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McCarthy Thrilled To Take Three Points In Difficult Clash

Goalscorer Megan McCarthy praised her teammates after Forfar Farmington made it eight games unbeaten at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two on Sunday.

The side defeated Glasgow Girls 3-0 with McCarthy netting a double as their lead was extended to seven points with 22 points taken from their first eight league games.

The defender was happy with the overall result and praised her teammates for following the coaches’ tactics to the letter.

She said: “I am very happy with the result. We were given clear instructions by our coaches of what we needed to do to win and I feel the girls listened well to take all three points and we also kept another clean sheet.”

McCarthy scored the second and third goals following Cheryl Kilcoyne’s opener with the 25 year old heading home Julia Scott’s set pieces within two minutes of each other with the duo completing an Inverness City connection.

“I’m always delighted to get a goal for the team. Thankfully Ralphi put in two great corners which set me up nicely to head home twice.”

Farmington have won seven of their first eight league game, drawing the other against Hearts and McCarthy is elated with how the season has started with the players still improving every week.

“The team have played excellently and I feel that with each game we are learning more and more about how each other play. We have a fantastic team of players and coaches this year and the vibe in the camp is good and positive.”

The side travel to Leven this weekend to take on bottom side East Fife and despite defeating them 4-1 on the opening day of the season McCarthy is under no illusions that Sunday will be a tricky encounter for Mark Nisbet’s side.

She said: “We will work hard in training this week but as always we will prepare well for the opposition on Sunday as we know East Fife will be difficult opponents.”

SWPL2: Forfar Farmington 3 Glasgow Girls 0

Forfar Farmington extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two with a 3-0 win over title rivals Glasgow Girls.

First half goals via Cheryl Kilcoyne’s sixth of the season and a Megan McCarthy double was enough as Hearts also dropped points, meaning Farmington are now seven points ahead.

One change was made from the win over Buchan with Cheryl Kilcoyne returning to replace Laura Parsley.

The visitors came close early on with Georgina McTear heading over from Kirstin McGuire’s corner in the seventh minute.

Three minutes later Farmington were ahead as Kilcoyne latched onto a Kirsty Deans ball and controlled it before firing past the keeper at her near post.

Mark Nisbet’s side looked to capitalise on this and were unlucky minutes later as Kayleigh Noble’s looping header was held.

Deans tested Lisa Kerr with an effort from the edge of the box in the 22nd minute but Kerr was more than capable to gather the shot.

The lead was doubled in the 34th minute following a corner from Julia Scott as Megan McCarthy powered a header past Kerr for her third of the season.

The duo combined for a carbon copy effort two minutes later; McCarthy racing to the near post to head home.

Kilcoyne almost added a second herself just before the break as she lashed a shot towards goal with the keeper parrying her shot.

Glasgow Girls came out for the second half looking hungrier than they did in the opening 45 with Megan Murray and Rachel Halliday having chances in the period following the restart.

Lauren Evans saw her stinging free kick pushed away by Fiona McNicoll in the 65th minute before being cleared.

With twenty minutes left Kirsty Deans had a shot deflected into the grateful arms of Kerr meanwhile Robyn Smith struck at the keeper from just inside the box.

A poor clearance in the 84th minute ended in Kilcoyne shooting straight at Kerr while the final chance of the game fell to Glasgow Girls sub Maxine Fury with an acrobatic effort that flew over the bar.

Farmington now move seven points ahead of Glasgow Girls, who remain in second place and hope to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they visit East Fife next week.

Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach, Kayleigh Noble (Laura Parsley 63), Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Megan McCarthy (Leah White 75), Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 69), Alison Debio (Kayleigh Brough 69)

Subs not used: Alana Bruce, Aaliyah-Jay Meach (gk)

U17 League Cup: Forfar Farmington 2 Hibernian 1 (after extra time)

In what turned out to be a pulsating and hugely competitive match Forfar Farmington U17’s scored a late extra-time winner against a tough Hibernian side to book their place in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

It was with great anticipation that the coaches and players from Forfar Farmington U17s prepared for their League Cup quarter final tie. The draw had paired them with what might be described as a plum tie against the very powerful Hibernian U17 and after having suffered a pre-season friendly defeat to them it was a further chance for our girls to show the progress they have made since that match.

