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Title Winning Squad Nominated For ANGUSAlive Award

The club are delighted to announce that the SBSSWPL2 championship winning squad have been nominated for the ANGUSAlive Team of the Year award in their Sports Awards for 2017.

This award, sponsored by Community Sport Hubs, aims to recognise the achievements and commitment of voluntary sports teams at all levels, in 2017.

Mark Nisbet’s side, which also reached the semi finals of the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup, are nominated alongside seven other teams, which are as follows:

Arbroath Gymnastics Club Elite Display Team

Arbroath St. Thomas Swimming Club Girls Relay Team

Arbroath United Cricket Club Under 16’s

Forfar Boys FC 2004’s

Royal Montrose Golf Club Senior Section

Strathmore Silverbacks

Tayside Musketeers Cadet Men

The winner will be named at their awards ceremony on Friday 16 March 2018 at the Reid Hall, Forfar.

Head coach Mark Nisbet spoke of his pride that the players have been nominated for the award after winning the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League Two title last year.

“I’m delighted that the players have been recognised for their achievements last year. To win a national league and get to a Scottish Cup semi final is a fantastic achievement and has rightfully earned them the nomination.”

You can attend the event, celebrating the achievements and efforts of the nominees of all awards at the event with tickets available to purchase.

Early bird tickets for the awards can be purchased online until Friday 19 January with full price tickets on sale from Saturday 20 January and can be purchased from The evening includes a welcome drink, two course dinner, evening entertainment and the awards ceremony.

Coaching Success and Opportunities

Pictured – Leah White (left), Chloe Reilly (right)

Well done to Leah White (SWPL – Young Player of the Year) & Chloe Reilly (SWFL Ladies – Clubwoman of the Year), who successfully completed Coaching in the Game, Level 1.3 (SFA childrens pathway) over the weekend. 

Leah and Chloe are a great asset to our club and example of our investment in player development at Farmington, both girls having moved through the club from grassroots and we are very proud to have them both as coaches for our Junior members. 

All players have the opportunity to get involved with our Junior stars of the future as well as gaining coaching qualifications.

If you are interested in coaching but not currently a player we would also be interested to hear from you, please contact us for further information.

New Signing | Tammy Harkin

The club are delighted to announce our third signing of the week as Tammy Harkin joins the club from Dundee United.

Harkin, 26, moves from the SWFL1 North runners up and she is eager to get going with her new teammates.

Speaking shortly after signing, the midfielder feels the squad are willing to work hard for each other.

“I’m delighted to have signed for Forfar, it’s a great bunch of girls who are willing to work hard, both for themselves and others and there’s a good team spirit.”

Harkin continued: “What attracted me to the club was most definitely the fact that they are now playing at the top level, from what I have seen and heard in the past few weeks at training sessions, the club has such high ambitions and wants to strive to be the best which is something I want to be part of.”

With the side returning to the top flight of the SBSSWPL, Harkin believes the talent within the squad is good enough to ensure they consolidate in their first season.

“The squad has a good variety of players who are all talented and bring something to the team therefore I don’t doubt for a second they will work hard and earn the rewards.”

Harkin admits she is also looking forward to the challenge of earning a spot in the team each week with players such as Nicola Davidson and Kirsty Deans jockeying for the midfield positions.

She said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of having to work hard for a place in the team every week, I am competing against talented girls and if the coach believes I bring something and I get to start games, I will be very happy.”

New Signing | Sophie Milligan

Our second signing of 2018 is a popular player returning for a second spell as Sophie Milligan rejoins following a year in Australia.

The defender left at the end of the 2016 season to head down under and is looking forward to getting back on the pitch as she feels like she had never left.

Milligan, who made 41 appearances between 2014 and 2016, was delighted to reunite with the close knit group of players.

“It feels like I had never left to be honest. I’m really close with most of the group so I’m thoroughly enjoying being back with the girls, minus the weather.”

Milligan was unable to play while in Australia due to work commitments in Brisbane, with the 25 year old also spending time travelling.

“I definitely missed playing. I’ve played football competitively since I was 8 so that was the first season I had missed apart from because of injury.”

She continued: “When I was settled in Brisbane I trained with a local team to try keep things ticking over but couldn’t commit due to work, but this also gave me the freedom to travel.”

The defender reckons it is better to have returned at the beginning of pre-season as everyone will be on an even playing field as opposed to trying to break into a squad during the season.

“Coming in midway through a season with an established squad, it’s always difficult to break back into the starting team. Since coming back from Australia, I have worked hard over the festive season to try get myself back in the mix. This way we are all starting on an even playing field and have a few weeks to get back to a high standard and compete for positions.” 

