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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)

McIntosh Completes Move To Farmington

The club have completed the signing of Kayleigh McIntosh and the midfielder is eager to get going with a new challenge.

McIntosh left Tayside Ladies last week and after appearing for the U23 side against Stirling University’s development side she has put pen to paper.

The 23 year old expressed her delight at joining Farmington and reckons it was time for a fresh start after a lack of game time at Tayside in 2017.

McIntosh said: “I’m really happy to have signed, I was wary at first of a new challenge, but I think it was just a comfort thing as I’ve only ever played for one team but I’m definitely enjoying the new challenge.”

“The reason I decided to come to Forfar was that there was a lot of change at my previous club ahead of this season, I wasn’t getting much game time and wasn’t enjoying it as much for that reason.”

Kayleigh believes she has made the right move at this point in her career as she looks to build on her four years at Tayside.

“I had a think to myself for a while and thought if I don’t go for it and go for a new challenge now at the age I’m at, I never will.”

She continued: “I know that in the long term this is going to be the best move for me, with the set up and backing there is at Forfar this will help me improve my game.”

The central midfielder played in the U23’s 3-2 defeat at home to Stirling University Development last Sunday but despite the defeat she was full of praise for her new teammates.

“Making my debut was great, I thought we played very well despite the result and all the girls have made me feel really welcome which has made it ten times easier for me.”

McIntosh admitted that she hasn’t eyed a spot in the Premier League match squad yet but would love to have an opportunity once she has settled in.

She said: “I’ve not thought to much about SWPL as I’m just finding my way here, really enjoying getting more game time and starting to enjoy my football again but long term, I would love to be able to prove myself to the coaches, train hard and maybe one day get my chance.”

Farmington Flyers benefit from The ASDA Foundation

Farmington Flyers U15’s recently received grant assistance from The Asda Foundation. The sum of £997 has been used to purchase new strips and training gear. The photo shows the team wearing their new strips while being presented with the cheque by local branch employees Lyn Craig, Production and Fresh Manager and Andrea Logan, Community Champion.

The girls were presented with their new strips at Market Muir, prior to a league match v Raith Rovers on Saturday 8th April. Forfar had the best of the early chances but failed to convert them in to goals. The score remained 0-0 until half way through the second half when Raith began to gain the upper hand. The final score was 2-0 to the visitors.

 

Noble Proud Of Battling Spirit In Squad

Kayleigh Noble reckons the team spirit at Forfar Farmington is fantastic as they kept up their 100% league record on Sunday.

The winger came off the bench to net the second in the 2-0 win over Glasgow Girls and hopes she can impress her way into the starting line up.

20 year old Noble felt her teammates battled well in what was a physical game at the Greenfield Football Centre.

She said: “I’m very happy at the outcome of Sunday’s performance. I thought the team battled well and worked for each other. It was a very physical game and we fought to the end.”

Noble netted her first goal of the season after coming off the bench with five minutes to go with the winger delighted to make an impact to kill the game.

“I was delighted to have scored especially at such a crucial time in the game. This gave me a boost and helped raise team morale and the spirits of the team to the final whistle.”

Despite an impressive showing, she is under no illusions and is keen to work hard in training to grab a starting position having played a part in all five games this season from the bench.

“I will endeavour to maintain a good attitude and train well over the next few weeks as I know one goal does not entitle me to a starting position. I would be delighted to get a chance to prove my ability in the upcoming games.”

Farmington travel to Dalkeith to face Hearts on Sunday and Noble admits it will be a difficult game with Hearts suffering their first defeat at Motherwell at the weekend.

“We should play with confidence next week against Hearts. We are playing good football at the moment, but we know we can improve on our game if everyone pulls together and work for each other.”

“Hearts will be looking to pull back some points after their first defeat and it’s up to us to make sure they don’t. If we keep playing as we are, we should collect all three points and hopefully another clean sheet.”

U17’s Record Comfortable Victory In Kirkcaldy

The U17 side had to postpone rolling their chocolate eggs due to our Easter Sunday fixture through in Kirkcaldy against Raith Rovers Ladies. Their efforts on the day meant that an end of game wee bite or two of chocolate would be in order as they put in a committed and impressive performance in their victory over their opponents from the Lang Toun.

The initial stages saw both sides come to terms with the slippery conditions however it wasn’t long before Forfar’s pressing play saw them apply a consistent level of pressure on the Raith midfield and defence. This period of pressure resulted in a number of efforts being thwarted by a combination of good defending and goalkeeping from the Raith keeper. The pressure continued to build however and the deadlock was eventually broken when Eve Warden picked up the ball just outside the box before firing a low drive into the net. Forfar’s passing and pressing play was proving quite a handful for Raith and further goals were added to the away team’s tally with Steffi Simpson, Philippa McCallum, Kacey McCabe and Taylor Clifford all finding the net on at least one occasion.

The girls from Raith Rovers found some joy playing down the hill in the second half and their lone striker showed great commitment to her team’s cause as she harassed the Forfar defence at every opportunity. On the day though Forfar proved to be a difficult outfit to control and their continued levels of pace and pressing play some them adding more goals to further increase their lead. The second half Steffi Simpson and Taylor Clifford add to their goal count with Katie White, Melissa Coull, Erin Ross and Lucy Corbett, who scored her first goals for the 17s team, all adding to the goals for Forfar.

