Forfar Farmington: A Year In Numbers

2017 was a successful year for the club as Mark Nisbet’s side comfortably won the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two title to return to the top flight at the first attempt. Farmington also reached the Scottish Women’s Cup semi final for the first time since reaching the final in 2012.

As we enter 2018, we take a look at some of the stats gathered over the course of the year:

26 – There were 26 competitive games in total for Farmington, with 21 league games, one Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup fixture and four games in our SSE Scottish Women’s Cup run.

19 – It was a fantastic turnaround from the previous season with 19 wins overall, the first victory came in March against East Fife with a 4-1 win. There were also wins over Jeanfield Swifts (2-1) in March, Motherwell (5-3) & Glasgow Girls (2-0) in April. May saw us defeat EUHV (5-0), Buchan (4-0) and Glasgow Girls (3-0) before the following month had another three wins against East Fife (3-0), Buchan (4-0) and Raith Rovers (5-2).

After the summer break we returned to action in August with wins over EUHV (3-0), Hearts (3-1) and Buchan (7-0). September saw another two victories with wins over Glasgow Girls (1-0) and Cumbernauld Colts (2-1).

There were wins over Buchan (7-1) and Motherwell (5-1) in October. There was also a 3-0 win over EUHV after the SWF awarded Farmington the points. November saw the season end with victory over Jeanfield Swifts (4-0). This gave the side a win ratio of 73.08% from their 26 games.

4 – Just the four draws over the course of the season; Hearts responsible for half of them following a 1-1 draw in April with a 2-2 tie seven months later. We also drew 1-1 with Jeanfield Swifts in August and 0-0 with East Fife to give us a draw ratio of 15.38%.

3 – With just one league loss all season against Motherwell in June (2-3), we exited the League Cup in February after a 1-0 defeat against Celtic while Glasgow City were 5-0 winners in our Scottish Cup semi final clash in October. Our loss ratio for the season was considerably lower than last season with just 11.54%.

52 – We gained 52 points in total over the course of the league season, a large difference to the six won in 2016. With sixteen wins in the SBSSWPL2, four draws and one defeat, we finished twelve points clear of our nearest rivals. The points per game average for the season came to an impressive 2.47.

76 – Goals were an issue in 2016, however this year we found the net 76 times in 26 games. Averaging 2.92 in all games, this was improved in the league with 3.04 scored per game. Our top goalscorer with fifteen in total was Danni McGinley, netting 0.94 goals a game in her sixteen appearances.

We were awarded two penalties this year, Nicola Davidson netting both to give herself a 100% success rate.

15 – Goals were evenly spread across the team this season, fifteen players all chipping in.

15 Danni McGinley
10 Julia Scott
8 Cheryl Kilcoyne
7 Robyn Smith
6 Laura Parsley
5 Megan McCarthy
4 Nicola Davidson, Caroline Heron, Kayleigh Noble
2 Kayleigh Brough, Gemma Collier, Kirsty Deans
1 Alana Bruce, Erin Cattanach, Beth Shillitto

There were also four own goals from Fiona Ritchie, Jo Murphy and Lauren Sangster (all Buchan) & Angela McGann (Cumbernauld Colts).

13 – Thirteen players were involved with setting up our 76 goals, with Julia Scott adding to her ten goals with thirteen assists.

13 Julia Scott
10 Robyn Smith
7 Kayleigh Noble
6 Danni McGinley
5 Kirsty Deans, Cheryl Kilcoyne
3 Nicola Davidson, Megan McCarthy, Beth Shillitto
2 Fiona McNicoll, Laura Parsley
1 Alana Bruce, Erin Cattanach

29 – 29 players were used over the course of the season with just 18 used on a regular basis, seven of the others making just one appearance. No player was ever present throughout the entire campaign with the most appearances made by any player was 24.

24 Gemma Collier, Nicola Davidson, Alison Debio, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott, Beth Shillitto, Robyn Smith
23 Fiona McNicoll, Laura Parsley, Cheryl Kilcoyne
22 Erin Cattanach
20 Kayleigh Noble, Leah White
18 Kirsty Deans
16 Danni McGinley
14 Alana Bruce
13 Kayleigh Brough
8 Caroline Heron
5 Sophie Young
3 Caitlin Mitchell, Chantelle McKay
2 Ellie Cook
1 Zoe Moreland, Anne Murrie, Philippa McCallum, Taylor Clifford, Lotte Deubel, Oliwia Gach, Hannah Dryden

9 – Nine players made their first ever appearances for the Premier League side this season with Alison Debio, Lotte Deubel, Chantelle McKay, Taylor Clifford, Anne Murrie, Oliwia Gach, Philippa McCallum, Sophie Young and Ellie Cook all making their debuts.

