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Leah White was delighted with the experience gained during her first season for Forfar Farmington in the senior leagues.
The 17 year old defender made twenty appearances as Farmington cruised to the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League Two title with White winning the Young Player of the Year award.
White played a part in both the league success and the run to the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup semi final and the teenager feels she has learned a lot in her first year in the squad.
“My first season playing in the Premier League has been a great experience and learning curve. Having the opportunity to play in the Scottish Cup semi final with Farmington’s Premier League team and winning a senior league title is something I never thought I would have achieved at the age of 17.”
White is the youngest player in the squad however she believes that she didn’t perform as well as she could have but hopes she can build on this over pre-season to impress head coach Mark Nisbet.
She said: “Being the youngest member of the team, I feel I didn’t perform at the level I know I’m capable of last season due to a lack of confidence in my ability. I’m aiming to build on my confidence during pre season training and games to show Mark that I’m capable of playing at this level of football and I’ll hopefully get the opportunity to contribute in more games next season.”
The defender won the Young Player of the Year award following her impressive season and White explained that she wasn’t expecting to win the award with it being her debut year.
“After a tough season it felt great to be awarded Young Player of the Year, it was very unexpected being my first season at SWPL level football. I really enjoyed being part of such an amazing squad and the girls have never stopped encouraging me, always pushing me to be the best I can.”
White praised her fellow team mates for their advice over the course of the year and hopes that in the future she can be the experienced player helping a young player.
“Playing alongside such a talented and experienced group of players has helped me massively. I feel my positioning on the pitch and my decision making during games has improved this season and I have the girls to thank for that.”
She continued: “They never stop encouraging me and always keep me right on the pitch, helping me perform the best I can although I still have a lot to improve on next season. One day I hope to be one of the experienced players on the pitch, encouraging and motivating the younger members in the team.”
The league season ended a month ago following their title win, while White is happy to have a break she is eager to get back to playing again and improving herself.
“Although it’s nice to have a break, I’m looking forward to getting back into my match kit and playing again. We have a lot of hard work to do in preparation for next season but I’m looking forward to pushing myself during pre season to ensure I’m ready to perform at my best next year.”
Farmington return to the top flight after just one season away and the defender believes the side can improve and ensure there is no repeat of the 2016 season.
“It will be a very difficult season for us next year but I’m looking forward to the challenge and I’m sure the rest of the girls are too. We played as a team this year, getting better and better as the season went on and I was never in doubt that we would return to the top flight at the first time of asking.”
“I think with lots of hard work, the squad can improve on their last showing in SWPL1 and prove to everyone that we can compete against the top teams and hopefully we will get some good results.”
Debutant Chantelle McKay was delighted to take all three points in her Premier League bow and admits she is loving life since joining Forfar Farmington in December.
The 20 year old moved from SWFL1 North outfit Tayside Ladies and after a spell in the under 23’s she was given her chance in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Hearts.
McKay is keen to play a part in the Farmington title challenge however she is happy to gain more experience with the squad, learning from current number one Fiona McNicoll.
The young stopper hasn’t played since before the summer break but feels that Sunday’s milestone has given her a massive boost in confidence.
She said: “I‘m delighted to have made my debut for the main squad, I was nervous at first but I’m overwhelmed to come this far in my football career. It has given me a major confidence boost in myself especially after not playing a competitive game in over ten weeks.”
McKay was pleased to come away with the three points after her own performance and believes she put in a good performance to impress head coach Mark Nisbet.
“I was so chuffed to be part of the winning team and taking away all 3 points today against a very decent Hearts side. Our team, as a whole, fully deserved the win as everyone played their own part within the game and did exceptionally well.”
The keeper continued: “I felt that I performed the best I could for making my debut, I was nervous but as the game went on I settled down and felt more comfortable. I don’t think I had much to do throughout the game, but with the decisions and saves I had to make I felt like I did well.”
“Mark told me before the game what he expected of me and after the game he praised me by saying I done everything he asked. I was just gutted not to keep a clean sheet.”
Since joining Farmington from Tayside Ladies in the close season, McKay reckons she has fit in with the family ethos as the club and lavished praise on fellow keepers Fiona McNicoll and Oliwia Gach.
“Ever since I joined the club in December, I have been welcomed by everyone and feel like part of the family now. I have enjoyed the change of football lifestyle and I am enjoying my football now, more than I ever was, I’m receiving some of the best coaching at one of the top clubs in the area.”
McKay continued: “I thoroughly enjoy coming to training week in, week out and training with Fiona and Oliwia, I couldn’t ask for a better group of goalkeepers to work with.”
