Category: U17s Team News

U17 League Cup: Forfar Farmington 2 Hibernian 1 (after extra time)

In what turned out to be a pulsating and hugely competitive match Forfar Farmington U17’s scored a late extra-time winner against a tough Hibernian side to book their place in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

It was with great anticipation that the coaches and players from Forfar Farmington U17s prepared for their League Cup quarter final tie. The draw had paired them with what might be described as a plum tie against the very powerful Hibernian U17 and after having suffered a pre-season friendly defeat to them it was a further chance for our girls to show the progress they have made since that match.

The girls from Edinburgh showed their class and organisation as a team from the off as they looked to establish their pressing and passing game. They gained the upper hand in the opening exchanges however Farmington were determined and competitive as they managed to keep any attempts on their goal restricted to long range efforts. Forfar almost snatched the lead form a corner however the break that resulted from that led to the opening goal for Hibs. A beautiful pass through the Forfar defence was picked up by a Hibs attacker who pushed through on goal before placing an angled shot into the far corner.

Going behind seemed to galvanise Forfar and their efforts to get back in the game saw them carve out three excellent chances. Through a combination of good defending by Hibs and Forfar’s misfortune saw our girls remain a goal down until the last minute of the first half. Phillipa McCallum swung in a vicious corner right on top of the Hibs keeper. The ball broke in the six yard box where Steffi Simpson was waiting to fire home a timely goal as her strike proved to be the last kick of the first half.

The second half saw Hibs dominate the possession at times but without carving out any real chances. Forfar continued to defend very well and their counter-attacking saw them almost take the lead on a few occasions. As the game moved towards extra time you could see Forfar’s confidence growing as was their belief that they could achieve a notable victory against one of Scotland’s top sides.

The match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes meaning extra-time awaited.

Both sides had chances to nick the match however it was with 2 minutes to go in the second period of extra time that Forfar struck. The ball was played up to the left hand side of the Hibs half and then across the centre circle to where Kacey McCabe was waiting. Kacey decided to try her luck and she hit a speculative effort goalward from inside the centre circle. Her strike soared high in the air towards goal. The Hibs goalie seemed to misjudge its flight and in doing so she allowed it to bounce in front of and then over her into the empty net. An incredible finish to the match with an extraordinary goal sealing the victory for Forfar Farmington.

This was a superb victory for the girls, after an excellent start to the season this result will build their confidence further. They now move on to the semi-final with increased belief that they can compete with anyone on the day.

Huge thanks to all players and coaches from Hibs who contributed so much to an excellent cup-tie. We wish you all the best for the rest of your season.

U-17 League Cup: Boroughmuir 0 Forfar Farmington 1

A spate of injuries that have all come at once looked as though it might adversely impact Forfar Farmington U17’s progress in the League Cup as they travelled through to Edinburgh to take on Boroughmuir Thistle in the first round of this year’s competition.

These injuries meant that only ten girls were able to start the match, with no substitutes available. To make matters even harder for the girls was another injury during the game meant that they played most of the game with nine players and, on top of that, were the really difficult weather conditions! The horrendous wind meant that the isobars on the weather map were very tight together however not nearly as tight as the Forfar Farmington spirit as our girls fought against the odds to win a well-deserved victory.

The girls kicked off with the wind at their backs. As the game progressed you could see that Forfar had put any idea of being a player down out of their minds as they worked very hard from front to back to build some consistent pressure on their opponents. The Boroughmuir defence was proving to be a competitive one and although they found themselves under pressure they worked hard to prevent any clear cut goal scoring chances. On a couple of occasions the Forfar defence, superbly marshalled by Katie White, was tested however they stopped any threats being made on their goal.

Forfar found themselves even more up against it after 30 minutes when Eve Warden suffered an ankle injury. Although she attempted to continue playing it proved too uncomfortable so her withdrawal saw Forfar down to nine players. In spite of this Forfar took the leads with a beautiful goal from the left foot of Phillipa McCallum. With the keeper off her line Phillipa saw her chance from 25 yards to angle a real pearler of a strike high into the goal. This lead was a well-deserved and very welcome one in view of the fact that the girls would have to face their opponents with the wind at their backs in the second half.

The second half saw the girls under a bit of pressure from Boroughmuir with long range efforts mainly being fired straight at our keeper. A couple of very dangerous corners were fired across the Forfar goal but on both occasions nothing was made of those excellent opportunities to draw level. Steffi Simpson’s pace saw her carve out a couple of chances but the Boroughmuir keeper stood strong against both.

The final whistle eventually came and with it a place in the draw for the second round of the League Cup for our girls. A quite extraordinary victory in what was a really strong and committed team performance under challenging circumstances.

