Category: SWPL Match Reports

Spartans defeat Farmington thanks to set-piece

Spartans beat Forfar Farmington 1-0 thanks to a 76th minute winner by Becky Galbraith, Spartans were the better side over the proceedings however Farmington deserve a lot of credit for weathering the storm in large periods of the game, especially at the beginning of the game. 

The hosts began the game with lots of possession eager to find a way past an organised Farmington backline, opportunities were few & far between however with a lot of shots from Spartans going over the bar. 

Farmington had to weather the storm for a good 12 minute period at the start of the game not through making goalkeeper Lauren Perry work hard but for finding the correct channels & some good interchange play, whenever an opportunity arose at goal however it came to nothing. 

Midway through the half, Gaffer Ryan McConville kept the same shape however gave some coaching points during an injury when it was needed, it brought a response from Farmington, 

A Cassie Cowper free kick found Donna Paterson however any chance to add to the scoring wasn’t forthcoming as the shot just went wide of the left hand post, an excellent ball down the left channel was then met by Charlotte Gammie who showed ambition by trying to find the net however the effort just went wide. 

Spartans saw a lot of free kicks towards the end of the 1st half & an undeserved booking for Kathryn Pender who saw a yellow card for a perfectly timed tackle in the hosts half. Maybe it was the force of the challenge which led the referee to reach out a card but it was a good challenge irrespective which irked a few in Blue. 

Half Time – Spartans 0-0 Forfar Farmington

Farmington showed a lot more positivity at the beginning of the 2nd half, Spartans were still a threat however a bit more belief saw them play better exchanges of football. 

McConville made 2 subs on 59 minutes with Eirinn McCafferty & Charlotte Gammie coming off for Erin Rennie & London Pollard, the latter almost made an instant impact having been sent through on goal however her close range effort just whisked wide of the left hand post. 

Lauren Perry was then on the wrong end of a nasty collision with a Spartans player midway through the 2nd half who was brought off & replaced by Fiona McNicoll with the Spartans player only getting a booking when there was a very good case for a sending off. 

Spartans took the lead after 76 minutes, a great ball came in from the right channel and there was Becky Galbraith to guide the ball into the net. Through looking at the Spartans online footage, there is question marks with regards to the ball crossing the line however Spartans showed plenty of positivity in their play as did Farmington & the former showing a grittiness to get the lead. 

The goal brought a response from Farmington as they showed a clear intent to try & get back into the game, Erin Rennie played a lovely ball which was met by Pollard however the shot went wide. 

It’s a frustrating one for all at Farmington however well done to Spartans on their win, it will be sore at the moment however it’s been a really good start to the season & the players & management will learn from the experience. 

Full Time – Spartans 1-0 Forfar Farmington

Team: Lauren Perry (Fiona McNicoll 67), Lisa Ryan, Kirsty Fraser, Jade Lindsey (Aimee Anderson 78), Cassie Cowper, Billie Simpson, Donna Paterson, Alana Bruce, Kathryn Pender, Eirinn McCafferty (Erin Rennie 59), Charlotte Gammie (London Pollard 59): Subs not used: Cheryl Kilcoyne, Molly-May Ramsay, Leah White

Paterson hat-trick helps Forfar turn over Hearts

A Donna Paterson hat-trick was enough for Forfar Farmington to come out on top in this afternoon’s SBSSWPL ensuring a good afternoons work for Farmington with a clean sheet to match in what was a consistent performance from the whole team. 

Forfar started the game on the front foot with a couple of opportunities to get an early lead, Cheryl Kilcoyne finding Donna Paterson whose effort was held by Kendall Welsh in the visiting goal. Billie Simpson also had a deflected effort which was gathered up with ease by Welsh. 

Cassie Cowper then found London Pollard in a dangerous area who switched across to Kilcoyne however the forwards effort with the Hearts defence evaded went wide. 

There was plenty of attacking intent from the hosts & the goal wasn’t far away & Donna Paterson maintained her fine run of goalscoring form on 22 minutes with Cowper picking up her 3rd assist of the season already finding Paterson whose header went past Welsh in the Hearts goal Paterson meeting the ball with precision & giving the Hearts backline no chance. 