“Fi is very good at everything she does and I enjoy training with her as she inspires me to one day be as good as her, Liv has come on so much from the first time I met her and working with her allows me to help her and encourage her in training.”
After making her Premier League debut, McKay is eager to play a bigger part in the season as Farmington chase the SWPL2 championship.
“I really hope that I can make more appearances this season for the Premier League team as I enjoyed getting 90 minutes under my belt and felt like I haven’t played football in ages.”
“We are fighting to win the league and I am more than happy to just be part of the squad but I will push myself and hopefully impress Mark more in training and be rewarded with more game time.”
Goalscorer Cheryl Kilcoyne was over the moon to net just sixteen seconds into last Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Buchan.
The attacker scored her eighth goal of the season with Nicola Davidson, Danni McGinley and an own goal ensuring Farmington made it unbeaten in their first half of the season with nine wins and a draw.
22 year old Kilcoyne reckons everyone involved can be pleased with their performance as well as praising fellow striker Danni McGinley for the quickfire assist.
“I’m very delighted with the win today. I thought we started off well and competed in all areas. Everyone put in a shift and the result reflected that.”
She continued: “It was a great start for us and we linked up well. Danni put in a fantastic ball and I just had to make sure I got on the end of it.”
Farmington have now won nine of their opening ten Scottish Women’s Premier League Two fixtures, drawing the other and Kilcoyne spoke of her pride at the run, hoping it could continue.
“It’s been a fantastic unbeaten run and I’m sure it will continue. I am personally over the moon with our progress so far. Everyone on and off the park are 100% committed to the club and we have worked really hard to get where we are and we definitely deserve to be unbeaten.”
The attacker linked up with recent signing Danni McGinley once again after playing together in McGinley’s previous spell at Forfar with Kilcoyne excited to be in the same team once again.
“It’s fantastic to play with Danni again and I think we link up well together. We both know how the other plays which is definitely an advantage for us. It is great to have her back again.”
The club are delighted to announce the signing of highly rated striker Danni McGinley from Jeanfield Swifts.
McGinley, who will wear the number 35 shirt, joins the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two leaders after scoring over 100 goals in three and a half years at the Perth based club.
The 22 year old was previously with Forfar prior to joining Jeanfield and she is excited to return and link up with some of her previous teammates.
Speaking shortly after signing, McGinley praised the players and backroom staff at the Station Park side: “I’m looking forward to returning to Forfar, it’s an exciting club with a lot of potential and good opportunities available. It’s made up of a great bunch of players, both on and off the park, as well as benefitting from experienced coaches and dedicated background staff.”
McGinley has played with fellow attackers Robyn Smith and Cheryl Kilcoyne during her previous spell and has also progressed through youth sides with Smith including a trophy laden period at Perth City. The striker expressed her eagerness to gel with the rest of the team, beginning this Sunday when the side visit East Fife.
“Playing in the same team as these girls in the past has always been pretty successful and rewarding for me but I’m looking forward to getting to know the rest of the team better also as Forfar are a positive and direct team with a lot of attacking threats and that suits me perfectly.”
Her time at Jeanfield saw the striker help them to a promotion and the SWFL First Division League Cup in 2015, and McGinley hopes she can continue her form in Mark Nisbet’s side.
“It’s always nice to be recognised for scoring goals, and it’s such a rewarding part of the game. Being highlighted as top scorer in the Scottish Women’s Premier League in 2016 was a great achievement for me and I would love to continue my goal scoring form here at Forfar.”
She continued: “I am looking forward to the new challenges that are coming my way, joining a team that are in such good form will be no easy task but I hope I can contribute largely in the team’s continued success.”
McGinley faced Farmington earlier in the season in a tight 2-1 win for her new club and she reckons the league is tightly contested by every side with Motherwell one of the current in-form sides.
“The league is so closely contested that no game is seen as an easy game. I have noticed that Motherwell appear to have picked up form as the first half of the season has progressed so I think they will provide an interesting challenge.”
Head Coach Mark Nisbet was elated to add Danni to the squad as Farmington look to gain promotion back to SWPL1 at the first attempt.
“It’s great to be able to add Danni to the squad; she has a track record of scoring goals at this level and also brings a real physical presence to the group. I feel Danni has matured and developed well since her last spell at the club and wish her every success. I know she will work hard at her game but also for the club and she will be a real asset as we continue working towards gaining promotion.”
After an excellent end to last season that saw our young team of girls move up to take on the challenge of the under 17 league and some great performance in their pre-season friendlies it was with great anticipation that they took to the field to take on the girls from Aberdeen. On a beautiful day for football those in attendance were treated to some terrific play that saw both teams battle to gain a well earned point as the match ended 1-1.
