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Kilcoyne Insists Squad Won’t Become Complacent Following Title Win

Cheryl Kilcoyne was over the moon to get Forfar Farmington back into the Scottish Women’s Premier League One and insists they won’t take their foot off the gas in the remaining three games.

A Danni McGinley hat-trick alongside goals from Julia Scott and Caroline Heron ensured Farmington won the title with a dominant performance against their closest rivals.

The 22 year old spoke of her delight with the performance from everyone with the squad sticking to the match plan and exploiting Motherwell’s weaknesses.

“I’m very happy, I think we played well overall, we did what we were told to do and stretched the game out wide. I think we deserve to be in the top flight so it’s good to get them back up there.”

Last time the sides played at Station Park, Farmington were 5-0 ahead and the visitors threatened a comeback with three late goals however Kilcoyne was pleased to win the title in such comprehensive fashion.

She said: “I don’t think I can think of a better way to win the title than that, the last game up here we gave them too much leeway and they came back to 5-3 but I think today we did well. We got the job done in the first half and were unlucky in the second half but there’s not much better than a 5-1 win.”

After last week’s Scottish Cup tie against Glasgow City, Kilcoyne reckons they took positives into this week after being given an idea of where they need to be if they are to compete in the top flight in 2018.

“I was happy with my performance, I think everyone stuck together and played the way that we know we can. Playing against City last week gave us an idea of where we have to be next year and I think we took that into the game this week.”

Despite the title win, there are still three games remaining and Kilcoyne is confident they won’t rest on their laurels with the squad aiming to finish the season on a high.

“I don’t think there’s any risk of complacency now we have won the league, everyone is mentally prepared for the next three games, we want to go out on a high and prove to everyone what we’re made of.”

SBSSWPL2: Forfar Farmington 5 Motherwell 1

Forfar Farmington clinched the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League Two title with a dominant 5-1 win over closest challengers Motherwell.

Danni McGinley netted a hat trick with Caroline Heron and Julia Scott completing the scoring while Pamela Liddell grabbed a late consolation for the visitors.

Two changes were made from the Scottish Cup semi final defeat with Kayleigh Brough and Erin Cattanach replaced by Megan McCarthy and Cheryl Kilcoyne.

In front of a 200+ crowd, Farmington looked to be up for it from the start with three chances in the first five minutes.

Alana Bruce sent in two crosses in quick succession with Julia Scott volleying over before Caroline Heron sent her effort at the keeper.

Cheryl Kilcoyne then found Danni McGinley but Sarah Rhind did well to push her shot away.

Farmington went ahead from the resulting corner; Scott’s cross was flicked on by Kilcoyne and McGinley fired home for her ninth of the season.

It was 2-0 inside the opening ten minutes; Scott’s cross found McGinley however the striker couldn’t get a shot away with Heron more than happy to blast the ball past the keeper.

Pamela Liddell had Motherwell’s first chance in the 12th minute but her ambitious overhead kick was off target.

Scott and Heron were denied again before Scott had another shot deflected away from goal; the cross back in from Robyn Smith found Gemma Collier who saw her header held by Rhind.

Nicole Goodwin tested Fiona McNicoll from distance in a rare foray forward from the visitors before Scott and Collier came close again at the other end.

Heron fired wide from a McGinley with before the latter denied by Rhind after the former set her up.

McGinley went one better in the 35th minute; Heron sent Scott clear on the wing and she sent in a low cross for McGinley to slot home.

Sixty second later Forfar netted their fourth as Smith split the Motherwell defence and Scott rounded Rhind before tapping the ball into the empty net.

McGinley was denied again as the game approached half time but Farmington looked to be well on their way to a title win.

The second half started somewhat less frantic than the first half with the first opportunity coming from Liddell when she fired a free kick wide in the 55th minute.

Four minutes later Scott had her own set piece tipped wide before Megan McCarthy headed over from a Davidson ball.

Heron came close again with two quickfire opportunities that were held by Rhind meanwhile sub Kayleigh Noble hit the sidenetting in the 70th minute.

Noble could have grabbed an assist a minute later when Farmington broke forward and she sent a great ball into Beth Shillitto with the winger’s shot parried by Rhind again.

