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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.” 

SBSSWPL1: Forfar Farmington 1 Glasgow City 6

Forfar Farmington were defeated 6-1 by Glasgow City on Sunday with the score line flattering the visitors as the SBSSWPL1 heads into the summer break.

Goals from Abbi Grant, Hayley Lauder, Maddie Hill, Nicola Docherty and Jo Love gave City the points with Megan Robb netting for Mark Nisbet’s side.

Just one change was made from Wednesday’s defeat to Hibernian as Sophie Milligan replaced Alana Bruce, with the side still suffering due to injuries and absences.

Farmington came out looking like the better side and could have gone ahead after four minutes; Caroline Heron sent Danni McGinley through on goal but she could only fire wide while under pressure by the City defence.

City almost handed Farmington the lead two minutes later when a poor pass back meant Heron put Erin Clachers under pressure; the keeper rattled a clearance off the attacker but the ball creeped past the post.

The visitors took the lead with their first chance after nine minutes with a low cross by Hayley Lauder stabbed home by Abbi Grant.

City doubled their advantage in the 17th minute with Grant turning provider as Jo Love found the back of the net.

Sophie Milligan hooked a chance off the line before Beth McPherson couldn’t keep her effort down at the other end.

Farmington pulled a goal back ten minutes before the break; Donna Paterson received the ball inside the box from Clachers and as she turned to clear the ball Megan Robb nipped in to divert the ball into the empty net.

The two goal lead was restored sixty seconds later with Grant netting her second of the afternoon.

Grant came close to grabbing her hat trick shortly after the break when she forced a save from Fiona McNicoll.

Robyn Smith and McGinley combined in the 57th minute to set up Caroline Heron, with her low shot flying past the post.

The visitors hit the crossbar two minutes later through Jo Love with the veteran firing over shortly after.

The difference between City and a patched up Farmington side started to show in the final fifteen minutes as City added three goals in eleven minutes.

In the 75th minute Nicola Docherty received the ball just inside the box, taking a touch before sending the shot past McNicoll for their fourth.

The lead was extended two minutes later as substitute Maddie Hill finished from close range before Hayley Lauder completed the scoring four minutes from time.

Farmington could have pulled a goal back in added time when Danni McGinley forced a save from Clachers.

The result brings to an end a tough week for Mark Nisbet’s side, with several players playing through knocks as the league comes to a close for the summer break.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, McGinley, Smith, Davidson, Heron, McCarthy, Milligan, Robb (Dempster 59), McPherson (Deubel 88), Brough (Collier 64)

Subs not used: Bruce, Deans, Kilcoyne, McKay (gk)

Glasgow City: Clachers, Lauder, Love, Grant, Crichton (McLintock 5 (Hill 73)), Howat (McGlinchey 24), Docherty, Paterson, Ross, Girasoli, Foley (Cunningham 80)

Subs not used: Alexander (gk)

SBSSWPL1: Hibernian 6 Forfar Farmington 0

Forfar Farmington’s recent winning run in the SBSSWPL1 came to an end on Wednesday evening as title contenders Hibernian netted six without reply.

Goals from Rachel McLauchlan, Kirsten Reilly, Lizzie Arnot, Jamie-Lee Napier and an Abi Harrison double sealed the win for the hosts at Peffermill.

Mark Nisbet made two changes following Sunday’s SSE Scottish Women’s Cup exit with Beth McPherson and Erin Cattanach replacing Alison Debio and Cassie Cowper.

Farmington could have taken the lead just nine seconds in when Danni McGinley set up Caroline Heron, however the striker’s effort was held by Jenna Fife.

Hibs’ first chance fell to Kirsty Smith but she could only curl into Fiona McNicoll’s arms before Lizzie Arnot had a shot blocked shortly after.

The hosts took the lead after 20 minutes; Forfar looked to be creating an opportunity before the Hibs defence cleared and started a counter attack, ending in Rachel McLauchlan firing past McNicoll.

