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SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Hibernian 8

It was a disappointing afternoon for Forfar Farmington on Sunday as they were defeated 8-0 by Hibernian at Station Park.

The result leaves Farmington second bottom of the league with the season now a third of the way through.

Following the midweek defeat to Spartans, Stevie Baxter made two changes as Robyn Smith and Cheryl Kilcoyne came in for Beth McPherson and Lotte Deubel.

The visitors started off strongly and in the first fifteen minutes earned a large amount of corners but failed to threaten with these.

Hibs took the lead in the 13th minute when the ball ended up with Kirsty Morrison inside the box and she squared it for Jamie-Lee Napier to sweep home.

Morrison and Reilly came close to doubling the advantage but six minutes after going ahead it was the former who found the net; capitalising on a defensive error.

Former Farmington attacker Amy Gallacher almost netted against the side she left in 2016 but her 22nd minute effort was clawed out of the air by McNicoll.

Farmington’s first opportunity came in the 26th minute as captain Nicola Davidson sent a 25 yard free kick wide of the mark.

60 seconds later Napier finished a solo run by adding her second and Hibs’ third but it wasn’t long until the lead was extended once again as Chelsea Cornet netted in the 31st minute.

Hannah Stewart saw her 30 yard strike held by Jenna Fife before she denied Danni McGinley when the attacker stretched to reach a ball from Robyn Smith.

Despite Farmington enjoying a spell of chances, it was the visitors who were to find the net again five minutes before half time as Colette Cavanagh volleyed fiercely into the roof of the net.

Just 45 seconds into the second half Hibs had extended the lead to 6-0 as Morrison capitalised on another error to join Napier on two goals for the day.

Stewart came close to pulling one back three minutes later when she combined with Beth McPherson before sending a curling effort onto the top of the crossbar.

McNicoll and Kilcoyne had to work hard to clear a Small effort off the line twice before Davidson sent a free kick on to the roof of the net at the other end.

Gallacher nodded over for Hibs just before the hour mark with keeper Fife nicking the ball off the head of McGinley as Farmington kept looking for a goal.

McNicoll denied Cavanagh her second from close range but Reilly was to go one better with seven minutes left when she saw her first effort parried and was more than happy to tuck home the rebound.

With a minute of normal time left Napier sealed her hat-trick to complete a torrid afternoon for Stevie Baxter’s side.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, White, Paterson, McGinley, Stewart (Robb 66), Smith (McPherson 46), Davidson, Bruce, Kilcoyne (Deubel 80), Cowper, Hassett (Brough 69)

Sub not used: Williamson

Hibernian: Fife, Napier, Michie, Cavanagh, Gallacher (Tweedie 66), Notley, Murray (Hunter 69), Cornet (Williamson 46), Small, Morrison (Leishman 66), Reilly

Sub not used: McGregor, Currie

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Spartans 2

Forfar Farmington were defeated 2-0 by Spartans under the floodlights of Station Park on Wednesday in the SBSSWPL1.

An excellent free kick from Michaela McAlonie in the first half and a late and controversial penalty netted by Kaela McDonald-Nguah gave the visitors all three points in a tight game.

Farmington were dealt a blow with four starters unavailable for the fixture as Kayleigh Brough, Erin Cattanach, Cheryl Kilcoyne and Robyn Smith were replaced by Nicola Davidson, Leah White, Katie Hassett and Lotte Deubel; the latter two making their first starts.

Beth Shillitto and Ashleigh Smith were also called up from the SWFL2 team as Stevie Baxter aimed to take all three points.

The hosts started off well and had the first opportunity after three minutes when Danni McGinley sent her shot just past the post.

Spartans were awarded a chance six minutes later as Leah White fouled on the edge of the box; Michaela McAlonie stepped up to curl home a brilliant free kick past McNicoll.

Farmington looked to come back from this early blow with Hannah Stewart sending an effort into the grateful arms of Rachel Harrison.

Kaela McDonald-Nguah split the home defence in the 13th minute with a ball that allowed Louise Mason to go one on one with Fiona McNicoll and the attacker probably should have done better as she blasted wide.

She almost went one better eleven minutes later when a long range strike was palmed over by McNicoll.

McNicoll was called into action again when she punched away a McDonald-Nguah lob.

Stewart and McGinley linked up well in the 39th minute as the former sent the latter in on goal but Harrison did well to block the shot.