Kilcoyne had a shot deflected over minutes prior to McGinley’s shot being saved by the keeper from a Shillitto cross.

After Heron came close twice again, McGinley completed her hat trick in injury time; Kilcoyne flicked a ball on and the striker was sent clear to round the keeper and slot home.

Motherwell pulled one back through Pamela Liddell’s consolation but it wasn’t enough to derail Farmington as the players and staff celebrated the league win on the full time whistle.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Danni McGinley, Robyn Smith (Kayleigh Noble 66), Nicola Davidson (Erin Cattanach 76), Alana Bruce (Leah White 76), Caroline Heron, Kirsty Deans (Alison Debio 73), Cheryl Kilcoyne, Julia Scott (Beth Shillitto 66), Megan McCarthy

Subs not used: Kayleigh Brough, Chantelle McKay (gk)

Motherwell: Sarah Rhind, Stacey Cook, Heather Magill, Megan Murray, Nicole Goodwin (Lauren Simmons 61), Suzanne Winters, Lauryn Reside, Natasha Roberts, Kaitlyn Canavan, Pamela Liddell

Positives For Smith Despite Cup Exit

Robyn Smith feels there are positives to take from Sunday’s SSE Scottish Women’s Cup semi final defeat to Glasgow City.

The side were defeated 5-0 and despite the scoreline, Farmington put in a good performance ahead of this week’s important league clash with Motherwell.

Smith reckons the squad can build on the performance and take spirit from the pressure they put on City throughout the game.

“We can take positives from Sunday, we knew it would be a tough game from the start but we had nothing to lose. I feel that the team performed well, we defended well and made them have to think where they were going to play the next pass, despite the scoreline we come away from the game knowing we put in a good performance.”

She continued: “We made mistakes and credit to City for taking their chances but if we take that performance and hard work into next week I’ve got great belief that we will go on and achieve our goal.

The 24 year old attacker was pleased with her own performance but admitted she felt there were a few things she could have improved on.

“I feel as if I stuck to the game plan we had in place, although I could have pressed higher on some occasions and one or two passes weren’t great but I felt I done enough at times to stop them from using their wide players.”

This Sunday sees Farmington entertain Motherwell in a first vs second clash that could see Farmington win the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League Two, sealing a quick return to the top tier and Smith believes the squad can continue their excellent home form having dropped just two points in 2017.

“We’ve got a great home record this season and everyone loves playing at Station Park, it’s a big park and we know how to use it. We will go out there to make sure we keep our unbeaten run at home going.”

“If we play like we know we can we will come away with all three points. The fact we can win it at home will give the girls confidence and believe to work hard and get the win. Everyone wants to be able to win the league on home soil.”

SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Semi Final: Glasgow City 5 Forfar Farmington 0

The SSE Scottish Women’s Cup run came to an end for Forfar Farmington at the semi final stage as they fell to a 5-0 defeat against Glasgow City.

Noelle Murray, Keeva Keenan, Abbi Grant, Joanne Paton and Megan Foley netted for City, giving the scoreline a more negative look than the Farmington performance warranted.

Mark Nisbet made three changes from last week’s win over Buchan with Nicola Davidson, Kirsty Deans and Alana Bruce replacing Megan McCarthy, Cheryl Kilcoyne and Leah White.

The game, held at Stirling Albion’s Forthbank, got off to a fast start with City taking the lead just three minutes in; Katie McCabe setting up Noelle Murray to curl home despite suspicions of offside.

Nicola Docherty fired over from 20 yards on the quarter hour mark with Farmington’s first chance coming four minutes later.

Julia Scott sent a cross into the box and despite it falling to Robyn Smith, she dragged her effort wide of the mark.

Carla Boyce skied a great chance over the bar from ten yards before Megan Foley nodded over from a Leanne Ross free kick just after the half hour mark.

City extended their lead in the 34th minute when Keeva Keenan rose highest to nod home a Ross set piece.

Joanne Paton fired wide after a great run forward while at the other end Lee Alexander just beat Danni McGinley to a Scott through ball.

Farmington were unlucky not to pull a goal back on the stroke of half time when Caroline Heron sent a 40 yard effort towards goal; Alexander having to do well to tip the ball over. Heron came close to meeting the resulting corner but City were able to clear the danger.

