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Club Statement | New Head Coach

The club are delighted to announce the appointment of Stevie Baxter as the new head coach ahead of the 2019 Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League One campaign.

Chairman Colin Brown was on the hunt for a replacement following Mark Nisbet’s decision to depart the club at the end of last season and Baxter’s career saw him as the stand out candidate from the pool of applicants.

Stevie has a wealth of experience having previously worked with Dundee, Dundee United and Forfar Athletic’s youth systems as well as New Zealand’s U20 national team amongst others and will work with current coaches Nathan Flight and Claire Garrett next season.

Baxter expressed his delight at returning to a club he has had a connection with for almost two decades and praised the community spirit at Farmington as something he is keen to be involved in.

“I feel, in a word, excited. I am looking forward to being part of a great group of playing, coaching and administration staff at a great club.”

He continued: “I have had a connection to the club for a number of years now and I like how the club have developed and placed a family emphasis around everything that they do. Being able to join the staff and lead the team next year and be part of this culture is a fantastic opportunity and one that I am really excited about.”

Last season saw Farmington finish fifth in the SBSSWPL1 and Baxter admits he is looking forward to helping the team build on this in 2019.

“The team achieved some good things last season. The coaching staff and players are quite rightly proud of these achievements and everyone should be congratulated on this. What we have do to this season, is focus on being the best team that we can be, look to be the best staff and players that we can be and if we do this then we can have a great season.”

Nathan Flight and Claire Garrett remain from last season’s coaching staff and will assist Baxter during his time at the club with the new head coach believing they will be vital to the squad’s progress.

“Claire and Nathan are crucial to everything that we will do in the 2019 season. The knowledge and experience that they both have of the club and the league is excellent and I am looking forward to not only working alongside them, but learning from them too.”

Everyone at Forfar Farmington would like to thank all applicants for their interest in the position.

We would also like to wish Mark Nisbet and fellow coaches Kev Candy and John Diplexcito all the best for the future and thank them for their hard work at the club including the SWPL2 championship winning season.

2018 Presentation Evening Award Winners

A fantastic evening was had by all at our 13th Annual Presentation Evening on Saturday, many thanks to our guest of the evening Stevie Baxter (The Sporting Pursuit) who did a tremendous job keeping the night running smoothly as our compere. Also thanks goes to all our coaches for their continued support, players, parents and all those involved in supporting the evening.

Photos of the evening are now available, thank you to David Young for coming along to cover the event.

Presentation Evening Award Winners

U7, U9 and U11 sides not involved with competitive football, were awarded medals for their efforts while the older sides were presented with awards ranging from a Clubwoman Award to Players’ Player of the Year.

U13 Blue Devils

Player of the Year – Amy Taylor
Most Improved – Charley Blackie
Clubwoman – Isla Booth

Farmington U13 

Player of the Year: Alix Saddler
Most Improved: Emilia Kisiel
Clubwoman: Brodie Greenwood

U13 Chiefs

Player of the Year – Molly Dishington
Most Improved – Mia Haggart
Clubwoman – Bailey Morrison

U15 Stars

Player of the Year – Rachel Allan
Most Improved – Ellie Carnegie
Clubwoman – Emma Christie

U15 Falcons

Players of the Year – Alex Glennie
Player’s Player of the Year- Nicola Spence
Club woman- Kacey McCabe


Player of the year -Chloe Finnegan
Player’s Player of the Year – Beth Mowatt
Coach of the year – Jamie Fyfe

SWFL2 Ladies

Player of the Year – Gemma Mullholland
Player’s Player of the Year – Katie Hasset
Clubwoman – Lyndsey Clyne


Player of the Year – Fiona McNicoll
Player’s Player of the Year – Megan McCarthy
Young Player – Cassie Cowper
Goal of the Season – Caroline Heron

Supporters’ Awards – (Presented previously at last home fixture)
Supporters Young Player of the Year – Cassie Cowper & Kayleigh Brough
Supporters Player of the Year – Megan McCarthy

Club Awards

Community Award: Nicola McBride
Youth Player of the Year: Kaite White

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Hamilton Academical 0

Despite a multitude of chances, Forfar Farmington were held to a goalless draw by Hamilton Academical in their final game of the 2018 season.

