Category: SWPL Match Reports

SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Quarter Final: Cumbernauld Colts 1 Forfar Farmington 2

Forfar Farmington overcame a tricky Cumbernauld Colts side to advance to the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup semi finals with a 2-1 win.

Despite going behind to a Sarah Wardlaw goal, Laura Parsley and Angela McGann’s unfortunate own goal ensured Mark Nisbet’s side avoided a potential upset to reach the last four for the first time since being runners up in 2012.

Three changes were made ahead of the cup tie with Erin Cattanach, Cheryl Kilcoyne and Robyn Smith dropping to the bench for Beth Shillitto, Laura Parsley and Leah White.

Farmington had the best chances of the opening ten minutes; Danni McGinley testing Angela McGann from distance before Megan McCarthy headed wide from Julia Scott’s corner.

The hosts took the lead after twelve minutes when a long ball found Sarah Wardlaw who made her way towards goal before sending a low effort past Fiona McNicoll.

Mark Nisbet’s side looked keen to get back on level terms and came close with McGinley hitting the sidenetting from 25 yards.

Scott and McGinley both had shots held by McGann before the latter blasted over from the edge of the box.

In the 36th minute Farmington grabbed an equaliser when McCarthy sent the ball forwards to Laura Parsley and despite her first effort being blocked, she made sure with the rebound.

McGann diverted another Parsley effort wide shortly before half time while Bethany Kerr sent a long range effort into the arms of Fiona McNicoll.

Farmington looked more determined in the second half with Nicola Davidson having a free kick turned wide by McGann.

A set piece led to a bizarre winner for Forfar in the 53rd minute; Scott’s corner was held by McGann but she fell back and landed over the line, appearing to hurt herself in the process.

After five minutes of treatment, the keeper was able to continue but couldn’t take goal kicks for the remainder of the tie.

McGinley had further chances to extend the lead but couldn’t beat McGann before Davidson fired wide from the edge of the box.

Parsley sent a lob over the bar while McGinley sent her shot from an Erin Cattanach cross into the arms of the keeper in the 75th minute.

From a Robyn Smith corner Megan McCarthy headed over as the game approached the final ten minutes.

Sub Cheryl Kilcoyne and Beth Shillitto sent further efforts wide before the final chance fell to Gemma Collier from a Smith corner, her shot was cleared by the Colts defence.

Farmington now enter the semi finals alongside Rangers, Hibernian and Glasgow City with the draw on Wednesday on STV2 Player at 10.30am.

Cumbernauld Colts: Angela McGann, Ruth Young, Frances Fern, Lauren Shaw (Erin Wilson 90), Sarah Wardlaw (Lynsay Guthrie 90), Bethany Kerr, Melissa Porter, Nicole Hutchison, Taylor Johnston (Maureen Simpson 81), Pamela Martin, Lynne Jackson

Subs not used: Kerry Adams, Lesley Blair, Laura Dickson, Lisa McPhee

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Leah White (Kayleigh Noble 70), Laura Parsley (Cheryl Kilcoyne 83), Beth Shillitto, Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce (Erin Cattanach 50), Danni McGinley, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Robyn Smith 59), Alison Debio (Kayleigh Brough 59)

Subs not used: Kirsty Deans, Chantelle McKay (gk)

SBSSWPL2: Glasgow Girls 0 Forfar Farmington 1

Danni McGinley’s first half goal was enough to ensure Forfar Farmington extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League Two.

McGinley’s 39th minute winner gave Farmington all three points against Glasgow Girls and pushed them eight points clear of second place Motherwell.

After last week’s 1-1 draw with Jeanfield Swifts, only one change was made with Kirsty Deans dropping out for Alison Debio.

Megan McCarthy came close for Farmington in the opening sixty seconds; hitting the post from a Nicola Davidson free kick however she was adjudged to have been offside.

Four minutes later Robyn Smith’s cross was headed wide by Cheryl Kilcoyne.