After half time, City had chances to add to their advantage through Murray and Boyce but neither could trouble McNicoll.

The keeper pulled off a great save in the 57th minute; Hayley Lauder slipping the ball to Jo Love and the midfielder’s fierce shot was expertly pushed away by McNicoll.

Two minutes later former Farmington winger Abbi Grant made it 3-0 with a great darting run towards goal before slipping it past the keeper.

Despite the scoreline, Farmington kept their heads up and almost pulled a goal back with Robyn Smith seeing her effort deflected away from goal just after the hour mark.

The game started to peter out following City’s third goal, with neither side creating much until the final quarter of an hour.

City sub Eilish McSorley sent a shot wide from distance and Grant sent a tame effort towards McNicoll but they added another in the 83rd minute.

Joanne Paton was fouled by Erin Cattanach just inside the box with the defender booked; Paton stepped up to fire the penalty past McNicoll.

As the game entered injury time, there was still time for City to make it 5-0 with Megan Foley slotting home from close range.

The scoreline was harsh on Mark Nisbet’s side but they can take positives from their performance as they focus on the final four league games, starting with next week’s potential championship decider against second place Motherwell.

Glasgow City: Lee Alexander (Erin Clachers 46), Jo Love, Leanne Crichton (Hayley Lauder 46), Noelle Murray (Lauren McMurchie 58), Nicola Docherty, Carla Boyce, Keeva Keenan, Leanne Ross (Eilish McSorley 46), Joanne Paton, Megan Foley, Katie McCabe (Abbi Grant 46)

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach (Leah White 86), Danni McGinley (Laura Parsley 82), Robyn Smith (Beth Shillitto 70), Nicola Davidson (Cheryl Kilcoyne 61), Alana Bruce, Caroline Heron, Kirsty Deans (Alison Debio 82), Julia Scott, Kayleigh Brough

Subs not used: Kayleigh Noble, Chantelle McKay (gk)

MATCH PREVIEW: Glasgow City vs Forfar Farmington

It’s SSE Scottish Women’s Cup weekend and we travel to Forthbank Stadium for a noon kick off when we take on Glasgow City in the first semi final on Sunday.

This is our first appearance at this level since reaching the final in 2012 where we lost to Sunday’s opponents by one solitary goal.

Farmington go into this tie on the back of Sunday’s comfortable 7-1 win at Buchan meanwhile City defeated Rangers 2-0 on Sunday before their tough 3-0 loss in the Champions League to Kazakhstan’s BIIK Kazygurt in Shymkent.

Both sides have spent the majority of the cup campaign on the road with only one home tie between them in the six games played.

ROAD TO FORTHBANK

Second Round – Sunday 18th June

Raith Rovers 2 Forfar Farmington 5

Farmington manoeuvred their way past a tricky Raith Rovers outfit thanks to Kayleigh Brough and Julia Scott’s doubles.

Scott and Brough had the visitors ahead within 35 minute before Danni McGinley added a third just before half time. Kerri Dinnel pulled one back for the SWFL2 East side but Brough and Scott made it 5-1 with Tiegan Clark netting a second for Rovers from the spot late on.

Spartans 0 Glasgow City 5

City netted the same number of goals without reply as they swept past fellow SBSSWPL1 side Spartans at Ainslie Park.

They were four goals ahead at half time through former Farmington winger Abbi Grant, Sam Kerr, Jo Love and Noelle Murray while Grant added the fifth and final goal midway through the second half.

Third Round – 20th August

Forfar Farmington 7 Buchan 0

In an all SBSSWPL2 tie, Farmington romped past Buchan with ease, Julia Scott netting a hat-trick with a potential fourth deemed to be an own goal.

Lauren Sangster spilled a Scott corner into her own net early on before Scott made it 3-0 inside half an hour with two fantastic free kicks. Robyn Smith added a fourth with a long range effort and the scoring was completed with three goals inside eight second half minutes; Scott completing her hat trick alongside Alana Bruce and Laura Parsley’s finishes.

Hearts 0 Glasgow City 7

City scored the same amount of goals as Farmington for the second round in a row against SBSSWPL2 side Hearts.