Alana Bruce tried her luck from distance a minute later but couldn’t find the target; the last action in the half fell to McDonald-Nguah as she headed wide after meeting a cross.

Both sides were matching each other well in the first half with only a stunning goal the difference between the sides.

The second half was much the same as both sides battled hard in the sunset at Station Park.

Stevie Baxter made an early change as Beth Shillitto made her first appearance at a Premier League level since March 2018 replacing Lotte Deubel.

The visitors’ Katie Frew fired wide in the only effort of the half’s first quarter of an hour.

Zoe Johnstone thought she had added a second for Spartans from the edge of the box in the 66th minute as she beat Fiona McNicoll but her shot hit the crossbar before a goal kick was awarded.

Midfielder Beth McPherson tested Harrison shortly after from 25 yards as Farmington hunted for an equaliser but it was the visitors who were to seal all three points with a controversial penalty.

With sixteen minutes remaining McNicoll beat away a Beth McKay shot and when Frew attempted to control the ball, Katie Hassett got a challenge in and won the ball cleanly. Despite this, referee David Fearn awarded a penalty to the visitors.

McDonald-Nguah stepped up and slotted home Spartans’s second, sending McNicoll the wrong way.

The visitors shut up shop after this with the closest anyone came to something resembling a shot was Hannah Stewart’s free kick that was easily held by Harrison.

As time wore on Stevie Baxter handed a Premier League debut to Ashleigh Smith for the final ten minutes, replacing Beth McPherson.

The result means Farmington stay seventh for now with a tough clash with Hibernian ahead of them this weekend but Baxter can be pleased with his side’s performance in what was a tight game.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, White (Weber 87), Paterson, McGinley, Stewart (Robb 89), Davidson, Bruce, Cowper, Hassett, McPherson (A. Smith 80), Deubel (Shillitto 49)

Spartans: Harrison, Clelland (Mawson 82), McAlonie, Frew, Douglas, McDonald-Nguah, Reynolds, Mason (McKay 60), Johnstone (Galbraith 82), McGonigle, McCafferty (D. McMahon 80)

SBSSWPL1 | Stirling University 1 Forfar Farmington 1

Forfar Farmington were unlucky not to take all three points at Ochilview on Sunday as they drew 1-1 with Stirling University.

Despite going behind to Demi Falconer’s first half opener, Hannah Stewart netted an equaliser midway through the second half for Stevie Baxter’s side.

Cheryl Kilcoyne had an early opportunity from long range but couldn’t find the target in the first 90 seconds.

In the 16th minute Danni McGinley was inches away from connecting with a cross and moments later she fired into the arms of Chloe Logan.

McGinley had the ball into the net in the 27th minute when she swept home Hannah Stewart’s cross but the referee ruled this out for offside; footage showed this may have been a harsh decision.

Logan was quick to gather another Stewart cross with Smith lurking while at the other end Stirling’s first chance came from Lauren Doran-Barr who was one on one with McNicoll but failed to beat her with her shot.

Donna Paterson fired low and wide in the 34th minute and five minutes later the deadlock was broken by the hosts; Ciara Bonner’s corner fell to Demi Falconer who netted despite the efforts of Cassie Cowper on the line.

Farmington came out for the second half looking for an equaliser and came close seven minutes after the restart as Paterson headed wide from a Smith free kick.

Abby Callaghan found herself with just McNicoll to beat in the 55th minute for Stirling but after nipping past her the striker’s shot was cleared by the retreating Alana Bruce.

Stevie Baxter’s side started to turn up the pressure with Stewart seeing her strike palmed wide by Logan; the resulting corner found Paterson but her header was deflected past the post.

Beth McPherson nodded over from a McGinley cross before Paterson again missed the target when a Smith free kick fell to her.

The hosts were eager to find a second goal to relieve the pressure as Bonner swung in another corner but Naomi Welch blazed over the bar.

Farmington levelled things up in the 67th minute from a goal kick; McNicoll’s quick pass allowed Paterson to send a defence splitting ball through and after flicking the ball forward, McPherson looked nailed on to net her first goal for the club but felt Stewart was in a better position to score, squaring it for the attacker to rifle into the back of the net.

Alana Bruce tried her luck from distance shortly after but her dipping strike landed over the bar before McPherson failed to beat Logan.

Stirling sub Kim Guthrie struck straight at McNicoll as the game edged closer to full time with Forfar still looking the more likely to find the winner due to their momentum but the hosts were tough to break down.

