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New Signing | Charlotte Gammie

The club are delighted to announce the signing of 26 year old striker, Charlotte Gammie from Division 1 Montrose Ladies FC.

Charlotte started her footballing career in the Middle East where she played for Qatar Ladies National team before leaving Doha in 2012 to go to Abertay University Dundee. After a break from football to concentrate on her degree, Charlotte joined the newly formed Montrose Ladies FC in 2017.

Last season as top goal scorer for the club with an impressive 41 league goals Charlotte was instrumental in the clubs success securing promotion to Division 1 in only their second season and this year securing a middle table finish and guaranteed football in Division 1 next year. Charlotte also won the 2018 SWFL Div 2 player of the year award for her hard work and commitment.

Charlotte is ready for the challenge ahead and is looking forward to playing for Forfar Farmington in the top tier in Scottish football, as they strive to secure SWPL1 football next season.

Next fixture : Tuesday 8th October, Hibernian v Forfar Farmington

SBSSWPL1 | Rangers 2 v 1 Forfar Farmington

Rangers started the game strong and took an early lead, but after withstanding periods of pressure, Farmington created a few half chances towards the end of the first half.

Second half saw Farmington grow in confidence and grabbed an equaliser with 15 mins to play. Despite a solid defensive performance Rangers scored from a free kick 7 minutes from time.

Congratulations to 15 year old Maria McSherry who scored her first goal in SWPL1 today.

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Motherwell 1

The last time these two teams met in Forfar there was a dramatic end to the game – last night was no different however Motherwell took all 3 points this time after a late penalty in front of a record crowd of 423 at Station Park, in front of the live BBC Alba cameras. 

Six minutes were left on the clock when McNicoll in the Farmington goal was adjudged to have clipped Gardner for the foul – from the stands it looked a definite penalty but it was certainly not so clear cut from the TV angle – however Motherwell skipper Montgomery stepped up and confidently slotted home.

As expected, after two close games previously between the sides, the game started off with both teams trying to assert themselves without creating too much in the way of chances. There was a goalmouth scramble in the Forfar box in 7 minutes with Kilcoyne clearing the shot away from danger.  Motherwell had a couple of long range efforts and crosses which was a feature of their game in both halves, all confidently dealt with by McNicoll.   Farmington’s first real chance came on 21 mins when a Davidson corner was headed just over by the stretching Patterson.   Three minutes later a Davidson free kick was scrambled away from the Well box   A good 1-2 down the Well left saw McNicoll push the resulting shot round the post for a corner.

Farmington were dealt a blow on 31 minutes with Dempster unable to shake off a calf knock and she was replaced by McSherry up front.  She was almost immediately in the action after a great Cook run down the right, cutting inside to square to McSherry and Shillitto with neither able to take advantage.   Motherwell went close when Mceachran cut inside from the left and her shot clipped the outside of the far post.  Just before half time, Kilcoyne made a surging run down the Forfar left before being fouled 22 yards out on the angle of the box – the resultant free kick from Davidson was put over the bar.

The second half continued in much the same vein with Motherwell testing McNicoll from distance and some dangerous crosses into the box.  Farmington’s Cook suffered a head knock on 48 minutes and with blood coming from her nose, she was off the park for fully 5 minutes before being able to carry on. She could only manage another 7 minutes though before Debio came onto centre midfield.   Kilcoyne cut in from the left again before firing past the Well post with the visitors putting a free kick into the side netting on 70 minutes.   White replaced Kilcoyne with 15 minutes left as three Farmington players struggled with cramp.   A diving header from Motherwell went narrowly past before an ambitious drive from 40 yards was tipped over by McNicoll.

With the game heading for a draw and a vital point for Farmington, the defining moment came on 84 minutes with Well taking the lead from the spot.   Glennie was immediately brought on up front for Cattanach as Farmington tried to snatch an equaliser but it was not to be and a disappointing end result.

The club would like to thank all 423 who attended the match, including many of our sponsors who support the ten Farmington teams and SWPL players.

Squad – McNicoll, Cattanach (Glennie 85) , Patterson, Cowper, Bruce, Cook (Debio 60) , Shillitto, Davidson, Kilcoyne (White 75) , McPherson, Dempster (McSherry 31).    Subs not used ; Mowatt, Hassett, Coull 

Sponsorship secured with Jelf (Forfar)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jelf (Forfar) for their generous shorts and media sponsor. We have been working with Jelf over the last few months since announcing their sponsor earlier last month.