With the side winning the title last season, Milligan believes there is no reason why they can’t stay up in their first season back in the top tier of the Scottish Women’s Premier League.

“The girls and staff did an amazing job last season. We have done well to keep the core of the squad and bring in a few new faces to strengthen up in areas.”

“There is no reason why we can’t stay up, we know what this league is like and the girls and staff will make sure we are best prepared to make an impact on the season to come.”

New Signing | Cassie Cowper

The club are delighted to announce our first signing of the 2018 season as Cassie Cowper joins from Aberdeen.

Cowper, 19, spent the last six years at Aberdeen and moves to Farmington as we return to the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League One.

Speaking following her move, the defender felt it was the right time to move on from the Dons with the Granite City side relegated to the second tier in 2017.

“I am happy to have signed, I spent 6 years at Aberdeen and I felt like it was the right time to move on. I’m looking forward to this season with the girls and with the club’s ideas.”

Cowper had worked with head coach Mark Nisbet previously during his spell up north as a coach and is looking forward to working under him again at Farmington.

She said: “I have worked with Mark before when he came to Aberdeen and enjoyed his coaching a lot, he tried to sign me previously but it wasn’t the right time, but I feel like now is.”

“I’ve heard good things from people about the girls and the club as a whole so I am excited to see it and be involved.”

The former Scotland U19 internationalist knows what is to be expected in the top flight having played for Aberdeen and hopes she can build on this in 2018.

“I have played a lot of games in SWPL1; I’m hoping that the experience of playing so many games helps me and also the girls when we are playing this season.”

Cowper trained with her new teammates as pre-season began on Sunday and she reckons they have what it takes to right the wrongs of their last year in the top flight when they were relegated.

“It was very important Forfar got promoted again for the club, this season’s main goal is to stay in the league and from what I’ve seen the girls are more than capable to do this.”

Forfar Farmington: A Year In Numbers

2017 was a successful year for the club as Mark Nisbet’s side comfortably won the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two title to return to the top flight at the first attempt. Farmington also reached the Scottish Women’s Cup semi final for the first time since reaching the final in 2012.

As we enter 2018, we take a look at some of the stats gathered over the course of the year:

26 – There were 26 competitive games in total for Farmington, with 21 league games, one Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup fixture and four games in our SSE Scottish Women’s Cup run.

19 – It was a fantastic turnaround from the previous season with 19 wins overall, the first victory came in March against East Fife with a 4-1 win. There were also wins over Jeanfield Swifts (2-1) in March, Motherwell (5-3) & Glasgow Girls (2-0) in April. May saw us defeat EUHV (5-0), Buchan (4-0) and Glasgow Girls (3-0) before the following month had another three wins against East Fife (3-0), Buchan (4-0) and Raith Rovers (5-2).

After the summer break we returned to action in August with wins over EUHV (3-0), Hearts (3-1) and Buchan (7-0). September saw another two victories with wins over Glasgow Girls (1-0) and Cumbernauld Colts (2-1).

There were wins over Buchan (7-1) and Motherwell (5-1) in October. There was also a 3-0 win over EUHV after the SWF awarded Farmington the points. November saw the season end with victory over Jeanfield Swifts (4-0). This gave the side a win ratio of 73.08% from their 26 games.

4 – Just the four draws over the course of the season; Hearts responsible for half of them following a 1-1 draw in April with a 2-2 tie seven months later. We also drew 1-1 with Jeanfield Swifts in August and 0-0 with East Fife to give us a draw ratio of 15.38%.

3 – With just one league loss all season against Motherwell in June (2-3), we exited the League Cup in February after a 1-0 defeat against Celtic while Glasgow City were 5-0 winners in our Scottish Cup semi final clash in October. Our loss ratio for the season was considerably lower than last season with just 11.54%.

52 – We gained 52 points in total over the course of the league season, a large difference to the six won in 2016. With sixteen wins in the SBSSWPL2, four draws and one defeat, we finished twelve points clear of our nearest rivals. The points per game average for the season came to an impressive 2.47.

76 – Goals were an issue in 2016, however this year we found the net 76 times in 26 games. Averaging 2.92 in all games, this was improved in the league with 3.04 scored per game. Our top goalscorer with fifteen in total was Danni McGinley, netting 0.94 goals a game in her sixteen appearances.

We were awarded two penalties this year, Nicola Davidson netting both to give herself a 100% success rate.

