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SWF Youth League Cup Success for U13s

Inverkeithing Strollers 1 Fofar Farmington FC 13s 5

A magnificent performance from our U13s secured the East Region League Cup at a sunny St Andrews on Saturday.

Forfar started the game brightly & attacked from the off.  Martyna Kisiel opened the scoring on 5 minutes when sent through the middle she calmly rounded the keeper to slot home.  Inverkeithing drew level in the 12th minute when a corner was only half cleared, the midfielder scoring with a good finish from the middle of the box. 

Forfar restored their advantage before half time with a cracking individual goal. Lily Christie picked the ball up on the half way line beating a couple of players before scoring into the far corner off the post. 

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Forfar continued to press after the break & there lead was extended with a move straight from the training ground.  A corner from Brodie Greenwood was volleyed home by Eilidh McDiarmid. 

Forfar were now controlling the game and they added a fourth when a brilliant cross field pass from Alix Saddler found Vivian Kerr at the edge of the box. Vivian controlled it first time and her right footed shot found the far corner.   Another Greenwood corner was unfortunately turned into the net by an Inverkeithing defender to finish the scoring. 

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SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Hibernian 2

It was a historic evening on Friday at Station Park with Forfar Farmington and Hibernian playing in the first ever televised Scottish women’s league game.

Despite some thinking a clash with Scotland’s game would keep fans away, a new club record attendance of 352 watched as two late Hibernian goals gave them all three points.

Head coach Mark Nisbet kept the same starting XI that played against Stirling University, with two changes to the bench as Julia Scott and Beth McPherson were replaced by Leah White and Lotte Deubel.

In the opening stages Hibernian had the lion’s share of the possession but struggled to break down a tough Farmington defence, with Megan McCarthy in particular denying the visiting attackers.

The first clear cut chance came in the 13th minute when Robyn Smith chipped a through ball towards goal; Danni McGinley nipped past the defence and lobbed Jenna Fife but the ball bounced away from goal and wide.

Following this, Hibs started to carve our chances of their own as former Farmington attacker Amy Gallacher fired at Fiona McNicoll.

On the half hour mark Lisa Robertson almost put Hibs ahead with a freak goal as her corner swung in before clipping the top of the crossbar.

Three minutes later Cassie Cowper was unlucky not to connect with a Robyn Smith corner at the other end.

Abi Harrison fired over from distance but the best chance of the half fell to Farmington striker Caroline Heron when her effort beat Fife but found the sidenetting.

Farmington were defending well despite increased pressure from the visitors and the final chance fell to Hibs’ Siobhan Hunter; a free kick played her way allowed her to strike a 25 yard effort into the arms of McNicoll.

Hibs came out from the break keen to get that vital goal and half time sub Rachel McLauchlan rounded McNicoll a minute after the restart but lost her footing and missed the open goal.

Jamie-Lee Napier and Kirsten Reilly failed to find the target for Hibs but at the other end Heron sent a 50 yard strike towards goal only to see the ball land over the bar.

Megan McCarthy saw a header held from a Smith corner and shortly after Kayleigh Brough saw her shot blocked as a throw in caused problems in the Hibs box.

Harrison was getting closer to goal as she dragged her shot past the post but she made the breakthrough for Hibs with thirteen minutes left. A through ball saw Harrison race clear and despite McNicoll saving the first effort the rebound hit Harrison and she stroked the ball into the net.

Farmington kept the hunt for an equaliser up but it was to be in vain in injury time as Robertson’s cross wasn’t cleared and sub Lauren Davidson bundled the ball home.

Despite the defeat, Farmington can be happy with their performance in front of a record crowd in the first ever televised SBSSWPL fixture.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, McGinley, Smith (White 90+2), Davidson, Bruce (Cattanach 70), Heron (Dempster 59), Deans, Kilcoyne (Robb 59), Cowper, McCarthy, Brough (Milligan 90+2)

Subs not used: Deubel, McKay (gk)

Hibernian: Fife, Napier, Hunter (Tweedie 67), Robertson, Michie, Gallacher (McLauchlan 46), Notley (Murray 80), Cornet, Harrison, Brownlie (Davidson 84), Reilly (McGregor 59)

Subs not used: McKay, Williamson

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 2 Stirling University 2

Forfar Farmington conceded an injury time equaliser as Stirling University took a share of the spoils on Sunday at a wet Station Park.