The final opportunity of the match came to Farmington again with Hannah Stewart’s late corner inches away from Paterson who rose highest in the awaiting pack of players in the box.

Farmington come away from Ochilview with a point but Stevie Baxter and his players can count themselves unlucky not to take away all three following the second half.

Another positive from the game was Katie Hassett making her SBSSWPL1 debut after impressing while playing for Jeff Rioch’s side in SWFL2.

Stirling University: Logan, Connor, Bonner, Mason (Fulton 78), Doran-Barr, Callaghan, Lyons (Kerr 86), Welch, Simpson, Falconer, Rule (Guthrie 64)

Subs not used: Murphy, Higgins

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, Paterson, McGinley, Stewart, Smith, Bruce, Kilcoyne, Cowper, McPherson, Brough (Hassett 62)

Subs not used: Weber, White, Davidson, Deubel, Williamson (gk)

U17s Murieston v Farmington Falcons

Our Under 17s Falcons travelled for the second week to Bankton Mains, Livingston too face a Murieston team whom had a score to settle after their exit in the previous week from the League cup to the Falcons. Murieston came out fighting and took there chances and got the early lead with the Falcons then netting the equaliser before Murieston then took the lead for the second time from the penalty spot.

The Falcons then battled back with the majority of the play and went on to take the lead, good team spirit and determination gave them the deserved 3 points.

Murieston 2 v 4 Forfar Farmington Falcons

(K McCabe -1 A Glennie – 3)

U17s Photographs by Ian Bruce

SWPL Cup Quarter Final | Rangers 4 Forfar Farmington 1

Forfar Farmington exited the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup at the quarter final stage on Sunday following a 4-1 defeat to Rangers.

Two goals in either half for Rangers sealed their path through to the semi finals despite Danni McGinley pulling one back for Farmington.

Stevie Baxter was forced into one change from the side defeated by Glasgow City as Nicola Davidson missed out due to a knock with Donna Paterson returning from injury.

Amy Muir had the first chance of the game for the hosts at New Tinto Park after twelve minutes following a stubborn start for both sides; the defender hitting the sidenetting from the edge of the box.

Danni McGinley fired wide from distance for Farmington but it was Rangers who were to take the lead in the 17th minute.

Nicole Pullar made her way towards goal and after nipping past Fiona McNicoll was brought down by Donna Paterson; Clare Gemmell stepped up and slotted the penalty past the keeper.

Winger Chantelle Brown had chances to extend their lead but failed to trouble McNicoll before missing the target.

Farmington were unable to break through the Rangers defence in the first half and were reduced to long range strikes; Alana Bruce sending one into Khym Ramsay’s arms.

The lead was doubled two minutes before the break from a Muir corner as Hannah Coakley forced the ball through a pack of players.

The half time lead was deserved for the hosts and it wasn’t long into the second half before they extended it further when Brown broke free and unselfishly squared the ball for the unmarked Pullar to tap into the net.

Gemmell and Boyce had further chances but couldn’t convert and it was following this that Farmington started to press Rangers and threaten.

McGinley fired across goal after being set up by Beth McPherson in the 53rd minute before Cassie Cowper’s corner found Erin Cattanach who blasted wide of the goal.

Further Cowper corners caused problems with Kayleigh Brough having a header deflected wide while Robyn Smith’s follow up corner was sent over the bar by Beth McPherson.

Farmington’s pressure paid off with twenty minutes remaining when Danni McGinley volleyed home from the edge of the box.

The hosts were denied by McNicoll again when Muir’s shot was blocked but Farmington kept up their pressure as Alana Bruce curled low and wide past the post.

Despite looking like the better side during this period, Farmington were to be undone again with five minutes to go as they failed to clear their lines and Carla Boyce made it 4-1.

McPherson came close to reducing the deficit again in injury time when her shot was pushed round the post by Ramsay.

Rangers deservedly through to the semi final stage of the SWPL Cup while Farmington can concentrate of their league campaign, beginning with a trip to Ochilview this Sunday to face Stirling University.

Rangers: Ramsay, Muir, L. Gallon, Dalgliesh (J. Gallon 69), Napier, Pullar (Inglis 60), Brown (Sinclair 69), Gemmell, Boyce, Coakley, O’Hara (Watson 87)

Subs not used: Baillie

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, Paterson, McGinley, Stewart (Robb 49), Smith, Bruce, Klicoyne, Cowper, McPherson, Brough

Subs not used: Deubel, White, Noble, Davidson, Weber

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Glasgow City 7

A second half collapse saw Forfar Farmington defeated by seven goals Glasgow City on Sunday at a sunny Station Park.

