiet affair, with both defences on top for the most part.

Gemma Collier was booked with twenty minutes left for a foul in the middle of the park and in the 84th minute Farmington were dealt a blow when she was deemed to have fouled Ruesha Littlejohn on the edge of the box and was shown a second yellow.

Despite this, Farmington didn’t give up and kept attacking until the end, showing encouraging signs ahead of the new league season in three weeks.

Coach Kev Candy was pleased with how the team performed, adding: “We’re really happy with the players, we set out with a specific game plan to try and contain Celtic as best we could.”

“I felt the players executed that to the letter, the backline and keeper were phenomenal today. The plaudits go throughout the team however, everyone was magnificent today.”

Celtic: Megan Cunningham, Kelsey Hodges (Mairead Fulton 70), Ellis Dalgleish (Jamie-Lee Napier 70), Natalie Ross, Sarah Crilly, Sarah Ewens, Courtney Whyte, Kelly Clark, Georgie Rafferty (Nicole Cameron 79), Ruesha Littlejohn, Heather Richards

Subs not used: Keira Gibson (gk)

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach, Laura Parsley, Beth Shillitto, Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce (Kayleigh Noble 68), Megan McCarthy, Caitlin Mitchell, Alison Debio (Leah White 79)

Subs not used: Kirsty Deans, Julia Scott, Hannah Dryden (gk)

SWPL1: Forfar Farmington 0 Stirling University 1

The curtain closed on Forfar Farmington’s season on Sunday with a one goal defeat at home to Stirling University.

Nicole Pullar’s 30th minute goal against the run of play was enough for all three points in what has been the story of Farmington’s season, doing well but unable to score goals.

Head coach Mark Nisbet handed a first start to Erin Cattanach with Sophie Milligan taking part in her final game before departing for Australia.

Forfar almost got off to the perfect start when Kirsty Deans tested Chloe Logan in the second minute with the keeper holding her effort.

On the quarter hour mark Milligan came agonisingly close to breaking her scoring duck for the side; an Ann Taylor cross caused problems for the visitors in the box and when the ball fell to the defender she rifled past the post.

Logan had to look sharp to stop a Napier cross that looked like curling in shortly before Stirling missed a big chance to take the lead in the 23rd minute. Rachel Donaldson’s cross in to the area found Rebecca Galbraith but the unmarked attacker scooped her shot over the bar from close range.

Farmington seemed to look dangerous going forward but it was the visitors who took the lead in the 30th minute; Nicole Pullar was sent clear and slotted the ball past McNicoll.

Robyn Smith could have pulled Forfar level six minutes after going behind when the ball found its way to the unmarked winger however she swept her shot over the bar.

Kirsty Deans came close to equalising less than a minute in to the second half when she was set up by Amy Gallacher with the twenty yard effort flying just over the bar.

Six minutes later Holly Napier’s corner was cleared as far as full back Ann Taylor and she rifled over from long range.

Pullar looked lively up front and came close to netting again in the 56th minute when she was sent clear again but struck her shot straight at McNicoll.

Nicola Davidson set up Deans however she could only fire over again as both sets of players began to tire.

McNicoll had to look sharp to claw a great Demi Falconer effort away before Falconer nodded over from a Jade Gallon corner.

Pullar wasted another chance to extend the lead just before full time as the season ended with defeat for Farmington while Stirling should be congratulated for their efforts in reaching fourth in the SWPL1.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Erin Cattanach, Sophie Milligan (Jade McLaren 57), Lindsey Dunbar (Beth Shillitto 70), Amy Gallacher, Holly Napier, Nicola Davidson, Gemma Collier (Kayleigh Noble 70), Kirsty Deans, Robyn Smith, Ann Taylor

Subs not used: Alana Bruce, Julia Scott, Megan McCarthy.

Stirling University: Chloe Logan, Lauren Gallon, Katy Morris (Samantha Hare 60), Nicole Pullar, Jade Gallon, Lisa Sutherland, Ashley McDonald, Rachel Donaldson, Jennifer Godfrey, Rebecca Galbraith (Beth McKay 85), Demi-Lee Falconer.

Subs not used: Rebecca Blair, Lauren Eadie, Megan Moss, Kerry Kennedy

 

Match Images: http://davidyoung.photoshelter.com/gallery/30-10-2016-Forfar-Farmington-v-Stirling-University/G0000WTd10_D7SUE/

Match Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIqet56uiqI