Category: U15s Team News

McCallum Overjoyed To Represent Country

Philippa McCallum was the latest to represent the club for their country last week when she appeared for the Scotland U16’s in a Development Tournament.

The 14 year old started the second and third games against Iceland and Czech Republic, helping the Scots keep a clean sheet in both while grabbing an assist in the former game.

McCallum spoke of her delight to be appearing for her country and reckons it was a privilege to be involved.

She said: “It feels fantastic to be involved with the national squad at that level.  I feel really proud to be representing them. I’m very pleased with all of my performances during the tournament and felt really privileged to be on the pitch.”

The youngster, who can play in the centre of midfield or at left back hopes she can elevate herself to the older national squads and one day play in the Premier League with Farmington. McCallum has already trained in the club’s Performance Squad and hopes the good run can continue.

“I hope to one day play for the first team at Farmington and hopefully this will help me continue to play at international level for a long time.”

She continued: “I’ve been asked to train with the senior squad before and hopefully this will help me progress as a team player at that level.”

Farmington Youngsters Involved In SFA Coaching Course

The club are encouraging their young footballers to expand on their football knowledge by getting involved in coaching courses.

16 year old Performance Squad members Leah White and Caitlin Mitchell along with 18 year old Rachelle Milton from our Ladies squad all took part in the recent SFA East Region 1.1 Early Touches course at Brechin High School.

All three girls have been involved with the club’s youth setup by coaching the U7 and U9 groups. It is an ideal situation to have these young women, who have achieved so much at Farmington, help with the junior girls and offer real female football role models for the youngsters at the club.

Junior Co-ordinator Jane Luckhurst is pleased to see players get involved with coaching younger girls, explaining: “In order to be successful our club relies heavily on volunteer help, as every club does, but the ideal situation would be if we could encourage more players to get involved in the coaching side of the club. This allows them to pass on their knowledge to the junior girls, and the junior girls are delighted to have the older players as coaches.”

Leah, Caitlin and Rachelle will all be taking part in the Level 1.2 course next month.

2016 Presentation Evening Award Winners

The club held their annual presentation evening on Saturday at the Reid Hall in Forfar, with the ceremony attended well by players, coaches, supporters and parents alike.

Teams from U7 level all the way through to our three senior teams were represented, with the Hall full to capacity.

With the U7, U9 and U11 sides not involved with competitive football as of yet, the players 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.

The SWPL side saw Megan McCarthy win Player of the Year in her first full season at the club with the players voting for Fiona McNicoll as the Players’ Player of the Year while Erin Cattanach won Young Player of the Year.

Development pair Leah White and Caitlin Mitchell were also presented with the Forfar Community Award and Youth Player of the Year respectively, completing an impressive year for the pair at the club.

 

Forfar Farmington SWPL

Player of the Year: Megan McCarthy

Players’ Player of the Year: Fiona McNicoll

Young Player of the Year: Erin Cattanach

 

Forfar Farmington Development

Player of the Year: Leah White

Players’ Player of the Year: Sally Patterson

Clubwoman Award: Ellie Cook

 

Forfar Farmington Ladies

Player of the Year: Emma Stewart

Players’ Player of the Year: Emma Stewart

Clubwoman Award: Emily Grundy

 

Forfar Farmington Under 17’s

Player of the Year: Rachel Robbie

Players’ Player of the Year: Melissa Coull

Most Improved Player of the Year: Aimee Robertson

 

Forfar Farmington Flyers U15’s

Player of the Year: Charlotte Cook

Players’ Player of the Year: Morven Whyte

Clubwoman Award: Sophie Valentine

 

Forfar Farmington Foxes U13’s

Player of the Year: Sophie Cameron

Most Improved Player of the Year: Beth Mowatt

Clubwoman Award: Katie Taylor

 

Forfar Farmington Falcons U13’s

Player of the Year: Lucy Corbitt

Most Improved Player of the Year: Rachel Neve

Clubwoman Award: Alex Glennie

 

Forfar Farmington Stars U13’s

Player of the Year: Madison Kirkpatrick

Most Improved Player of the Year: Aimee Esslemont

Clubwoman of the Year: Megan Johnston

 

Community Award: Leah White

Nominees: Charlie Lewis, Kay Thomson, Jane Luckhurst, Dave Cattanach, Nicola Davidson

 

Youth Player of the Year: Caitlin Mitchell

Farmington Prepared For U15 Semi Final Test

It is semi final weekend in the Youth Scottish Cup and Forfar Farmington will be the U15’s only East Region representatives as they take on Aberdeen.

Coach Kieran Clifford spoke of his and fellow coaches Lee Hutcheon and Neill Robbie’s delight at their players’ progress, with the side scoring eight without reply in their journey enroute to Sunday’s semi final at Station Park.

The girls defeated Dunfermline Athletic, Glasgow Girls and Hamilton to reach this stage and Clifford is proud to be in the last four of the tournament.

“We are delighted with our journey so far in the Scottish Cup. We’ve come up against some really challenging opposition and Lee, Neill and I couldn’t be more proud of the progress the girls are making this year.”