Forfar continued their early pressure but couldn’t find a way past the keeper as Danni McGinley and Kilcoyne both saw shots blocked in quick succession.

McGinley lashed over following a Julia Scott cross before Kilcoyne beat the keeper only for Kirstin McGuire to clear off the line.

Just after the half hour mark Scott saw her well struck free kick pushed past the post.

Farmington eventually found the net six minutes before half time when Fiona McNicoll’s clearance found its way to McGinley and she advanced towards goal before coolly slotting home.

Smith and Nicola Davidson were denied as the break approached with Gemma Collier nodding wide from a Scott corner.

In the second half Glasgow Girls looked to get back into the game with a change of formation and came close through half time sub Lauren Coleman but she could only send her effort straight at Fiona McNicoll.

Gillian Sloey fired into McNicoll’s arms after turning the defence in the 57th minute while at the other end Davidson fired a long range shot at the keeper.

McGinley had her 68th minute chance deflected into the keeper’s arms before Caroline Heron blasted wide on her return to the club.

Despite both sides looking to create chances the next clear cut opportunity wasn’t to come until the 83rd minute; Heron having a shot deflected wide before Smith struck into the keepers arms when Laura Parsley’s corner wasn’t cleared.

The hosts had the final chance of the game when Chloe Docherty sent her shot wide but Farmington held on to take a deserved three points.

The side have a break from league action next week when they travel to Cumbernauld Colts’ Broadwood Stadium for a Scottish Cup Quarter Final tie.

Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach (Alison Debio 46), Robyn Smith (Beth Shillitto 88), Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Danni McGinley (Sophie Young 90), Cheryl Kilcoyne (Leah White 72), Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Laura Parsley 81), Alison Debio (Caroline Heron 63)

Subs not used: Kayleigh Noble, Oliwia Gach (gk)

SBSSWPL2: Jeanfield Swifts 1 Forfar Farmington 1

Laura Parsley grabbed a late equaliser as Forfar Farmington kept their six point lead at the top of the league with a 1-1 draw away to Jeanfield Swifts.

After going behind to a Jade McDonald goal, Parsley equalised in the fourth minute of injury time following Rhianna Tweedie’s second yellow.

Farmington made two changes from their win over Buchan in the Scottish Cup with Leah White and Beth Shillitto replaced by Gemma Collier and Danni McGinley.

Cheryl Kilcoyne had the first opportunity three minutes in; Kirsty Deans finding the attacker but she fired wide of the mark.

Four minutes later Danni McGinley sent a cross into the danger zone for Robyn Smith to knock down to Kilcoyne however the striker sent her effort straight at Bobby-Leigh Cochran.

Jeanfield’s Eilidh McIntyre could have put the hosts ahead after twenty minutes when she looked to race away but Alana Bruce did well to get back and clear the danger.

Nicola Davidson and Julia Scott were denied by Cochran before the latter curled wide from the edge of the box in the 38th minute.

A minute later Scott sent a free kick into the area but Megan McCarthy couldn’t get her header on target.

Deans had the ball in the net four minutes after the break from a Scott corner but the ref disallowed it for a foul.

The hosts took the lead after 52 minutes; Fiona McNicoll’s kick couldn’t find her target and Jade McDonald capitalised before sending a lob over the keeper.

Farmington looked for a way back into the game but McGinley fired wide before she was inches away from a Davidson ball.

McIntyre blasted straight at McNicoll in the 68th minute for Jeanfield meanwhile Davidson curled over from distance.

Sub Kayleigh Noble sent a shot over when Beth Shillitto’s corner wasn’t cleared with Alison Debio also driving an effort directly at Cochran.

The hosts looked to see the game out but in the third minute of injury time Rhianna Tweedie was sent off for a second bookable offence when she fouled Davidson.