Failure to find the target along with Accies keeper Lauren Grant were the reason for Farmington missing out on all three points even after going down to ten following Cassie Cowper’s dismissal for a second yellow card.

Head Coach Mark Nisbet made two changes as Erin Cattanach and Megan Robb were replaced by Kirsty Deans and debutant Donna Paterson.

The first chance came just two minutes in as Danni McGinley set up Kirsty Deans 20 yards from goal, however her effort flew wide of the mark.

Three minutes later visiting custodian Lauren Grant had to look sharp when Robyn Smith’s cross-cum-shot looked to be heading in until the keeper palmed the ball away. It was cleared for a throw in and McGinley found Megan McCarthy with her throw, she turned her defender before lashing a shot across the face of goal from a tight angle.

Rebecca Dempster found her attempted blocked in the eighth minute while Smith couldn’t find the target under pressure after a McGinley cut back.

After dominating the opening period, Farmington took the foot off the gas for a spell, allowing Accies to settle but the home defence stood firm, allowing no chances to be created by the visitors.

In the 27th minute captain Nicola Davidson floated in a free kick from distance and McCarthy flicked the ball on for Donna Paterson but she could only watch as her header was clawed away by Grant.

Paterson was involved again four minutes later when Smith’s free kick found the defender who sent the ball past the post.

Hamilton’s first chance came ten minutes before the break as a Katie Rice corner was diverted towards goal only to see Alana Bruce clear off the line.

Dempster fired wide from distance and Deans went one better shortly after as she forced Grant into a save while at the other end Rice saw her free kick held by McNicoll.

Farmington had time for one last chance before the break as McGinley volleyed wide from an Alana Bruce cross.

Mark Nisbet’s side kept up their pressure after the break with Cheryl Kilcoyne and Kirsty Deans firing wide from long range but they were dealt a blow in the 53rd minute when Cassie Cowper was shown a second yellow card for dissent.

After being reduced to ten women, Farmington struggled to keep up the same pressure, allowing Accies to creep back into the game but the hosts still looked more likely to find the back of the net first.

Debutant Paterson repeated the earlier two efforts in the second half as she failed to find the target from distance in the 57th minute.

Ten minutes later a fantastic cross from Davidson towards the back post found Bruce and half the support thought her shot hit the back of the net as the ball rippled the sidenetting after going agonisingly wide.

Substitute Caroline Heron fired wide from 12 yards after being set up by Bruce and Deans with the game entering the final quarter of an hour.

Hamilton could have gone in front in the 79th minute when a ball through the defence found Rice and her close range effort saw McNicoll pull off a brilliant save to deny the attacker.

Deans was denied by Grant six minutes later before the final chance of the game fell to Accies as Rice fired over.

The result means that Farmington end their first season back in the top flight in fifth place and will look to build on this next season.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Paterson, McGinley (Heron 60), Smith (Robb 78), Davidson, Bruce, Deans, Kilcoyne (McPherson 60), Cowper, McCarthy, Dempster

Subs not used: Milligan, White, Deubel, McKay

Hamilton Academical: Grant, Quinn (Lyons 87), Connolly, Fraser, McIntosh, Anderson, Hay, Gardner, Fitzsimmons (Ross 69), Rice, Quigley (Bulloch 60)

Subs not used: Lyle, McCann, Hopkins (gk)

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Rangers 3

Forfar Farmington were defeated 3-0 by Rangers on Sunday as the result sees them almost certainly finish fifth in the SBSSWPL1.

