Our Ladies team will create a piece of history tomorrow when they make the arduous trek to Thurso to play Caithness Ladies in an SWFL2 North league match. The 480 mile round trip will be the furthest any Farmington team have travelled for any competitive game – the squad are leaving in three cars at 7.30am and likely won’t be home till c10.30pm. We wish the team well
As coach Jeff Rioch looked ahead to the game he commented “We were in long dialogue with the powers that be prior to the league structures being announced and despite the club’s obvious concerns this made no difference whatsoever with the team still placed in North league. We were left with two options – fulfil the fixtures or forfeit the games which is not the Farmington way although it disappoints me that games have already been forfeited when the league is only two games in.
My main concern is obviously for the wellbeing of players who are driving or sitting in cars for 5 hours, playing 90 minutes then doing same again to get home – I’m not sure anyone would say this is ideal preparation or indeed conducive for recovery at any level but we just have to get on with it. I’m delighted that the squad are committed to making trips like this as well as heading to places like Dingwall, Buckie, Elgin, Turriff and Peterhead as the season goes on. We hope all our opponents will replicate this commitment going forward to get games played as we are in, by far, the smallest league in SWF so the number of games is already extremely low”
SWFL2 Farmington Ladies were presented with their new tracksuits by Raza Ahmed of David Irons Forfar, prior to last weeks League Cup Preliminary round victory over Cumbernauld Colts Yellows 3-0. (Scorers Taylor Clfford 2 and Sandra Craig)
Pictured Raza Ahmed presenting tracksuit to Captain Sandra Craig
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
The club are delighted to welcome three players back to the Ladies with Megan Hassett, Sandra Craig and Katie Hassett all putting pen to paper this week after a successful training period.
Coach Jeff Rioch commented “I’m really pleased to bring in Megan, Katie & Sandra – all three are committed to developing as players and bring good experience, a will to win and they are all good communicators at training and on the pitch. They all showed up well in the recent win over Hutchison Vale last Sunday and I’m looking forward to working with them.”
The side won 1-0 at the Saughton Enclosure with Jane Ritchie netting the only goal and Rioch is pleased with how his side have performed this season as they currently sit in fifth in the SWFL2 East.
“We’re looking to push on again in the second half of the season with a top four spot being the target although it will be tough ask. I’m delighted with the squad’s efforts in the past few months. Our numbers at training are good, confidence is growing and as the results show we’re conceding very little in defence, creating plenty going forward and they’re really working hard for each other.”
The team are in good form with four wins and a draw in the last five games with the intensity at training increasing as competition for places grows.
They have a break now before their next game away to title challengers Raith Rovers on 17th September. This game will be played at Starks Park, home of their male counterparts and will be a tough challenge for the Ladies, but one which they will relish.
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.
The Ladies side returned home after a long trip to Prestonpans with three points in the bag as substitute Cali Roberts scored two second half goals to seal a 4-2 win against Seton Ladies.
With half a dozen players unavailable for various reasons the thirteen players on duty put in a sterling shift. It wasn’t the prettiest of games but Forfar started quickly with Stewart, Harley and Mulholland all spurning chances after beating the high Seton offside trap.
As is the case when you don’t take chances you are always prone to conceding and a poor goal kick followed by equally poor marking allowed Seton to go in front.
The side reacted well with a superb right wing cross from Mulholland being headed home by Pauline Harley. A poor kick from the Seton goalkeeper was controlled and dispatched back over her head into the net from all of 30 yards by Chelsie Coyle to put the team ahead at halftime.
Seton however with the slope and slight wind at their backs struck again early in the 2nd half with a left wing cross not being dealt with and their striker scoring to square the game.
As was the case in last week against Hutchie Vale Development when they let slip a two goal lead, the ladies didn’t let it deter them and they went on to win this game too. A scramble in the box following a corner was rifled home by Cali Roberts and she scored again with quarter of an hour left when her left foot shot was well saved before she smashed the rebound home into the roof of the net.
Both teams ended with 10 players as a Seton defender received her 2nd yellow in the 82nd minute before Forfar keeper Rachelle Milton went off injured with five minutes remaining, Harley deputising.
Ladies coach Jeff Rioch commented after the game “We’re delighted to pick up 3 points away from home; we can take a number of positives from the game, not least the amount of chances we are creating. We can be more clinical but ten goals in two games with five different scorers is pleasing. I was happy for all the players today in particular our two subs Cali & Kirrin who both had a positive impact in the last half hour which was great to see.”
“We’re still a young squad and learning physically how to cope in this league and so far so good. We face an in form Raith Rovers team who we know are full of young, quality players, next Sunday, and we’ll work hard again in training this week to make sure we are ready for the challenge.”
Four goals from Ashleigh Smith helped Forfar Farmington Ladies recover from last week’s defeat with a 6-3 victory over Hutchison Vale Development.
Despite going behind, three Smith goals put Forfar ahead however Vale pulled the game level again before Smith’s fourth and a Carrie Hoggan double gave Jeff Rioch’s side all three points.
Credit should also be given to 15 year old Oliwia Gach after she made her senior debut for the side, stepping up from U15 level with an impressive performance.
It was an entertaining game at Market Muir which saw both teams create and miss chances in the opening fifteen minutes.
Hutchie Vale took the lead after a great initial save from Gach; the loose ball was knocked back past her with the forward reacting quicker than the defence.
Forfar were guilty of missing a couple of one on one chances but good work from Hoggan on the left wing saw her pass find Smith and the striker fired into an empty net to level the scores just before half time.
Farmington came out brightly in the second half and went ahead with two well taken goals from Smith to complete her hat-trick.
Hutchie Vale reduced the deficit with a great long range effort scored before equalising following a melee in the box
Rather than allowing Vale to keep their momentum going, the Ladies dusted themselves down and got back on the front foot instead of feeling sorry for themselves.
Great wing play and determination saw Emily Younger put Carrie Hoggan through on goal and the winger calmly fired home with her left foot.
Smith grabbed her fourth to cap off an impressive game for her after great pressing from midfield before Hoggan netted her second with two minutes left; latching on to a Harley pass before finishing.
All in all it was a deserved result and the desire to go on and claim all three points after being pegged back at 3-3 was great to see.
The result brings the Ladies up to fifth in the SWFL2 East Division and they face a trip to Seton Ladies in a fortnight as they look to continue their good start to the season.
Gach, Coyle, Thain, McGregor (Thomson), Guilcher, Younger (Gellatly), Harley, Brannan (Sarvajcz,) L Hoggan (Mulholland), Smith (Hay), C Hoggan
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.
Great night was had by all on Friday to celebrate Robert Burns, many attending their first burns supper. Many thanks to the speakers and entertainers for the evening, and to those who helped on the night. A fantastic £450 was raised, to go towards the ladies new tracksuits.