Players and officials from the club attended an event being held at the Jelf office in Forfar on Friday 9 August, to celebrate the rebrand of the office, which was formerly operated by Bluefin.

We prepare for our fixture on Sunday as we host Rangers at Station Park in the 4th round of SSE Scottish Women’s Cup, kick off 1pm.

Pictured, Steven Low  (Jelf Account Director), Natalie Cromar, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Nicola Davidson (Captain), Alana Bruce & Nathan Flight (Head Coach)

Flight takes the reins

The club are delighted to announce the appointment of Nathan Flight as the new head coach after Stevie Baxter decided to step away ahead of the second half of the season getting underway.

Farmington Committee agreed this was the right time to hand over the reins to Flight who has been with the club for some time, recently working as assistant to Baxter as well as head of youth at the club.

Nathan has a wealth of experience within the club working from grassroots throughout the youth teams as well as his current role. Nathan works with SFA in a number of roles, regional squads and national performance; and he has also had spells with Dundee FC & St Johnstone and Abertay University Womens team. Nathan will continue to work with Claire Garrett and the rest of the current staff as they continue this season.

Last season saw Farmington finish fifth in the SBSSWPL1 and Flight admits he is looking forward to helping the team build to finish the season on a high.

We would also like to thank Stevie Baxter and wish him all the best for the future.

Head Coach Nathan Flight

Colin Brown receiving his medal

Colin Brown recognised by Her Majesty (BEM)

Club chairman and founder, our very own Mr Colin Brown was awarded the British Empire Medal by Angus Lord Lieutenant Georgiana Osborne, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony in the town and county hall in Forfar on Wednesday evening.

Colin has served the youth of Forfar and surrounding areas for the last 50 years, forming Forfar Youth Club in 1969, running the Youth Club amateur mens football team, before founding Forfar Farmington FC in 1984. At this time he formed the football exchange programme with counterpart Alistair Bell (Farmington Soccer Club, Connecticut) where many youngsters from Forfar and the surrounding Angus towns took part in the visit to the States until 2009. Pure dedication and passion was the fuel for this successful exchange.

During this time he was Head Football Coach for Scotland at a number of World Special Olympic Games while working at Lilybank Resource Centre. And now to his current role as a town Councillor.

Colin served on the board of Scottish Women’s Football Association for many years, contributing to moving women’s football forward to where is today.

He has made an impact on so many young people’s life’s some of who joined him on Wednesday evening paying tribute to him.

Despite receiving many accolades over the years for his efforts in the community and for women’s football, Colin was bursting with emotion and honour to be receiving this merit.

Pictured receiving his medal from Angus Lord Lieutenant Georgiana Osborne.

New Signing | Natalie Cromar

New signing Natalie Cromar is delighted to get going with Forfar Farmington after taking time away from the game earlier this year.

The 22 year old attacker has joined Stevie Baxter’s squad as she steps up to top flight football for the first time.

After signing, the former Tayside and Dundee United player expressed her joy at getting back into the game with Farmington.

“I’m delighted to have signed for Forfar and I am looking forward to getting back to football, putting in the work and winning games.”

Cromar won the SWFL1 North with United last season but despite the excitement of winning the league, she felt she had to step away from football for a few months before returning with Farmington.

“I left Dundee United at the end of last season and after promotion it was amazing but I felt that my head wasn’t in it at the club so I took several months away to figure out where I needed to be and I found Forfar.”

There are a few faces around the club that the striker is familiar with which she feels will help her link with the squad on the pitch and hopes her pace can cause problems for opposition defences.

“I feel I can bring a positive and enthusiastic mindset to the team. I think I have a lot of pace so going forward that will help us out. I have played with several of the girls before so I think it will help coming into the team.”

Farmington’s final game before the summer break saw them defeated by Glasgow City, however Cromar got on the scoresheet as a trialist which she will look to continue in the second half of the season.

“I think the game against Glasgow City was a tough one but to get a goal definitely helped. I hope to get a lot more goals going into the second half of the season and help the team secure some wins.”