McNicoll parried a Harrison effort but it wasn’t long before the lead was doubled as Lisa Robertson’s cross found the unmarked Kirsten Reilly and she was more than happy to head home.

The Farmington keeper was in fine form, denying Robertson and Reilly while Harrison blasted over.

Heron came close for Farmington again as the game edged closer to half time; firing over after a cut back by winger Robyn Smith.

Arnot and Harrison were next to be stopped by McNicoll on the stroke of half time.

Following the break, McNicoll was forced into saves from Reilly, Robertson and Harrison but it wasn’t long until Hibs extended their lead.

Ten minutes into the second half a Reilly cross into the danger zone found Arnot who stroked the ball past the keeper.

A seven minute spell saw Hibs add a further three goals to their tally; the first came in the 71st minute when Harrison found the bottom corner of the net from close range.

Three minutes later Kirsty Smith made her way into the box before cutting the ball back for sub Jamie-Lee Napier to bundle into the back of the net.

The scoring was completed with twelve minutes remaining with Harrison grabbing her second following a run through the defence, completing a solo effort.

The hosts had chances to extend their lead late on but were unable to beat McNicoll again.

The result ends Farmington’s unbeaten run with another tough fixture to come before the summer break as Glasgow City visit Station Park on Sunday.

Hibernian: Fife, Hunter, Robertson, Arnot, Michie, McGregor (Cornet 65), Smith, McLauchlan (Napier 70), Harrison, Brownlie, Reilly (Gallacher 79)

Subs not used: Williamson, Notley, Tweedie, Reid

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, McGinley, Smith (Debio 57), Davidson, Bruce (Milligan 29), Heron, McCarthy (Deubel 79, Robb, McPherson, Brough

Subs not used: Collier, Kilcoyne, Trialist, McKay

Cup Exit Means No More Distractions From League For Cowper

Cassie Cowper believes Sunday’s SSE Scottish Women’s Cup exit may be a blessing in disguise with the SBSSWPL1 now their only focus.

Forfar Farmington were defeated 3-0 in the second round by Glasgow City and will now play their remaining ten league games with no distractions ahead.

Cowper, 19, feels the side stuck to the instructions given to them by head coach Mark Nisbet but was frustrated with the manner of the goals conceded.

“I think Sunday’s game went okay, we stuck to our game plan and tried to frustrate City, which we did do for large portions of the game, the goals were poor goals to concede and it’s hard to score goals against a team like Glasgow City.”

Although she is disappointed to be out of the cup, the former Aberdeen defender believes the side will pick themselves up ahead of tonight’s fixture against Hibs before Sunday’s league clash with City.

“The cup is where you can express yourself and in the League Cup we did well and got through to the semi-final, it’s unfortunate to be out so early but now we can concentrate on the league and push on there.”

She continued: “We learned a lot from Sunday’s game even though we lost, we will pick ourselves up, work on certain things through the week and be ready for both games and hopefully pick up some points.” 

Farmington currently sit fourth in the league, with five wins in their last six and just under half of the season to play; Cowper is of the opinion that they have done better than what was expected of them by people before the season began.

“I think we’ve done really well so far in the league, with the club just got promoted not a lot of people were expecting us to do so well, but we work hard in training and always try and stick to the game plan. We have picked up points in vital games to put us in such a good position for the break.”

Cowper joined Farmington at the start of the season from relegated Aberdeen, having played under Mark Nisbet before.

The ever present defender has enjoyed her time at the club so far and hopes she can replicate her good performances to help Farmington continue their good form over the rest of the season.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at Forfar a lot. It’s been so different to last season, the girls have been amazing and so welcoming, and I’ve enjoyed playing under Mark again.”

“I think personally, the aim for the rest of the season is to carry on trying to put in good performances and hopefully get a few more goals, as a team I think we just need to keep picking in points and trying to stay as high up the league as possible.”

SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Second Round: Forfar Farmington 0 Glasgow City 3

Forfar Farmington exited the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup at the second round after a 3-0 defeat at home to Glasgow City on Sunday.