Despite going in at half time trailing by a solitary goal, Farmington were unable to stop City in the second half.

Stevie Baxter made one change as Erin Cattanach recovered from her knock to replace Leah White.

Hannah Stewart had the first chance of the game after four minutes but saw her effort blocked by a defender.

City has opportunities of their own in the first quarter of an hour as Carly Girasoli headed over before Kirsty Howat’s weak shot failed to trouble Fiona McNicoll.

Clare Shine missed three opportunities for the visitors; the most notable one being when one on one with McNicoll who pulled off a good save.

The deadlock was broken just six minutes before the break and it was Howat who nodded the visitors ahead via a deflection after meeting Docherty’s cross.

McNicoll denied Hayley Lauder shortly after with City looking to extend their lead.

The visitors came out for the second half looking a different side and it showed as they netted twice in quick succession.

Nine minutes after the break Shine made it two before sub Jordan McLintock added a third in the 56th minute.

The latter could have scored again on the hour mark but from inside the six yard box her shot ended up in Market Muir.

Shine made it four for City in the 69th minute and was looking for a hat trick but couldn’t find the target in chances following this.

In a rare Farmington chance Erin Cattanach sent a long range effort wide of the post but it wasn’t long before City found the net once again.

McNicoll pulled off a good save but the ball found its way to Jo Love who lobbed into the net despite the best efforts of Alana Bruce.

With eight minutes remaining Shine felt McLintock’s earlier effort should be replicated as she somehow fired over from three yards out despite an open goal.

She wasn’t to make the same mistake in the 87th minute as she completed her hat-trick.

The scoring wasn’t finished there as Carly Girasoli scored City’s seventh from a corner in stoppage time.

The result was disappointing for a Farmington side that had played well in the first half and they will look to bounce back when they travel to Rangers this Sunday in the SWPL Cup quarter final.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, McGinley, Stewart, Smith (White 89), Davidson (Noble 65), Bruce, Kilcoyne, Cowper, McPherson (Weber 90+1), Brough (Deubel 74)

Subs not used: Williamson (gk)

Glasgow City: Clachers, Lauder, Cunningham (McGlinchey 69), Love, Howat, Shine, Docherty, Clark, Ross, Girasoli, Ivanusa (McLintock 19)

Subs not used: Crichton, Alexander (gk)

SBSSWPL1 | Rangers 2 Forfar Farmington 1

A late winner meant Forfar Farmington found themselves leaving New Tinto Park without any points on Sunday as Rangers defeated Stevie Baxter’s side 2-1.

Danni McGinley netted the opener midway through the first half with Fiona McNicoll saving a Jade Gallon shortly after but Gallon netted the equaliser in the second half before Chantelle Brown’s late winner.

Stevie Baxter made just one change from the SWPL Cup win over Kilmarnock as Erin Cattanach was ruled out through injury and Leah White made her first start of the season.

The first opportunity of the match came after three minutes as Cheryl Kilcoyne fired over from distance before Lauren Gallon headed wide from a Sinclair corner.

Carla Boyce blasted over the bar from a Laura McCartney cut back for the hosts in the tenth minute with both sides equally matched early on.

Farmington forced Jade Baillie into a save from Cassie Cowper while Lauren Gallon almost netted an own goal when she connected with Robyn Smith’s free kick; her header flying inches over the bar.

Clare Gemmell failed to trouble Fiona McNicoll in the 23rd minute but just sixty seconds later Farmington were up the other end of the park taking the lead.

Beth McPherson sprayed the ball wide to Smith who cut in before laying the ball off for Danni McGinley who fired low into the bottom corner.

Rangers looked to get back on level terms through Boyce but McNicoll was in fine form as she pulled off two quickfire saves to deny the attacker.

The hosts were awarded a penalty in the 27th minute when Alana Bruce was adjudged to have fouled McCartney.

Jade Gallon stepped up to take the spot kick but was denied by a fantastic save by McNicoll to keep Farmington ahead.

Smith sent an angled effort over the bar in the 35th minute and three minutes later Rangers hit the crossbar through McCartney’s shot from distance.

Farmington came close again through Smith and Hannah Stewart as they hunted for a second but Baillie was able to repel their efforts.

In the 42nd minute Smith raced towards goal from her own half and after getting into the box she lashed the ball across goal.