Clifford admits that while the squad have a buzz about them going in to the game, he feels sorry for some of the players who will miss out on the game due to a school trip to Spain.

He said: “I’m feeling good ahead of the game but most importantly, the girls are up for it. There is a real buzz about them and they know what they need to do.”

“We’re unfortunate to have a couple of players who are currently enjoying a sunny trip to Madrid and Barcelona this weekend and it’s a shame that they won’t be part of the day but we don’t rely on individuals and we’ve got plenty quality to keep going in this competition.”

The side moved up an age level in July to U17’s and Clifford reckons the move can help the side against Aberdeen and beyond.

“We made the decision to move them up within the region so they can get used to playing a stronger, faster game. This is what you expect when you come up against the elite teams in Scotland.”

“Allowing players to play at a level that fits their ability rather than age is important to us and we are reaping the benefits with a number of our youth players progressing through the club and gaining recognition at national level.”

The semi final was originally scheduled to be played in Kilwinning however it was moved to Station Park, with Bayside and Aberdeen playing each other at Market Muir earlier in the day. Clifford welcomed the decision to move the ties while expressing his delight that it shows the East and North regions are improving.

It makes sense to move the tie, more so for Aberdeen. I don’t think it’s an issue most years because historically it tends to be teams from the South or Central Scotland who make it to these stages. This goes to show how much the game is growing in the northern regions with Bayside and Aberdeen also reaching the Semi-Final of the U13s cup. The decision taken by the SWF to allow these fixtures to be relocated is most welcome.

Success at BGC Scotland U17s Rosebowl 4 Nations Tournament

Farmington Success in Scotland U16s Squad

Congratulations to Philippa McCallum after she was named in the Scotland U16 squad that will travel to take on Finland between 17/09-21/09.  This is a tremendous achievement for Philippa at only 13 years old and the club.

We were also delighted to find out that four players from our U15s have been called up to the latest Scotland U15 training camp.

Katie White, Rachel Robbie, AJ Meach, and Neve Guthrie will travel to the new Oriam training complex at Heriot-Watt University for the camp, which takes place between Friday 9th and Sunday 11th September.

U15sTrainingcamp

Girls head off to U16 National Camp

Good Luck to our players attending the U16 National Camp at Tulliallan this weekend.

Erin Ross, Lois Miller, Caitlin Mitchell, Leah White, Anne Murrie, Zoe Moreland from our U17s will be joined by Taylor Clifford, Neve Simpson from our U15s.

U16 National Camp (U17s)
Girls from Farmington U17s

U16 National Camp (U15s)
Girls from Farmington U15s

U15s Success in East Region League Cup Final

The East Region League Cup travelled back up the A90 from Dundee in the possession of Forfar Farmington U15s after they gave a first class performance against Raith Rovers FC that saw them retain the trophy. A standout day for girls’ football in the Region that saw a huge amount of players from many teams either participating in a friendly tournament or competing in the U13, U15 and U17 League Cups was capped from our perspective by the success of our U15 girls.

The day started off with the team in a spirit of togetherness as they made their way to Dundee on the team coach. This togetherness and team spirit continued on to the pitch from the minute the whistle blew as our girls immediately pressed the Raith defence. A number of near misses, great saves by the Raith keeper and resolute defending saw the match remain goalless until some great play by Neve Guthrie saw her get to the line before cutting the ball back to Philippa McCallum who made no mistake as she dispatched the ball into the net. It wasn’t long before a second for Forfar came along and it was Neve Simpson who clinically fired home after a great ball in from Steffi Simson had found her in the box. Forfar were now really stretching the Raith defence with great possession and continual offensive play and they were rewarded with a great goal. Taylor Clifford played a lovely ball into the path of the onrushing Katie White whose perfect cross was met first-time by Neve Guthrie to fire home. A fourth and final goal of the first arrived when a super Amy Docherty cross was met by Aimee Robertson who reacted quickest to pick it up and then turn the defender to fire home.

The second half saw the girls from Forfar picking up from where they left off as they yet again pressed and pressured their opponents. The pressing play paid off when a loose ball across the box was picked up by Steffi Simson who calmly rolled the ball into the far corner. Steffi added to her tally two minutes later with a fierce angled drive that fairly flew into the net. Neve Guthrie again added an assist to her performance when another cutback was met by Kacey McCabe who firmly placed a controlled strike into the net. Neve Simpson then added to her tally when she latched on to a Taylor Clifford through ball to fire home and it was Taylor who then got her name on the score sheet with a well-taken goal.

The match then played out its remainder in a competitive manner without any further scoring from either side.

Rachel Robbie was captain for the day and she was delighted to receive the cup and lift it aloft to the cheers of her team-mates. Well done on your achievement girls from everyone involved with the club.

Club Chairman Colin Brown commented “Well done to both teams taking part in Cup Finals today I was so proud of each and everyone of you, there was only one winner today and that was Forfar Farmington F.C. You are all what this club is about and that is girls and ladies football here in Forfar and Angus well done to you all, you were fantastic!!”

More photos from Saturdays East Region League Cup finals against Raith Rovers and Jeanfield Girls courtesy of David Young