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McGinley Enjoying New Start At Station Park

Attacker Danni McGinley is delighted to have gotten off to a fantastic start at Forfar Farmington but admits it was disappointing to lose their first league game this season.

Despite goals from McGinley and Robyn Smith, Farmington lost in the league for the first time since October last year with their lead at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League cut to six points.

22 year old McGinley felt the side started off well and had the lion’s share of chances but lamented their failure to capitalise on this.

She said: “I think we started well getting the early goal but then lost a bit of tempo throughout the first half, and let Motherwell have too much time on the ball. Overall I think we dominated the majority of the game but failed to take our chances and were punished as a result. We limited Motherwell to three chances and to their credit they took them all.”

The attacker opened the scoring after just two minutes with a volley from close range while setting up the second for Robyn Smith in a reversal of the first.

“As a striker I’m always happy to be on the scoresheet, Robyn played a good ball in and I knew I just needed to get in front of my player and get something on it and it would go in.”

Since returning to Forfar at the start of the month, McGinley has netted three goals in four games, notching three assists at the same time. The former Jeanfield Swifts forward reckons she has picked up her teammates’ style of play quickly and is over the moon with her efforts so far.

“I’m happy with my contributions so far, I think I’ve gotten to know and understand the way the team plays quickly and that has helped me with picking up goals and assists.”

McGinley also admits it feels like she was never away from the club and praised those involved on and off the pitch. The league now heads into the summer break however she is already eager to get going with the second half of the season.

“It’s great to be back and everyone has been so welcoming, it almost feels like I was never away at times. I already feel fitter in myself, and I’m looking forward to the second half of the season as I feel like the team still have much more to give.”

SWFL2 East: Letham 1 Forfar Farmington Ladies 13

Our Ladies team put in a superb attacking performance on Sunday to comfortably defeat a young Letham team at Seven Acres in their last league game before the summer break.

Ashleigh Smith scored seven goals in the victory, taking her tally to eleven goals in her last two games and sixteen for the season to date, which, given this is her first season in competitive football is a great achievement.

The Ladies started the game quickly and Pauline Harley opened the scoring after two minutes; slotting home after Hannah Dryden had hit the post.  Smith then started her run of goals with two composed finishes after running on to good through balls from midfield.  Emma Stewart got the fourth following a fantastic surge up the left wing before cutting in and finding the back of the net. Smith completed her hat trick before the break while adding another two, one a header from a right wing cross from Stewart.  Harley netted her second with a fine finish from the edge of the box to put the team 8-0 up at half time in Perth.

Letham started the second half in determined mood and kept Forfar at bay until the 65th minute when Hannah Dryden, playing as a striker, scored her first of the game. This was more than deserved as she had seen two efforts hit the woodwork in the first half.  She went on to complete her hat trick with another two great strikes.   Smith wasn’t finished either and she added two further second half goals to complete a double hat trick and add a seventh to her tally. Letham scored a late consolation from the penalty spot to deny Rachelle Milton and her defenders the clean sheet.

This was a great squad effort with six players missing due to holidays, work and injury.  Credit has to be given to Letham who kept going to the end with only the bare eleven available – this is their first season in senior football and they have some talented youngsters coming through to complement the more experienced players.

This result leaves Forfar comfortably in the top half of the table on 18 points from eleven games played as they look forward to resuming in early August.

Rachelle Milton, Chelsie Coyle, Emily Thain (Lyndsey Clyne 71), Ellice Brannan, Amanda-Leigh Hay (Jessica McGregor 62) , Kirrin Gellatly (Monika Saravacjz 62), Emma Stewart, Pauline Harley, Emily Younger (Laura Younger 71), Ashleigh Smith, Hannah Dryden.

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

Cook Proud To Make Senior Debut In Cup Win

Youngster Ellie Cook was glad to overcome a difficult obstacle in her senior debut on Sunday in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup.

The defender played the full 90 minutes as Farmington defeated Raith Rovers 5-2 in the second round at an excellent Windmill Community Campus facility in Kirkcaldy.

With the hosts flying high at the top of the SWFL2 East, two divisions below Farmington, the tie was always going to be a potential banana skin however Cook was glad to help the side get through the game.

She said: “I thought it was tricky as Raith have had loads of confidence by scoring lots of goals but we managed to start strongly against them. I was delighted with the win as it was my first appearance with the senior team.”

