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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.
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
In windy and wet conditions, both teams struggled to keep control of the ball as John Dunn’s development side came away with all three points at Garthdee.
Aberdeen played with a strong wind behind their back in the first half and had more possession early on however the Dons failed to covert possession to goals. Forfar started to create more chances, using speed on the wings to press the defence but with no telling finish. The Forfar defence was resolute in restricting the hosts’ chances in the final third to a minimum.
Farmington came close on several occasions in the second half when the keeper was forced to make a series of saves in the face of the advancing strikers. Halfway through the second half Forfar’s persistence as Sally Patterson burst between two Aberdeen defenders and guided the ball past the advancing keeper. The Dons tried to force themselves into the game again but were dealt a blow when they were had a player sent off late on.
The game finished with the agreement of both teams to allow treatment for Carrie Hoggan, after she suffered a suspected broken ankle following an innocuous collision. Thankfully, the injury was limited to a bad sprain at the hospital and Farmington would like to thank Aberdeen for their assistance.
Cheryl Kilcoyne was delighted with Forfar Farmington’s development side’s win over Dunfermline Athletic and believes that the youngsters have a big future in the game.
A double from Sally Patterson and Leah White’s excellent strike sealed a 3-1 against the Pars, who grabbed a late consolation through Sarah Gibson.
Patterson netted from a corner early on while White capped off a weaving run with a top corner effort from the edge of the box.
The former added a third in the first half when she sprinted from her own half before rounding the keeper and placing the ball in the empty net with Gibson netting a consolation for the hosts.
The result extended the undefeated run and kept Forfar in the mix at the top of the SWFL First Division North; Kilcoyne feels the girls have adapted to senior football well having played at under 17’s level until July.
“I was really pleased with the win especially against a well developed Dunfermline team. The game was very physical but we were able to hold our own and score early which gave us the confidence to go on and win the game.”
“Every single one of those girls has stepped up and taken it completely in their stride. When I was first told of the new set up I was sceptical and wasn’t sure if they would be able to compete physically but they have proved me wrong. Since the break we haven’t lost a game so it just shows how hard the girls are challenging themselves. We continue to set our standards higher & higher each game and I have no doubt we will prove ourselves next season in the under 20’s league.”
The 21 year old attacker is the most experienced player in the squad, having appeared for the Premier League squad as well and while she admits she is still learning, she is more than happy to pass her experience of playing regularly from a young age.
“I’m more than happy to help the girls in any way I can. I find it easy to talk to the girls and help them on and off the pitch because I have been in their situation before and I have played at a high level from a young age. The girls have so much ability and potential and I am learning all of the time playing alongside them. There is so much more to come from this squad and I am excited to see what the future holds!”
Forfar Farmington Development continued their undefeated run under new Head Coach John Dunn with a 3-1 win over Dunfermline Athletic.
A double from Sally Patterson and Leah White’s excellent strike sealed the three points against the Pars, who grabbed a late consolation through Sarah Gibson.
Farmington took the lead in the twelfth minute after settling in to the game; Sally Patterson’s corner evading everyone and flying straight in.
The hosts looked impressive every time they attacked and eventually doubled their advantage on the half hour mark when Leah White capped off a weaving run with a top corner effort from the edge of the box.
Lois Millar almost added a third a minute later when she hit the bar after forcing her way in to the box. The girls didn’t have to wait long for another and it was Patterson again, leaving the Pars defence for dead with her pace after sprinting from her own half before rounding the keeper and placing the ball in the empty net.
Farmington seemed happy to sit on their three goal lead with Dunfermline coming out for the second half with intent, looking to force their way back in to the match.
Substitute Tammy McLaren forced a tremendous save from the Pars keeper midway through the second half with a volley from close range. Despite the Farmington defence coping well with the visitors pressure late on, Sarah Gibson netted a consolation to take some of the shine off a very good win for the young side.
Dunn’s side now face a short trip up to second bottom Stonehaven next Sunday, the team having won 4-2 in their previous meeting in May.
Hannah Dryden, Leah White, Ellie Cook, Bethany Moir, Rebecca McMillan, Caitlin Mitchell, Lois Millar, Zoe Moreland, Sally Patterson, Carrie Hoggan, Cheryl Kilcoyne
Substitutes: Tammy McLaren, Sophie Young, Anne Murrie, Chloe Reilly, Kate Williamson.
