Category: SWPL Team News

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.”

SWPL2: Heart of Midlothian 1 Forfar Farmington 1

Forfar Farmington dropped their first points of the season but remain top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League 2 after a 1-1 draw away to Hearts.

Jennifer Dodds’ first half goal put Hearts ahead and looked to be enough until Gemma Collier nodded home in the 87th minute to take a share of the spoils.

Mark Nisbet fielded the same team that defeated Glasgow Girls with the only squad change being keeper Chantelle McKay replacing Hannah Dryden as the sub keeper.

Forfar started off well with Nicola Davidson firing over from a distance before Gemma Collier was inches away from connecting with Julia Scott’s free kick.

Lauren Hall had Hearts’ first chance in the 11th minute but could only fire straight at the keeper. Scott did the same at the other end three minutes later as both sides started to settle.

Farmington could have taken the lead in the 17th minute when Scott’s corner was missed by the keeper but Kirsty Deans could only divert the ball over the bar.

Jennifer Dodds had a great chance to open the scoring when she met Ashley Carse’s cross but her header flew over. In the 28th minute she was provided with a carbon copy chance and the attacker stabbed the ball past McNicoll to give Hearts the lead.

This was a wake up call for Farmington and shortly before half time they came close to an equaliser with keeper Ashley Watson having to do well to save Megan McCarthy’s header and Deans’ 20 yard strike.

Katie Reilly blasted wide from long range as Hearts looked to kill the game early in the second half however Forfar began to take control of proceedings with Cheryl Kilcoyne seeing her effort blocked before Scott was inches away from connecting with a ball from McCarthy following a 50 yard weaving run from the defender.

McCarthy headed over from sub Kayleigh Noble’s corner before Deans fired wide of the mark again as Farmington looked to capitalise on the pressure.

With ten minutes left Robyn Smith sent her long range effort wide however in the 87th minute Farmington finally grabbed a deserved equaliser; Nicola Davidson’s free kick from the halfway line was flicked on by McCarthy and Gemma Collier was on hand to send a looping header over the keeper.

Mark Nisbet’s side kept up the pressure as they looked for a late winner however they were unable to break through the Hearts defence with the hosts also unable to carve out any clear cut chances.

The result means Farmington are still top of the league and are unbeaten in the first quarter of the season.

Nisbet was pleased to take a point away from a difficult venue as he felt Farmington weren’t at their best at Kings Park.

He said: “It was a slightly frustrating day for us; I thought we had a lot of the territory within the game and we put Hearts under a fair bit of pressure but we maybe struggled to create chances.”

“Sometimes you look at the game and you think is it a point gained or two points dropped and I think it’s a point gained as we weren’t at our best.”

Hearts: Ashley Watson, Sharon Hughes (Demi Summers 24), Stacey Hutchison, Georgia Hunter, Megan Paterson, Rachel Walkingshaw, Katie Reilly, Danni Pagliarulo, Ashley Carse, Jennifer Dodds, Lauren Hall

Sub not used: Gemma Piaskowski

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach (Leah White 46), Laura Parsley (Kayleigh Noble 60), Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 60), Alison Debio

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

McIntosh Completes Move To Farmington

The club have completed the signing of Kayleigh McIntosh and the midfielder is eager to get going with a new challenge.

McIntosh left Tayside Ladies last week and after appearing for the U23 side against Stirling University’s development side she has put pen to paper.

The 23 year old expressed her delight at joining Farmington and reckons it was time for a fresh start after a lack of game time at Tayside in 2017.

McIntosh said: “I’m really happy to have signed, I was wary at first of a new challenge, but I think it was just a comfort thing as I’ve only ever played for one team but I’m definitely enjoying the new challenge.”

“The reason I decided to come to Forfar was that there was a lot of change at my previous club ahead of this season, I wasn’t getting much game time and wasn’t enjoying it as much for that reason.”

Kayleigh believes she has made the right move at this point in her career as she looks to build on her four years at Tayside.

“I had a think to myself for a while and thought if I don’t go for it and go for a new challenge now at the age I’m at, I never will.”

She continued: “I know that in the long term this is going to be the best move for me, with the set up and backing there is at Forfar this will help me improve my game.”

The central midfielder played in the U23’s 3-2 defeat at home to Stirling University Development last Sunday but despite the defeat she was full of praise for her new teammates.