15 – Goals were evenly spread across the team this season, fifteen players all chipping in.

15 Danni McGinley
10 Julia Scott
8 Cheryl Kilcoyne
7 Robyn Smith
6 Laura Parsley
5 Megan McCarthy
4 Nicola Davidson, Caroline Heron, Kayleigh Noble
2 Kayleigh Brough, Gemma Collier, Kirsty Deans
1 Alana Bruce, Erin Cattanach, Beth Shillitto

There were also four own goals from Fiona Ritchie, Jo Murphy and Lauren Sangster (all Buchan) & Angela McGann (Cumbernauld Colts).

13 – Thirteen players were involved with setting up our 76 goals, with Julia Scott adding to her ten goals with thirteen assists.

13 Julia Scott
10 Robyn Smith
7 Kayleigh Noble
6 Danni McGinley
5 Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne
3 Nicola Davidson, Megan McCarthy, Beth Shillitto
2 Fiona McNicoll, Laura Parsley
1 Alana Bruce, Erin Cattanach

29 – 29 players were used over the course of the season with just 18 used on a regular basis, seven of the others making just one appearance. No player was ever present throughout the entire campaign with the most appearances made by any player was 24.

24 Gemma Collier, Nicola Davidson, Alison Debio, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott, Beth Shillitto, Robyn Smith
23 Fiona McNicoll, Laura Parsley, Cheryl Kilcoyne
22 Erin Cattanach
20 Kayleigh Noble, Leah White
18 Kirsty Deans
16 Danni McGinley
14 Alana Bruce
13 Kayleigh Brough
8 Caroline Heron
5 Sophie Young
3 Caitlin Mitchell, Chantelle McKay
2 Ellie Cook
1 Zoe Moreland, Anne Murrie, Philippa McCallum, Taylor Clifford, Lotte Deubel, Oliwia Gach, Hannah Dryden

9 – Nine players made their first ever appearances for the Premier League side this season with Alison Debio, Lotte Deubel, Chantelle McKay, Taylor Clifford, Anne Murrie, Oliwia Gach, Philippa McCallum, Sophie Young and Ellie Cook all making their debuts.

27 – Just 27 goals were conceded over the course of the season, 1.03 in all games while it was an average of 0.71 conceded in the league.

4 – Four goalkeepers played a part in the season with Fiona McNicoll, Chantelle McKay, Oliwia Gach and Hannah Dryden all playing. The latter two made just one sub appearance each with McKay starting three times and McNicoll making 23 appearances.

Fiona McNicoll – 18 conceded in 23 games (0.78 per game)
Chantelle McKay – 6 conceded in 3 games (2.00 per game)
Hannah Dryden – 3 conceded in 1 game (3.00 per game)
Oliwia Gach – 0 conceded in 1 game (0.00 per game)

10 – Ten clean sheets were kept by the Farmington defence this year. This included a five game stretch where they shut out the opposition attacks in May & June. The clean sheets were kept in games against Glasgow Girls (16th April, 28th May, 3rd September), EUHV (7TH May, 6th August), Buchan (14th May, 11th June, 20th August) and East Fife (4th June, 24th September).

All ten clean sheets were achieved with Fiona McNicoll in goal, however it could be argued she has eleven as she was subbed against Motherwell on 2nd April with the game at 5-0. Oliwia Gach also kept a clean sheet after coming off the bench when Farmington defeated Buchan 4-0 on June 11th.

561 – In a record covering almost two months, Fiona McNicoll kept the opposition out for 561 minutes. After conceding in the 28th minute against Hearts on April 23rd, McNicoll shut out EUHV, Buchan twice, Glasgow Girls and East Fife before Raith Rovers’ Kerri Dinnel netted in the 49th minute of the Scottish Cup tie on June 18th.

16 – Sixteen bookings have been given to Farmington players over the course of 2017 with two of these resulting in the only red card of the season.

Gemma Collier and Erin Cattanach were the worst offenders, being responsible for half of the bookings.

4 Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach
2 Alison Debio
1 Fiona McNicoll, Danni McGinley, Leah White, Robyn Smith, Julia Scott, Alana Bruce

1 – The aforementioned red card was shown to vice captain Gemma Collier for her two bookable offences against Celtic in the League Cup.

3-0 & 4-0 – The most common results in 2017 were 3-0 and 4-0 as they occurred three times each in the 26 games played.

All six games resulted in Farmington wins as they defeated Glasgow Girls (28th May), East Fife (4th June) and EUHV (6th August) 3-0 while sending four goals without reply past Buchan (14th May & 11th June) and Jeanfield Swifts (12th November).