Boyce was once again denied by McNicoll from close range but the final chance fell to McGinley who nodded wide from a Cowper corner on the stroke of half time.

The hosts came out for the second half keen to get an equaliser with Sinclair and Terri Donnelly coming close before Jade Gallon fired wide from the edge of the box.

Farmington’s resilience was broken down on the hour mark when sub Chantelle Brown sent a cross in and the ball was bundled in by Jade Gallon.

Smith and Davidson had chances to put Farmington ahead again with free kicks but their set pieces went over the bar and was held by Baillie respectively.

Boyce and McNicoll continued their battle of one on ones and once again the keeper came out on top; parrying her close range effort before the rebound was sent wide.

Cowper was sent through on goal for Farmington with twelve minutes remaining but she was harshly ruled to be offside.

She was to save Farmington at the other end shortly after as she acrobatically cleared a McCartney shot off the line.

With the game looking like it would end in a draw, Rangers were to steal all three points in the 82nd minute as Brown’s angled shot found the net despite McNicoll getting a touch on it.

Less than sixty seconds later Smith couldn’t keep her shot down from a Davidson free kick as Farmington looked to bring things level once again.

In the 88th minute Hannah Stewart was next to try her luck with a free kick but Baillie smothered her shot and the hosts ran out winners.

Despite the disappointment of the defeat, there are positives for Farmington to take ahead of this week’s clash against Glasgow City at Station Park.

Rangers: Baillie, Inglis (Muir 68), L. Gallon, Dalgliesh, J. Gallon, Sinclair (Brown 58), Donnelly, Boyce (Pullar 76), McCartney, Gemmell, O’Hara (Napier 89)

Subs not used: Watson, Ramsay (gk)

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, White (Weber 57), McGinley, Stewart, Smith, Davidson, Bruce, Kilcoyne, Cowper, McPherson, Brough

Subs not used: Noble, Deubel, Cattanach, Williamson (gk)

SWPL Cup First Round | Forfar Farmington 2 Kilmarnock 1

Forfar Farmington advanced to the quarter final stage of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup with a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock on Sunday.

After a goalless first half, Cheryl Kilcoyne and Danni McGinley had Farmington at ease but Samantha Hare made things uncomfortable in the last five minutes.

Stevie Baxter was forced into one change from the win over Motherwell as Donna Paterson failed a late fitness test and was replaced by Kilcoyne for her first appearance of the season.

Hannah Stewart had the first chance of the afternoon after two minutes as she fired into the arms of Lauren McGregor from Nicola Davidson’s free kick.

Eight minutes later Stewart turned provider as a well timed pass found Robyn Smith and she controlled the ball before firing over.

Kilmarnock should have had their first shot on goal in the 16th minute as the ball fell to Kirsty Munro on the edge of the box but she mistimed her effort resulting in a fresh air swipe and Farmington cleared their lines.

Smith saw a shot deflected into McGregor’s arms while at the other end Colette Fleming and Lisa Swanson failed to threaten Fiona McNicoll.

In the 28th minute Cassie Cowper almost found the net directly from a corner as it deceived everyone bar the defender on the line who cleared well.

A minute later Aimie Docherty fired at McNicoll from the edge of the box before Fleming sent a volley on to the roof of the net.

Stewart was involved again for Farmington; firing wide from 20 yards shortly before Nicola Davidson failed to find the target from Cowper’s corner.

The final action of the first half came from another Cowper corner as Kayleigh Brough looked to have been shoved but referee Kevin Higgins waved away appeals for a penalty.

Farmington came out for the second half eager to take the lead with Cowper firing at McGregor 24 seconds after the restart and less than a minute later McGinley curled past the post.

Smith sent an effort wide after latching on to a McNicoll long ball before Cowper was unlucky not to find the back of the net in the 48th minute; Davidson’s free kick finding McGinley and she flicked the ball on for the former Aberdeen player to head wide from close range.

The deadlock was finally broken six minutes into the second half when Beth McPherson slipped the ball through to Cheryl Kilcoyne and she weaved her way to some space before stroking home for her first of the season.

There was another first goal of the season for Danni McGinley after 55 minutes; a Cowper corner flew over the heads of everyone and Davidson collected the loose ball before swinging in a cross that wasn’t cleared and McGinley volleyed past McGregor to double the advantage.

Smith was eager to get her first competitive goal of the season as well but was unfortunate not to score as she hit the side netting shortly before firing over from close range under pressure.