FFFC Youth & Senior Results

Farmington Youth & Senior Results

U13 Scottish Cup 2nd Round

FFFC 2 East Kilbride 6 (after extra time)

U15

FFFC Falcons 5 Glenrothes 1

FFFC Flyers 9 Bayside 3

U17

FFFC 4 Westdyke 2

Erin Ross, Steffi Simson, Philippa McCallum, Lucy Corbitt

SWFL2 East

FFFC Ladies 1 Edinburgh South 2

Emma Stewart

SWFL1 North

Aberdeen U23 3 FFFC U23 0

SWPL2

Heart of Midlothian 1 Forfar Farmington 1

Gemma Collier

U17: Forfar Farmington 4 Westdyke 2

Changes to the structure of the U17 league this year has brought teams from further north into the mix. A very welcome addition to the league is Westdykes Girls Club who hail from Westhill near Aberdeen. Our girls met their opponents in a pre-season friendly a couple of months back and managed to achieve a well-earned victory on the day and so it was with some confidence that they went into this match. Another victory did come their way however in what turned about to be quite a tricky match.

The girls from Forfar kicked off and for the majority of the first half they had Westdykes pinned in their own half. The pressing and passing play that has clearly been in evidence so far this season from our girls saw them apply a great deal of pressure on the opposing defence. This pressure finally paid off when Erin Ross pounced on a loose ball in the middle of the park and then drove towards the goal; she outpaced the chasing defenders before calmly placing the ball in the net.

Steffi Simpson put the team two up when she did really well to harass and then chase down the ball before outstripping the defenders again to fire past the Westdykes’ keeper. Steffi’s ability to win the ball and defend from the front in this way is a great asset to the team.

Although Forfar had gone ahead and were doing the majority of the pressing you could see that the Westdyke team had a number of very good players. There were a couple of occasions where their number five broke clear down the right side of the pitch to then test AJ Meach in the Forfar goal. Their number three in the middle of defence was also playing very well as she marshalled her defence in the face of Forfar pressure.

It was however Forfar who added another goal to their tally when Phillipa McCallum showed great technique to fire in a controlled left-footed strike into the bottom corner.

Westdykes moved their number three into midfield for the second half and that tactical switch had an immediate impact on the game. A couple of through balls from her saw the high line of the Forfar defence put under pressure and the Westdykes’ number five through on goal.  AJ Meach made some great stops but on the third occasion the same player managed to fire into the Forfar net.

The Forfar girls seemed to lose a bit of shape for some of the second half however you could see their effort and commitment was not in question. Credit to Westdykes though who seemed to grow in confidence with their goal.

Just when a second for Westdykes looked like it might be coming Forfar put their nerves at ease when Lucy Corbitt picked up the ball at the far post to fire home. Westdykes’ endeavours were rewarded with a second goal just before the final whistle.

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.

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.”

U17: Forfar Farmington 1 Aberdeen 1

After an excellent end to last season that saw our young team of girls move up to take on the challenge of the under 17 league and some great performance in their pre-season friendlies it was with great anticipation that they took to the field to take on the girls from Aberdeen. On a beautiful day for football those in attendance were treated to some terrific play that saw both teams battle to gain a well earned point as the match ended 1-1.

The Farmington side started the match very well and they pressed their opponents into their own half in the first ten minutes. Although Forfar were in the ascendancy, it was obvious Aberdeen were a very capable outfit as they played some nice passing football as well as showing some steel to keep Forfar at bay. A couple of counter attacks from Aberdeen threatened the Forfar goal but the combination of the defence and AJ Meach in goal ensured that they didn’t fall behind.

Forfar took the lead midway through the first half with a well-taken goal; Eve Warden showed great awareness and competitiveness to nick in and win the ball for her team. She fired the ball back across the edge of the Aberdeen box that was then deflected into the path of the onrushing Philippa McCallum who calmly flicked the ball over the keeper and into the net.

The girls pressed and pressed for a second goal however the visitors defence stood firm and the first half ended with no further goals scored.

Aberdeen stepped up the intensity of their play in the second half and it wasn’t long before they equalised with a cracking drive from the edge of the box. This started a period of play where they were on top and although they created a few decent chances they couldn’t get themselves in front. Farmington withstood this pressure and gradually got themselves back into the game and it was only a superb save from the keeper that prevented Niamh Simpson from putting her team ahead.

Both teams played very well and their respective coaches will be pleased to have registered their first point on the board for this season.

From a Forfar perspective, this match bodes well for a good season in the U17 league. As with last season, we are sure that the girls will kick on from games such as this and build up a momentum that will see them grow and rise to the challenge of the season ahead.

McCallum Overjoyed To Represent Country

Philippa McCallum was the latest to represent the club for their country last week when she appeared for the Scotland U16’s in a Development Tournament.

