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Nisbet’s Preparations Underway For Next Season

Head coach Mark Nisbet has started his plans for the 2018 season as Forfar Farmington return to the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League top flight next season.

Nisbet feels his side are better equipped to fight in SBSSWPL1 after their 2016 relegation and is already looking to strengthen his title winning squad.

The head coach reckons the title winning squad deserves their chances in the top flight but is hopeful of announcing a couple of signings over the next few weeks.

“I feel that the players that have got us this far deserve to play in the top flight but we will obviously look to strengthen the squad a bit also. I’d like to think we can do a bit of business in the coming weeks. We have a few irons in the fire so we will hopefully be able to announce a couple of signings very soon.”

Nisbet is confident his side are better equipped to ensure that they approach games next season following their title win.

“I feel we are far better equipped now and have a better understanding of what’s expected in regards to performance level and how I want us to approach games.”

Farmington ended the 2017 season with a 4-0 win over Jeanfield Swifts and Nisbet was delighted to finish on a high in front of a large support.

“I was delighted to finish the season off with a positive result and another clean sheet. We were a real force at home last season and that is something we will be looking to build on this coming year.”

“I was delighted for the players as they showed the class that they have to everyone who made the effort to come and support us when we lifted the trophy.”

Attacker Danni McGinley netted twice to take her league tally for the season to 22, including 8 at former club Jeanfield before her move in June, and Nisbet felt it was a boost to have the SBSSWPL’s top scorer in the squad.

“I’m delighted with Danni’s contribution, to have a goalscorer like her in the group is a big boost to the whole squad. Sometimes you’ll only get a couple of chances in a game so it’s vital to have players who can take those opportunities and she can definitely do that.”

Nisbet also praised players who had their first season at Premier League level, with Erin Cattanach, Cheryl Kilcoyne and Leah White all winning awards at the end of season presentation evening.

“They were fantastic. They took it all in their stride and just got better as the year went on. I look forward to working with them again next year and see them progress further.”

Cattanach Proud of Honours Earned In First Senior Season

Erin Cattanach was elated to win the Player’s Player of the Year award in her first full season at senior level at the club’s presentation evening on Friday.

The 19 year old added the award to her Supporters Young Player of the Year to cap off a successful season for the defender.

Cattanach was shocked to win the award but she expressed her gratitude to both her teammates and supporters for both awards.

“I was very shocked to receive this award but I’m very grateful that my team mates thought I deserved to win it.”

“I didn’t expect to win the Supporters Young Player of the Year award either but it’s great to know that the supporters enjoyed watching me play.”

After being promoted to the side last season, she struggled to break into the squad but made an impact this season with 22 appearances as well as netting her first senior goal against Hearts in August.

After winning a league title and playing in a Scottish Cup semi final in her first season, Cattanach was over the moon with her year.

She said: “This has by far been the toughest but most enjoyable year. I was delighted to score a goal and play in such a big game against Glasgow City in the semi finals. As a team it’s been a very successful year and everyone is so proud of what we have all achieved.”

The defender has played in every defensive position this season and she feels she is happy to play wherever she is asked to help the team out any way she can.

“I am happy to play anywhere as long as I am on the pitch and influencing the game in any way and in any place.”

Farmington finished their season with a 4-0 win over Jeanfield Swifts and Cattanach was happy to finish on a high as the team didn’t want to lift the league title after losing.

“We all wanted to go out, give everyone a good game and end the season with a win so we were determined to go out and show how champions play. We didn’t want to lift the championship after a loss so we set ourselves a goal to beat Jeanfield and that’s exactly what we did.”

The side bounced back to the top flight of women’s football at the first time of asking with Cattanach feeling confident that the side can build on this year to improve on their 2016 season.

“I think the team is very close and work great together so this definitely gives us a boost going into next season, we are going to go into next year with our heads held high and ready to battle opponents together as a team.”

SBSSWPL2: Forfar Farmington 4 Jeanfield Swifts 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subs not used: Emma Flynn-Scott

Davidson Hoping For Big Support As Season Comes To A Close

Nicola Davidson hopes supporters can turn out in force for their final game of the season this Sunday when they are presented with the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two trophy.

Over 200 supporters were at Station Park when they clinched the title on 15th October and Davidson is keen to get more through the gates for their fixture against Jeanfield Swifts.

The side were in action on Sunday as they took on Hearts and after going two goals behind, Davidson was pleased to deservedly take something from the game.

“I felt we were slow to start, it took us to the second half to get started. Our second half was much better than the first, we showed more desire and created more chances.”

Davidson started the game in an unfamiliar left back role before moving back into her usual midfield role with the Farmington captain reflecting on her performance.

She said: “I played the majority of the game at left back then moved into centre midfield, I feel I played alright today and felt better within myself in the middle as that’s where I love to play.”

