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.”