Captain Leanne Ross netted twice for City while Abbi Grant, Joanne Paton, Brogan Hay, Noelle Murray and Hayley Lauder ensured City comfortably entered the quarter final stage.

Quarter Finals – 10th September

Cumbernauld Colts 1 Forfar Farmington 2

Farmington were given an unknown test against SWFL1 South side Cumbernauld Colts and after going behind, they overcame the potential shock to become the first side to enter the last four.

Sarah Wardlaw gave the Colts an early lead but Laura Parsley equalised before half time. There was a bizarre winner in the 53rd minute as Julia Scott’s corner was held by keeper Angela McGann but she fell backwards after landing awkwardly and landed over the goalline.

Jeanfield Swifts 0 Glasgow City 6

City defeated Jeanfield by six goals despite struggling to get going against a tricky Swifts outfit. Arsenal loanee Katie McCabe netted her first goals for the club after Noelle Murray put City ahead before Abbi Grant added a fourth on the stroke of half time.

Jo Love netted the fifth in the 47th minute but the final goal fell to McCabe who completed her hat trick from 30 yards.

CURRENT FORM

Forfar Farmington

20/08 Buchan (Home) W 7-0

27/08 Jeanfield Swifts (Away) D 1-1

03/09 Glasgow Girls (Away) W 1-0

10/09 Cumbernauld Colts (Away) W 2-1

24/09 East Fife (Home) D 0-0

01/10 Buchan (Away) W 7-1

 

Glasgow City

03/09 Hamilton Academical (Home) W 3-0

10/09 Jeanfield Swifts (Away) W 6-0

24/09 Spartans (Home) W 5-0

28/09 Hibernian (Home) W 1-0

01/10 Rangers (Home) W 2-0

04/10 BIIK Kazygurt (Away) L 0-3

LAST SCOTTISH CUP MEETING

We last met Glasgow City in the 2012 final at Airdrieonians’ Excelsior Stadium in a tight clash that City came out on top of with a 1-0 win to lift the trophy.

Danica Dalziel nodded home the game’s only goal past Player of the Match Catherine Fitzsimmons in the first half on a cold November afternoon.

Current Farmington players Julia Scott, Nicola Davidson and Alana Bruce started for Mark Nisbet’s side while Gemma Collier was named on the bench. Caroline Heron was also in the squad while Megan McCarthy had recently signed for Farmington. City winger Abbi Grant also started that afternoon for Forfar in her first season at the club.

HOW TO GET TO FORTHBANK

The address for the stadium is as follows:

Stirling Albion Football Club

Forthbank Stadium

Springkerse

Stirling

FK7 7UJ

From Forfar, follow the A90 through Dundee towards Perth. When crossing the Friarton Bridge, exit at Junction 10 and take the first exit at the Broxden Roundabout on to the A9 Southbound and continue following this road.

When approaching the Keir Roundabout, take the second exit for Bridge of Allan. Proceed through Bridge of Allan and continue to follow the road onto Alloa Road towards Manor Powis. At this roundabout, take the third exit signposted for Stirling.

This road will take you to the Muirton Roundabout where you should take the third exit towards the Sports Complex and Springkerse. Continue along this road until the Springkerse roundabout and take the third exit for the Sports Village.

After exiting at this roundabout, you will have arrived at Forthbank Stadium. There is plenty of parking at either side of the stadium.

ENTRANCE TO THE STADIUM

Fans will be seated in the West Stand, which is regularly the home stand. There are turnstiles at either side of the main entrance and entrance for this game is £5 for adults with concessions entering for £2.

HOW TO WATCH THE GAME

If you are unable to come along and support Farmington, you can watch the game live on Youtube on the Scottish Women’s Football official channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHec55JASbesAuUEtqRvY2A

SOCIAL MEDIA

Updates on the game will be available on Twitter prior to kick off, if you have not yet followed us, you can do so at @Farmington_FC.

Show Racism the Red Card Fortnight of Action 2017

Welcome to Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Fortnight of Action. Many of you will have seen the campaign within football for many years. The SWPL and SWFL member clubs have been supporting the campaign for a number of years.