After Gemma Mason put Stirling ahead, Caroline Heron turned it around for Farmington but slack defending allowed Demi Falconer to bundle home a late equaliser for the students.

Mark Nisbet made two changes to his side that lost to Glasgow City as Robyn Smith and Danni McGinley returned with Rebecca Dempster and Megan Robb dropping to the bench.

Forfar had the majority of the play early on with Caroline Heron curling wide before Danni McGinley latched onto a Heron ball before firing off target.

The chances continued at the Gammies end of the ground as McGinley was played through but could only strike straight at Chloe Logan.

McGinley was denied by Logan again before Robyn Smith cut the ball back in the 27th minute; it fell kindly for Heron but she could only find the sidenetting.

Stirling’s first clear cut opportunity fell seven minutes later to Eva Rule as her ambitious strike curled towards goal but Farmington keeper Fiona McNicoll clawed the ball away.

Farmington were struggling to convert their possession and chances into goals with Smith seeing her effort deflected into the grateful arms of Logan and they were to pay for it seven minutes from the break.

The visitors broke forward and Gemma Mason was given an opportunity to have a go from 25 yards, her effort taking a touch off a defender and deceiving McNicoll as it rolled into the bottom corner.

Stirling’s lead was to last just five minutes however when Smith’s free kick caused panic amongst the visiting defence allowing Heron to stab home at the second attempt.

The away side started the second half stronger than they did the first and looked to create more than they did in the first half; Kendra Bonsall coming closest as her effort was over the bar from a Rule cross.

It was Heron was grabbed the equaliser and the striker was at it again in the 58th minute from another Smith free kick as she rose highest to nod past Logan for her fifth of the season.

Bonsall had another chance fly over as she connected with a Doran-Barr cross while Heron did the same from a Smith corner as she hunted for her hat-trick.

Farmington did have the ball in the net with fifteen minutes remaining as Danni McGinley outmuscled a defender before stroking past Logan, however referee David Fearn awarded a free kick to Stirling after ruling McGinley had fouled her marker.

Left back Cassie Cowper fired over from long range and following this Stirling turned up the pressure on the hosts.

While Stirling couldn’t convert pressure into chances Smith had one of her own at the other end with an overhead effort that was held easily by Logan.

The Stirling pressure paid off in injury time when Lisa Sutherland’s corner created problems inside the six yard box and Demi-Lee Falconer got the vital touch as she diverted the ball into the net.

Despite dropping two points, Farmington will stay in fourth, extending their lead over Rangers to four points after they lost to Spartans.

Mark Nisbet will hope his side can improve when they take on Hibernian after the international break.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, McGinley, Smith, Davidson, Bruce (Cattanach 52), Heron (Robb 82), Deans (Dempster 52), Kilcoyne, Cowper, McCarthy, Brough

Subs not used: Scott, Milligan, McPherson, McKay (gk)

Stirling University: Logan, Bonner, Eadie, Mason (Hodges 88), Doran-Barr (Welch 63), Callaghan, Sutherland, McDonald, Bonsall, Falconer, Rule

Sub not used: Simpson

SBSSWPL1 | Glasgow City 6 Forfar Farmington 0

Forfar Farmington were defeated 6-0 by Glasgow City on Sunday as they entered the final third of the SBSSWPL1 season.

A first half own goal by Cassie Cowper had City in front at the break, with four goals in eighteen minutes putting City comfortably ahead before Leanne Ross netting a late penalty for the hosts.

Mark Nisbet made three changes with Robyn Smith suspended, Danni McGinley and Gemma Collier both unavailable; Megan Robb, Kayleigh Brough and Caroline Heron the replacements.

The hosts took an early lead when Lidija Kulis’ effort was blocked and it fell to Sam Kerr; her shot was diverted into the net by Cassie Cowper.

City had the lion’s share of possession and all the chances in the first half but were struggling to find the target as Abbi Grant, Kirsty Howat and Jo Love all fired wide.

Kulis sent a shot directly at Fiona McNicoll in the 29th minute as the hosts looked for a second before Howat blasted over from the edge of the box.

McNicoll was called into action three minutes before the break when Kulis’ chance was parried by the keeper but Howat couldn’t force the loose ball on target.

City kept up their pressure after the break and found a way through the Forfar defence in the 47th minute; Nicola Docherty’s cross wasn’t cleared and Love fired low past McNicoll.

Love grabbed her second and City’s third three minutes later as she nodded into the bottom corner.