The girls from Edinburgh showed their class and organisation as a team from the off as they looked to establish their pressing and passing game. They gained the upper hand in the opening exchanges however Farmington were determined and competitive as they managed to keep any attempts on their goal restricted to long range efforts. Forfar almost snatched the lead form a corner however the break that resulted from that led to the opening goal for Hibs. A beautiful pass through the Forfar defence was picked up by a Hibs attacker who pushed through on goal before placing an angled shot into the far corner.

Going behind seemed to galvanise Forfar and their efforts to get back in the game saw them carve out three excellent chances. Through a combination of good defending by Hibs and Forfar’s misfortune saw our girls remain a goal down until the last minute of the first half. Phillipa McCallum swung in a vicious corner right on top of the Hibs keeper. The ball broke in the six yard box where Steffi Simpson was waiting to fire home a timely goal as her strike proved to be the last kick of the first half.

The second half saw Hibs dominate the possession at times but without carving out any real chances. Forfar continued to defend very well and their counter-attacking saw them almost take the lead on a few occasions. As the game moved towards extra time you could see Forfar’s confidence growing as was their belief that they could achieve a notable victory against one of Scotland’s top sides.

The match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes meaning extra-time awaited.

Both sides had chances to nick the match however it was with 2 minutes to go in the second period of extra time that Forfar struck. The ball was played up to the left hand side of the Hibs half and then across the centre circle to where Kacey McCabe was waiting. Kacey decided to try her luck and she hit a speculative effort goalward from inside the centre circle. Her strike soared high in the air towards goal. The Hibs goalie seemed to misjudge its flight and in doing so she allowed it to bounce in front of and then over her into the empty net. An incredible finish to the match with an extraordinary goal sealing the victory for Forfar Farmington.

This was a superb victory for the girls, after an excellent start to the season this result will build their confidence further. They now move on to the semi-final with increased belief that they can compete with anyone on the day.

Huge thanks to all players and coaches from Hibs who contributed so much to an excellent cup-tie. We wish you all the best for the rest of your season.

Cattanach Joy At Unbeaten Run Continuing

Defender Erin Cattanach was elated after Forfar Farmington ended the first third of the season unbeaten with a 4-0 win away to Buchan.

The 18 year old defender put in an impressive performance on Sunday as Farmington went four points ahead at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two.

Cattanach reckons despite goals from Julia Scott, Laura Parsley, Robyn Smith and Kayleigh Noble they could have scored more on a dull day at Maud Pleasure Park.

She said: “I’m happy with the win today, I thought we definitely could have scored more but we played well today, I’m pleased with how we performed.”

The defender felt she played well after a formation change with an assist for the third goal, adding “I thought I played well today, I enjoyed the formation Mark chose for today as it allowed me to get up and support the forward players and I liked that.”

Cattanach broke into the first team last season however she was limited to one start and a handful of sub appearances; this season she has started seven of the eight games so far, delighting the versatile defender.

“I am buzzing to be part of the starting line up, I’ve been working really hard so it shows that all my hard work has paid off and my confidence is growing the more I play.”

With the first round of fixtures completed, Farmington currently have nineteen points from seven games and sit four points clear at the top of the SWPL2. Cattanach believes this start is just what the side needed after last season’s relegation.

She said: “It’s a brilliant achievement for the team and I think this is the boost we needed after last season. We have to keep this streak going; it has brought everyone closer as we are playing together as a team.”

Farmington now face a fortnight’s break before their next game at home to second place Glasgow Girls and Cattanach admits it will be a tough test but has faith following the 2-0 win at Greenfield last month.

“I think they are one of the toughest teams we will come up against so it’s important that we are prepared and win these crucial games to keep us up at the top. We need to take the confidence we have gained over the past few weeks and get the win.”

Brough Returns For Third Spell At Farmington

The club welcomed back Kayleigh Brough last week for her third spell in a Forfar Farmington shirt.

The 20 year old defender returns after completing her second year of studies at Otero Junior College in La Junta and while she is delighted to be back she is unsure what the future holds for her when it comes to a return to America for a third year.