The Farmington captain took the free kick in her own half and sent the ball forward; it wasn’t cleared properly and Laura Parsley sent a 20 yard effort over the head of the keeper, the ball bouncing over the line after hitting the bar twice.

The point, coupled with Motherwell and Glasgow Girls’ draw means that Farmington keep their six point lead at the top of the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League Two.

Jeanfield Swifts: Bobby-Leigh Cochran, Ellie Cowie (Emma Flynn-Scott 87), Rhianna Tweedie, Amy Henderson, Erin Thatcher, Jen Rogers, Emma MacLean, Laura Dunn, Jade McDonald, Eilidh McIntyre (Megan Moss 77), Rachel Todd

Subs not used: Leah Fleming, Hannah Clark

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach (Alison Debio 46), Robyn Smith (Kayleigh Noble 77), Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne (Laura Parsley 71), Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 63), Danni McGinley

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

SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Third Round: Forfar Farmington 7 Buchan 0

Forfar Farmington cruised into the quarter finals of the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup with a 7-0 win over Buchan as Julia Scott grabbed a hat-trick.

An own goal from Lauren Sangster opened the scoring with Scott’s treble, Robyn Smith and Alana Bruce’s stunners and Laura Parsley completing the scoring in the third round tie.

Four changes were made from the previous week’s win over Hearts; Fiona McNicoll, Leah White, Beth Shillitto and Kirsty Deans replacing Chantelle McKay, Alison Debio, Gemma Collier and Danni McGinley.

Farmington were unlucky not to go ahead less than sixty seconds in when Julia Scott’s header was held by Lauren Sangster from Alana Bruce’s cross.

The deadlock was broken in the fifth minute; Scott’s corner was spilled into the net by Sangster. The goal was originally credited to Scott, however the dubious goals panel judged it to be a Sangster own goal.

The hosts kept the pressure up despite the early goal as Scott saw an effort fumbled before Sangster had to look sharp to save Nicola Davidson’s powerful effort.

In the 18th minute Mark Nisbet’s side were awarded a free kick on the touchline in line with the edge of the box. Scott stepped up and sent the set piece flying past Sangster, this time the goal was definitely the attacker’s.

Cheryl Kilcoyne had a shot blocked by the defence before sending a cross into the area for Scott to bundle home; the assistant ruling out the goal for offside.

It was 3-0 on the half hour mark with Scott scoring her second of the afternoon; sending a 20 yard free kick over the top of Sangster.

Robyn Smith added to the tally in the 39th minute with a fantastic 25 yard for her eighth of the season.

Farmington continued their dominance after half time with Smith and Kirsty Deans denied by the defence within the first 25 seconds of the second half.

In the 47th minute sub Laura Parsley flicked on a Smith cross but Scott couldn’t divert it past the keeper.

Parsley fired straight at the keeper nine minutes later before she was denied again shortly after.

Fellow sub Kayleigh Noble had a cross-cum-shot palmed away by Sangster and the keeper did the same again with a Parsley effort seconds later.

The forward looked keen since coming on but Sangster came to the rescue of the visitors yet again in the 65th minute, blocking another shot with her feet.

Parsley did have the ball in the net two minutes later but was adjudged to be offside.

Buchan’s only clear cut opportunity of the match came through Louise Brown in the 68th minute; her shot held by Fiona McNicoll.

Alison Debio and Parsley had efforts cleared by the defence but the lead was eventually extended in the 75th minute when Noble’s through ball found Scott and she made her way towards goal before curling home from outside the box.

Sophie Young was denied her first goal for the team when her shot was cleared off the line after beating Sangster but it wasn’t long before Farmington netted their sixth with another excellent finish.

Alana Bruce collected the ball on the left wing and made her way towards goal; beating a defender before giving Sangster no chance.

The scoring was completed with seven minutes left when Beth Shillitto’s shot was spilled and Parsley gleefully tapped the ball home after being denied so many times since coming on.