Paterson picked up her 2nd goal on 33 minutes with Forfar continuing to play some good, positive exchanges of football before the ball broke to Aimee Anderson who instead of working her way into the box played the ball short to the defensive midfielder whose fine effort crashed off the crossbar & into the net. 

Half Time – Forfar Farmington 2-0 Heart Of Midlothian

2nd half

Forfar set out on the ascendency at the start of the 2nd half with London Pollard playing a fantastic ball down the right channel trying to find Charlotte Gammie however it proved to be too ambitious a ball for Gammie to try & get on the end of. 

The 2nd half was stale compared to the 1st half however the hosts kept it tidy across all areas of the park with Hearts struggling to get a foothold on the game, the hosts always looked dangerous especially at set-pieces with Cassie Cowper driving some fantastic balls into the area. 

In terms of intensity levels, it was nowhere near the levels of the 1st half with both sides making changes at various stages in the half, Hearts enjoyed a good period in the midway point of the 2nd half where they got into good area & rustled up chances however it was a solid afternoon for Lauren Perry & the backline. 

Farmington made it 3-0 on 82 minutes after a great ball came in again from the right by Cowper which forced a stramash in the penalty box before Donna Paterson fired home just passing the goal line. That’s 4 assists for Cowper & 6 goals already this season for Paterson. 

Overall, a fantastic afternoon’s work for all connected to Forfar Farmington & another good 3 points, Hearts proved to be tough opposition for Farmington however & the tough games come thick & fast with Spartans away next weekend. 

City beat spirited Farmington 8-1

Glasgow City maintained their fine start to the season with an 8-1 win over a motivated & enthusiastic Forfar Farmington side who were hit by sucker punches regarding goals in periods of the game however the competitiveness was definitely showcased at a windy Broadwood Stadium this afternoon. 

Forfar Farmington head coach Ryan McConville made 2 changes to the win over Motherwell with Alana Bruce & Fiona McNicoll coming in for Jade Lindsay & Lauren Perry. 

Glasgow City took the lead on 11 minutes when Zaneta Wyne’s cross was parried by Fiona McNicoll & there was Kirsty Howat to bundle home into an empty net from 4 yards out. 

Forfar Farmington levelled on 19 minutes, a fantastic free kick by Cassie Cowper was met by Donna Paterson who headed home a fine effort into the bottom left hand corner beyond Erin Clachers. Farmington had been losing at this moment in time possession wise however they were organised & got an equaliser which they worked hard for. 

A thunderous strike from Rachel McLaughlan made it 2-1 to Glasgow City finding the bottom left hand corner past McNicoll from 30 yards out, Kirsty Howat then got her 2nd of the game after McNicoll lost control of the ball & there was Howat to put the ball into the net. 

Jo Love showed her experience in this game once again & made it 4-1 with 9 minutes before half time turning Kirsty Fraser before keeping her composure to slot into the net. 

Half Time – Glasgow City 4-1 Forfar Farmington

2nd half

Glasgow City added a 5th with Aoife Colvill finding the bottom corner with a good finish before a 6th followed soon after thanks to a Mairead Fulton header. 

Head Coach McConville brought on Jade Lindsay in place of Billie Simpson with the former adding a new dimension to avoid any hope of serious capitulation. When she came on, she gave Forfar positivity and got into good areas. Aimee Anderson also played well when she came on & gave Forfar something different in attack despite the game being wrapped up by that point. 

Forfar almost pulled one back when a Cassie Cowper ball found London Pollard however the striker pulled the shot over the bar. Glasgow City added a 7th with Leanne Ross sending Fiona McNicoll the wrong way. 

The visitors remained positive on the ball with Anderson giving Glasgow City something to think about, she played a good ball into sub Jade Lindsay however a good save by Erin Clachers denied Lindsay, it was an afternoon in which Farmington could’ve added to their tally however it wasn’t to be. 

Howat then got her hat-trick after a Shannon Wojcik shot wasn’t properly dealt with by the Forfar goalkeeper & there was Howat to seal her hat-trick, from a period in which they competed with City, it was turning into complete capitulation for Forfar however they all gave 100% to the cause which was fantastic for everyone associated with Forfar Farmington Football Club. 

