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New Signing | Lindsey Dunbar

The club are delighted to announce the return of Lindsey Dunbar as Mark Nisbet continues to improve his squad.

Midfielder Dunbar returns to Farmington after a season at Aberdeen where she suffered an ankle injury that kept her out for the majority of the season as the Dons were relegated from the top flight.

The 20 year old made 65 appearances in her previous spell at the club, scoring twelve goals and will be looking to make up for lost time after returning to full training recently.

“It definitely feels great to be back training, I’m not free of my injury as of yet but it’s a good step in the right direction getting the boots back and training with the girls. My main focus just now is purely to get fit and be pain free, once I’ve done that I’ll eventually try to work my way into the starting XI.”

After leaving SBSSWPL2 bound Aberdeen at the end of the season, Dunbar felt it was an easy decision to come to a club like Forfar.

“I’ve always loved Forfar. The atmosphere and community feeling overall is like a family, which made my decision a lot easier to come back. the girls and coaching staff have been nothing but supportive and welcoming since my return. It’s always easier coming back to a club where you were previously and Forfar have always had a good professional set up which I felt was beneficial for me to help build my fitness ahead of returning to physically demanding games.”

The midfielder’s time at Aberdeen was disrupted by her ankle injury which she suffered just a few games into the season. While she isn’t disappointed with her spell at Aberdeen, she believes it maybe wasn’t the right decision or time for her to move.

“I wouldn’t say I was disappointed with my time at Aberdeen. Of course it didn’t help that I was out all season and didn’t really get the chance to play, which always makes it frustrating and not enjoyable. It just wasn’t the right time or the experience I was looking for: but you never know these things until you try them, which is a decision I feel like wasn’t the right one for me.”

Dunbar spent the remainder of the season on the sidelines but felt it was beneficial as it allowed her to see the game from a different point of view. While she is worried about coming back from her injury, she is keen to get going.

“It’s very frustrating sitting out and not being able to play or do anything really for a year, but I have learnt a lot from at the sidelines from watching different players in positions, the passages of play, formations and listening to the team talks in the changing room, which made me feel a part of the team.”

“It’s a weird feeling being back, I do get nervous or scared sometimes in case anything is to happen but it’s to be expected from being out so long but it’s definitely a good feeling being back and I’m sure it can only get better from here, so I’m excited to see what comes next.”

The former Young Player of the Year praised everyone involved with the team for the support shown to her since coming back to Forfar, with club chaplain Susan Forbes thanked for her help even when she wasn’t at the club.

“It has been a tough and frustrating year, from receiving little support at my previous club, getting different answers from physios and not the correct treatment at the start, it has been a big test. The support I’ve received in the last few weeks and help from the girls and physios at Forfar, along with Lee Smith who does our media and our club chaplain Susan Forbes, have really helped me physically and mentally.”

“Everyone has helped push me, and generally checking in on me and how I’m feeling pain wise, and I just want to say thankyou to all them for that because I really do appreciate it. I’d want to thank Susan as well for the endless help and support she has given me since my return to the club, and even when I wasn’t at the club.”

Dunbar feels she is coming back to a strong squad having won the SBSSWPL2 title and reckons the side can make their mark in the league this year. While she hopes to force her way into the squad in the future, she is happy to keep her focus on getting fit for now.

“I certainly don’t think the girls should have been relegated in 2016, but these things do happen unfortunately. The girls done so well last year winning the league and adding a few additions this year has helped shape the team and make it even stronger.”

“The girls have been working really hard in training through the week and have been taking that work rate and momentum into game days each week. They have started the season off strong and have been unlucky in games to not take points but it’s still early into the season.”

“On a personal level, I am hoping to get some game time once I’m fit and help the girls out in any way I can, eventually trying to gain my place in the starting XI week in and week out.”

Having played with Farmington previously, Dunbar has played with the majority of the current squad along with Cassie Cowper and Hannah Stewart at Aberdeen and the familiar faces is something that she believes helps her feel more comfortable returning.

“I’ve played with the majority of the girls for a few seasons now, and it makes it a lot easier and comfortable coming back. Over the previous season I found it challenging due to my lack of confidence and I could probably say the same this season but having the older ones in the squad, and moving back with my previous team mates from Aberdeen makes that transition a little bit smoother.”

“I’m pretty sure I speak for some of the younger ones as well on that, that the girls in the squad are all understanding and make you feel comfortable on and off the park so I was never really nervous about returning back to the club.”

