Author: David Smith

Taylor hoping to build on Prem debut

Charlotte Taylor came in for her Forfar Farmington Premier Team debut last weekend in that 3-2 win away to Motherwell. 

As featured last night, Taylor alongside Alix Saddler, Zoe Bruce, Rachel Neave & Beth Mowatt have all been involved in the 1st team picture of late which speaks volumes of the work that gets done with the youth development programme at the club. 

Taylor spoke about the experience last week in Lanarkshire saying, “I thought it went well last week against Motherwell & the team got a good win, I came on for Charlotte Gammie and tried to kill the game out. 

“Kevin McGreskin said to do my best before I came on and to give 100% to the team, it was a good experience playing against top quality players, I also played against Rangers who are a very good side. 

“Playing in the SWPL1 is different standards but you need to try & put in your best at all times. 

“Coming into the Prem Team from the Under 19s is a step-up but I am enjoying the experience, there’s a massive difference in quality and the game time you get you have to make the most of it.

“We will have an intense run of games coming up and we have a young squad so the experiences are only going to grow. “

Charlotte paid tribute to Ian McDiarmid, one of the youth development coaches at the club for her development through the pathway at Farmington with Taylor adding. 

“Ian is the one that pushed me forward and started to give me more opportunities when Ryan McConville was manager here, Ian, alongside some of the more experienced players at the club have told me to stay positive and to be confident in yourself. 

“Glasgow City have a quality side with quality players and hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves on the TV.”

White praises the youth ethos at the club

Leah White is a player & coach known by many around FClub circles & the left back certainly knows her way around the youth corridor into the Premier Team at Forfar Farmington. 

White came through the youth system at the club before joining the Prem Team tasting success back in 2017 winning the SWPL2 title. 

The left back has struggled with game time of late & was happy to be given the chance last week by head coach Kevin McGreskin, she looks ahead to tomorrow’s televised game with Glasgow City by saying. 

“It’s going to be a hard game but we’re up for it and have been training hard, if we can get something then it would be great, hopefully we can build on her performance. 

“Glasgow City are good & pacy with the ball and are always dangerous, we will focus on ourselves though and we are looking to make a good account of ourselves. 

“Kevin has been brilliant with myself & the players, he fits in great with the team and is a great coach, he demands standards from players. 

“I struggled for game time last season, and I was happy to get a start with the resumption of competitive football last week, hopefully I can build on this and help the team out as much as I can. 

“There is a family ethos about this club and we are like a family, I know everyone says it but it really is, we get on well together. When we are enjoying good moments like we did last week & being successful then it’s always positive. 

Charlotte Taylor, Alix Saddler, Rachel Neave & Zoe Bruce were in the squad last week for the 3-2 victory over Motherwell with White dedicating last week’s victory to the work that gets done behind the scenes to the youth development programme at the club. 

White added, “The junior set-up at the club is good, it’s great when players come into the Prem Team and also stick around with the club for a very long time which has been proven in the past. 

“Players like Alix, Rachel, Zoe, Charlotte & Beth Mowatt (GK) have been through the youth development pathway before making the step-up to the Prem Team. 

“Young players look up to players like myself when we are taking sessions, with more media coverage and attention towards the women’s game, it will only help the pathway moving forward.

“The message to the young players is stick in & work hard, you don’t always get to play 90 minutes but opportunities will come when you get them, you just have to believe in yourself.”

McGreskin gets off to a great start!

Forfar Farmington returned to action with a 3-2 win over Motherwell, springing the game into light after a goalless 1st half. A winning start to the Kevin McGreskin era.

Motherwell started proceedings with the more clear cut opportunities which posed Lauren Perry into action with Claire Adams finding Callaghan but her low drive was well dealt with by the Northern Irish goalkeeper.

Abby Skelton then found Kaela McDonald-Nguah who flashed an effort across goal with captain Nicola Davidson performing heroics at the right time blocking any path towards goal.