The history graduate believes coming in during the summer break may be a blessing in disguise as she looks to gel with her teammates ahead of a tough second half of the season.

“I think the summer break is a good thing, it allows me time to get to know my teammates better and allow us all to reconnect on and off the pitch which will definitely help us going forward.”

U17 – South / East League Cup Semi Final | Hibernian 2 v Forfar Farmington Falcons 0

The U17’s travelled down to a very windy Hibs training ground. Previously been held to a 0-0 draw at Station Park in the league, and it was clear the strong wind would play a major role in the tie, with Farmington playing into the wind in the first half which gave Hibs the advantage as most of the action was in the Farmington half, the girls fought hard and managed to clear half way into the Hibs half which was good play considering the condition’s. However opposition managed to capitalise and found the back of the net twice which did not dampen the girls spirits, as did not the horizontal rain at the end of the first half.

Farmington kicked of the second half and again most of the action was in the Hibs half with the girls involved in a lot of action for the possession of the ball, when Hibs did get into the Farmington half they could not break the defence down, but unfortunately the girls could not use the windy conditions to there advantage.

The girls kept battling right to the end but Hib’s came out on top and proceeded to the finals of the League cup.

More Photos Gallery By Ian Bruce

SBSSWPL1 | Glasgow City 10 Forfar Farmington 1

Stevie Baxter referred to the afternoon as “embarrassing” as Forfar Farmington conceded ten goals away to Glasgow City on Sunday.

In the final game before the summer break, Farmington conceded five in either half, with a trialist netting a consolation 28 seconds after the break.

A goalkeeping situation through injuries and unavailability meant Baxter was forced to play Kayleigh Brough in goal. This wasn’t new to the defender as she had played in goal in her youth career as well as playing in an SWPL fixture in November 2014.

Despite the score line, Farmington arguably started off the first half the better side with the first chance after four minutes; Donna Paterson sending a free kick into the box and after controlling it Cassie Cowper lashed an effort over the bar.

At the other end Leanne Crichton couldn’t get her header on target from Leanne Ross’ corner.

Beth McPherson went even closer in the eighth minute, receiving the ball from Beth Shillitto before firing inches past the post.

Eight minutes later City opened the scoring as Jenna Clark got the slightest of touches to a Ross free kick to divert it into the net.

In the 26th minute it was two as another Ross set piece was netted by Kirsty Howat.

The lead was extended two minutes after the second goal as Murron Cunningham gave Kayleigh Brough no chance.

A further two goals was added before the break in the 38th and 41st minute when Howat grabbed her second and Hayley Sinclair made it 5-0.

Just 28 seconds after the break Farmington had pulled one back; Danni McGinley held off her marker to spray the ball out to Erin Cattanach whose cross was blocked but the ball fell to McGinley again and she laid off Alana Bruce for a cross that found the trialist striker and she lifted the ball past Lee Alexander.

Stevie Baxter’s side almost had another shortly after when Shillitto sprayed a cross into the box and the trialist and Cheryl Kilcoyne were agonisingly close to meeting the ball but the danger was cleared by City.

Beth McPherson tried her luck from 35 yards but sub keeper Erin Clachers held her long range strike.

In the 51st minute the five goal lead was restored when Clare Shine fired past Brough.

Four minutes later City were awarded a penalty when Cattanch was adjudged to have fouled Sinclair just inside the box. Ross stepped up and saw her spot kick saved by the legs of Brough but she reacted quickest to the rebound to make it 7-1.

Shortly after the hour mark it was eight for City when Shine and Megan Foley combined for the former to net her second of the afternoon.

Shine could have completed her hat trick ten minutes later but was denied by Brough while she blazed well over the bar when it was easier to score after Nicola Docherty had hit the post.

Docherty made up for hitting the post by adding a ninth in the 72nd minute before Hayley Sinclair completed the scoring with her second and City’s tenth a minute later.

All in all it was an afternoon that hurt the players and backroom staff but they will look to work hard over the summer break and bounce back from this in the second half of the season.