Goals from Leanne Ross, Abbi Grant and Sam Kerr meant Farmington were defeated by City for the second year running after last season’s semi final encounter.

Mark Nisbet made just one change to the side after the win over Hamilton Accies a fortnight ago with the injured Cheryl Kilcoyne replaced by Alison Debio.

The visitors had chances early on with Kirsty Howat hitting the bar before Abbi Grant curled over after driving at the Farmington defence.

Fiona McNicoll did well with City’s first effort on target when Megan Foley’s low shot looked to be creeping in but the keeper scrambled across to push it away.

City took the lead in the 27th minute; Leanne Ross’ free kick finding the back of the net despite McNicoll getting a hand to it.

The lead was doubled ten minutes later with Ross sending another free kick into the box and Abbi Grant rose highest to send a header past McNicoll.

The final chance of the half fell to Farmington, however Nicola Davidson could only find the side netting with her free kick.

City killed the game off four minutes after the restart; a low cross found Sam Kerr and she fired into the back of the net via a slight deflection off her own teammate.

Farmington started to create a couple of chances after this with Alana Bruce finding Caroline Heron, although the attacker could only fire over the bar.

In the 64th minute Robyn Smith played a quick corner and after receiving the ball again, she fired a cross into the box; sub Beth McPherson’s header was parried by a desperate Lee Alexander and the keeper did well to deny the follow up by Heron.

Shortly after this Grant hit the bar as she looked for her second and City’s fourth against her former side.

The game quietened down in the last twenty minutes as substitutions interrupted the flow, however there were late chances for both sides; Crichton seeing her header expertly tipped over by McNicoll before McPherson had another header cleared.

The result now means Farmington can now focus on building on their current fourth place in the SBSSWPL1 with games against Hibernian at Peffermill on Wednesday before City visit Station Park on Sunday.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, McGinley, Smith (White 88), Davidson, Bruce, Heron (Dunbar 68), Cowper (Cattanach 76), McCarthy, Robb, Debio (McPherson 59), Brough (Milligan 74)

Subs not used: Noble, McKay (gk)

Glasgow City: Alexander, Love, Grant, Crichton, Howat (McLintock 62), Docherty, Paterson, Ross, Kerr, Girasoli, Foley

Subs not used: Cunningham, Stewart, Hill, Paton, Clachers (gk)

White Determined To Work Hard To Earn Place In Squad

Leah White is keen to keeping working hard to earn some vital game time for Forfar Farmington as the season enters the halfway point.

The 18 year old defender has been restricted to just five appearances so far as Farmington build a fantastic run of form, however she is delighted to be learning from those keeping her out of the team.

White reckons the morale in the dressing room is high at the moment with five wins from their last six games seeing the side sit in fourth place in the Scottish Women’s Premier League One and hopes it will continue.

“The girls are all on top form at the moment and the last few games have been exciting to watch and be part of. Everyone is buzzing to be picking up points and climbing our way up the table, we are currently sitting in a really good position and everyone is really happy with the team’s performances.”

“The atmosphere in the dressing room both before and after games is great, everyone is excited and encouraging towards one another and the great team spirit at Farmington is something I love being a part of.”

The defender, who came all the way through the Farmington youth system, feels that despite the season going well, her confidence hasn’t been great with a lack of game time due to the performances of others.

“The season so far has been really good in terms of team performance and winning vital games to get us points to ensure we are keeping ourselves in the top half of the table.”

“As one of the youngest members of the team, my own confidence this season has been low due to lack of game time and I don’t feel I have performed my best in the games I have been given the chance to play in due to not playing regularly enough.”

“I will continue working hard in training to improve all aspects of my game and hopefully will get some vital game time during the remainder of the season which will hopefully help me regain my confidence.”

White made her Farmington debut as a 15 year old in June 2015 and she believes she is involved with a great squad, with the teenager eager to learn from her teammates and progress herself on and off the pitch.