A Jade Gallon double along with an own goal from Cheryl Kilcoyne saw Farmington fall to their fourth straight defeat with one game of the season remaining.

Erin Cattanach, Alana Bruce and Nicola Davidson returned to the starting XI with Kirsty Deans, Caroline Heron and Kayleigh Brough unavailable.

Rangers had the first opportunity just two minutes in as Clare Gemmell’s free kick was met by Jade Gallon but she couldn’t beat Fiona McNicoll.

The first chance for Farmington came from a free kick as well; Nicola Davidson finding Megan McCarthy but her header was blocked and then cleared.

McCarthy did well to get back in the 15th minute when it looked like Gallon was clear as she put in a last ditch block to deny the attacker.

In the 26th minute Amy Muir hit the bar with a wind assisted free kick from long range and the visitors thought they had gone one better as Carla Boyce headed home but was adjudged to have been offside.

Danni McGinley sent an ambitious effort onto the roof of the net on the half hour mark but it was Rangers who took the lead four minutes later; Jade Gallon slotting home past McNicoll.

McNicoll denied Boyce shortly after while the final chance of the half fell to Brogan Hay who could only fire wide form the edge of the box.

Just over a minute into the second half Rangers doubled their advantage when Gemmell’s corner was diverted into her own net by Cheryl Kilcoyne.

Nicola Davidson forced a save from Khym Ramsay shortly after before Rangers were awarded a disputed penalty as Alana Bruce and Gallon both challenged for the ball.

Gallon stepped up and sent McNicoll the wrong way for Rangers’ third in the 54th minute.

Gemmell saw a free kick saved by McNicoll before McGinley was denied by Ramsay at the other end.

With fifteen minutes remaining Davidson fired over with a free kick as Farmington looked to find a way back into the game.

Rangers hit the bar in a scramble from a Gemmell corner with nine minutes remaining with Davidson firing wide for Farmington.

Mark Nisbet’s side had the ball in the net in the 85th minute when Megan McCarthy met Davidson’s free kick but linesman Willie Ferguson put his flag up despite McCarthy appearing to come from behind the defender.

The result means that Rangers move three points ahead of Farmington with one game left; they can move above Rangers again with a win over Hamilton this Sunday if Rangers lose to Hibernian but this also requires an eighteen goal swing.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach (Milligan 61), McGinley, Smith (Deubel 87), Davidson, Bruce, Kilcoyne (White 85), Cowper, McCarthy, Robb (McPherson 61), Dempster

Subs not used: Heron, Deans, McKay

Rangers: Ramsay, Muir, Hay, Napier (Sinclair 71), Donnelly, Gemmell, Boyce (Robertson 68), Gallon, Coakley (Inglis 57), O’Hara, Eddie

Subs not used: Baillie

Paterson Looking To Help Secure Top Half Finish

Recent signing Donna Paterson may only be able to play a part in the final two games of the season but she hopes to help Farmington secure a top half finish.

The defender joined the club towards the end of September after leaving Glasgow City and she is looking forward to linking up with some former teammates.

Former Scotland youth internationalist Paterson was delighted to finally sign for Mark Nisbet’s side after spending the first half of the season with City.

“It’s good to finally get signed by Forfar. Having recently left Glasgow City, it was tough not playing for a while, so I’m glad to have signed again and finish off the season with Farmington.”

The 19 year old spent three seasons with Aberdeen playing alongside Alana Bruce, Cassie Cowper and Beth McPherson and feels having familiar faces will help her gel with the squad.

“Having some of my former teammates from Aberdeen down here at Farmington, of course I’ll link with them again. It’s good to have them alongside me again and it makes it a lot easier to settle into the new team. I’m definitely looking forward to be playing with them again as they’re all great players.”

The defender had a short spell at the club during her youth career and had a taste of the club’s friendliness during her time in the U17 squad. Paterson praised the current team after seeing them bounce back from relegation in 2016 to where they are currently sitting.