The 14 year old started the second and third games against Iceland and Czech Republic, helping the Scots keep a clean sheet in both while grabbing an assist in the former game.

McCallum spoke of her delight to be appearing for her country and reckons it was a privilege to be involved.

She said: “It feels fantastic to be involved with the national squad at that level.  I feel really proud to be representing them. I’m very pleased with all of my performances during the tournament and felt really privileged to be on the pitch.”

The youngster, who can play in the centre of midfield or at left back hopes she can elevate herself to the older national squads and one day play in the Premier League with Farmington. McCallum has already trained in the club’s Performance Squad and hopes the good run can continue.

“I hope to one day play for the first team at Farmington and hopefully this will help me continue to play at international level for a long time.”

She continued: “I’ve been asked to train with the senior squad before and hopefully this will help me progress as a team player at that level.”

Farmington Youngsters Involved In SFA Coaching Course

The club are encouraging their young footballers to expand on their football knowledge by getting involved in coaching courses.

16 year old Performance Squad members Leah White and Caitlin Mitchell along with 18 year old Rachelle Milton from our Ladies squad all took part in the recent SFA East Region 1.1 Early Touches course at Brechin High School.

All three girls have been involved with the club’s youth setup by coaching the U7 and U9 groups. It is an ideal situation to have these young women, who have achieved so much at Farmington, help with the junior girls and offer real female football role models for the youngsters at the club.

Junior Co-ordinator Jane Luckhurst is pleased to see players get involved with coaching younger girls, explaining: “In order to be successful our club relies heavily on volunteer help, as every club does, but the ideal situation would be if we could encourage more players to get involved in the coaching side of the club. This allows them to pass on their knowledge to the junior girls, and the junior girls are delighted to have the older players as coaches.”

Leah, Caitlin and Rachelle will all be taking part in the Level 1.2 course next month.

2016 Presentation Evening Award Winners

The club held their annual presentation evening on Saturday at the Reid Hall in Forfar, with the ceremony attended well by players, coaches, supporters and parents alike.

Teams from U7 level all the way through to our three senior teams were represented, with the Hall full to capacity.

With the U7, U9 and U11 sides not involved with competitive football as of yet, the players were awarded medals for their efforts while the older sides were presented with awards ranging from a Clubwoman Award to Players’ Player of the Year.

The SWPL side saw Megan McCarthy win Player of the Year in her first full season at the club with the players voting for Fiona McNicoll as the Players’ Player of the Year while Erin Cattanach won Young Player of the Year.

Development pair Leah White and Caitlin Mitchell were also presented with the Forfar Community Award and Youth Player of the Year respectively, completing an impressive year for the pair at the club.

 

Forfar Farmington SWPL

Player of the Year: Megan McCarthy

Players’ Player of the Year: Fiona McNicoll

Young Player of the Year: Erin Cattanach

 

Forfar Farmington Development

Player of the Year: Leah White

Players’ Player of the Year: Sally Patterson

Clubwoman Award: Ellie Cook

 

Forfar Farmington Ladies

Player of the Year: Emma Stewart

Players’ Player of the Year: Emma Stewart

Clubwoman Award: Emily Grundy

 

Forfar Farmington Under 17’s

Player of the Year: Rachel Robbie

Players’ Player of the Year: Melissa Coull

Most Improved Player of the Year: Aimee Robertson

 

Forfar Farmington Flyers U15’s

Player of the Year: Charlotte Cook

Players’ Player of the Year: Morven Whyte

Clubwoman Award: Sophie Valentine

 

Forfar Farmington Foxes U13’s

Player of the Year: Sophie Cameron

Most Improved Player of the Year: Beth Mowatt

Clubwoman Award: Katie Taylor

 

Forfar Farmington Falcons U13’s

Player of the Year: Lucy Corbitt

Most Improved Player of the Year: Rachel Neve

Clubwoman Award: Alex Glennie

 

Forfar Farmington Stars U13’s

Player of the Year: Madison Kirkpatrick

Most Improved Player of the Year: Aimee Esslemont

Clubwoman of the Year: Megan Johnston

 

Community Award: Leah White

Nominees: Charlie Lewis, Kay Thomson, Jane Luckhurst, Dave Cattanach, Nicola Davidson

 

Youth Player of the Year: Caitlin Mitchell

Girls head off to U16 National Camp

Good Luck to our players attending the U16 National Camp at Tulliallan this weekend.

Erin Ross, Lois Miller, Caitlin Mitchell, Leah White, Anne Murrie, Zoe Moreland from our U17s will be joined by Taylor Clifford, Neve Simpson from our U15s.

U16 National Camp (U17s)
Girls from Farmington U17s

U16 National Camp (U15s)
Girls from Farmington U15s