“The girls are a great bunch and I learn from them all the time. During games and training they talk to me and guide me through situations, allowing me to learn as I play. I feel I’m always learning and there’s always something I can improve on with the help of the girls around me.

“Alana, both on and off the pitch, always keeps me right and encourages me 100%, and I think sometimes when your confidence is low, all you need is someone to tell you that you’re playing well to motivate you a bit more.”

With the main squad out of action due to the international break, White was afforded the chance to get some game time under her belt with Jeff Rioch’s Ladies side and she found herself on the scoresheet with a rare goal as Farmington defeated Turriff United 5-0 away from home.

The defender was pleased to be able to get a full 90 minutes and praised Rioch’s side for being so welcoming.

“I think it’s great to be able to play for the Ladies team every so often. I really enjoyed the game with them this weekend and to get the full 90 minutes and score a goal was great for me. It’s a great opportunity to get a run out after not getting much game time for a while and the girls are a very friendly and welcoming group.”

Mark Nisbet’s side return to action this Sunday and it is a big week for Farmington with three games against Glasgow City in the cup before a midweek trip to Hibernian; the week is rounded off with another visit by City in the league.

White is confident the squad can take something from the three games, pointing out the tight 1-0 defeat to City in April where the side were unlucky not to take a point right at the death.

“We have a tough week coming up with City twice and Hibs, but I don’t think it’s anything that the girls can’t handle. We have been on top form the past few games, picking up vital points and we will work hard in training to ensure we prepare ourselves for these big games the best we can.”

“I have 100% belief in all of the girls to go out there and perform the way we know we can, hopefully we will get something out of these games and show the rest of the league what we are capable of. We were unlucky in April with a narrow 1-0 defeat against City and if we can improve on that performance hopefully we can take something from the games.”

Smith Elated With Progress Made In League

Forfar Farmington made it five wins from six games on Sunday and Robyn Smith reckons the side deserve to be where they are in the league.

Goals from Smith and Megan McCarthy sealed a 2-1 win at home to Hamilton in their first home game since mid-April as they moved to within two points of third placed Celtic.

The 25 year old winger feels results such as this are what’s needed in order to extend the gap between themselves and the relegation zone.

“I’m delighted with the result, we knew Sunday was a big game in terms of avoiding slipping down the table. These are the games we need to be coming away with the three points and we did just that.”

Smith grabbed the opening goal less than sixty seconds into the second half when she lobbed Lauren Grant and the former Jeanfield Swifts player believes it helped her improve on her first half performance.

“I thought I done away okay, there were a few errors and a few missed chances but I think I recovered from that in the second half. I knew chances wouldn’t come around often so I knew if I got another one it had to be hitting the back of the net and it did.”

This was Smith’s second goal of the season against Hamilton and having netted previously against them, she is high in confidence when it comes to facing the Accies.

“It certainly gives me a bit more confidence knowing I’ve scored against them before and to be honest, it was one of the first things I thought of after scoring, so I was delighted to see it hit the back of the net.”

It’s now four for the season for Smith, with a few assists alongside the goals; while she didn’t expect to have so many she is delighted with her contribution so far.

“If you told me at the start of the season I’d have scored four already and chipped in with a few assists, I’d have been delighted so I’m pleased to have contributed as much as I have so far.”

Farmington are now fourth in the league, thirteen points above the relegation zone and two points behind Celtic in third. The side were written off as relegation candidates at the start of the year but Smith feels the side deserve to be where they are in the league.

“At the start of the season our aim was always to stay up, especially being the team that’s just been promoted, but we’ve performed well and we deserve to be sitting where we are. Come the end of the season we will be delighted to be sitting in the top five, that way we are back amongst the established SWPL1 sides.”

The next three games leading up to the summer break will be a real test for Farmington with a league and cup double against Glasgow City either side of a midweek trip to Hibernian. Smith admits it will be challenging for the squad, however it’s a challenge the side will be relishing.