It was four for City just before the hour mark in controversial circumstances as Howat’s effort struck the bar before bouncing away from goal, the assistant ruling it had crossed the line.

A minute later Farmington were denied what looked like a perfectly fine goal as Nicola Davidson’s cross hit the bar before it was played back in and Cheryl Kilcoyne headed in. The opposite assistant flagged for offside despite the ball being in front of Kilcoyne when it was sent towards her.

Docherty added a fifth in the 62nd minute with a cross-cum-shot that deceived McNicoll and flew into the net.

Megan McCarthy saw a header held by Lee Alexander from a Megan Robb corner before Caroline Heron fired wide from distance as Farmington looked for some consolation.

Howat sent a tame effort at McNicoll before sub Karsey McGlinchey hit the post from the edge of the box.

City finished things off with two minutes remaining; Love’s effort handled by McCarthy and captain Leanne Ross stepped up to slot home the spot kick.

A bright note for Farmington was the Premier League debut of Sandra Craig, the attacker impressing for Jeff Rioch’s Ladies side prior to this.

Glasgow City: Alexander, Love, Grant (McLintock 59), Crichton (Clark 55), Howat, Docherty, Kulis (Stewart 59), Ross, Kerr (McGlinchey 52), Girasoli, Foley

Subs not used: Cunningham, Clachers (gk)

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Davidson, Bruce, Heron, Deans, Kilcoyne (White 81), Cowper, McCarthy, Robb (Deubel 88), Brough (Milligan 75), Dempster (Craig 88)

Subs not used: Scott, Noble, McKay (gk)

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 1 Rangers 0

Forfar Farmington returned to the top half of the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League One with a 1-0 win over Rangers.

Danni McGinley’s 35th minute goal was enough to ensure all three points stayed at Station Park in a tight clash.

In the first game following the summer break, Gemma Collier and Rebecca Dempster replaced Caroline Heron and Kayleigh Brough, with Dempster making her first start since returning while Kirsty Deans and Cheryl Kilcoyne returned from long injury lay offs to take the place of Megan Robb and Erin Cattanach.

Both sides started off well in an even beginning; the first chance falling to Cassie Cowper four minutes in; Danni McGinley’s throw in was flicked on but the full back could only divert the loose ball over at the back post under pressure.

Four minutes later Cheryl Kilcoyne’s cross found Kirsty Deans and the latter fired at Khym Ramsay.

Chantelle Brown had her effort held by Fiona McNicoll as Rangers attempted to create their own chances.

Deans failed to find the target after quarter of an hour, meanwhile Jade Gallon did the same with a header following a Brogan Hay ball at the other end.

Sarah Robertson sent a tame attempt towards goal but McNicoll easily scooped up the poor shot in the 21st minute.

Just ten minutes before the break, Farmington took the lead when a fantastically timed through ball by Robyn Smith found McGinley and she rounded Ramsay and was more than happy to slot the ball into the back of the empty net.

Rangers looked to get back into the game before half time but Jade Gallon couldn’t get her free kick on target and it whistled past the post.

Farmington came out for the second half keen to double their advantage and came close twice in quick succession as Smith threatened Ramsay on both occasions.

Clare Gemmell sent a corner in that fell to Brown on the edge of the box, however she failed to find the target again.

Jade Gallon threatened once again in the 65th minute as she hit the side netting with the same player curling wide after a run towards goal six minutes later.

Twelve minutes before the end Smith hit the wall with a 20 yard free kick and when the loose ball returned to her she blasted her follow up effort wide.

Rangers were pushing for an equaliser but were failing to get a shot away; when they did they were more often than not missing the target or having tame efforts held by McNicoll, Gemmell’s 81st minute shot one of the latter examples.

Brogan Hay fired at McNicoll following a run by Jade Gallon as Rangers kept up their hunt for a goal but the final chance came for the hosts deep into injury time.

Farmington turned up the pressure on the Rangers back line and this almost paid off as the ball was collected and given to Caroline Heron but her effort was deflected wide.

The result puts Farmington above Rangers, returning to fourth place in the SBSSWPL1 with the season entering the final third.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Collier (Brough 85), McGinley, Smith, Davidson, Bruce, Deans, Kilcoyne (Robb 76), Cowper, McCarthy, Dempster (Heron 64)

Subs not used: White, McPherson, Deubel, McKay (gk)

Rangers: Ramsay, Muir, Watson (Eddie 55), L Gallon (Donnelly 72), Hay, Pullar, Brown, Robertson (Napier 72), Gemmell, J Gallon, O’Hara

Sub not used: Coakley

Coaching Success for our Youths

Congratulations to Katie White, Olivia Docherty, Eve Stewart (U17s) and Oliwia Gach (Ladies) who all completed Level 1.1 Early Touches through a school project, Sports Leadership Academy held at Arbroath Academy on the 4th June.
 