Brough, who made her third debut in Sunday’s win over Buchan, said of her return: “It feels good to be back at Forfar. It always does, the girls are great and welcome me in each time I come back. It’s good to work with the coaching staff again as well.”

“It is always good to see familiar faces but it’s nice to see younger players coming through and gelling with the ‘older ones’. I’m glad to be back with the squad again.”

The Dundonian was unlucky in America with her team after reaching two consecutive finals but narrowly losing out in both finals however she was pleased overall with the performances throughout the season as well as her own development.

“My second year in America was good soccer wise. We got beat in the final again for the second year running from the same team but overall we had a consistent season and I feel myself as a player was more consistent than last year.”

She continued: “As of my plans for next year, I’m still not sure what is happening yet. I’ve had an offer from a university near where I have been but I’m still deciding if I want to go back or not.”

SWPL2: Buchan 0 Forfar Farmington 4

Forfar Farmington extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two with a 4-0 demolition of Buchan.

Julia Scott’s first half opener was added to by Laura Parsley, Robyn Smith and Kayleigh Noble as Farmington coasted to victory, restricting the hosts to long range efforts.

Forfar started well and opened the scoring just two minutes in as Julia Scott rose to head home Robyn Smith’s cross.

Buchan could have levelled eight minutes later through Leanne Reid’s 35 yard free kick but it was just too high and rattled the crossbar before going over.

Alison Debio came close to an impressive first goal for the club but couldn’t keep her effort down with it flying inches over the bar.

Megan McCarthy and Laura Parsley saw chances go off target as Farmington kept up the pressure on the Buchan defence.

Kirsty Deans fired over with captain Nicola Davidson doing the same shortly before the half hour mark.

Davidson forced former Farmington trialist Lauren Sangster into a save from her free kick in the 34th minute before Gemma Collier had a shot cleared off the line from a Scott corner.

Robyn Smith tested Sangster twice while Scott hit the post with a cross-cum-shot as Farmington went into half time a goal ahead.

They doubled that lead ninety seconds after the break with Parsley rising to nod home a Scott corner.

Scott and Erin Cattanach came close just after but it was Robyn Smith who added to the tally in the 55th minute; great work from Cattanach allowed Smith to run from her own half before driving the ball past Sangster from 20 yards.

Beth Shillitto came on shortly after the hour mark and was close to netting just minutes after coming on but for the Buchan defence blocking her effort.

Leanne Reid fired over from long range before Scott curled past the post after cutting in from the left wing. 

Deans blasted over from the edge of the box while Zoe Smart came the closest for the hosts as she sent an effort into Fiona McNicoll’s arms from 20 yards.

Kayleigh Noble completed the scoring with three minutes to go; lashing home from just inside the box after Buchan failed  to clear their lines.

The result means Forfar Farmington move four points ahead of their title rivals and are unbeaten after the first round of games with six wins and one draw.

They now face a fortnight wait until their next game which is a top of the table clash at Station Park against Glasgow Girls.

Buchan: Lauren Sangster, Gemma Rae, Jennifer Urquhart, Lydia Johnston, Fiona Ritchie, Natasha Wiseman, Bethany Emslie (Julia Reid 57), Zoe Smart, Leanne Reid, Michelle Sutherland (Caitlin Matthews 70), Rachel Masterton

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach, Laura Parsley (Beth Shillitto 64), Kayleigh Noble, Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Megan McCarthy (Kayleigh Brough 71), Julia Scott, Alison Debio (Leah White 64)

Subs not used: Alana Bruce, Hannah Dryden (gk)

Ralphi Admits She Feels At Home At Farmington

Julia Scott revealed she is loving life at Forfar Farmington with the team spirit high at the moment following their 5-0 win over Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale.

The attacking midfielder is in her third spell at the club after rejoining in January 2016 and the former Inverness City player feels Farmington is now her home club.

Scott grabbed the third goal in Sunday’s comprehensive win and while she felt she didn’t play as well as she would have liked to, she was delighted with the squad performance.

“I’m very happy with today’s performance. To score five and not concede is always a good day. We started off slow however but changed a few things in the second half which was allowed us to play with more freedom and score goals.”