Cook made her debut for Mark Nisbet’s side at 15 years, 5 months and 19 days, following on from a spate of young debutants this season, including Philippa McCallum, Sophie Young, Taylor Clifford, Oliwia Gach and Anne Murrie, and the defender hopes she can build on her first appearance in the future.

“I felt like I played well although I was nervous at the start of the game but I managed to build my confidence as the game progressed.”

She continued: “Hopefully I will be able to play for the senior squad again in the future and show that I’m more than capable to play at that level and that standard of football.”

It was a pleasing end to a fantastic week for Cook following a perfect hat-trick last Wednesday for the U23’s as they defeated Dee Ladies for their first league win of the season.

“I was delighted with the hat trick during the week, but more importantly I was happier that the U23’s won their first game of the season. I thought it was a great way to end the week by experiencing a Scottish Cup tie with the senior squad and coming away with a win.”

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)

Deans Hails Teammates After Extending Unbeaten Run

Kirsty Deans reckons everyone in the team did their required job efficiently as Forfar Farmington defeated East Fife 3-0 on Sunday.

Deans netted the third as the club extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two to nine points while making it nine games unbeaten in the league.

The midfielder praised her team mates following the result at a tough venue against tricky opposition despite their position in the table.

“I am delighted with the result today. We knew we couldn’t be complacent, even though the game had been billed as a top vs bottom clash, and credit to East Fife they gave us a great game. They have picked up points on their home patch and we knew they would get stuck in, so to keep a clean sheet and take all three points is the perfect result for us.”

26-year old Deans fired past the Fifers keeper Alexis Keir from the edge of the box in the 87th minute for her second of the season, the first also coming against the same opposition in March. The tenacious midfielder was delighted to grab a goal but kept the focus on the squad as a whole.

She said: “I was very pleased to get on the scoresheet today, it’s always good to make a contribution to the team with goals but lots of credit has to be given to the full squad as everyone played their part brilliantly. I don’t think anyone gave up on a ball and even when we went ahead we were focused again to add to the tally and get the job done well.”

The side found out after the game that nearest challengers Glasgow Girls had dropped points meaning they went nine points clear at the top and Deans felt the mood in the changing room was buzzing following the announcement.

“To learn that we were nine points clear was brilliant and added to the buzz in the changing room after the game. This is obviously a great position to be in at this stage in the season but we are fully aware that we can only control our own results.”

She continued: “We must remain focused on continuing our form and if we do this we will earn our reward. The changing room is very positive and you know that anyone in the room will have your back, we are a very supportive family and this keeps everyone confident.”

Farmington signed striker Danni McGinley from Jeanfield Swifts during the week and made her debut as a sub during the second half with Deans impressed by her cameo role and tipped her to make an impact over the coming weeks.

“Danni did brilliantly when she came on and looked dangerous anytime she got the ball. I have no doubt that she will help the side improve and score some important goals for us as the season progresses.”

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)

New Signing: Danni McGinley

The club are delighted to announce the signing of highly rated striker Danni McGinley from Jeanfield Swifts.

McGinley, who will wear the number 35 shirt, joins the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two leaders after scoring over 100 goals in three and a half years at the Perth based club.

The 22 year old was previously with Forfar prior to joining Jeanfield and she is excited to return and link up with some of her previous teammates.

Speaking shortly after signing, McGinley praised the players and backroom staff at the Station Park side: “I’m looking forward to returning to Forfar, it’s an exciting club with a lot of potential and good opportunities available.  It’s made up of a great bunch of players, both on and off the park, as well as benefitting from experienced coaches and dedicated background staff.”

McGinley has played with fellow attackers Robyn Smith and Cheryl Kilcoyne during her previous spell and has also progressed through youth sides with Smith including a trophy laden period at Perth City. The striker expressed her eagerness to gel with the rest of the team, beginning this Sunday when the side visit East Fife.

“Playing in the same team as these girls in the past has always been pretty successful and rewarding for me but I’m looking forward to getting to know the rest of the team better also as Forfar are a positive and direct team with a lot of attacking threats and that suits me perfectly.”

Her time at Jeanfield saw the striker help them to a promotion and the SWFL First Division League Cup in 2015, and McGinley hopes she can continue her form in Mark Nisbet’s side.

“It’s always nice to be recognised for scoring goals, and it’s such a rewarding part of the game.  Being highlighted as top scorer in the Scottish Women’s Premier League in 2016 was a great achievement for me and I would love to continue my goal scoring form here at Forfar.”

She continued: “I am looking forward to the new challenges that are coming my way, joining a team that are in such good form will be no easy task but I hope I can contribute largely in the team’s continued success.”