The opening goal was an unfortunate own goal with Megan McCarthy’s pass back on an uneven pitch bobbling over the foot of Chantelle McKay and Davidson praised the young keeper, feeling she bounced back well.

“Last week I feel Chantelle was nervous and she needed a little more help, especially from the defence. This week I feel she was more confident coming into the game, there was the mistake for the first goal coming so early in the game but Chantelle did well to keep her head up and move on as we had the rest of game to play and I think Chantelle should be happy with her performances.”

The final game of the season will see Farmington presented with the SWPL2 trophy and Davidson is eager to get as many fans as possible up to the ground.

“I hope we get a great turn out again because myself and the rest of the squad really do appreciate all the support. Having the support at the game spurs us all on to want to do better.”

They will face Jeanfield Swifts in the season finale and after two close games earlier this season, Davidson expects the same this Sunday.

She said: “I expect a tough game on Sunday, I think Jeanfield will be up for the game and make things difficult for us but I believe we can finish on a high.”

Sunday’s fixture will kick off at 2pm with admission £4 for adults while U16’s enter free of charge. Entrance at Station Park can be found at the stand side turnstile.

SBSSWPL2: Hearts 2 Forfar Farmington 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subs not used: Jen Dodds, Tegayn Hamilton

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

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

McKay Eager To Earn More Opportunities

Despite the result, Chantelle McKay was delighted to make her second senior start for Forfar Farmington in their 3-1 defeat at Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale.

The 21 year old goalkeeper has had to play second fiddle to Fiona McNicoll this season but she hopes she can play a part in the final two games before the season ends.

McKay felt the league champions didn’t play to their best potential at Peffermill against a tough EUHV.

She said: “The game today was always going to be a tough game for us, as champions everyone will now set out to try their hardest to beat us, as a team we tried to battle through this in the game but sometimes everything doesn’t go your way.”

“We didn’t play to our best potential but I feel like we didn’t play our worst; we struggled at times to just play the simple game and this showed in the final result.”

Farmington sealed the league title a fortnight ago and made some changes to the squad for this game, McKay believes the team maybe took their foot off the gas after the title win.

“I feel like we did take our foot off the gas a bit but it only seems natural as we don’t have so much pressure on us now as we’ve succeeded in the one job that we set out to achieve this season which was promotion.”

“There was a lot of changes within the team as well today as the manager focused on giving game time to those who haven’t played as much game time as they would have liked this season which I feel is fairly understandable it’s just a pity we couldn’t get the result we wanted.”

McKay made her second start of the season after beginning the season in the U23’s then making her senior debut in August and the talented stopper was happy to play following the excellent form of Fiona McNicoll.

She said: “I was obviously happy to get more game time, it’s been a frustrating time but Fiona has been in great form so I can’t complain as she is a top keeper. But I have been making sure that I have been training hard so I would be ready when my chance came.”

She also explained she had a few nerves about playing but now hopes she can build on her performance with just two games remaining of the season.

“I was already nervous about today’s game before it started, due to lack of game time I don’t feel the most confident in myself lately.”

“I feel like I played okay during the game and contributed to the team effort I didn’t exactly have much to do during the game and will now focus on fixing the constructive criticism that I received after the game to better myself and my performance.”

“Everyone in the team wants to play a part of the game and I feel like I’m no different. I will continue to work hard throughout training these next few weeks and hopefully I will be rewarded with more game time in these upcoming games.”

SBSSWPL2: EUHV 3 Forfar Farmington 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scott Hails Togetherness Of Squad

Julia Scott feels that the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League Two title win is the best achievement in her career because it feels like a family at the club.

Farmington clinched the league with three games remaining and Scott wants to finish the season on a high starting with this weekend’s clash at Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale.

The 34 year old attacker believed the squad were confident of doing well this season but were always aware it would be a challenge.

She said: “It feels awesome to have won the league, we were confident we could do well this season but never underestimated that it would be a challenge, which it has been, but winning the league with three games to go is fantastic and to also reach the Scottish Cup semi final has rounded off a well worked season.”

Scott has won titles with previous clubs, having played in Canada, England and for her country and she reckons this season’s title is the best due to the team spirit both on and off the park.

“I would say this is the best, not only because personally I’ve scored a few and assisted a few, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we are not only a team, we are a family here at Forfar.”

“Players and coaches get on so well and work for each other on and off the field. I have won a few league titles with a few clubs but this one feels the best.”

Scott has chipped in with ten goals and thirteen assists over the season, totalling a third of the side’s 69 league and cup goals however she admits she always feels she can improve.

“I’ve always been a player who always feel I could have done better, but I am happy with those stats and hopefully there will be more to come in the final three games.”

The side have three games remaining with visits to Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale and Hearts before hosting Jeanfield Swifts and Scott reckons the side won’t lose focus and approach the games looking to take three points in every battle.