She continued: “I don’t feel it was my best performance but I’m delighted to get on the score sheet, and be part of a good team performance and result.”

2016 saw Farmington relegated from the top tier of the Scottish Women’s Premier League however they have won five of their first six games, drawing the other and Scott is happy at how they have started the season.

“Last season was a major disappointment, it is never good to be relegated however we have come into this season with high hopes of doing well and we have done that so far with hard work and good team organisation and spirit which has allowed us to express ourselves going forward.”

The former Scotland internationalist reckons Forfar is her home club now and spoke highly of the team spirit in the dressing room.

“I feel Forfar is my home club now. They have been very good to me and I appreciate pulling on the Forfar jersey every Sunday. The coaching staff and players are terrific with a great ethos to do well and improve very week so it’s hard not to enjoy yourself here.”

She said: “We have young players who have stepped up to the plate to play SWPL2 which is fantastic. All the girls support each other on and off the field which is helping with our performances this season so far.”

The side travel north to face Buchan this Sunday and Scott is under no illusion that it was be a tricky game with the Maud based side notoriously difficult to play against on their Maud Pleasure Park pitch.

“It is always hard to travel to Buchan, the pitch is tight and Buchan are a competitive side so we can’t take things for granted. We will go into Sunday’s game with the same mind set and attitude as we would do for any other game and hope to continue our winning ways.”

SWPL2: Forfar Farmington 5 Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale 0

Forfar Farmington extended their lead at the top of the SWPL2 with a comfortable 5-0 win over Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale.

Cheryl Kilcoyne’s first half opener was followed by goals from Robyn Smith, Julia Scott, Kayleigh Noble and Megan McCarthy to make it six games unbeaten for Mark Nisbet’s side.

One change was made from the draw at Hearts a fortnight ago with Beth Shillitto replacing Laura Parsley while a trialist was named on the bench.

Farmington came close early on when Kirsty Deans nipped past a defender in the 7th minute but the midfielder could only fire wide.

Deans blasted wide again three minutes later while Julia Scott lobbed the advancing Charlene Lessells shortly after but a defender raced back to clear before the ball found the net.

Forfar did take the lead after increased pressure in the 19th minute; Nicola Davidson sent a perfect through ball for Cheryl Kilcoyne to race on to and calmly slot home under the keeper for her fifth of the season.

Ten minutes after this the visitors had their first chance of the game however Ashley Fish could only send her effort straight into Fiona McNicoll’s arms.

Shillitto almost forced a second for Farmington just after the half hour mark when her cross was cleared by a defender however the clearance flew only inches past the post for a corner.

Kilcoyne had the ball in the net once again on the stroke of half time however it was ruled out with the EUHV keeper injuring themselves attempting to beat the attacker to the ball.

Seven minutes into the second half and Farmington deservedly added to their lead; Shillitto setting up Kilcoyne and her cross was knocked on to the post by Scott but when a clearance was attempted they could only blast the ball into Robyn Smith and it was diverted into the net.

Forfar kept up the pressure and in the 68th minute Scott grabbed herself her first goal of 2017; rising to nod home Smith’s inch perfect cross.

Four minutes later and it was a fantastic four for Forfar with Smith sending a cross in once again and despite it hitting the bar sub Kayleigh Noble was on hand to head home from a yard out.

There were further chances for the league leaders and Megan McCarthy could only watch as her header was cleared off the line before Noble tested Lessells with a well struck effort.

Nicola Davidson struck a free kick past the post in the 80th minute but there was yet another goal to come late on. Smith grabbed her hat trick of assists to go with her goal when her corner was bulleted home by Megan McCarthy.

The result, coupled with Hearts’ win over Glasgow Girls means Farmington hold a three point lead at the top of SWPL2 but will face tough opposition in Buchan next Sunday.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach, Beth Shillitto (Kayleigh Noble 52), Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne (Laura Parsley 66), Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Sophie Young 81), Alison Debio (Leah White 68)

Subs not used: Alana Bruce, Trialist, Chantelle McKay (gk)

Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale: Charlene Lessells, Nicole Clark, Fiona Boslem (Hannah Craig 46), Louise Kerr (Elizabeth Reid 75), Judith Shepherd, Steph Briggs (Florence Haines 66), Anna Murray (Beth MacLeod 46), Karen Hanson (Margaux Durand-Watson 73), Nichola Sturrock, Ashley Fish, Leanne Forker

Subs not used: Erin Burns, Lauren Watters

Collier Impressed With Form In Opening Quarter

Vice captain Gemma Collier is pleased with the way the side have started life in the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two.