27 – Just 27 goals were conceded over the course of the season, 1.03 in all games while it was an average of 0.71 conceded in the league.

4 – Four goalkeepers played a part in the season with Fiona McNicoll, Chantelle McKay, Oliwia Gach and Hannah Dryden all playing. The latter two made just one sub appearance each with McKay starting three times and McNicoll making 23 appearances.

Fiona McNicoll – 18 conceded in 23 games (0.78 per game)
Chantelle McKay – 6 conceded in 3 games (2.00 per game)
Hannah Dryden – 3 conceded in 1 game (3.00 per game)
Oliwia Gach – 0 conceded in 1 game (0.00 per game)

10 – Ten clean sheets were kept by the Farmington defence this year. This included a five game stretch where they shut out the opposition attacks in May & June. The clean sheets were kept in games against Glasgow Girls (16th April, 28th May, 3rd September), EUHV (7TH May, 6th August), Buchan (14th May, 11th June, 20th August) and East Fife (4th June, 24th September).

All ten clean sheets were achieved with Fiona McNicoll in goal, however it could be argued she has eleven as she was subbed against Motherwell on 2nd April with the game at 5-0. Oliwia Gach also kept a clean sheet after coming off the bench when Farmington defeated Buchan 4-0 on June 11th.

561 – In a record covering almost two months, Fiona McNicoll kept the opposition out for 561 minutes. After conceding in the 28th minute against Hearts on April 23rd, McNicoll shut out EUHV, Buchan twice, Glasgow Girls and East Fife before Raith Rovers’ Kerri Dinnel netted in the 49th minute of the Scottish Cup tie on June 18th.

16 – Sixteen bookings have been given to Farmington players over the course of 2017 with two of these resulting in the only red card of the season.

Gemma Collier and Erin Cattanach were the worst offenders, being responsible for half of the bookings.

4 Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach
2 Alison Debio
1 Fiona McNicoll, Danni McGinley, Leah White, Robyn Smith, Julia Scott, Alana Bruce

1 – The aforementioned red card was shown to vice captain Gemma Collier for her two bookable offences against Celtic in the League Cup.

3-0 & 4-0 – The most common results in 2017 were 3-0 and 4-0 as they occurred three times each in the 26 games played.

All six games resulted in Farmington wins as they defeated Glasgow Girls (28th May), East Fife (4th June) and EUHV (6th August) 3-0 while sending four goals without reply past Buchan (14th May & 11th June) and Jeanfield Swifts (12th November).

36 & 87 – Farmington found the net in 50 different minutes this season and there were two minutes where they scored on four occasions.

The 36th minute saw Cheryl Kilcoyne net in a 3-0 win over Glasgow Girls on May 28th before Nicola Davidson’s penalty in June 11th’s 4-0 victory over Buchan.

Laura Parsley grabbed an equaliser in the 2-1 win against Cumbernauld Colts on September 10th and the final goal in the 36th minute came from Julia Scott, this being the fourth goal as Farmington clinched the league title on October 15th.

Scoring in the 87th minute often helped Farmington with the first of these coming from Gemma Collier; she rescued a point against Hearts on April 23rd. May 7th saw Megan McCarthy make it 5-0 against EUHV and the following week Kayleigh Noble completed a 4-0 victory over Buchan. Kirsty Deans did the same as Farmington defeated East Fife 3-0 on 4th June.

52 & 90+1 – At the other end the most common minute for Farmington to concede was also split between two different minutes.

The 52nd minute saw them concede to Motherwell in a 3-2 defeat in June with Jade McDonald’s opener for Jeanfield on August 27th; the game finishing all square at 1-1.

The first minute of injury time also saw them concede twice; Stacey Cook netting Motherwell’s third on April 2nd and Megan Foley making it 5-0 to Glasgow City in the Scottish Cup semi final on October 8th.

7 – The most Farmington netted in one game was seven goals and they managed this twice in 2017, both coming against Buchan.

They defeated the northern outfit 7-0 in the Scottish Cup on August 20th before a trip to Maud on October 1st saw them come away with a 7-1 victory.

5 – The most goals conceded in one game was five and this came on October 8th as Glasgow City won the Scottish Cup semi final clash on October 8th.

3 – Farmington failed to find the net just three times this season with two of these coming against higher league opposition.

They drew a blank against Celtic on February 19th and they didn’t do this again until September 24th in a goalless draw with East Fife. The other game was the aforementioned semi final against Glasgow City the following month.