In addition to increasing the awareness of SRtRC’s work in Scotland, the Fortnight of Action from 6th – 20th October shows commitment at all levels of Scottish football to eradicate racism and discrimination of any form from our game.

We believe that it is vital to highlight the anti-racism message at this time of year as it runs alongside Football Against Racism in Europe’s (FARE) Football People Weeks.

All professional Scottish Women’s clubs will show their support over one weekend on Sunday 15th October. Clubs will be united in calling for an end to racism in football and society. Players in over 40 European Countries are involved in similar events as part of FARE network against racism and discrimination.

Show Racism the Red Card has received excellent support from football clubs, football authorities and football fans the length and breadth of Scotland – we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all. We have heard of many instances where supporters have been proactive in promoting the anti-racism message, making it clear that racism and discrimination are not welcome at their club. We urge fans to continue to support the anti-racism message; it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that it is carried out beyond the Fortnight of Action and beyond the terraces.

Forfar Farmington captain Nicola Davidson said: “We are proud to be a part of the Show Racism the Red Card Fortnight of Action for 2017. Everyone at the club is behind this to raise awareness and show that racism is not tolerated in society.”

The campaign will continue to speak to all football clubs, the football authorities and the police to eradicate all forms of racist behaviour.

The SWPL and SWFL and its clubs deplore all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated at SWPL and SWFL.

Over the past year Show Racism the Red Card has faced major funding difficulties but we strive to continue our work. We are working with grassroots football, community groups, schools, the police and workplaces to ensure that going forward Scottish society and Scottish football is fair and inclusive for all.

Football is a sport that is followed by people across the world and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their background. We all have a part to play in challenging racism in football and society.

Show your support for tackling racism:

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Relief For Heron After Double At Buchan

Caroline Heron was relieved to get back scoring in Forfar Farmington’s win over Buchan after struggling with injuries over the last few years.

The 26 year old attacker netted twice in the 7-1 victory and she believes it was vital they bounced back from last week’s disappointment against East Fife.

She said: “It was important for us to get the win today and score some goals especially after a disappointing result last week.”

Heron has been unlucky with injuries after her previous spell at Farmington, including missing over a year of action at Hibernian and she was pleased to return to scoring ways.

“It’s been a frustrating few years with injuries and to get back on the scoresheet is a relief.”

Heron made her third appearance since signing for her second spell at the start of September and she expressed her delight with a few familiar faces still at the club from her last season at Station Park in 2013.

“It feels great to be back playing for Farmington. There is still a lot of familiar faces and exciting young talent.”

Farmington now focus on their Scottish Cup semi final against Glasgow City this Sunday and Heron believes the side have nothing to lose going into the game.

“We have nothing to lose next week against a top side and we will give it everything we have got. Forfar will hopefully be back where they belong next season.”

 

SBSSWPL2: Buchan 1 Forfar Farmington 7

Forfar Farmington inched to within a point of sealing the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League Two with a comfortable 7-1 win in Maud against Buchan.

First half goals from Danni McGinley, Caroline Heron, Julia Scott and a Joanna Murphy own goal were added to by McGinley and Heron’s second while Megan McCarthy completed the scoring for Mark Nisbet’s side.

There were three changes from the previous week’s draw with East Fife with Beth Shillitto, Alana Bruce and Nicola Davidson replaced by Gemma Collier, Leah White and Julia Scott.

Farmington started off well and could have gone ahead twice in the opening three minutes with Caroline Heron firing over before Danni McGinley’s throw in was flicked on but Gemma Collier could only scoop the ball over from yards out.

Louise Brown sent an effort into the arms of Fiona McNicoll for the hosts while McGinley saw her header from a Scott corner held.

McGinley was denied again but she put Farmington ahead in the 11th minute; Cheryl Kilcoyne’s shot was deflected onto the bar and the striker reacted fastest to net her seventh of the season since re-joining in June.

Four minutes later the lead was doubled when Kilcoyne sent a cross into the box only for Joanna Murphy to divert the delivery past her keeper.

Leah White cleared off the line in the 18th minute however at the other end Scott and McGinley were unable to force the ball home, the former hitting the woodwork.

Heron was next to add her name to the scoresheet six minutes later as she powered a header home following Scott’s corner.