“If we perform at our best we can look to take points from the top teams. We were unlucky the last time we played City and we limited Hibs to scoring in the second half so we need to believe in ourselves.”

“We are under no illusions however, that Hibs and City are still unbeaten and challenging for the league so we will prepare well and look to put in a good performance on the day and see what happens come the end of the ninety minutes.”

SBSSWPL1: Forfar Farmington 2 Hamilton Academical 1

Forfar Farmington continued their good run of form with a tight 2-1 win over Hamilton Academical in the SBSSWPL1.

After a goalless first half Robyn Smith put Farmington ahead before Katie Rice equalised, however Megan McCarthy secured all three points for Mark Nisbet’s side.

Just one change was made from the midweek win over Stirling University as Nicola Davidson replaced Tammy Harkin.

Accies had the first chance of the game four minutes in when Katie Rice’s tame effort was held by Fiona McNicoll.

Four minutes later Robyn Smith fired wide after being put through by Danni McGinley before Caroline Heron saw a header cleared from a Smith corner.

McGinley found herself set up by Smith in the 21st minute but her shot was deflected past the post.

Heron headed wide shortly before Rice saw a free kick held by McNicoll as the half drew to a close.

The final chances of the half fell to Megan McCarthy and McGinley, however neither of them could fine the target.

Farmington came storming out of the blocks after half time and took the lead less than sixty seconds after the restart. Cassie Cowper played the ball towards the box and despite the Hamilton defence having three players surrounding the ball, they failed to deal with it and Smith nipped in to lob Grant for her fourth goal of the season.

McGinley and Heron came close to doubling the lead before Nicola Davidson tried to repeat her goal at Celtic last Sunday as she sent a long range free kick towards goal but Grant scrambled to push the effort wide.

From the corner Forfar failed to threaten and from the counter attack Hamilton equalised in controversial circumstances. The ball fell outside the box and Cheryl Kilcoyne attempted to reach it along with a Hamilton player, the Farmington midfielder looked like she was fouled as she was sent spinning in the air. The referee allowed play to go on despite Kilcoyne being in some distress and the visitors took advantage with Rice finding the back of the net.

Following the goal Kilcoyne attempted to play on but was forced off as she was taken to hospital, with the club later informed she had cracked her collarbone.

The scores were level for just ten minutes as Farmington were awarded a free kick in the 68th minute; Davidson lofted the set piece into the box and McCarthy headed past Grant for her first goal of the season.

The final twenty minutes of the game were end to end as both sides looked for a vital goal, Hamilton came closest deep into injury time when Amy Bulloch rattled the crossbar before the loose ball was cleared.

Hamilton could, and maybe should, have had a penalty late on as Rice’s free kick looked like it hit the hand of McCarthy but the referee waved away claims. The resulting corner found the head of Kirsty Fraser, but she couldn’t find the target in the final chance of the game.

The result pushes Farmington thirteen points away from the foot of the table and are now just two points away from third.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, McGinley, Smith (Noble 87), Davidson, Bruce, Heron (Dunbar 74), Kilcoyne (McPherson 64), Cowper, McCarthy, Robb (Debio 90+1), Brough

Subs not used: Deans, Deubel, McKay

Hamilton Academical: Grant, Connolly, Fraser, Lyons, Anderson, Hay (Quigley 80), Bulloch, Gardner, Inglis, Rice, Lindsay (Quinn 67)

Subs not used: Shearer, Fitzsimmons, Lyle, Hopkins

Success for girls selected for National Camps

Well done to our players selected for National Camps next month.

Farmington U13s Vivian Kerr and Brodie Greenwood along with Farmington Falcons U15s Alex Glennie have been selected to attend Scotland U14 Training Camp, taking place between June 1st-3rd at Tulliallan Police College.

While Melissa Coull & Kasey McCabe (not pictured) have been selected for the Scotland U16s Training Camp along with Farmington 17s players Katie White and Beth Mowatt.

U16s Camp taking place at University of St Andrews from June 22nd-23rd.

All representing the East Region