36 & 87 – Farmington found the net in 50 different minutes this season and there were two minutes where they scored on four occasions.

The 36th minute saw Cheryl Kilcoyne net in a 3-0 win over Glasgow Girls on May 28th before Nicola Davidson’s penalty in June 11th’s 4-0 victory over Buchan.

Laura Parsley grabbed an equaliser in the 2-1 win against Cumbernauld Colts on September 10th and the final goal in the 36th minute came from Julia Scott, this being the fourth goal as Farmington clinched the league title on October 15th.

Scoring in the 87th minute often helped Farmington with the first of these coming from Gemma Collier; she rescued a point against Hearts on April 23rd. May 7th saw Megan McCarthy make it 5-0 against EUHV and the following week Kayleigh Noble completed a 4-0 victory over Buchan. Kirsty Deans did the same as Farmington defeated East Fife 3-0 on 4th June.

52 & 90+1 – At the other end the most common minute for Farmington to concede was also split between two different minutes.

The 52nd minute saw them concede to Motherwell in a 3-2 defeat in June with Jade McDonald’s opener for Jeanfield on August 27th; the game finishing all square at 1-1.

The first minute of injury time also saw them concede twice; Stacey Cook netting Motherwell’s third on April 2nd and Megan Foley making it 5-0 to Glasgow City in the Scottish Cup semi final on October 8th.

7 – The most Farmington netted in one game was seven goals and they managed this twice in 2017, both coming against Buchan.

They defeated the northern outfit 7-0 in the Scottish Cup on August 20th before a trip to Maud on October 1st saw them come away with a 7-1 victory.

5 – The most goals conceded in one game was five and this came on October 8th as Glasgow City won the Scottish Cup semi final clash on October 8th.

3 – Farmington failed to find the net just three times this season with two of these coming against higher league opposition.

They drew a blank against Celtic on February 19th and they didn’t do this again until September 24th in a goalless draw with East Fife. The other game was the aforementioned semi final against Glasgow City the following month.

Debio Proud Of Debut Season Achievements

Alison Debio reckons she couldn’t have asked for a better first season at Forfar Farmington after lifting the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League 2 championship.

The 20 year old also praised her teammates for the vital experience and advice given as she looks to improve her game regularly.

Debio joined Farmington at the beginning of the year and played a part in all but two of the side’s 26 games. The midfielder was delighted with the end product of her first season and feels it was thoroughly deserved after the hard work put in by the squad.

“I don’t think I could have asked for a better year. I’m very grateful for the experience that this season has given me, playing so many games in such a great team has been great fun. Winning the league and the cup run were the product of a lot of hard work and were thoroughly deserved.”

The former Falkirk, Stenhousemuir, Glasgow City and Cumbernauld Colts player had previously played in the league system but had never played in the SBSSWPL prior to joining Farmington. Debio believes that she has learned a lot playing alongside experienced teammates and is looking to further improve herself next season.

“The wealth of experience in the team has definitely been very helpful. You’re always learning playing football and being around people with so many different styles is something that I really enjoyed.”

She continued: “Our squad has a great mix of experience and youth which has benefited everyone, I personally have seen a huge improvement in my understanding of the game and look forward to continuing my learning.”

Debio is eager to get going with the 2018 season with the side now breaking up for a few weeks before returning in early January for pre-season.

“The off season is always frustrating, you just want to be playing all the time. A couple of weeks off to celebrate Christmas and New Year is nice but I’m looking forward to getting back to business during pre-season.”

With Farmington returning to the top flight of the SBSSWPL, Debio reckons the squad has the ability to improve on their last showing when they were relegated in 2016.

She said: “I think we can improve, we have a great depth in our squad already and I’m sure we’ll see some new faces in the off season to help bolster our team. We are very much capable of playing good football so I look forward to the hard work in pre-season to get us up to speed.”

“There is a togetherness in our squad that helps push us through games, we play for each other and that’s what we will need with some tough games ahead.”

McGinley Wins SBSSWPL2 Golden Boot Award

Danni McGinley was elated to win the Golden Boot for the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League 2 after netting 22 league goals in 2017.

The attacker scored eight goals in seven league appearances for Jeanfield Swifts before her move to Farmington in June where she added another fourteen goals in thirteen games.

22 year old McGinley felt it was special to win the award with a number of talented players in the league’s top goalscorers.

She said: “It’s a really great feeling and it’s nice to have my contributions recognised with a national award.  It was a tough league with lots of talented players throughout and that makes it a bit more special for me too.”