Not the result anyone wanted however everyone played well & that was a big positive for everyone involved, the defeat is a blow however next week at home to Hearts is a great opportunity to bounce back, there was a lot of young players featured & they will learn & develop as a result of this. 

Glasgow City showed their strength & depth & the movement on & off the ball was pleasing from their point of view, Farmington competed for large periods of the 1st half against City & that will be a plus sign for the management team to reflect over. 

Full Time – Glasgow City 8-1 Forfar Farmington

Glasgow City: Clachers, McLauchlan, Wyne, Love, Fulton (Wojcik), Howat, Toland (Crichton), Clark, Ross, Colvill (Davidson), Wade. Subs not used: Alexander, Lauder, Kerr, Foley

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Ryan, Cowper, Fraser, Bruce, Simpson (Lindsay), Paterson (Paterson), Rennie (McCafferty), Pollard, Pender (Ramsay), Gammie (Anderson). Subs not used: Perry, White.

 

Pollard not putting any targets on her shoulders for season 2020/2021

Forfar Farmington have fielded a number of experienced players around the team with the likes of Alana Bruce & Fiona McNicoll been around the Farmington corridors for a long time now, there has also been some young blood coming into the team which has brought fresh enthusiasm & food for thought. 

Alongside Aimee Anderson & Erin who are recent additions from Celtic, London Pollard is also another regular under the age of 18 breaking into the Forfar Farmington 1st team & there’s not a better 16th birthday present than scoring a brace on the opening day of the season to gift Forfar Farmington 3 points. 

Pollard spoke about the game when she said, “We were really strong in the game & played very well with some good passing & we scored some good goals, the girls tried to get the ball into me as my speed helps the team & I am happy to score 2 goals. 

“I am looking at this to score more goals however I ain’t putting any pressure on myself, we are disappointed at conceding the 2 goals but we are happy with the win. 

“There is a lot of teenagers playing in the SWPL1 at the minute & I am hoping to add more goals to my game this season, hopefully I can help the team & get a high position in the league table. 

Cowper happy to be back in competitive action

Cassie Cowper was awarded the captains armband by Head Coach Ryan McConville & returned the favour by leading Forfar Farmington out to a 4-2 victory over Motherwell. 

Cowper showed her quality on & off the ball with excellent communication alongside the ability to defend and get an important 3 points in the opening weekend of the SWPL1 season. 

The former Aberdeen full back spoke after the match, “It’s good to be back in competitive action again after a long time out due to lockdown, friendlies are good but it doesn’t beat competitive games, we managed to get some good goals & a good win with the only disappointment being the goals conceded. 

“Donna Paterson has came back from lockdown really fit & that’s why she has been pushed into a midfield role, London Pollard is still young however you can see from the way she plays the game how good a player she is. 

“We won our battles, we were gutted to concede 2 goals, it was sloppy marking however it’s something for us to work on. 

“It’s good that Head Coach Ryan McConville has acknowledged that I have put in the hard work & the girls can listen to me, Ryan has recruited well during pre-season & it’s good to get some competition to the team & Kevin McGreskin has been a good addition to Forfar & hopefully they both stay for a long time.”

McConville: The perfect start

Forfar Farmington Head Coach Ryan McConville was pleased with his sides opening day performance however admits that improvements still need to be made as they beat Motherwell 4-2 in the opening game of the SWPL1 2020-2021 campaign.

McConville said after the match, “The 1st competitive games of the season are always edgy but we are all delighted with the victory, we’ve had a great pre-season & we kept that momentum going into the game today.

“We came into the game with a positive mindset & a confidence however knew it was going to be a difficult game & up against one of the most decorated managers in the Women’s game, it was the perfect start for us & credit goes to the players.

“It’s only the 1st game out of 21 so there is a long way to go, I am delighted for London to get 2 goals today & it’s a great 16th birthday present for her, London showed great strength & drive for a player so young, she is a joy to watch at times.

“For Donna Paterson, she performs on the pitch on a weekly basis, it was a resolute performance from 1-18. I am delighted for everyone involved with the club.

“It’s all positive moving forward, we will look at the 2 goals conceded however if I was asked at the start of the day for 3 points I would have took it. We will now focus on Glasgow City in a fortnights time.”