Forfar got into the game as the half progressed & Cheryl Kilcoyne was always positive on the ball looking to pose an intent on defenders, she got on the end of a London Pollard pass before her shot just fell wide.

Forfar took the lead on 48 minutes with Cassie Cowper sending a great corner from the right which was met by the unmarked Lisa Ryan who guided home for her 1st goal in Forfar colours making no mistake finishing well, Ryan had to play in both full back areas after London Pollard picked up a knock which led to a positive & versatile afternoon.

The lead only lasted a few minutes with Motherwell levelling. After a stramash in the box, the ball was cleared up to Callaghan who dipped an effort beyond the stranded Perry to level matters for Well.

Farmington re-took the lead with a Cassie Cowper long range strike flying into the net beyond Khym Ramsay to move back into the lead & have something to build on. Head Coach Kevin McGreskin has implemented a new system across the midfield with Cowper & Paterson linking up well together.

Davidson & Kirsty Fraser partnered up well at the back & the latter almost got on the scoresheet after the ball was initially cleared into Frasers path but she shot over the bar.

Alana Bruce got a deserved 3rd goal for Forfar to round things off, the Farmington stalwart punished a lack of concentration at the back, finding herself goalside from Chelsie Watson before finishing well past Ramsay.

Motherwell pulled one back from Jordan McLintock to produce a nail biting end to this contest but it was another big win for Forfar Farmington & with results elsewhere, it means Forfar go into 5th.

Plenty of positives, alongside the win, the back four were instrumental in the success with Paterson & Cowper linking up well, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Erin Rennie & London Pollard were all creative but done the battling work as well trying to advance attacks immediately.

Charlotte Gammie grafted until the late substitution despite being on the end of a challenge in the 1st half. Charlotte Taylor came on in the latter stages of the match & chased & hustled every ball giving a tired Motherwell backline issues. Tougher opposition next week in Glasgow City to come but back with a bang!

Motherwell v Forfar Farmington: 04/04/2021 – Erin Rennie Preview

Forfar Farmington travel to Lanarkshire today to face Motherwell and are keen to get back to the resumption of SWPL1 football with a win to reignite life back in normality during these unprecented times. 

Erin Rennie was a Farmington recruit back in October & enjoyed a consistent run of games prior to the suspension of football back in January. 

Rennie says the players can’t wait to get onto the pitch in a competitive scale when she said, “The players can’t wait to get back and we are going to be up against good opposition this afternoon, the suspension was frustrating for all of us but we’ve all came back fit & ready for today. 

“Motherwell is a team that we should be getting points off, they are around us in the table & we need to pick points up against teams around us. 

“Training has been good, Kev has been good with us & he plays a good system of football, it’s all about the team but also what we can do individually. 

“The last few weeks has allowed me to focus on improving my game, we want to get as much points as possible, Kevin’s formation allows me to play in the number 10 position which is my favoured position. 

“There is an understanding within the team that we need to help London & Donna on the goals front, we need to take more chances, I want to add more goals to my game and it’s a big target for me.”

Motherwell v Forfar Farmington preview | 04/04/2021

Forfar Farmington Head Coach Kevin McGreskin is delighted to be back out onto the pitch on a competitive basis after a 4 month hiatus out of competition. 

Farmington head to Lanarkshire to face Motherwell tomorrow with the news fresh in the memory with Eddie Wolecki Black resigning in midweek. 

McGreskin looked ahead to the game tomorrow by saying, “We are all looking ahead to this game tomorrow after a long time off, the players are equally as excited and all they want to do is play games. 

“They now have an impetus in terms of training & they are preparing towards something now, socially it’s important as well in terms of having a laugh & getting that team spirit, it’s been great having Zoom but it’s not the same as being there physically. 

“The people behind the scenes have been great & worked incredibly hard, the amount of work they do is normally unseen, the club have put everything in place to prepare us for tomorrow. 

“A lot of work goes into the testing protocol and the financial implications that it represents.