McGinley was next to hit the woodwork while Scott did the same on the half hour mark when Lauren Sangster pushed her shot onto it before gathering the loose ball.

Megan McCarthy saw her header held by Sangster however Farmington added a fourth on the stroke of half time; Scott sending a 30-yard free kick soaring into the top corner for her ninth of the season.

Scott came close to a fifth for Farmington at the start of the second half when she was denied by the keeper.

Buchan pulled a goal back in the 54th minute as Louise Brown fired past McNicoll but the four goal deficit was restored less than sixty seconds later; Erin Cattanach’s run set up McGinley to find Heron with a low cross for the latter to stab home.

Robyn Smith blasted over from close range shortly before she found the net only for her goal to be ruled out for offside.

Kayleigh Brough saw her effort deflected wide after the hour mark while Heron and McGinley were unlucky not to score again with Sangster saving both shots.

Substitute Alison Debio sent a long range drive into the arms of Sangster but it wasn’t long before Farmington went further ahead. A long ball wasn’t dealt with by the defence and McGinley capitalised to round the keeper before stroking into the empty net.

It was seven in the 79th minute as Kayleigh Noble’s free kick was headed in at the back post by the unmarked McCarthy.

McGinley could have had a hat-trick moments after but she couldn’t keep her shot down.

Debutant Lotte Deubel almost grabbed her first goal four minutes after entering the fray; her run towards goal ending in the former Tayside Ladies player firing inches over the bar.

The result, coupled with Motherwell’s defeat, sends Farmington nine points clear with just four games remaining. They can potentially win the title when they entertain Motherwell in a fortnight however they have the small matter of a Scottish Cup Semi Final this week; taking on Glasgow City at Stirling Albion’s Forthbank with a noon kick off.

Buchan: Lauren Sangster, Gemma Rae, Fiona Ritchie (Julia Reid 62), Natasha Wiseman, Danica Ritchie, Joanna Murphy (Jenna Shepherd 83), Zoe Smart (Beth Emslie 74), Leanne Reid, Rachel Masterton (Michelle Sutherland 54), Caitlin Matthews, Louise Brown

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier (Laura Parsley 70), Leah White, Erin Cattanach (Alison Debio 62), Danni McGinley (Lotte Deubel 83), Robyn Smith (Beth Shillitto 62), Caroline Heron, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Kayleigh Noble 74), Kayleigh Brough

Subs not used: Kirsty Deans, Chantelle McKay (gk)

SBSSWPL2: Forfar Farmington 0 East Fife 0

Despite having numerous chances, Forfar Farmington failed to net as they were held to a goalless draw by East Fife at Station Park.

Danni McGinley and Caroline Heron saw their second half efforts rattle the woodwork with Farmington’s lead at the top of the SBS Scottish Women’s Premier League Two cut to six points.

Mark Nisbet made five changes from their Scottish Cup quarter final tie a fortnight ago with Gemma Collier, Leah White, Laura Parsley, Julia Scott and Alison Debio replaced by Caroline Heron, Kayleigh Brough, Erin Cattanach, Robyn Smith and Cheryl Kilcoyne.

Farmington had chances in the opening ten minutes with Beth Shillitto heading wide from a Robyn Smith cross in the 7th minute. The goal kick from Trudy Hamilton fell to Danni McGinley however her long range effort fell wide of the mark.

A minute later McGinley saw her shot inside the area blocked while the follow up was held by Hamilton.

In the 13th minute Smith set up Caroline Heron and she was denied again by a defender. Two minutes later Smith curled a free kick past the post.

An Alana Bruce throw in shortly after found Heron and she flicked the ball over a defender before seeing her effort deflected wide.

Heron’s long range shot was held by Hamilton before Bruce curled wide as Farmington kept up their pressure.

East Fife’s only chance of the game came in the 33rd minute; Isla Brown’s corner was headed over by Melissa McAllister.

Two minutes later Heron sent in a cross for McGinley but she could only send a header over.

McGinley came closest to scoring three minutes into the second half when Heron set her up and the attacker’s effort was pushed onto the bar by Hamilton.

Heron nodded over from another Smith corner in the 50th minute and shortly after the duo were involved in another corner; the former’s header cleared off the line.