Raith Rovers did manage to pull one back late in the game when a dangerous inswinging corner was flashed into the net by the head of their hard-working no.10 from midfield.

Overall it was a very convincing victory on the day for the girls from Forfar. They didn’t allow their opponents any time or space to settle and at times their passing and movement was very impressive.

We would like to thank all at Raith Rovers for their warm welcome on a cold day and we wish them all the best as their season moves forward.

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)

Smith Keen To Continue Unbeaten Start To Season

Attacker Robyn Smith praised her teammates’ efforts in their opening three games and hopes Forfar Farmington can continue their unbeaten run as they return to league action this weekend.

The side top the Scottish Women’s Premier League’s second tier in a polar opposite following last year’s relegation with wins against East Fife, Jeanfield Swifts and Motherwell.

23 year old Smith believes that the side have started the season in fantastic fashion with the squad gelling almost perfectly however she confessed that they still have areas to finesse.

She said: “The team’s performance has been great so far, we came into pre season knowing it wouldn’t be easy in this league. We have put in a lot of effort over pre season and changed things up which is already paying off. We know we need to work on areas but overall I think we can be pleased with how things are going so far.”

“I think everyone’s settled in well, we are a friendly bunch really so I think it’s easy for the new ones coming in to settle quickly.”

The attacker is pleased with her contribution so far with two goals and an assist however Smith admits she has no targets to aim for as long as the team keep their good scoring run going after almost equalling their league goals tally from last season.

“I don’t have a target as such, I’ll just be happy to see the team scoring and hopefully I can contribute with a couple more.”

She continued: “I think my performances have been good, I feel the fittest I’ve ever been and think that I’ve taken a lot on board over pre-season that’s helped improve my performances. To have already scored twice has given me a boost as I don’t score many but there are still plenty of things I can improve on and I’ll continue to improve on them as the season progresses.”

The side travel to Glasgow to face Glasgow Girls who are also unbeaten in their opening three game with victories over Hutchison Vale, Buchan and Motherwell and the 23 year old believes they can walk away from what will be a tough clash with all three points.

“If we work together like we know we can it will be difficult for teams to beat us this season however we will go to Glasgow Girls this weekend knowing it won’t be easy and hopefully we will come away with all three points.”

Despite numerous international breaks and cup weekends meaning the side have only played four games since the start of the season two months ago. Smith reckons it is easy to keep momentum going after a good start to the season.

She explained: “It’s always difficult to have so many stop starts especially after such a long wait for the season to start but we have a group of girls that love the game and to be on a winning streak after last season it has really has boosted our belief so I think it’s easy for us to keep the momentum high at the moment.”

McCarthy Looking To Cut Out Errors Despite Victory

Megan McCarthy was pleased to get the three points however she was disappointed in the manner of the goals conceded as Forfar Farmington defeated Motherwell 5-3 on Sunday.

The defender also insisted her goal was intentional after lobbing Lauren McGregor from 25 yards for Farmington’s fifth as they extended their 100% record to stay at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League 2.

24 year old McCarthy reckons there are a lot of positives to take from the victory including scoring so many goals in Sunday’s victory.

She said: “I felt our performance was good although we are disappointed at the end result having conceded those three late goals when we were 5-0 up at one point. There are a lot of positives that we can take from the game in that we got the three points we wanted and we created chances allowing us to score five goals.”

The former Inverness City defender had only netted once for the team before Sunday’s fantastic lob from 25 yards and she explained that the goal was no fluke.

“Everyone seems to think it was a fluke but I did shoot intentionally! Goals don’t come round often for me so I was very happy that I got my name on the scoresheet and hopefully I can squeeze in a few more this season.”

She continued: “I think I played better this week but again looking back at the goals that went in today I feel that we could have communicated a bit better and we wouldn’t have conceded the last two!”

The side now face a two week break before their next league game away to Glasgow Girls and McCarthy feels the squad have gelled well together so far, as shown by their three victories in their opening three league games.

“It’s a positive start to the season. With a new group of girls coming in this season I feel that we have all bonded well and we still have time to learn how each other play.”

“We intend to carry on with the current run of form and get the team back up to SWPL 1 which I believe the team and the staff deserve to be in. We will go back and get our heads down in training for the next two weeks before our game away to Glasgow Girls.”

Clifford Delighted To Make Senior Debut

Taylor Clifford admitted that she was nervous at first but once she realised she had nothing to worry about she enjoyed making her senior debut for the club.

The 15 year old played the last five minutes of Sunday’s 5-3 win against Motherwell and Clifford hopes she can make more appearances for the side.

She explained that she was grateful to be named in the squad by Mark Nisbet and was delighted to play a part of the game.

Clifford said: “I was so grateful that I had the opportunity to play for the first team as I am only 15 and it’s a great experience for me.”

“I was nervous at first but then I realised that there is nothing to be nervous about. All I had to do was go out and enjoy myself.”

The youngster is keen to add to her tally now she has made her debut and believes working with the Performance Squad has made her a stronger player.

“I hope I will get another opportunity to play for the Premier League team again in the future.”

She continued: “Working with the Performance Squad has helped me improve and I think it’s shown as well because it’s made me a stronger player.”

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