“It’s going to be a hard game against Motherwell who are one position below us in the table, it’s a competitive league within our circle of teams, Glasgow City, Rangers & Celtic are the top 3 and everyone is looking to compete with them. 

“We got the rub of the green the last time against Motherwell & the game could have headed in a different direction, the new coaches will have extra motivation now to make sure there’s a good performance on the field. 

“Me & Ryan worked closely together & I enjoyed working with Ryan, there’s a slight difference here or there but there’s a continuity here and I reinforce the same messages to players in training.” 

CLUB STATEMENT | FORFAR FARMINGTON FOOTBALL CLUB

Forfar Farmington Football Club would like to announce that Head Coach Ryan McConville has stepped down from his role after 13 months in charge.

McConville arrived at the club in December 2019 & got his tenure off to a great start with wins over Kilmarnock & Motherwell before lockdown came last March, since the commencement of the season in October, Forfar have amassed 7 points including a 2-2 draw away to Celtic before Christmas.

Progress has been made under the tutelage of McConville both on & off the park. Forfar Farmington Football Club would like to thank Ryan for all his hard work & dedication to the job in the last 13 months. Ryan leaves the club on good terms & we wish him every success in the future.

Assistant Coach Kevin McGreskin has agreed to take on the reins in the meantime & we wish Kevin every success.

Three 1st half goals see Farmington defeated at Hibs

Hibernian did their business in the 1st half overcoming Forfar Farmington 3-0 at Ainslie Park, the hosts deserved their victory with a dominant 15-20 spell from Hibs was enough for the hosts to get all 3 points & get the outcome they desired. 

Dean Gibson’s side showed their intent straight from the off trying to create openings from the word go in the aim of breaking up the Farmington defence, on 6 minutes, Ellis Notley had an effort from 30 yards which went wide of the left post. 

Hibs took the lead on 15 minutes, a corner came in from the right side which wasn’t dealt with properly by the Farmington backline and there was Leah Eddie 18 yards from goal who guided the ball into the bottom right hand corner beyond Perry. 

Siobhan Hunter made it 2-0 to the hosts shortly after getting on the end of a lovely cross to jump above London Pollard & Donna Paterson to guide the ball into the net past Perry who enjoyed a good afternoon in goals making some good stops despite coming out on the losing end. 

A speculative effort by Carla Boyce on 28 minutes completed the scoring with her effort rocketing into the top right hand corner from distance past Perry, Farmington were struggling to adapt & a break couldn’t come quick enough for the visitors. 

Farmington captain Cassie Cowper had a few stern words with her team-mates after the 3rd goal went in & it brought to an extent a response, there was more of a desire to get forward & strive to get a goal, Cowper found Erin Rennie with the midfielder keen to get on the scoresheet but her effort went wide of Emily Mutch’s goal. 

Half Time – Hibernian 3-0 Forfar Farmington

Forfar Farmington Gaffer Ryan McConville alongside the rest of the coaching staff used the interval to sort a few things out & it brought more stability at the back in the 2nd period. 

The changes then came thick & fast with Molly-May Ramsay, Eirinn McCafferty, Leah White & Cheryl Kilcoyne all coming on alongside our Number 10 Nicola Davidson. What a pity that we couldn’t get supporters into the ground to see the return of a Farmington stalwart in Nicola Davidson. 

All subs brought a different approach to the game, especially Eirinn McCafferty always looking to get on the ball & pose a threat to the Hibs defence, she had an effort midway through the 2nd half go wide. 

Davidson used her experience to control proceedings in midfield & her replacement Donna Paterson also did well alongside Kathryn Pender before the latter was also replaced by McCafferty. 

London Pollard had a quieter afternoon than usual however still gave Hibs some problems, with time running out in the game, she did very well to get past Charlotte Potts showing some excellent skill before finding McCafferty who fired wide. 

Cheryl Kilcoyne has found game-time hard to come by so far this season however the Farmington favourite gave 100% for the cause and almost scored a fantastic goal with a long range strike which Mutch had to tip onto the bar before the rebound by Nicola Davidson was caught offside. 