The result sends Farmington through to the quarter finals for the first time since being runners up in 2012. Their potential opponents could be any of Glasgow City, Jeanfield Swifts, Cumbernauld Colts, Glasgow Girls, Hamilton Academical, Rangers or the winners of Hibernian vs Celtic.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Leah White, Erin Cattanach, Beth Shillitto, Robyn Smith (Kayleigh Noble 52), Nicola Davidson (Alison Debio 46), Alana Bruce (Ellie Cook 82), Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne (Laura Parsley 46), Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Sophie Young 75)

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

Buchan: Lauren Sangster, Gemma Rae, Fiona Ritchie, Danica Ritchie, Bethany Emslie, Joanna Murphy, Caitlin Matthews, Leanne Reid, Michelle Sutherland (Louise Brown 46), Jenna Shepherd, Sophie Anderson (Sabrina Alexander 70)

SWPL2: Forfar Farmington 3 Heart of Midlothian 1

Forfar Farmington continued their excellent home form with a 3-1 win over Heart of Midlothian on Sunday in the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two.

Erin Cattanach’s first competitive goal for the club opened the scoring with Nicola Davidson scoring a fantastic double to seal the win despite Stacey Hutchison’s consolation for Hearts.

Keeper Chantelle McKay and Alison Debio replaced Fiona McNicoll and Kirsty Deans in the only changes from last week’s win over Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale.

This was McKay’s Premier League debut for the club with the 20 year old acquitting herself well and was unlucky to concede.

Gemma Collier had the first effort seven minutes in when she headed a Nicola Davidson free kick wide of the mark.

Hearts started to settle following this and came close themselves through corners from Kara Kidd; Stacey Hutchison and Louise Moultray failing to keep their headers down.

The deadlock was broken in the 24th minute when Julia Scott’s cross was deflected into the path of Erin Cattanach who volleyed home at the back post for her first senior goal for the club.

Danni McGinley fired straight at the keeper fourteen minutes later before Davidson saw a smart volley held.

The lead was doubled on the stroke of half time; great work from Cheryl Kilcoyne led to a cross finding McGinley inside the box but her header hit the post and Robyn Smith forced the ball to Nicola Davidson to blast home from twelve yards.

Gemma Collier had to look sharp to clear a free kick off the line early in the second half while at the other end Scott fired into Ashley Watson’s arms.

Davidson added a third just after the hour mark when she stepped up to send a trademark free kick into the top corner from 25 yards.

Hearts pulled a goal back almost instantly; Stacey Hutchison slipping the ball past the advancing McKay after Ashley Carse’s cross wasn’t cleared.

Robyn Smith hit the woodwork as the game progressed into the final stages; running onto a McGinley through ball before hitting the far post from a tight angle.

The result keeps Farmington six points ahead at the top of the league with Mark Nisbet’s squad in Scottish Cup duty this Sunday as they host Buchan.

Forfar Farmington: Chantelle McKay, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach, Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Cheryl Kilcoyne (Leah White 72), Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Kayleigh Noble 79), Alison Debio (Beth Shillitto 55), Danni McGinley (Laura Parsley 83)

Subs not used: Kirsty Deans, Kayleigh Brough, Oliwia Gach (gk)

Heart of Midlothian: Ashley Watson, Louise Moultray, Megan Paterson, Jennifer Smith, Courtney McAvoy (Claire Delworth 72), Kara Kidd, Ashley Carse, Kazya Stevens (Jen Dodds 63), Lynsay Anderson-Miller, Danni Pagliarulo, Stacey Hutchison

SWPL2: Forfar Farmington 3 Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale 0

Forfar Farmington returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win over Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale as the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two restarted on Sunday.

A double from Danni McGinley and Gemma Collier’s second half strike sealed all three points as Farmington kept up their six point lead at the top.

Alana Bruce was handed her first start since suffering an injury in February as Alison Debio dropped to the bench in the only change to the side that were defeated by Motherwell before the break.