Granite City Ladies and Forfar Farmington have agreed terms on the temporary transfer of Goalkeeper Kate Williamson.
Kate returns to her former club for a short spell, having fallen behind former youth international Allanah Chatham in the Granite City goalkeeping pecking order.
Granite City, currently eleven points clear at the top of SWFL2 North, were happy to entertain an approach from SWPL/SWFL1 Forfar to offer Kate the opportunity for some game time.
Manager Dave Easton explained “We knew Kate was going to be doing a little bit of travelling in the summer, so we brought in Allanah who has done really well in the interim resulting in Kate cooling her heels on our bench”
“Allowing Kate to join Forfar for a shot spell will not only benefit her personally in terms of match practice, but also allows her to see something of the standard of opponent that we will hopefully see next season. It’s a win for all parties concerned.”
Farmington Goalkeeping Coach Kevin Candy added “We are immeasurably grateful to Dave and Granite City for being supportive of this move, and we will certainly be doing everything we can to return Kate north in the best condition possible”
“Due to the ‘cool-down’ regulation that governs movement between Women’s squads, which I’ve always maintained should never applied to recognised Goalkeepers anyway, our senior Goalkeepers Fiona (McNicoll) and Hannah (Dryden) have found themselves pigeon holed into match day squads, which made dealing with the usual Goalkeeping knocks and injuries problematic.”
“We did give some consideration to seeking under-age dispensation for either AJ Meach or Oliwia Gach who are both performing wonderfully in 1st team sessions, but felt that we would be doing so for the wrong reasons. Both youngsters have plenty time ahead of them.”
“Kate is a terrific goalkeeper to work with and we’re delighted to have her back for this short spell”
Monifieth native Williamson started her career with her local club, before moving to Farmington in 2012. She made her SWPL debut during a pre-season match in 2013, against a Liverpool side who would go on to be crowned WSL champions that year. Having moved North to commence University studies, Kate joined Aberdeen in 2015, moving to Granite City a year after.
The Club are delighted to confirm the appointment of John Dunn to the role of Development Squad Coach.
As part of the recent re-boot of the player pathway, the club advertised recently for a Development Squad coach and were delighted with the level of interest.
Most latterly Assistant Manager at Forfar Albion, alongside a four year tenure as a Youth Head Coach with Monifieth Athletic, 42 year old Dunn admitted that whilst the opportunity to be involved in the Women’s game was a big draw that he did his research before applying for the post.
“I actually spoke to a few of the parents who I knew had kids at the club, along with (1st team Goalkeeping Coach) Mike Gourlay who I worked with at Forfar Albion, and all the feedback I received was really positive”
“I’d reached a stage in my coaching career were I felt I could do with a new challenge, and when I saw the post advertised, and given the advances that have been made in Women’s Football in the country, it was an easy decision to apply”
Despite only having been in post for a week, Dunn has been delighted with what he has seen thus far. “The standard on and off the park has been exceptional” he admits.
“Things are run on as professional a basis as possible, be it from the initial meetings with Mark (Nisbet) and John (Diplexcito), shadowing some of the first team sessions, or even the recent Summer Camp which I was delighted to help out with.”
“I’ve been made to feel very welcome from all of the management teams, coaches and most importantly the players”
Continuing on the topic of players, Dunn explained that he has a very clear vision on how to apply both the club’s and his own philosophies onto his new charges.
“We have a responsibility to take a group of young players and both educate and develop them in a manner that gives them every opportunity of participating in SWPL fixtures. The girls will be asked to not only work hard in training but to truly express themselves; mindful that the way of play used will mirror that of the current first team.”
“That’s the whole point of a Development Team – to have players both mentally and physically prepared to make a step up to the top level and both the Coaching staff and I are very mindful of that of we move forward.”
“We’ve already seen three girls make that transition successfully this season, so there can be no doubt that there are exciting times ahead at the club, and on a personal level it’s a challenge that I very much welcome.”
John will be supported by the incumbent coaching team of Stuart Cook, Mark Mitchell and Scott Millar.