McNicoll Keen For Squad To Gain More Belief In Themselves

Goalkeeper Fiona McNicoll felt Forfar Farmington performed well despite their 2-0 loss at home to Celtic in the SBSSWPL1 on Sunday.

Farmington held their own against a tough Celtic side but goals from Claire Adams and Kelly Clark meant the visitors took all three points.

The 29 year old shot stopper reckons the introduction of Ruesha Littlejohn changed the game for Celtic with Farmington playing well throughout.

“I thought the first half we played well, we looked solid at the back and we passed the ball well at times.  The second half we started well, however when Celtic brought on Littlejohn I think she changed the game for them.”

McNicoll believes she had a good performance but was disappointed to concede the two goals in the way they did.

“I feel I did play well, however we still got beat.  As a team playing at the highest level, when people make mistakes or have a lapse of concentration teams at this level will punish you and that is what I think happened.

“The first goal was a good strike however it came from us having a corner and I could have possibly come out and collected the ball but Kelly Clark had no one marking her.”

Farmington currently sit fifth in the league after three games and the experienced keeper is happy with how they have performed so far and feels they can improve even further.

“I think the team have performed well so far however I do think the team as whole need to have a bit more belief going forward and attacking teams we come up against.  People need to be calmer on the ball when we have it and think about how we played last season.”

“We weren’t scared last season and we believed we could beat any team we come up against however this season I don’t think we have this belief yet.”

“Mark and the other coaches have been working hard on attacking drills for weeks and during training people believe they can take people on, run past a player and they are always taking shots.”

McNicoll has been ever present this season with Chantelle McKay having to make do with a spot on the bench and she feels having McKay and youngster Oliwia Gach training alongside her ensure her standards don’t drop, however she is confident McKay would be a more than capable replacement.

“It is great training with Chantelle and Oliwia every week, we have a good laugh and we work very hard during sessions. Chantelle is a great goal keeper and I know if my standard were to drop she would be able to step in with no problem.”

Farmington have been on the lookout for a goalkeeping coach since Kev Candy left at the end of 2017 with John Diplexcito stepping in to help while the vacancy is filled and McNicoll was full of praise for him.

“I would like to thank John for stepping in to do some goalkeeping coaching on a Wednesday night, he is a great coach, sessions are always hard and we are learning a lot from him.  During the sessions all the keepers are working hard and having fun at the same time.”

Farmington will head to Stirling to take on Stirling University this week and McNicoll believes the side can grab a win against a well organised side.

“Stirling are a well organised team but I do believe we can take points home to Forfar on Sunday and move us up the table.  I feel we can beat any team in the league if we just have a bit more belief when attacking other teams.”

Half Century For McCarthy & Smith

Robyn Smith and Megan McCarthy were the latest to reach a half century of appearances with both reaching the milestone this afternoon against Celtic.

The duo are in their second spells at the club after both rejoining in December 2015 from Jeanfield Swifts and Inverness City respectively.

Megan had a very short spell at Farmington in 2012 during pre-season before returning to Inverness and failed to make a competitive appearance.

On her return to Forfar, the 25 year old defender made a goalscoring debut in the League Cup against Hearts in March 2016. Since then she has netted five more times, all of these coming during last season’s SBSSWPL2 championship winning season.

Overall Megan has started 44 times while making six appearances from the bench.

Robyn’s previous spell at the club ended following the 2013 season, where she made three appearances in an injury disrupted season.

In March of that year she made her debut away to Stirling University under their previous moniker of Falkirk Ladies before a further two appearances at the end of the season.

Robyn has scored eleven times in total in her 39 starts and 11 substitute appearances, the first two of these coming against Buchan in the Scottish Cup in June 2016.

SBSSWPL1: Forfar Farmington 0 Celtic 2

Forfar Farmington fell to their second defeat of the season in a tight 2-0 loss at home to Celtic.

After a goalless first half, Claire Adams’ fantastic long range effort and Kelly Clark sealed the three points for the visitors.

Farmington were looking to build on their deserved cup win over Aberdeen and had the first chance of the game as Megan McCarthy failed to send her header on target from a Cassie Cowper cross in the 8th minute.

Three minutes later McCarthy did well to stop Josephine Giard from getting a shot away while Danni McGinley’s low effort was held by Megan Cunningham at the other end.

Kayleigh Brough thought she had a great chance to open the scoring in the 21st minute when Kirsty Deans’ shot fell to her feet but she was adjudged to be offside.