Youngsters Sophie Young and Chantelle McKay were named on the bench after an impressive first half of the season for the pair.

Danni McGinley had the first opportunity of the game two minutes in when she raced on to a Cheryl Kilcoyne ball before pacing into the box; her shot from a tight angle finding the side netting.

A minute later Julia Scott curled a free kick past the post meanwhile captain Nicola Davidson failed to get her long range effort on target.

The visitors’ first shot of the game came through Nichola Sturrock in the 12th minute; the attacker volleying over from Lisa MacFarlane’s free kick.

Three minutes later Farmington were ahead; a long ball looked to be covered by the EUHV keeper or defender, however both player hesitated and McGinley nipped in to send a beautiful lob into the empty net from 25 yards.

Kirsty Deans headed wide shortly after with Megan McCarthy doing the same from a Scott corner in the 27th minute.

Deans and Alana Bruce had efforts on target with Scott coming closest in the 38th minute as her cross-cum-shot was touched wide by the keeper.

From the corner Gemma Collier headed over while Deans fired over from another corner on the stroke on half time.

Farmington seemed to be on top at half time and this was much the case in the second half despite EUHV improving.

McGinley grabbed her and Farmington’s second in the 54th minute; the opposition defence stood still as she raced past them to send a bullet header past Lessells from Scott’s corner for her fifth goal in five games.

Defender Gemma Collier added to the tally just after the hour mark as another Scott corner was taken down by McCarthy and Collier scooped the ball towards goal. After hitting the post, it trickled along the line before going in via the other post.

Chances were few and far between following this with sub Kayleigh Noble and Deans having efforts held in the final ten minutes.

The visitors’ Beth MacLeod saw her curling effort held by Fiona McNicoll before Noble couldn’t keep her effort on target in the final chance of the match.

Farmington keep their six point lead ahead of next week’s tough challenge against Hearts.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach, Robyn Smith (Kayleigh Noble 66), Nicola Davidson (Alison Debio 77), Alana Bruce, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne (Laura Parsley 81), Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 66), Danni McGinley (Sophie Young 81)

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

Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale: Charlene Lessells, Beth Sutherland, Jude Shepherd, Hannah Craig, Lisa MacFarlane, Anna Murray, Florence Haines, Beth MacLeod, Nichola Sturrock, Leanne Forker (Lynsey Cowan 70), Amy Gilroy (Gillian Flynn 53)

SWPL2: Motherwell 3 Forfar Farmington 2

Forfar Farmington fell to a late winner as their eleven game unbeaten run came to an end on Sunday with a 3-2 defeat at Motherwell.

Danni McGinley’s smart opener and Robyn Smith had Mark Nisbet’s side 2-1 ahead however a late Pamela Liddell goal saw the hosts take all three points to reduce the lead to six points at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two.

Four changes were made from the previous week’s Scottish Cup tie at Raith as Smith, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Alison Debio and Erin Cattanach replaced Ellie Cook, Kayleigh Noble, Kayleigh Brough and Leah White.

Farmington made a perfect start in the second minute when Robyn Smith made her way down the right wing before delivering a cross for Danni McGinley to volley past the keeper from six yards.

Pamela Liddell saw her shot fly off target in Motherwell’s first chance after 16 minutes while Kirsty Deans came close to doubling the lead when Julia Scott laid the ball off for her; the midfielder’s low effort drilled wide of the mark.

Motherwell equalised shortly after the half hour mark with a well taken free kick; Sophie Gallacher curling home from 20 yards to square things up.

McGinley latched on to a McCarthy ball three minutes after the equaliser and despite cutting the ball back into the danger zone to Cheryl Kilcoyne, the side’s top scorer was crowded out and the ball was eventually cleared.

McGinley and Scott came close again for Forfar; the former’s header parried by McGregor before the latter fired the rebound over.

The last chance before half time came for the visitors again when Scott’s corner was flicked on by McCarthy and Smith sent an acrobatic effort just over the bar.