The Farmington side started the match very well and they pressed their opponents into their own half in the first ten minutes. Although Forfar were in the ascendancy, it was obvious Aberdeen were a very capable outfit as they played some nice passing football as well as showing some steel to keep Forfar at bay. A couple of counter attacks from Aberdeen threatened the Forfar goal but the combination of the defence and AJ Meach in goal ensured that they didn’t fall behind.
Forfar took the lead midway through the first half with a well-taken goal; Eve Warden showed great awareness and competitiveness to nick in and win the ball for her team. She fired the ball back across the edge of the Aberdeen box that was then deflected into the path of the onrushing Philippa McCallum who calmly flicked the ball over the keeper and into the net.
The girls pressed and pressed for a second goal however the visitors defence stood firm and the first half ended with no further goals scored.
Aberdeen stepped up the intensity of their play in the second half and it wasn’t long before they equalised with a cracking drive from the edge of the box. This started a period of play where they were on top and although they created a few decent chances they couldn’t get themselves in front. Farmington withstood this pressure and gradually got themselves back into the game and it was only a superb save from the keeper that prevented Niamh Simpson from putting her team ahead.
Both teams played very well and their respective coaches will be pleased to have registered their first point on the board for this season.
From a Forfar perspective, this match bodes well for a good season in the U17 league. As with last season, we are sure that the girls will kick on from games such as this and build up a momentum that will see them grow and rise to the challenge of the season ahead.
The Ladies side returned home after a long trip to Prestonpans with three points in the bag as substitute Cali Roberts scored two second half goals to seal a 4-2 win against Seton Ladies.
With half a dozen players unavailable for various reasons the thirteen players on duty put in a sterling shift. It wasn’t the prettiest of games but Forfar started quickly with Stewart, Harley and Mulholland all spurning chances after beating the high Seton offside trap.
As is the case when you don’t take chances you are always prone to conceding and a poor goal kick followed by equally poor marking allowed Seton to go in front.
The side reacted well with a superb right wing cross from Mulholland being headed home by Pauline Harley. A poor kick from the Seton goalkeeper was controlled and dispatched back over her head into the net from all of 30 yards by Chelsie Coyle to put the team ahead at halftime.
Seton however with the slope and slight wind at their backs struck again early in the 2nd half with a left wing cross not being dealt with and their striker scoring to square the game.
As was the case in last week against Hutchie Vale Development when they let slip a two goal lead, the ladies didn’t let it deter them and they went on to win this game too. A scramble in the box following a corner was rifled home by Cali Roberts and she scored again with quarter of an hour left when her left foot shot was well saved before she smashed the rebound home into the roof of the net.
Both teams ended with 10 players as a Seton defender received her 2nd yellow in the 82nd minute before Forfar keeper Rachelle Milton went off injured with five minutes remaining, Harley deputising.
Ladies coach Jeff Rioch commented after the game “We’re delighted to pick up 3 points away from home; we can take a number of positives from the game, not least the amount of chances we are creating. We can be more clinical but ten goals in two games with five different scorers is pleasing. I was happy for all the players today in particular our two subs Cali & Kirrin who both had a positive impact in the last half hour which was great to see.”
“We’re still a young squad and learning physically how to cope in this league and so far so good. We face an in form Raith Rovers team who we know are full of young, quality players, next Sunday, and we’ll work hard again in training this week to make sure we are ready for the challenge.”
Forfar Farmington U23’s were defeated by three goals to nil against Tayside Ladies on Sunday in a game that was closer than the scoreline suggests.
Tayside were two goals ahead at half time, adding a third late on meaning John Dunn’s side have taken just one point in three games.
Despite the scoreline, the game was light on action, with Tayside taking their chances when they came through Natalie Cromar’s double and substitute Ellie Scanlan.
Forfar Farmington fielded new signing Rachael Brown as they looked to take their first three points of the season. Tayside were also seeking points after losses in their first two games.
The opening stages of the game were slow with both sides looking to break down the opposing defences; the first chance coming after ten minutes for Tayside; Cara Black firing wide from the edge of the box.
The visitors took the lead three minutes later when Natalie Cromar turned the Forfar defence and fired home past Chantelle McKay.
It was two for Tayside in the 28th minutes; Cromar with an almost carbon copy effort of her opener to double their lead.
Caitlin Mitchell saw her free kick pushed away by Nadine Millar ten minutes before the break as Farmington seeked a way back in to the game.
After the break Sophie Young set up Zoe Moreland but the youngster could only blast over from eighteen yards meanwhile Young struck straight at Millar herself.
Cromar had a couple of chances to grab her hat-trick while at the other end Millar had to look sharp when Young’s cross-cum-shot almost flew in over her with three minutes to go.