Fiona McNicoll kept the scores level just before the half hour mark with a couple of phenomenal saves; both Giard and Heather Richards failing to beat the stopper.

Cheryl Kilcoyne saw her effort blocked by the visiting defence before McNicoll pulled off another great save from Giard to keep the scores level.

Both sides came out looking to break the deadlock after half time and Celtic came close as Clark headed over from a Richards free kick.

They went one better in the 61st minute; Claire Adams sending a 25 yard effort into the top corner past McNicoll.

Nicole Pullar was stopped by McNicoll once again six minutes later before McCarthy nodded wide from a Julia Scott corner.

The lead was doubled with eleven minutes left; Richards’ corner was swept home at the back post by former Farmington midfielder Clark.

Celtic could have had a third deep into injury time but McNicoll was in fine form to tip the ball over the bar.

With Farmington missing out on points for the second league game in a row, they will look to bounce back next week as they take on Stirling University.

McNicoll, McGinley, Smith, Davidson, Bruce (Cattanach 62), Deans, Kilcoyne, Cowper, McCarthy, Stewart (Scott 62), Brough

Subs not used: White, Debio, Shillitto, Collier, McKay

Brough Praises Teammates But Eyes Further Improvements

Kayleigh Brough believes the side still have a lot to give despite a pleasing start to the new season.

The defender has played a part in the opening games, helping the squad to clean sheets against Hamilton Academical and Aberdeen, and reckons they can build on this when they face Celtic this Sunday.

With Farmington winning the aforementioned games and losing just one game so far against Hibs, Brough feels they have the ability to improve further as the season progresses.

“I think personally the team have started very well. I think we still have a lot more to give within the games but I definitely think this will come throughout the other challenges we face during the season.”

“Even with the defeat against Hibs, I feel like the girls went into the game strong and showed great team composure.”

While she praised the team performances, the 21 year old took a slightly negative view to her own performances so far but pinpointed positives she has improved on.

“I think my performances have been okay, there were certainly things I could have done better but think that my positioning and discipline has definitely gotten better which betters my game a lot more.”

The defender made her 50th appearance for the club against Aberdeen last month following her debut in 2017. This is her third spell at the club, with two periods in America in between, and Brough admits it’s been a pleasure to gain the experience she has at Farmington.

“I am pleased to have had that many appearances, although it doesn’t quite feel like it. It has been a pleasure over the years to have gained the experience and friendship with the girls on the park.”

Since returning from her second stint in America last May where she captained Otero Junior College, Brough has played in both her usual centre half role while often taking up a midfield position. She admits she has struggled with playing further forward and feels at home in the centre of defence.

“I personally like the centre half position a lot better. I played there for 2 years in America so naturally felt more comfortable. With playing in the midfield, I felt lost at times and felt myself dragging myself into positions I shouldn’t have been in.”

Farmington return to league action this Sunday and will host third placed Celtic at Station Park. The defender believes the side can grab something this weekend with results in the league being quite close so far in 2018.

“I definitely believe we have got what it takes to come away with something this weekend. The league has started off quite close, so no one knows which way each game will go. However, I definitely think that with a positive attitude a result can be achieved.”

Sunday’s game against Celtic will kick off at 1pm with admission £4 for adults while U16’s enter free of charge.

McGinley Relieved To Grab First Goal Of Season

Danni McGinley was delighted to get off the mark for the season after netting the third in Forfar Farmington’s win last weekend.

Farmington defeated Aberdeen 3-0 in the first round of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup with McGinley netting the third deep into injury time to round off a good performance from the side.

The 23 year old striker felt the side performed well and reckons the clean sheet was well deserved for Fiona McNicoll after her recent form, however the keeper was rarely tested by the Dons on Sunday.

“Overall I think the victory was a good one, we scored three goals and didn’t concede.  It’s always tough playing teams where there’s a bit of rivalry as everyone steps up.  Keeping a clean sheet is always important for us and I think it’s very well deserved for Fiona who has been brilliant for us recently.”

McGinley admitted she felt like she hadn’t played to the best of her abilities but was happy to get involved with the goals with the third goal and an assist from setting up Cheryl Kilcoyne for the opener.

She said: “I don’t feel like I played my best game from a personal perspective, but I persevered and got my reward right at the end.  It’s always nice to be involved in the goals whether it be scoring or assisting.”

The goal was McGinley’s first of the season, taking her to sixteen goal in nineteen appearances since joining in June last season, and the former Jeanfield Swifts attacker reckons it’s easy to be hard on yourself when you don’t score.