With four wins and one draw in their first five games, Farmington currently lead the way as they look to bounce back to the top tier of the Premier League at the first attempt.

Collier reckons it was vital to start 2017 in a positive fashion after last season’s disappointment saw them suffer relegation.

She said: “It was important that we started the season well. We know from experience how hard it is to try and chase points, it puts pressure on everyone. It was also important to get some wins just to enjoy the game again. After last season we felt a bit deflated so it’s good to be doing so well.”

The side entertain Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale this weekend and Collier is glad to get back to familiar ground after away trips to Glasgow Girls and Hearts with the defender keen to extend the unbeaten run.

“It will be good to be playing at home again and hopefully just put in a good performance. Following on the back of two which weren’t so great it’s important we raise our standards again. If we play well and to our capabilities I don’t doubt we can come away with 3 points.” 

Farmington drew with fellow championship contenders Hearts a fortnight ago and while Collier was pleased to grab the equaliser the 26 year old feels the side weren’t at their best at Kings Park.

“The game was a tough one, the surface wasn’t ideal but it was the same for both teams. When we retained possession we looked more dangerous and we had a better second half but we didn’t play our best so to come away with a point wasn’t too bad.”

She continued: “There are always positives and negatives to take from your own performance. I didn’t feel I played very well but a goal was a bonus. It’s not often I get one.” 

The start of the season also saw new additions to the squad with Alison Debio and the returning Laura Parsley amongst those making their mark. Vice captain Collier expressed her delight at the impression the recruits have made and hopes they feel they made the correct decision to join Farmington.

“I feel the new signings have been a good addition and have fitted in really well. The girls are always quite welcoming and the mood in the team is really good just now so hopefully they feel they made the right decision.”

U-17 League Cup: Boroughmuir 0 Forfar Farmington 1

A spate of injuries that have all come at once looked as though it might adversely impact Forfar Farmington U17’s progress in the League Cup as they travelled through to Edinburgh to take on Boroughmuir Thistle in the first round of this year’s competition.

These injuries meant that only ten girls were able to start the match, with no substitutes available. To make matters even harder for the girls was another injury during the game meant that they played most of the game with nine players and, on top of that, were the really difficult weather conditions! The horrendous wind meant that the isobars on the weather map were very tight together however not nearly as tight as the Forfar Farmington spirit as our girls fought against the odds to win a well-deserved victory.

The girls kicked off with the wind at their backs. As the game progressed you could see that Forfar had put any idea of being a player down out of their minds as they worked very hard from front to back to build some consistent pressure on their opponents. The Boroughmuir defence was proving to be a competitive one and although they found themselves under pressure they worked hard to prevent any clear cut goal scoring chances. On a couple of occasions the Forfar defence, superbly marshalled by Katie White, was tested however they stopped any threats being made on their goal.

Forfar found themselves even more up against it after 30 minutes when Eve Warden suffered an ankle injury. Although she attempted to continue playing it proved too uncomfortable so her withdrawal saw Forfar down to nine players. In spite of this Forfar took the leads with a beautiful goal from the left foot of Phillipa McCallum. With the keeper off her line Phillipa saw her chance from 25 yards to angle a real pearler of a strike high into the goal. This lead was a well-deserved and very welcome one in view of the fact that the girls would have to face their opponents with the wind at their backs in the second half.

The second half saw the girls under a bit of pressure from Boroughmuir with long range efforts mainly being fired straight at our keeper. A couple of very dangerous corners were fired across the Forfar goal but on both occasions nothing was made of those excellent opportunities to draw level. Steffi Simpson’s pace saw her carve out a couple of chances but the Boroughmuir keeper stood strong against both.

The final whistle eventually came and with it a place in the draw for the second round of the League Cup for our girls. A quite extraordinary victory in what was a really strong and committed team performance under challenging circumstances.