McGinley was in fantastic form in a Farmington shirt as her fourteen league goals in half a season almost equalled the top scorer for the entire season in SBSSWPL1 and the striker was pleased that moving to a new club during the year didn’t disrupt her performances.

“I think I have performed consistently well since joining, I was given the opportunity to show what I can do and I feel I’ve managed to prove it by continuing my goal scoring form.”

Farmington return to the top flight next season and while McGinley hopes she can maintain her goal return, the main focus will be to win games.

She said: “It would obviously be great to score as many goals again next year, but the main focus will be to win as many games as possible and if I can score the goals required to contribute to the wins for the team then I will be delighted.”

Nisbet’s Preparations Underway For Next Season

Head coach Mark Nisbet has started his plans for the 2018 season as Forfar Farmington return to the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League top flight next season.

Nisbet feels his side are better equipped to fight in SBSSWPL1 after their 2016 relegation and is already looking to strengthen his title winning squad.

The head coach reckons the title winning squad deserves their chances in the top flight but is hopeful of announcing a couple of signings over the next few weeks.

“I feel that the players that have got us this far deserve to play in the top flight but we will obviously look to strengthen the squad a bit also. I’d like to think we can do a bit of business in the coming weeks. We have a few irons in the fire so we will hopefully be able to announce a couple of signings very soon.”

Nisbet is confident his side are better equipped to ensure that they approach games next season following their title win.

“I feel we are far better equipped now and have a better understanding of what’s expected in regards to performance level and how I want us to approach games.”

Farmington ended the 2017 season with a 4-0 win over Jeanfield Swifts and Nisbet was delighted to finish on a high in front of a large support.

“I was delighted to finish the season off with a positive result and another clean sheet. We were a real force at home last season and that is something we will be looking to build on this coming year.”

“I was delighted for the players as they showed the class that they have to everyone who made the effort to come and support us when we lifted the trophy.”

Attacker Danni McGinley netted twice to take her league tally for the season to 22, including 8 at former club Jeanfield before her move in June, and Nisbet felt it was a boost to have the SBSSWPL’s top scorer in the squad.

“I’m delighted with Danni’s contribution, to have a goalscorer like her in the group is a big boost to the whole squad. Sometimes you’ll only get a couple of chances in a game so it’s vital to have players who can take those opportunities and she can definitely do that.”

Nisbet also praised players who had their first season at Premier League level, with Erin Cattanach, Cheryl Kilcoyne and Leah White all winning awards at the end of season presentation evening.

“They were fantastic. They took it all in their stride and just got better as the year went on. I look forward to working with them again next year and see them progress further.”

Cattanach Proud of Honours Earned In First Senior Season

Erin Cattanach was elated to win the Player’s Player of the Year award in her first full season at senior level at the club’s presentation evening on Friday.

The 19 year old added the award to her Supporters Young Player of the Year to cap off a successful season for the defender.

Cattanach was shocked to win the award but she expressed her gratitude to both her teammates and supporters for both awards.

“I was very shocked to receive this award but I’m very grateful that my team mates thought I deserved to win it.”

“I didn’t expect to win the Supporters Young Player of the Year award either but it’s great to know that the supporters enjoyed watching me play.”

After being promoted to the side last season, she struggled to break into the squad but made an impact this season with 22 appearances as well as netting her first senior goal against Hearts in August.

After winning a league title and playing in a Scottish Cup semi final in her first season, Cattanach was over the moon with her year.

She said: “This has by far been the toughest but most enjoyable year. I was delighted to score a goal and play in such a big game against Glasgow City in the semi finals. As a team it’s been a very successful year and everyone is so proud of what we have all achieved.”

The defender has played in every defensive position this season and she feels she is happy to play wherever she is asked to help the team out any way she can.

“I am happy to play anywhere as long as I am on the pitch and influencing the game in any way and in any place.”

Farmington finished their season with a 4-0 win over Jeanfield Swifts and Cattanach was happy to finish on a high as the team didn’t want to lift the league title after losing.

“We all wanted to go out, give everyone a good game and end the season with a win so we were determined to go out and show how champions play. We didn’t want to lift the championship after a loss so we set ourselves a goal to beat Jeanfield and that’s exactly what we did.”

The side bounced back to the top flight of women’s football at the first time of asking with Cattanach feeling confident that the side can build on this year to improve on their 2016 season.

“I think the team is very close and work great together so this definitely gives us a boost going into next season, we are going to go into next year with our heads held high and ready to battle opponents together as a team.”