“I’m pleased to get off the mark, as a striker I think it’s easy to be hard on yourself when you’re not scoring.  Having scored a couple in preseason I was just waiting for my chances in our competitive games.”

The side have won two of their first three games this season, keeping two clean sheets; McGinley believes the side have more to give which will only help them improve further.

“I don’t think we could’ve asked for much more at the start of the season. I definitely think that we have more to give as a team, but there’s a good vibe at the club just now and that always helps.”

With an international break this weekend, Celtic are the visitors to Station Park next Sunday. While many would write off Farmington, McGinley feels they are confident going into the encounter.

“We have a lot of confidence going into this fixture, we are under no illusions that Celtic are a good side but I think we can match them and make it an exciting encounter.”

SWPL Cup First Round: Forfar Farmington 3 Aberdeen 0

Forfar Farmington progressed to the second round of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup with a 3-0 win at home to Aberdeen.

Cheryl Kilcoyne put Farmington ahead in the first half with Robyn Smith and Danni McGinley making sure of the win in the second half.

Captain Nicola Davidson had the first opportunity inside the opening 120 seconds; her effort from the edge of the box had the sting taken out of it and Emily Mutch gathered easily.

The visitors’ Beth McPherson fired wide from distance in the seventh minute with the majority of the first half resulting in neither side managing to break down the respective defences.

A poor pass back almost allowed Danni McGinley to break the deadlock but she shot over with Davidson also missing the target shortly after.

Mutch denied Kilcoyne with a goal line save after 35 minutes but the striker wasn’t to be denied a minute later when she rifled home a McGinley cross.

McNicoll had to be sharp to push a Chloe Gover free kick onto the bar on the stroke of half time but Farmington held firm and went into the break ahead.

McGinley came close to adding to the tally in the opening quarter of an hour of the second half; heading wide from a Julia Scott corner before hitting the sidenetting from a tight angle.

On the hour mark McNicoll held a Johan Fraser deflected effort with Chloe Fitzpatrick denied by the keeper shortly after.

The advantage was doubled with twenty minutes to go; sub Robyn Smith’s corner flew directly in with Mutch caught off guard.

Kilcoyne almost made it three with Mutch making another good save while Davidson and Noble were also spurned by the Dons stopper.

Kayleigh Brough tried her luck from distance only to find Mutch’s arms as the game edged closer to full time and Aberdeen could have had a consolation in added time. Megan Reid’s cross found the head of the unmarked Fitzpatrick, she could only head wide.

In the second minute of added time any hopes of a late comeback were effectively killed off; a poor pass back allowed McGinley in to notch her first of the season.

The result puts Farmington into the quarter finals of the SWPL Cup and makes it two wins from three this season.

McNicoll, Collier, White (Cattanach 66), McGinley, Shillitto (Smith 46), Davidson, Kilcoyne (Noble 78), Cowper, Scott (Bruce 56), Harkin (Debio 78), Brough

Subs not used: McCarthy, McKay

Deans Pinpoints Positives To Be Taken Despite Defeat

Kirsty Deans was pleased with her side’s performance despite the defeat to Hibernian in the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League One on Sunday.

The midfielder believes there are many positives to take from the defeat with Farmington defending well against a side challenging for the title.

Deans, 26, felt her teammates approached the game in a positive manner which helped their performance.

“Sunday’s result is bitter sweet. We never want to lose a game and not take points but at the same time there are a lot of positives we can take.”

She continued: “Having played them just a few weeks ago in a friendly I felt we played much better on Sunday and made it really hard for them to break us down. I think the girls took a lot of confidence from the game last week and that allowed us to approach Sunday with a positive mindset.”

Following the result, Deans believes the attitude in the dressing room was positive but admits they were disappointed not to threaten the Hibs defence more often.

“The atmosphere in the changing room was positive at full time. On the whole we felt that we played well, we were well organised and defended well against a side who are known for their goal scoring threat, so we were delighted with that part of the game.”

“Saying that we were a little disappointed not to have done more going forward, we felt with more composure and conviction we could have troubled them a bit more in the middle of the park and final third. We’ll take that at this stage though and that will give us plenty to work on and we’ll look forward to getting another chance to play them soon enough.”

Deans had suffered an injury in pre-season and after a substitute appearance at Hamilton last week, she made the starting XI against Hibs. The midfielder played the full 90 minutes and was delighted to get back playing.