A defeat is always tough however the 2nd half performance deserves praise for a more defensive organisation against a side of Hibs’s quality. Well done to Hibs on the win who picked up all 3 points after a tough period without a result recently. 

Great to see our Number 10 Nicola Davidson back on the park after a curtailed period out with injury, a real stalwart of Forfar Farmington Football Club. 

Forfar Farmington: Lauren Perry, Lisa Ryan (76 Leah White), Kirsty Fraser, Jade Lindsay, Alana Bruce, Cassie Cowper, (76 Cheryl Kilcoyne), Donna Paterson (68 Nicola Davidson), Kathryn Pender (58 Eirinn McCafferty), Erin Rennie, Charlotte Gammie (58 Molly-May Ramsay), London Pollard: Subs not used: Annalisa McCann, Billie Simpson

 

Farmington did themselves proud despite Celtic clawing back

Forfar Farmington put in a phenomenal performance this afternoon away to Celtic to get a 2-2 draw. Disappointment at not getting the 3 points yes however would you take a draw away to Celtic at the beginning of the day? Definitely. 

Farmington started on the ascendency straight away, within kick off, Billie Simpson got into a good area however was challenged by a Celtic defender & was forced off with Charlotte Gammie replacing the Northern Ireland player. 

Gammie hasn’t netted for Farmington this season, something which she is keen to rectify however two things you can’t underestimate from her game which is an important element of football – work rate & desire. Went for every lost cause & battle there was possible and her best game in a while in a Farmington shirt. 

Celtic did have a few opportunities early in the game through long range strikes which didn’t trouble Lauren Perry in the Farmington goal, Lisa Robertson also tried a long range effort which gone over the bar. 

Farmington almost took the lead on 32 minutes, a lovely corner came in from the right by Cassie Cowper which troubled Chloe Logan in the Celtic goal & the home defence however they managed to clear, the ball was close to going over the line but nothing to shout about for either the management team or the spectators back home. 

On 36 minutes, Charlotte Gammie found Donna Paterson however a long range strike by the midfielder went wide of the left post. Goal less at half time with the visitors well & truly in the game. 

Half Time – Celtic 0-0 Forfar Farmington

2nd half

Farmington started the 2nd half making sure they had that bit of stability about them knowing Celtic were going to get a response of some sort. The defensive line for the visitors were solid earning plaudits from media & spectators. 

On 61 minutes, the deadlock was broken to Farmington’s advantage, a fantastic ball by Charlotte Gammie found its way into the pathway of London Pollard who guided home a lovely effort beyond Chloe Logan in the Celtic goal to give Farmington the opener. This was Pollard’s 3rd goal of the season. 

Donna Paterson then kept up her fine goal scoring run to net her 8th goal of the season after a great ball came in by Cassie Cowper which was met by Paterson who guided home a lovely header beyond Logan to make it 2-0 to Farmington, the Farmington bench in joyous scenes! Something Diego Mara Donna would be proud of. 

Farmington were well on course for a famous win in the 88th minute however Celtic had other ideas, Natalie Ross turned one in from close range after a ball came into the area that wasn’t dealt with properly. 

It was Ross who was to save the hosts’s blushes by netting an equaliser with a good hit, heartbreaking however proud all the same, something which Gaffer Ryan McConville messaged the players about in his post-match talk. 

It’s a fantastic point for Farmington & belief has to be the key moving forward now, Farmington will be looking to start the festive period with a win away to Hibernian next Sunday. 

4th placed in what is a very competitive Scottish Premier League 1 is a terrific achievement for Farmington but there’s a long way to go. Nobody in a Farmington role will be getting carried away after this one. 

Rangers overcome battling Farmington

Forfar Farmington were on the wrong side of a 3-1 score line however the hosts can hold their heads high after putting in a battling performance with the 3-1 scoreline making it look more harsh. 

Aimee Anderson, Erin Rennie & London Pollard came back into the starting XI for Farmington with all 3 players playing there hearts out with all 3 players concerned not even 18 yet up against players who have experience like Emma Brownlie & Nicola Docherty. 