The ball was in the net again when Smith sent in a cross for Stewart to tap in but the assistant referee had adjudged her to be offside.

Davidson sent a free kick wide of the mark in the 77th minute, however seven minutes later Farmington were made to sweat as Samantha Hare bundled home a Swanson cross.

Swanson almost grabbed a late equaliser to force the game into extra time in the 89th minute with a well taken free kick but McNicoll pulled off an impressive save to deny her.

The result means Farmington progress to the quarter finals of the SWPL Cup where they will face one of their league rivals with all SWPL1 clubs advancing.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, McGinley, Stewart, Smith (Robb 77), Davidson, Bruce, Kilcoyne (Weber 61), Cowper, McPherson, Brough (Noble 61)

Subs not used: Deubel, Williamson (gk)

Kilmarnock: McGregor, Nicolson, Docherty (Burrows 58), Robinson, Munro (Jackson 73), Fleming, Swanson, Neil, Harty (Lyttle 82), Baird, Hare

Sub not used: Ponton

Leah White- Coaching Young

Leah White – Sponsored By Lee Hutcheon

Leah White, 18, is one of the most impressive players to come through the ranks at Forfar Farmington over the last 15 years. Since joining the club at 5 years old, Leah has excelled through the age groups collecting individual accolades such as Players Player of the Year, Clubwoman of the Year, the club’s Community Award and in 2017, the Scottish Women’s Premier League sides Young Player of the Year award. Despite her successes on the pitch, Leah has never been one to shy away from giving back to the club and at 14 years old, she began coaching with the under 9’s within the clubs junior squads. Leah instantly demonstrated her coaching credentials and established herself as a firm favourite amongst her new players. In 2018, Leah completed her level 2 Children’s Award and later this year she will further add to her knowledge as she goes through the ‘C’ License. Ahead of the 2019 youth season restarting, we caught up with Leah to talk through all things coaching.

“I started playing football for Farmington when I was 5 years old. I trained on Tuesdays and played matches on Saturdays and I remember these two days being may favourite two days of the week because I had football. Remembering back to how excited I felt about going to football and how much my first coach Jane Luckhurst made me love the game, I was interested in doing the same for other young children, so I started coaching at Farmington and this is where I discovered my passion for teaching others.”

“I think my experiences as a player have helped me whilst coaching as I think I have more knowledge of the game allowing me to create small game like situations to help teach the girls how to deal with certain situations as and when they arise in a game. I think having played since I was so young, I remember when I was at under 9 level and how much fun and enjoyment I got out of training sessions so remembering back to how much I enjoyed it I like to recreate that enjoyment for other children and often play games and do drills I remember doing when I was young.”

“The under 9’s programme is unique in comparison to other age groups at Farmington as all the girls are just starting out and want to have fun playing with their friends. The girls are only young and enjoy cartwheeling around the pitch it’s a challenge to ensure you play exciting games that keep their attention, but it’s a challenge I enjoy.”

“I plan the sessions for the under 9’s before attending the sessions. I plan a basic, fun warm up game for the girls such as tig, before we progress onto a themed session such as passing or dribbling. I make sure the games are fun and engaging to ensure the girls are enjoying themselves and continue to come back to the sessions. We always finish the session by having a match to allow the girls to practice what they have learned.”

“The club have been very supportive in terms of helping with the under 9’s programme, by making sure there are always coaches available for the session and there is always good quality equipment. They have helped me in my own coaching development by helping pay towards my coaching courses and allowing me to practice sessions for coaching course assessments with different teams which really benefits my coaching development and I really appreciate all the support the club has given me.”

“Compared to when I started coaching about 4 or 5 years ago, the under 9’s at Farmington has become more popular with new girls interested in joining every week. It is a great environment for the girls to start football and learn new skills and over the years it is becoming more and more popular. We now also have an under 9’s Lisa Evans session on a Saturday morning which was started at the end of 2017, which I also coach. Seeing the girls improve over the course of the last few years is great to watch and encourages me to continue working hard to help their development.”

“My future hopes in coaching are to gain my C License in summer this year, and then go on to gain more coaching experience. I am coaching the new under 11’s team his year so hopefully I will be able to use my coaching experience to give them the best possible start to their games.”

The club are delighted to have Leah involved with the club and thank her for all her time she gives to us. We wish Leah all the best for 2019 as she tackles the SWPL 1, coaching the under 11’s, and her ‘C’ License throughout the year!

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