Glasgow City: Alexander (Clachers 47), Cunningham, Crichton (McLintock 46), Howat (Lauder 84), Shine, Docherty, Clark, Sinclair, Ross, Girasoli, Foley

Subs not used: Love, Kerr, Ivanusa, Kulis

Forfar Farmington: Brough, Cattanach, Paterson, McGinley, Davidson, Bruce, Shillitto (Robb 80), Kilcoyne (Hassett 80), Cowper, McPherson, Dempster (Trialist 26)

Subs not used: Stewart, McNicoll

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 2 Rangers 3

Forfar Farmington can count themselves unlucky not to have taken anything as they lost out by the odd goal in five to Rangers on Wednesday.

Goals from Robyn Smith and Nicola Davidson were not enough for Farmington as Sarah Robertson, Clare Gemmell and Jade Gallon gave Rangers all three points.

Head coach Stevie Baxter made two changes to his team as Donna Paterson and Robyn Smith replaced Megan Robb and Kayleigh Brough.

Farmington started off strongly as they almost scored straight away; Nicola Davidson’s corner being sent inches past the post by Cassie Cowper less than a minute after kick off.

In the sixth minute Donna Paterson’s free kick caused problems for Rangers but Farmington couldn’t capitalise as Beth McPherson headed wide of the mark.

Rangers almost scored two minutes later through Chantelle Brown when her long range strike was tipped over the bar by Fiona McNicoll.

Danni McGinley had a golden opportunity to put Stevie Baxter’s side ahead in the thirteenth minute after racing onto a Robyn Smith through ball but as she burst into the box her effort was saved by Chloe Nicolson.

Farmington were made to rue this miss 60 seconds later as the visitors took the lead through Sarah Robertson against the run of play.

Despite going behind, Farmington still looked the better side in the opening half hour and almost equalised in the 17th minute but Paterson couldn’t find the target with a header from Davidson’s free kick.

Smith was next to miss a fantastic chance; collecting a McGinley lofted ball but after turning her marker she fired over the bar from ten yards.

The duo were involved as Farmington equalised five minutes after going behind; Paterson’s free kick was flicked on by McGinley and this allowed Smith to head past the oncoming Nicolson for her first goal of the season.

Rangers captain Clare Gemmell blasted wide from long range while at the other end Smith almost punished a poor clearance but Nicolson recovered to deny her.

In the 29th minute Amy Muir saw her shot deflected wide and from the corner Rangers restored their lead as Gemmell’s corner flew straight in.

Rangers looked the better side for the remainder of the half but didn’t look close to scoring as Holly Napier blasted over while Brown went one better and sent her shot soaring over the Mert End and into Market Muir.

The first chance of the second half fell to Smith but she couldn’t find a way past Nicolson while at the other end Alana Bruce put in a fantastic block to deny Robertson as she looked odds on to score.

Carla Boyce sent a volley wide for the visitors in the 53rd minute as Rangers looked to consolidate their lead.

Shortly after the hour mark Davidson sent a free kick into the box that found McPherson but she couldn’t get her effort on target.

Muir was next to try her luck for Rangers from outside the box but failed to keep her effort down.

In the 65th minute Paterson’s free kick caused problems again, however as the ball fell to Robyn Smith she had a swipe at fresh air and the ball was eventually cleared.

Rangers were awarded a penalty six minutes later and Jade Gallon stepped up to fire past McNicoll to make it 3-1.

McPherson headed over from a Davidson corner kick as Farmington kept hunting for a second goal and she was involved in the 78th minute as they were awarded a penalty of their own.

Rosie McQuillan was booked as she was holding the midfielder inside the box and captain Davidson sent her penalty coolly down the middle to reduce the deficit.

Both sides were still on the look out for another vital goal with Rangers’ McQuillan firing over in injury time.

Farmington felt they should have had a penalty late on as Beth McPherson looked to have been fouled as she shaped up to shoot but referee David Fearn waved away strong appeals by players.

The result was perhaps harsh on Farmington who looked good enough to have taken something away from the game, however they will rue failing to capitalise on chances.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, Paterson, McGinley, Smith, Davidson, Bruce (Hassett 83), Kilcoyne (Brough 73), Cowper, McPherson, Trialist (Shillitto 46)

Subs not used; White, Weber, Deubel, Williamson

Rangers: Nicolson, Muir, Watson, Napier, Gallon, Brown (Honeyman 88), Robertson (Inglis 82), Gemmell, Boyce (McQuillan 62), McCartney, Coakley

Subs not used: Donnelly, Baillie