“I was delighted to get a start having got some minutes last week as a sub against Hamilton. It’s been a long time coming to get back into playing after the injury and I’m glad I was able to contribute to the team for the 90 minutes.”

She continued: “I felt on the whole I did my job defensively most of the time but I lacked a bit of composure and sharpness in my decision making but hopefully that will come with more game time and being fully back in training regularly.”

Farmington currently sit fourth in the SBSSWPL1 after their opening two games with three points and Deans reckons this is exactly where the side hoped to be before the season kicked off.

“I think if we looked at the first two games before the season this is exactly where we hoped we would be with 3 points on the board. To limit Hibs to two goals and keep our goal difference tight is hugely important to us and that is something that we are pleased with.”

“I think we can take a lot of confidence from these first two games and look to build on this in the cup next week and then when we return to league action.”

This Sunday sees a break from league action as Farmington host Aberdeen in the League Cup first round. With Aberdeen suffering relegation in 2017 and being in the same position as Farmington were last season, Deans knows that the visitors will be out to prove a point.

“Aberdeen in the cup is going to be a very interesting challenge. They definitely should not be underestimated, as we know they have the capabilities to score goals and are a well organised team who are hard to break down. They have had a couple of mixed results so far and so it is hard for us to predict exactly what to expect but we know that they will be out to prove a point against us.”

“We have taken their spot and they will be out to show that their intent to get back up and challenge again in SWPL1. We are very much looking forward to the challenge though and will go all out to perform well and build on this weekend’s positives.”

SBSSWPL1: Forfar Farmington 0 Hibernian 2

Forfar Farmington suffered their first defeat of the season despite a positive performance as Hibernian won 2-0 at Station Park.

After a goalless first half Amy Gallacher broke the deadlock against her former club in the 54th minute; fellow ex-Farmington attacker Katey Turner making sure of all three points with two minutes remaining.

After last week’s win at Hamilton Accies, Mark Nisbet made two changes as Kirsty Deans and Cheryl Kilcoyne replaced Hannah Stewart and Kayleigh Brough.

Both sides looked to create chances with the closest anyone came in the opening ten minutes arriving when Danni McGinley’s cross was gathered by Jenna Fife with Julia Scott lurking inside the box.

In the 11th minute former Farmington striker Katey Turner had the match’s first effort on goal but could only find the side netting.

Three minutes later Robyn Smith’s cross into the box was nicked off the head of McGinley and the clearance was just inches too high for Scott to make a connection.

McGinley was denied by Fife while at the other end Lucy Graham headed wide from an Emma Brownlie corner.

Another Brownlie corner on the half hour mark was bulleted over by Siobhan Hunter.

The final chance of the half fell to the visitors again, however Hunter was only able to send a long distance effort wide with no threat to Fiona McNicoll.

Hibs looked to break the deadlock early in the second half and came close as a Brownlie cross almost deceived McNicoll; the keeper doing well to smother the ball on the line.

They took the lead in the 54th minute through former Farmington Young Player of the Year Amy Gallacher; Hibs forcing their way through on the left hand side with Gallacher lashing home from close range.

Despite a good performance from Farmington, Hibs looked to grab a second and Lia Tweedie was unlucky not to find the back of the net in the 65th minute as McNicoll pushed her effort over the bar.

Kirsty Smith was also denied by McNicoll with twenty minutes remaining and the visitors were dealt a blow shortly after as Siobhan Hunter was forced off with a nasty looking injury.

Graham hit the bar after connecting with another Brownlie corner but they clinched all three points with just two minutes left of normal time; Turner curling a brilliant 20 yard effort into the net despite McNicoll getting her hand to it.

This ensured all three points left with the visitors but Mark Nisbet’s side can be happy with their performance against one of the league’s title challengers.

Next week sees a break from league action for Farmington as they host Aberdeen in the League Cup first round.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Danni McGinley, Robyn Smith (Erin Cattanach 71), Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Cassie Cowper, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Gemma Collier 84), Tammy Harkin

Subs not used: Leah White, Beth Shillitto, Alison Debio, Kayleigh Brough, Chantelle McKay (gk)

Hibernian: Jenna Fife, Siobhan Hunter (Cailin Michie 77), Lisa Robertson, Kirsty Smith, Rachel McLauchlan, Lucy Graham, Amy Gallacher, Ellis Notley, Katey Turner, Emma Brownlie, Lia Tweedie (Shannon McGregor 68)

Sub not used: Hannah Reid (gk)