Two minutes after the restart and Farmington were ahead again; this time McGinley turning provider as her run forward ended in her squaring the ball for Smith to grab her sixth goal of the season.

Motherwell pulled themselves level once more in the 52nd minute after Erin Cattanach fouled Liddell inside the box. Gallacher stepped up to take the spot kick and sent Fiona McNicoll the wrong way for her second of the afternoon.

Chances were few and far between for a period following this with Nicola Davidson’s free kick flying wide the only opportunity of note.

In the 72nd minute the hosts had a decent chance to go ahead when Liddell cut the ball back for Lauren Kerr however the midfielder could only blast over.

McCarthy headed wide from a Scott corner as the game entered the final ten minutes with Smith also going off target after being set up by McGinley again.

Farmington could have been ahead with six minutes left with Scott seeing a 25 yard effort tipped wide meanwhile her corner was met by McGinley; her unorthodox effort hit the bar and bounced off the ground. The visitors claimed for a goal however the officials judged it to have not been fully over the line.

Kirsty Deans saw her effort diverted wide and following the corner Motherwell broke with Liddell racing forward before curling the ball past McNicoll to keep all three points at Ravenscraig.

The result means that while the lead at the top of the league has been reduced, Farmington are still six points clear heading into the summer break.

Motherwell: Lauren McGregor, Niamh Johnston, Heather Magill, Nicole Goodwin, Amanda Burns, Natasha Roberts, Kaitlyn Canavan (Lauryn Reside 61), Jillian McGinn, Lauren Kerr, Sophie Gallacher, Pamela Liddell

Subs not used: Stacey Cook, Trialist

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach, Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne (Kayleigh Brough 71), Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 85), Alison Debio, Danni McGinley

Subs not used: Laura Parsley, Leah White, Kayleigh Noble, Alana Bruce

SSE Scottish Women’s Cup 2nd Round: Raith Rovers 2 Forfar Farmington 5

Forfar Farmington overcame a tricky hurdle as they opened their Scottish Cup campaign with a 5-2 win in Kirkcaldy against Raith Rovers.

Julia Scott and Kayleigh Brough netted doubles with Danni McGinley scoring the other while Kerri Dinnel and Teigan Clark grabbed the SWFL2 East leaders’ goals.

Mark Nisbet made three changes to his side as Nicola Davidson, Alison Debio and Cheryl Kilcoyne were replaced by Kirsty Deans, Laura Parsley and Ellie Cook, who was handed her debut for the SWPL side at 15 years old.

Kayleigh Noble saw her effort blocked in the first minute from a Julia Scott corner as Forfar looked to make another quickfire start however their hosts battled well and almost created a couple of opportunities themselves.

The Raith defence was difficult to break down, a testament to their current position in their league and Farmington were reduced to long range efforts from Danni McGinley and Kirsty Deans.

In the seventeenth minute Forfar finally breached the defence and it was Julia Scott who opened the scoring; Fiona McNicoll emptying the ball up the park and Scott raced towards the box before lashing the ball past the keeper.

McGinley came close again before Scott saw a free kick from the edge of the box tipped over in the 26th minute.

The lead was doubled in the 34th minute when Leah White’s cross was taken down by Noble for Kayleigh Brough to fire home from just inside the box for her first senior goal at the club.

Gemma Collier was unlucky to miss from two yards out as a last second bounce deceived the defender however the ball was in the net again sixty seconds before half time. Noble made her way to the byline before cutting the ball back for McGinley to net her second goal in three games since returning to the club.

The hosts grabbed a goal just four minutes into the second half when Kerri Dinnel was sent clear and lobbed McNicoll from distance.

It wasn’t long before the three goal lead was restored; just two minutes later Brough netted her second of the afternoon when she fired home from 25 yards.

In the 57th minute it was five for Forfar and two for Scott as she curled a low effort past McLachlan from just inside the box.