Smith and Bruce combined for the winger to send an effort towards goal but she was denied by Hamilton.

McGinley came close again twice in quick succession, firing wide on both occasions before Bruce set up Heron on the hour mark only for Hamilton to divert the shot onto the post.

Winger Smith curled over in the 70th minute meanwhile Kayleigh Brough and Heron had efforts blocked by the visitors defence.

Farmington kept up the pressure as they looked for a late winner with Megan McCarthy heading over before Cheryl Kilcoyne fired wide.

In injury time Julia Scott sent a free kick into the area but Heron nodded over with the former curling inches past the post following another attack.

The final chance fell to Heron in the second minute of injury time; Smith’s cross fell to the attacker but her shot was held by Hamilton.

The result extends Farmington’s unbeaten run but their lead is reduced to six points following Motherwell’s win.

They travel to Buchan next week as the league continues to edge towards the end of the season.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Erin Cattanach (Laura Parsley 70), Danni McGinley (Alison Debio 84), Beth Shillitto (Julia Scott 54), Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson (Gemma Collier 54), Alana Bruce, Caroline Heron, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Megan McCarthy, Kayleigh Brough

Subs not used: Leah White, Kayleigh Noble, Chantelle McKay (gk)

East Fife: Trudy Hamilton, Liz Anderson, Kirsty Graham, Sam Pattison, Laura Dawson (Stacey Penman 70), Johanna Clark, Fern Newbigging (Kerry Dickson 70), Teri Skivington, Isla Brown (Elissa Nicholson 46), Chloe Guppy, Melissa McAllister

Subs not used: Niamh Gavin

Debio Delighted With Debut Season Performances

Alison Debio reckons this year has been a learning curve for her as Forfar Farmington continue their hunt for promotion.

The 20 year old has been impressive for Farmington since joining at the end of 2016 but feels it has been a big step up that she has adjusted well to.

After playing for Falkirk, Stenhousemuir and Glasgow City throughout her youth career, Debio had been playing football for the University side when living in Dundee before signing for Farmington in December. The midfielder believes that despite this, she is enjoying her first season in the Scottish Women’s Premier League.

“This year has been a big learning curve for me after only playing university football for the past few years. It’s been a big jump but I think that I’ve developed a lot and I have a good understanding of what is expected of me when I play.”

“Some performances have certainly been a bit rocky on my part but I am continuing to learn, aiming to get better and help the team in the best way.”

Farmington have lost just once in the league this season and have won five out of their six games since returning from the summer break, drawing the other. Debio admits Farmington maybe haven’t been at their best but is happy they are still getting results.

“I’d say we certainly haven’t been performing at our best but we have been getting results, which is the main thing. We’ve been working really hard so hopefully we can settle back down and the good performances will come.”

They return to league action this weekend against an East Fife side that has taken points off the other two teams near Farmington and Debio has warned that there will be a target on Mark Nisbet’s side and ensure they don’t become complacent.

She said: “The past few weeks have shown there are no “easy” games in this league and no team should be underestimated. Sitting at the top of the league also puts a huge target on us, every team wants to beat the team at the top and we have to be prepared for that.”

“As a team we all need to respect every team that we come up against, after all the only thing we can control is own our performances.”

The side faced Cumbernauld Colts in the Scottish Women’s Cup quarter final last week and after a 2-1 win, the midfielder reflected on a win where she felt Farmington maybe weren’t at their best against a Colts side that deserved credit for their performance.

“I think we, as a team, may have underestimated Colts. This combined with us not settling within ourselves and playing the way we know we can play didn’t mix well and the game reflected this. Colts put in a good performance and deserve credit for pushing us and taking advantage of our mistakes.”

They were drawn against last season’s Scottish Women’s Premier League 1 winners Glasgow City and Debio believes it will be a good test for the side in what is many of the squad’s first semi finals, with others having played against City in the 2012 final.

“Every player wants to play in these types of games. Glasgow City have changed a lot since I played there but they are still currently the best team in Scotland. It will be a really tough game but it’s a game that, if we are promoted, will be a regular fixture next season.”

“I think will be a great test for us. As I said, everyone wants to beat the team at the top and the only way we can do this us by controlling our own performances and playing our best.”