Katie White (U17s) progressed onto complete 1.2 Coaching Young Footballers and 1.3 Coaching in the Game, through the VIP Volunteer Inspire Group at Craigie Community Pitch on 10th-13th July. Successfully completed her first 3 coaching courses on the SFA Childrens Pathway over the last 2 months.
 
Katie and Oliwia coach our U7/9 Juniors on a Tuesday night at the Market Muir, Katie also volunteered at our recent successful summer camps. This is a great asset for the club, we encourage all our senior players to get involved with our Juniors as well as gaining coaching qualifications through the club.
 
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.
 
Pictured from left – Oliwia Gach (Ladies), Olivia Docherty, and Eve Stewart (both U17s).  Featured image – Katie White (U17s)

Fun Day Success

Another fantastic Fun Day was held yesterday at Market Muir. Our Juniors, 11’s and 13’s all taking part in the fun day festival with an excellent performance from all involved, well done to the players and coaches 

Thanks to …

* All those attending and participating in the different activities on offer, Beat the Goalie, Football Target, Soak the Coach, Gladiator challenge and much more. Winner of our Spot the Ball was Bob Baldie, well done.
Struans Motor Group (sponsors of our Blue Devils U13s team) who attended with a car ‘Guess the number of balloons in the car’ which is to be drawn today live on their facebook page. 
Dance JC for your display, was great to have you there as part of the community, the dancers were super. 
* All the volunteers running our refreshments stands, they all went down a treat, what cracking weather we had to go with it all! 

Special thanks to Nicola Cattanach and the fundraising group for organising the day, it was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the day! We have raised just over £1000 which is great for a day that very much about fun rather than raising money.

Without your support these days would not be possible.

Some photos which caputures the day well….

Dempster Delighted To Play Under Nisbet Again

Rebecca Dempster believes working under Mark Nisbet can bring out the best in her after signing for the club last month.

The attacker previously worked under the head coach in a spell at Farmington nine years ago and she feels it was only natural to come to the club again.

Dempster, 27, is looking forward to getting back to the pitch with her new team mates as she admits she feels welcomed already.

“I am delighted to have signed with Forfar. I’ve only been to one session with the squad and already I feel welcomed and relaxed. I can’t wait to get going in the second half of the season.”

The former Aberdeen striker returned to Scotland after a year in Italy with Fimauto Valpolicella in Serie A before another year in Australia, spending time with Calder United in Melbourne before six months playing in Brisbane.

With a return to the country, Dempster believes it was an easy choice to work under Mark Nisbet again having played for him in 2010.

“Coming back to play in Scotland after a long time away, it only seemed natural to sign with Forfar and work alongside Mark again. He knows me very well from previous years, which was the most important aspect for me in deciding who to continue my football career with. I think he can get the best out of me.”

Dempster, who was capped three times for Scotland between 2011 and 2012, praised the club’s ambitions and reckons things will only improve with the club with professional standards shown by the staff.

“The club has always had huge aspirations and it shows. When I played here eight years ago, the facilities were not quite to the standards they are now. The hard work the staff have put in definitely shows, it feels very professional and I know things are only going to continue to improve and develop.”

The attacker spoke highly of her time down under, expressing gratitude to the people she met over there and feels the stint was exactly what she needed.

“I loved my time in Australia, it was an important trip for me and my health. The standard of football wasn’t quite as high as it is in Scotland, but it was exactly what I needed at that time of my life. I will be eternally grateful for being given the chance to live in such an amazing place and meet so many incredible people. I’ve definitely made friends for life over there.”

With Farmington now idle until the league restarts in August, Dempster believes the break may help her having played up until the night before she flew back to Scotland.

While the side have stopped training for just now, she is excited to get involved with the squad once again after being introduced to them when she made her second debut against Glasgow City at the end of last month.

“I was playing games right up until the night before I flew home, so in all honesty the break is probably a blessing for me too. It would be good to get involved in training with the girls on a regular basis to gel with them, but as I said before, I have spent one game day with them and I already feel very welcome so I don’t think that will be an issue. I am very excited for the second half of the season because I think we can do continue to do really well.”