Leila Strachan fired straight at McNicoll while sub Sophie Young could have netted less than ten minutes after coming on when she rattled the bar from a Noble cross.

Megan McCarthy also came close however the defender gave away a penalty in the 74th minute when she handled a Dinnel cross.

Tiegan Clark stepped up and slotted the spot kick home despite McNicoll diving the right way.

Brough fired over as she looked to complete her hat-trick with defender Erin Cattanach sending a long range shot wide of the mark.

Ellie Cook saw her late effort tipped over while Young stabbed the ball wide from the resulting corner.

Farmington now advance to the third round despite Raith’s efforts. The Kirkcaldy side can be proud of their efforts and will no doubt do well in the remainder of their league campaign.

For Mark Nisbet and his players it is a return to league action this weekend when they travel to take on second place Motherwell in the final fixture before the summer break.

Raith Rovers: Michaela McLachlan, Kerri Dinnel, Sophie Aitken, Nicole Carter, Rebecca McGowan (Abbie Orme 64), Tiegan Clark, Leanne Philp, Grace Fowlie, Leila Strachan, Tyler Rattray (Aimee Stewart 89), Alicia Paterson

Sub not used: Jayne Preece

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Leah White (Erin Cattanach 56), Laura Parsley (Sophie Young 59), Kayleigh Noble, Kirsty Deans, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Robyn Smith 64), Ellie Cook, Kayleigh Brough, Danni McGinley (Beth Shillitto 64)

Subs not used: Alison Debio, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Chantelle McKay (gk)

SWPL2: Forfar Farmington 4 Buchan 0

It is now ten games unbeaten for Forfar Farmington after a comfortable four goal victory at home to Buchan on Sunday.

Cheryl Kilcoyne opened the scoring after just sixteen seconds with Nicola Davidson scoring from the spot before the break. An own goal made it three before Danni McGinley netted her first goal since returning to the club last week to complete the scoring.

Two changes were made from the previous week’s win in Leven with Kirsty Deans and Laura Parsley making way for Kayleigh Brough and Danni McGinley.

Farmington got off to a perfect start when a long ball allowed McGinley to race clear of a static defence and she cut the ball across goal for Cheryl Kilcoyne to stab past the keeper.

Alison Debio came close to netting her first goal for the club shortly after however her efforts were well held by Buchan keeper Lauren Sangster.

Julia Scott struck low at Sangster in the 20th minute with Forfar hunting for a second and Kilcoyne was unlucky not to find the net a minute later with a drive forward that ended in a save from the keeper.

The only Buchan chance of the first half came from Jo Murphy; the winger could only strike wide of the mark.

Kilcoyne had another shot pushed wide before Megan McCarthy hit the bar with a header from Scott’s corner.

In the 36th minute Farmington were awarded a penalty when Sangster took Kilcoyne down. Captain Nicola Davidson stepped up and blasted the spot kick home.

Farmington came close to a third on the stroke of half time when Debio’s well struck effort looked goal bound however Sangster did well to claw the ball wide.

McCarthy had the ball in the net six minutes into the second half however the assistant had her flag up for offside.

It was 3-0 just four minutes later; Davidson’s cross was sliced into the top corner by Buchan defender Fiona Ritchie from six yards out.

McGinley edged closer and closer to scoring as the second half progressed with Sangster denying her every time.

In the 70th minute Kilcoyne sent a through ball to Scott and she turned a defender before seeing her shot tipped wide.

Buchan sub Caitlin Matthews tested McNicoll with a fierce shot with the keeper having to look sharp to push over the bar.

McGinley, Scott and sub Laura Parsley all had efforts held by the keeper but it was the former who completed the scoring in the 83rd minute; Parsley laid the ball off for her and after turning a defender lashed home for her first goal since returning.

The attacker had a couple of chances to add to the tally late on but couldn’t find the target.