“Making my debut was great, I thought we played very well despite the result and all the girls have made me feel really welcome which has made it ten times easier for me.”

McIntosh admitted that she hasn’t eyed a spot in the Premier League match squad yet but would love to have an opportunity once she has settled in.

She said: “I’ve not thought to much about SWPL as I’m just finding my way here, really enjoying getting more game time and starting to enjoy my football again but long term, I would love to be able to prove myself to the coaches, train hard and maybe one day get my chance.”

Noble Proud Of Battling Spirit In Squad

Kayleigh Noble reckons the team spirit at Forfar Farmington is fantastic as they kept up their 100% league record on Sunday.

The winger came off the bench to net the second in the 2-0 win over Glasgow Girls and hopes she can impress her way into the starting line up.

20 year old Noble felt her teammates battled well in what was a physical game at the Greenfield Football Centre.

She said: “I’m very happy at the outcome of Sunday’s performance. I thought the team battled well and worked for each other. It was a very physical game and we fought to the end.”

Noble netted her first goal of the season after coming off the bench with five minutes to go with the winger delighted to make an impact to kill the game.

“I was delighted to have scored especially at such a crucial time in the game. This gave me a boost and helped raise team morale and the spirits of the team to the final whistle.”

Despite an impressive showing, she is under no illusions and is keen to work hard in training to grab a starting position having played a part in all five games this season from the bench.

“I will endeavour to maintain a good attitude and train well over the next few weeks as I know one goal does not entitle me to a starting position. I would be delighted to get a chance to prove my ability in the upcoming games.”

Farmington travel to Dalkeith to face Hearts on Sunday and Noble admits it will be a difficult game with Hearts suffering their first defeat at Motherwell at the weekend.

“We should play with confidence next week against Hearts. We are playing good football at the moment, but we know we can improve on our game if everyone pulls together and work for each other.”

“Hearts will be looking to pull back some points after their first defeat and it’s up to us to make sure they don’t. If we keep playing as we are, we should collect all three points and hopefully another clean sheet.”

SWPL2: Glasgow Girls 0 Forfar Farmington 2

Forfar Farmington became outright leaders at the top of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two as two second half goals earned them victory against Glasgow Girls.

Robyn Smith’s 74th minute volley along with Kayleigh Noble’s injury time goal saw Farmington take all three points in a tough and physical match.

Mark Nisbet made one change from the win over Motherwell a fortnight ago with Erin Cattanach returning to replace Leah White.

The hosts had the first chance of a scrappy opening period with their left winger firing over after being sent clear of the Forfar defence.

Kirsty Deans lashed over from long range in the 15th minute before Julia Scott set up Laura Parsley who could only fire into the side netting.

Kilcoyne tested the keeper with two efforts in quick succession meanwhile Glasgow Girls should have done better as their forward raced towards goal with Megan McCarthy getting back to deny her.

Farmington could have gone ahead within a minute of the second half; Parsley sending a defence splitting through ball for Kilcoyne however she was inches away from connecting before the keeper collected.

Alison Debio saw her long range effort fly just past the post with the keeper beaten in the 51st minute while she was fouled from behind minutes later as the referee showed the Glasgow Girls midfielder the first booking of the game.

Fiona McNicoll was forced into a good save in the 65th minute as Glasgow Girls looked to break the deadlock.

Nine minutes later it was broken through a fantastic goal from Robyn Smith; sub Beth Shillitto’s corner was nodded out by the defence and Smith flicked the ball over a defender before volleying high past the keeper from 20 yards for her third of the season.

Parsley almost added a second less than a minute after the opener as her 30 yard effort looked to be covered by the keeper however it spilled through her gloves and fell wide for a corner.

Shillitto found the side netting from an angle while a Glasgow Girls midfielder fired wide from a distance.

Substitute Kayleigh Noble sealed the win deep into injury time with Shillitto battling to force the ball into the winger’s path and Noble was more than happy to slot home under the advancing keeper.

The result coupled with Hearts’ defeat means that Farmington are the only side to have a 100% record at the top of SWPL2 and will look to continue this when they visit Hearts this Sunday.

Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach, Laura Parsley, Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne (Kayleigh Noble 86), Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 72), Alison Debio

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