McGinley faced Farmington earlier in the season in a tight 2-1 win for her new club and she reckons the league is tightly contested by every side with Motherwell one of the current in-form sides.

“The league is so closely contested that no game is seen as an easy game.  I have noticed that Motherwell appear to have picked up form as the first half of the season has progressed so I think they will provide an interesting challenge.”

Head Coach Mark Nisbet was elated to add Danni to the squad as Farmington look to gain promotion back to SWPL1 at the first attempt.

“It’s great to be able to add Danni to the squad; she has a track record of scoring goals at this level and also brings a real physical presence to the group. I feel Danni has matured and developed well since her last spell at the club and wish her every success. I know she will work hard at her game but also for the club and she will be a real asset as we continue working towards gaining promotion.”

McCarthy Thrilled To Take Three Points In Difficult Clash

Goalscorer Megan McCarthy praised her teammates after Forfar Farmington made it eight games unbeaten at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two on Sunday.

The side defeated Glasgow Girls 3-0 with McCarthy netting a double as their lead was extended to seven points with 22 points taken from their first eight league games.

The defender was happy with the overall result and praised her teammates for following the coaches’ tactics to the letter.

She said: “I am very happy with the result. We were given clear instructions by our coaches of what we needed to do to win and I feel the girls listened well to take all three points and we also kept another clean sheet.”

McCarthy scored the second and third goals following Cheryl Kilcoyne’s opener with the 25 year old heading home Julia Scott’s set pieces within two minutes of each other with the duo completing an Inverness City connection.

“I’m always delighted to get a goal for the team. Thankfully Ralphi put in two great corners which set me up nicely to head home twice.”

Farmington have won seven of their first eight league game, drawing the other against Hearts and McCarthy is elated with how the season has started with the players still improving every week.

“The team have played excellently and I feel that with each game we are learning more and more about how each other play. We have a fantastic team of players and coaches this year and the vibe in the camp is good and positive.”

The side travel to Leven this weekend to take on bottom side East Fife and despite defeating them 4-1 on the opening day of the season McCarthy is under no illusions that Sunday will be a tricky encounter for Mark Nisbet’s side.

She said: “We will work hard in training this week but as always we will prepare well for the opposition on Sunday as we know East Fife will be difficult opponents.”

SWPL2: Forfar Farmington 3 Glasgow Girls 0

Forfar Farmington extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two with a 3-0 win over title rivals Glasgow Girls.

First half goals via Cheryl Kilcoyne’s sixth of the season and a Megan McCarthy double was enough as Hearts also dropped points, meaning Farmington are now seven points ahead.

One change was made from the win over Buchan with Cheryl Kilcoyne returning to replace Laura Parsley.

The visitors came close early on with Georgina McTear heading over from Kirstin McGuire’s corner in the seventh minute.

Three minutes later Farmington were ahead as Kilcoyne latched onto a Kirsty Deans ball and controlled it before firing past the keeper at her near post.

Mark Nisbet’s side looked to capitalise on this and were unlucky minutes later as Kayleigh Noble’s looping header was held.

Deans tested Lisa Kerr with an effort from the edge of the box in the 22nd minute but Kerr was more than capable to gather the shot.

The lead was doubled in the 34th minute following a corner from Julia Scott as Megan McCarthy powered a header past Kerr for her third of the season.

The duo combined for a carbon copy effort two minutes later; McCarthy racing to the near post to head home.

Kilcoyne almost added a second herself just before the break as she lashed a shot towards goal with the keeper parrying her shot.

Glasgow Girls came out for the second half looking hungrier than they did in the opening 45 with Megan Murray and Rachel Halliday having chances in the period following the restart.

Lauren Evans saw her stinging free kick pushed away by Fiona McNicoll in the 65th minute before being cleared.

With twenty minutes left Kirsty Deans had a shot deflected into the grateful arms of Kerr meanwhile Robyn Smith struck at the keeper from just inside the box.

A poor clearance in the 84th minute ended in Kilcoyne shooting straight at Kerr while the final chance of the game fell to Glasgow Girls sub Maxine Fury with an acrobatic effort that flew over the bar.

Farmington now move seven points ahead of Glasgow Girls, who remain in second place and hope to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they visit East Fife next week.

Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach, Kayleigh Noble (Laura Parsley 63), Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Megan McCarthy (Leah White 75), Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 69), Alison Debio (Kayleigh Brough 69)

Subs not used: Alana Bruce, Aaliyah-Jay Meach (gk)