“Forfar’s a great team, I had a short spell with them at under 17’s for a couple of months due to the North Region league finishing early. I knew from back then how nice and welcoming everyone was at the club. They’ve more or less been in the top flight for years bar last season but it just shows their togetherness and determination as a team to be promoted the year after relegation and are now sitting in the top five.”

Paterson is disappointed to only have two games with Farmington before the season ends but hopes the side can get the results needed to finish in the top half.

“It is disappointing to only have the opportunity to play in the last two games when it could have been more, but that’s football. Hopefully in these last two games we can get the results to remain where we want to be in the league.”

Farmington’s final two games will see them take on Rangers and Hamilton Academical on October 21st and 28th respectively. Paterson reckons the squad’s ability and determination will be key in helping them finish in the top half in their first season back in the top flight.

“Of course they can finish in the top half of the league, I’ve already mentioned they’re a great group of girls and very talented. Their determination and ability will definitely see them through. They’ve just got to keep doing as good as they have been throughout the season and I have no doubt that they’ll finish in the top four.”

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Celtic 1

Forfar Farmington were unfortunate to lose out by a solitary goal to Celtic on Sunday in a result that all but ends their hopes of finishing third in the SBSSWPL1.

Both sides had chances but Kathleen McGovern gave the visitors all three points as she reacted first to a rebound.

Megan Robb replaced Alana Bruce as the only change with coaches Nathan Flight and Claire Garrett taking charge as Mark Nisbet was unavailable.

The first chance fell to Danni McGinley in the seventh minute when she turned her marker before firing over.

Sixty seconds later Nicole Cairney fired wide and over as both sides were end to end early on.

Cheryl Kilcoyne sent a free kick over the bar shortly before McGinley was denied by Emily Mutch in the 15th minute.

The visitors’ Kathleen McGovern sent a header into Fiona McNicoll’s arms while McGinley was inches away from giving Farmington the lead with a low effort that creeped past the post.

Farmington were to rue that missed opportunity in the 18th minute; Ewens saw her shot parried by McNicoll and McGovern reacted first to break the deadlock for Celtic.

Eddie Wolecki Black’s side looked to double their advantage shortly after as Ewens curled a free kick wide.

Kilcoyne had an effort deflected into Mutch’s arms before Kayleigh Brough was also unlucky as her header from Nicola Davidson’s free kick was held.

The final two chances of the half fell to Natalie Ross and McGovern but neither could find the target.

The second half almost saw an early second for Celtic when Brough cleared off the line following a Ewens corner.

The visiting attacker couldn’t beat McNicoll with two efforts meanwhile Kirsty Deans and Caroline Heron saw chances blocked by defenders as Farmington were seeking an equaliser.

McGovern was denied by McNicoll again while Mutch held Heron’s long range effort with the game still looking like either side could score next.

As the game entered the final ten minutes Ewens, McGovern and Kelly Clark all sent shots off target.

The clock moved into injury time and Farmington were given a chance to grab a late equaliser as they were awarded a free kick 25 yards out; Nicola Davidson stepped up but couldn’t keep her set piece down and the ball landed in the Mert End.

The result means that Farmington are now eight points behind Celtic with three games remaining and the next fixture is their final away game when they visit Spartans.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, McGinley, Smith, Davidson, Heron, Deans, Kilcoyne (White 89), Cowper, McCarthy, Robb, Brough

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

Celtic: Mutch, McCulloch, Ross, Craig, Giard, McGovern, Ewens, Cairney (Donaldson 80), Clark, Cavanagh (Crosbie 69), Rafferty

Subs not used: Connor, Knox

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Hibernian 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subs not used: Deubel, McKay (gk)

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

Subs not used: McKay, Williamson

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 2 Stirling University 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sub not used: Simpson

SBSSWPL1 | Glasgow City 6 Forfar Farmington 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subs not used: Cunningham, Clachers (gk)

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

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