In the final five minutes Fiona McNicoll came off as U15 keeper Oliwia Gach made her Premier League debut.

Farmington stay nine points ahead of Motherwell at the top of the SWPL2 and will face them in a fortnight in the final game before the summer break. This week sees the side travel to Kirkcaldy to face SWFL2 side Raith Rovers in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup second round.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll (Oliwia Gach 87), Gemma Collier, Leah White, Kayleigh Noble, Nicola Davidson (Laura Parsley 62), Cheryl Kilcoyne (Alana Bruce 82), Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott, Alison Debio, Kayleigh Brough, Danni McGinley
Subs not used: Erin Cattanach, Beth Shillitto, Robyn Smith

Buchan: Lauren Sangster, Gemma Rae, Jennifer Urquhart, Fiona Ritchie (Trialist 73), Natasha Wiseman, Danita Ritchie, Julia Reid (Bethany Emslie 73), Joanna Murphy, Zoe Smart, Leanne Reid, Sophie Anderson (Caitlin Matthews 59)

 

SWPL2: East Fife 0 Forfar Farmington 3

Unbeaten Forfar Farmington overcame a resilient East Fife to extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two to nine points.

Cheryl Kilcoyne and Kirsty Deans netted in the final quarter of an hour to ensure victory after Julia Scott’s first half opener.

Two changes were made from the previous week’s win over Glasgow Girls with Erin Cattanach and Robyn Smith unavailable; they were replaced by Leah White and Laura Parsley. New signing Danni McGinley had to be content with a place on the bench however she made her debut midway through the second half.

Farmington, under the charge of coach Kev Candy for the day with Mark Nisbet unavailable, had the first proper chance with Kirsty Deans firing wide from long range in the 12th minute before the hosts’ Lauren Wheatley struck straight at Fiona McNicoll.

Cheryl Kilcoyne had an effort deflected into Alexis Keir’s arms shortly before finding her again with a curled effort as Forfar looked to break down a tough East Fife defence.

Julia Scott was inches away from connecting with a Nicola Davidson cross just after the half hour mark with Keir gathering just before Scott reached it.

Laura Parsley scooped over from six yards after excellent work from Scott meanwhile Cheryl Kilcoyne beat the keeper only to see her shot cleared off the line five minutes before the break.

Scott did open the scoring on the stroke of half time when Nicola Davidson sent a perfect ball down the left flank for the winger to race onto and make her way into the box to fire past Keir for her third goal in four games.

The second half had an even start with Alison Debio and Teri Skivington going close for both sides while Chloe Guppy saw her shot deflected wide as East Fife looked for an equaliser.

Latest signing Danni McGinley came on for her debut in the 58th minute and six minutes later she had the ball in the net as she stroked home a Megan McCarthy pass however the referee deemed her to have strayed offside.

McCarthy came close to another headed goal after last week’s double as she rose to meet Scott’s corner although she couldn’t keep her header down and the chance flew over the bar.

With twelve minutes left the win was all but clinched when Kayleigh Noble threaded the ball through for top scorer Kilcoyne and she slipped the ball under the advancing keeper for her seventh of the season.

Kirsty Deans added the icing on the cake with three minutes to go; Scott’s initial effort was parried and she squeezed the ball to Deans who battled with the defenders before lashing home from the edge of the box.

Scott had chances to add another late on but couldn’t beat Keir in injury time as Farmington took all three points back to Forfar. The result, coupled with Hearts and Glasgow Girls’ draw means that Mark Nisbet’s side are now nine points ahead of new second place side Motherwell and Glasgow Girls ahead of next week’s home fixture against Buchan.

Fiona McNicoll, Leah White, Gemma Collier, Laura Parsley (Kayleigh Brough 82), Kayleigh Noble, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott, Alison Debio (Danni McGinley 58)

Subs not used: Robyn Smith, Beth Shillitto, Erin Cattanach, Alana Bruce, Oliwia Gach (gk)