She said: “We have to keep our focus and I don’t think the gaffer will let us be anything else but focused. We want to finish the season on a high with nine points in the final three games to conclude a fantastic season. We have won the league but we have a job to do still and also start to focus on our play for next year.”

Farmington had a taste of next season when they played Glasgow City in the Scottish Cup semi final earlier this month and the attacker feels it was great to see where the squad is at ahead of improving before next season’s return to the top flight.

“It’s always good to play higher level teams, not just for the experience but also to see where we have to be and what we have to work on as a team and individually. We are under no illusion that next season will be a battle but it’s a challenge this club is ready for again.”

SWFL2 East: Forfar Farmington 2 Bayside 1

The Ladies welcomed undefeated East Division 2 league champions Bayside to a heavy Market Muir today and deservedly took the spoils in an entertaining game with sisters Katie & Megan Hassett scoring the vital goals

The only change to last week’s team saw Carrie Hoggan replace the injured Jenny Egginton up front. The Ladies started very brightly and had majority of possession in the first 20 mins with Chloe Sturrock forcing the visiting keeper into a good stop with a back post volley. Bayside then had a good fifteen minute spell without really creating too much as the Forfar back four of Chelsie Coyle, Jane Ritchie, Pauline Harley and Megan Hassett worked well with keeper Rachelle Milton to cover for each other when required. 

Forfar took the upper hand again before half time and created a couple of chances before a great move in midfield saw Sandra Craig put Katie Hassett clear and she calmly fired home to give the home team a 1-0 half time lead. 

The second half was played in much the same vein with Hoggan and Ashleigh Smith’s running up front creating problems for Bayside and the energy in midfield of Emma Stewart, Hassett, Craig and Sturrock was immense considering the conditions. 

Frustratingly chances came and went before Megan Hassett was first to react knocking home when her sister Katie’s free kick was tipped onto the bar to double the lead with 20 minutes remaining.  

Bayside are however not undefeated in the league because they give up easily and as expected they came right back into the game, going three at the back and five in midfield to pressure the Forfar defence. A through ball was slotted home by Thomson to make it 2-1 and ensure a nervy last 15 minutes. 

To be fair it was more likely to be the home side who increased their lead rather than Bayside equalising but the chance to completely finish the game eluded Forfar. A composed, hard working last ten minutes however saw the team run out for a deserved three points, Bayside reduced to ten players in injury time for a second yellow card. 

Coach Jeff Rioch commented after the game: “I’m absolutely chuffed to bits for the squad, we fully deserved our win today, created a number of chances and defended very well.  Every player gave 110% for each other and worked tirelessly but also showed composure & quality on a difficult pitch.”

“Chris & Bryan’s team have deservedly won this league and to take the game to them in the manner we did shows how the squad has evolved in the last few months.”

Rachelle Milton, Chelsie Coyle, Jane Ritchie, Pauline Harley, Megan Hassett, Chloe Sturrock, Katie Hassett, Sandra Craig, Emma Stewart, Ashleigh Smith (Gemma Mulholland 76), Carrie Hoggan

Subs not used: Chloe Reilly, Kirrin Gellatly, Lisa Hoggan, Jessica McGregor 

Kilcoyne Insists Squad Won’t Become Complacent Following Title Win

Cheryl Kilcoyne was over the moon to get Forfar Farmington back into the Scottish Women’s Premier League One and insists they won’t take their foot off the gas in the remaining three games.

A Danni McGinley hat-trick alongside goals from Julia Scott and Caroline Heron ensured Farmington won the title with a dominant performance against their closest rivals.

The 22 year old spoke of her delight with the performance from everyone with the squad sticking to the match plan and exploiting Motherwell’s weaknesses.

“I’m very happy, I think we played well overall, we did what we were told to do and stretched the game out wide. I think we deserve to be in the top flight so it’s good to get them back up there.”

Last time the sides played at Station Park, Farmington were 5-0 ahead and the visitors threatened a comeback with three late goals however Kilcoyne was pleased to win the title in such comprehensive fashion.

She said: “I don’t think I can think of a better way to win the title than that, the last game up here we gave them too much leeway and they came back to 5-3 but I think today we did well. We got the job done in the first half and were unlucky in the second half but there’s not much better than a 5-1 win.”

After last week’s Scottish Cup tie against Glasgow City, Kilcoyne reckons they took positives into this week after being given an idea of where they need to be if they are to compete in the top flight in 2018.

“I was happy with my performance, I think everyone stuck together and played the way that we know we can. Playing against City last week gave us an idea of where we have to be next year and I think we took that into the game this week.”

Despite the title win, there are still three games remaining and Kilcoyne is confident they won’t rest on their laurels with the squad aiming to finish the season on a high.

“I don’t think there’s any risk of complacency now we have won the league, everyone is mentally prepared for the next three games, we want to go out on a high and prove to everyone what we’re made of.”