Young had another effort saved however it was Tayside who netted the final goal in injury time; subs Natalie Burns and Ellie Scanlan combining for the latter to rifle high past McKay.
The result means that Farmington drop to tenth with a long trip to league leaders Inverness City next week however they can take solace in the fact they defeated City 4-1 in the League Cup in February.
Forfar Farmington: Chantelle McKay, Anne Murrie, Becky McMillan, Lynsey Tugman (Chloe Reilly 58), Sophie Young, Hannah Johnston (Beth Warwick 36), Caitlin Mitchell, Zoe Moreland, Rachael Brown, Ellie Cook, Jane Ritchie
Tayside Ladies: Nadine Millar, Claire Godsall, Maegan Cromar, Samantha Joiner (Kayleigh McIntosh 73), Vicky McGregor, Lotte Deubal (Chloe Sturrock 54), Aimee Sturrock, Cara Black (Natalie burns 80), Paige Dolan (Shannon Brady 64), Natalie Cromar, Sonia Izguiero Tolosa (Ellie Scanlan 58)
Subs not used: Shaunni Morris, Emily Mather
Recent signing Alison Debio is loving life at Forfar Farmington so far and hopes she can help the side return to the top flight at the first attempt.
The 20 year old defender joined the club last month and is eager for the season to begin with the League Cup first round on February 19th while they entertain East Fife in the SWPL2 opener on March 12th.
Debio last played for Cumbernauld Colts however she explained she had been finding it difficult to travel after moving to Dundee for university and after only playing university football for a short spell, she was delighted to jump at the chance to train with Mark Nisbet’s side.
“I am very excited to have signed. I was looking to get back into competitive football out with university again but I just had no idea how to go about it so when the opportunity arose to trial with Forfar I was both surprised and very happy.”
She continued: “Since coming to university I had only really played with the university team but I missed playing with a team competitively. I always knew that Forfar had a great set up but thought it was too far to travel when in fact it isn’t.”
“When I was contacted by the club I thought I’d take the opportunity and see what came of it, now I couldn’t be happier that I have signed with the side.”
The former Stenhousemuir, Falkirk and Glasgow City youth reckons the squad environment is one of the best she has been involved in and hopes it can bring out the best in her.
“I can honestly say that I am really enjoying myself. The club, both the girls and staff, have been tremendously welcoming and very nice and helpful. It is definitely a very supportive environment where everyone wants the best for the club and everyone is definitely on the same wavelength as to how this can be achieved.”
“I really appreciate the environment because everyone wants the best; we are all challenged to be the best players we can be which will hopefully bring good things for the club.”
Farmington will host newly promoted side East Fife in their league opener and Debio feels the side have what it takes to return to SWPL1 after last season’s relegation.
“I definitely feel that this side can bounce back up to the top flight. There is a lot of work being put in and I feel like this can definitely be Forfar’s year which I am looking forward to being a part of.”
Gemma Collier admitted she was surprised to be asked to take up the vice-captain role at Forfar Farmington after originally thinking she was in trouble when she received the phone call.
The25 year old defender was also in disbelief at winning the Supporters’ Player of the Year award with Collier of the opinion that other teammates deserved the award more than her.
With the vice captain role vacant following Holly Napier’s move to Rangers, head coach Mark Nisbet moved quickly to make Collier second in command under captain Nicola Davidson.
The centre back said: “I am quite surprised to be asked to take up this role. When Mark first rang I thought he was phoning to make sure I was keeping up to date with the off season programme, as I have been known for not being the best at responding.”
“The current captain Nicola is an unbelievable footballer and leader so I feel in her absence I’d have a lot to live up to but although technically I may not be the best, I feel I bring good communication to the pitch and get on well with all the girls which is possibly why Mark asked me.”
Collier was presented with her Supporters’ Player of the Year award at the end of the season and while she was delighted to receive it, she reckons other players deserved the recognition more than her.
“I think there are numerous other players who deserved the award more than me but I do appreciate the fans’ votes that led to my award and massively appreciate everyone who came out to watch us last season. Some performances left a lot to be desired but the support didn’t go unnoticed.”
The players at Farmington began pre-season training on Sunday ahead of the 2017 season with Gemma hopeful that they can react strongly to last season’s relegation.
“I fully believe we can come back and be in with a chance of getting promotion next season. There are key players who have stuck by the club that will play a big part in next season and I believe the players coming in will also bring quality with helping us push for promotion.”
She continued: “If all the girls show dedication, a will to win, quality and commitment in preseason and we have clear vision of what we need to do in every game we should do well. I’m looking forward to the season ahead.”