It was a fairly quiet start to the match with neither side having any real opportunities in the opening 15 minutes of the match, Forfar were on the ascendency early doors however never threatened Jenna Fife or the Rangers backline. 

Rangers took the lead just after the 15th minute mark, Brogan Hay drove down the right flank before delivering a great ball into the box which Jade Lindsay got a touch & unfortunately went into the back of the net, heart breaking for Lindsay who would recover by giving her heart & desire to the FClub cause. 

Kirsten Reilly had an opening to double Rangers’s lead met by Fiona McNicoll in the Farmington goal whilst at the other end London Pollard was through on goal but a good save by Fife denied the forward. 

Rangers were awarded a penalty on 34 minutes after Ness was brought down in the box, up stepped Arnot whose penalty was saved by McNicoll but the midfielder reacted quickest at the rebound. 

Donna Paterson then reduced the leeway for the hosts with a stunning effort into the top corner from the edge of the box for her 7th goal of the season. 

Half Time – Forfar Farmington 1-2 Rangers

2nd half 

Gaffer Ryan McConville took off Aimee Anderson at the interval for Alana Bruce with Cassie Cowper pushing up the park, Forfar enjoyed a good spell of the ball as did Rangers in the 2nd half. 

A good ball by London Pollard midway through the half found Billie Simpson who caused Rangers problems at the back however her effort was blocked, Simpson put in a power of work up top for Farmington & was unlucky not to see the back of the net. 

Simpson also tried an ambitious effort with time running out which went wide, London Pollard also deserved a goal for her efforts but a good save by Fife denied the striker. 

Rangers added a 3rd goal in added time when Claire Gemmell curled an effort into the top corner from the edge of the box, Well done to Rangers on the victory. 

Forfar Farmington put in a power of work on the park in front of the BBC cameras and on another day could have turned that defeat into a more positive result. The club is going in the right direction under the teacher that is Ryan McConville however not getting the rub of the green at the moment with regards to positive results. 

The resources of clubs like Rangers far outweigh what Farmington have available at the minute and for all 16 players featured, they all did there bit for FClub. 

Although the game was behind closed doors, it was good to see Hannah Stewart & Leah Fleming back in to support Farmington alongside goalkeeper Lauren Perry who is on the mend after her collision last week. 

Full Time – Forfar Farmington 1-3 Rangers

FORFAR FARMINGTON: McNicoll, Lindsay, Ryan (Ramsay 89), Fraser, Cowper (Gammie 72,) Paterson, Pender (McCafferty 77), Rennie, (Kilcoyne 85), Anderson (Bruce 46,) Pollard, Simpson

Subs: White, Mowatt

Rangers: Fife, Docherty, Bourma, Brownlie, Vance, Hay, Reilly, Ness, Arnot, Gemmell, Westrup

Subs: Cunningham, O’Neill, Devi, Bell, Girasoli, McQuillan, MacDonald

McConville: We have the underdog tag again

Forfar Farmington Gaffer admits that Farmington once again have the underdog tag again in tomorrow’s match against Rangers however admits that he & his players have to embrace it all. 

McConville said, “It will be a difficult game, there is no hiding place that the investment put in by Rangers for the women’s programme has been a high profile & have recruited some quality players. 

“We have the underdog tag again which we can accept however I want us to give a good account of ourselves, Rangers in both mens & womens carries a big name, reputation & history. The mens team have been successful over the decades & the womens team are now trying to emulate that. 

“Heart & desire costs nothing & you will see that from our women tomorrow, Rangers will be hurting after the 1-0 defeat to Celtic, they will look to bounce back straight away. 

“For us, it was a sore one last week & was disappointing, we have to understand we are a small club & scraping for every point possible, Lauren Perry had a nasty facial injury with 8 stitches across her head & 2 black eyes & misses out. 

“Fiona McNicoll is a proven goalkeeper in this league and will be an asset for us tomorrow.”