Pollard & Paterson at the double

Forfar Farmington got off to the best of starts with a 4-2 home win against Motherwell in the SWPL1. Braces from Donna Paterson & London Pollard were enough for Farmington to come out on top in this opening day fixture.

The hosts were on the ascendency straight away & took the lead with the game just under a minute old, Cassie Cowper got into a fantastic area on the left hand side before sending a lovely ball into the box which troubled the Motherwell defence & there was Donna Paterson to guide home a glancing header beyond Khym Ramsay in the Steelmen goal.

Motherwell got a few words of constructive criticism thrown at them & it returned a response with more of an urgency to get back into the game, they had a shout for a penalty turned down by the referee alongside a Chelsie Watson free kick forcing a good catch from Lauren Perry.

The midway point of the 1st half was a bit tepid however Forfar stepped it up a gear before half time adding a 2nd goal on 38 minutes, Charlotte Gammie got clear of her marker before playing a very good ball into London Pollard who beat Ramsay & Lauren Gallon before tapping the ball into an empty net. Happy 16th Birthday indeed!

Motherwell weren’t going to give up though & pulled a goal back before half time with a corner from the left not dealt with & there was Gallon who struck home into the top left corner despite the efforts of a packed Farmington defence.

Half Time – Forfar Farmington 2-1 Motherwell

2nd half

Those watching the live stream will no doubt be singing the praises of Pollard & Donna Paterson with the latter especially being a massive asset for Farmington, on 52 minutes a fantastic run into the area saw her get tumbled inside the area by Natasha Roberts with the referee pointing to the penalty spot, Paterson got herself up before calmly finding the bottom left hand corner from 12 yards to double Farmington’s advantage.

Cheryl Kilcoyne came on in the early exchanges of the 2nd half & was a positive in the Farmington performance giving Motherwell lots to think about, a good ball from the midfielder found Pollard who slotted home beyond Ramsay to make it a 2nd for the day alongside Paterson.

It was another set-piece which led to Motherwell adding a 2nd with another ball into the box not being dealt with & there was Gallon to scramble the ball home. Time was on the essence for the visitors though & a stabilised final 15 minutes was enough for Forfar to come out on top.

A fantastic team performance with London Pollard & Donna Paterson getting the plaudits for the goals however Cassie Cowper was solid & vocal in her role as captain and the defensive line dealt with any Motherwell attack the majority of the time.

Billie Simpson was consistent as always & Charlotte Gammie gave 100% as usual with the subs also making a difference and a competitive debut for Erin Rennie & Aimee Anderson who contributed to the team as well. A good day’s work however plenty for Ryan McConville & the coaching team to work on too. Jade Lindsay & Kirsty Fraser are forming an excellent partnership at the back which was evident in stages today.

Full Time – Forfar Farmington 4-2 Motherwell

Farmington: Lauren Perry, Cassie Cowper, Jade Lindsay, Kirsty Fraser, Lisa Ryan, (80) Billie Simpson, Donna Paterson, Eirinn McCafferty (45), Erin Rennie (80), London Pollard, Charlotte Gammie (56). Subs: Aimee Anderson (80), Fiona McNicoll, Molly-Mae Ramsay, Alana Bruce (45), Cheryl Kilcoyne (56), Leah White, Mel Stirling (80)

Motherwell, Khym Ramsay, Rachel Connor, Chelsie Watson, Lauren Gallon, Kodie Hay, Claire Adams, Katie Rice, Natasha Roberts, Lisa Swanson, Lori Gardner, Nicole Pullar. Subs: Georgia Rafferty, Lauryn Reside, Lynsey Baillie, Lucy Sinclair, Abby Callaghan, Kacey Watson, Abby Skelton

Motherwell Player of the match Donna Paterson

SWPL 1 | Match Sponsors v Motherwell

A huge thank you to our Ball and Player of the Match sponsors last weekend, Winnie and Ally Stewart, who kindly donated the match ball and pictured with their player of the match Donna Paterson.

Motherwell Player of the match Donna Paterson

Thanks also to Winnie and Ally Stewart, Bill Stewart, Colin and Jan Brown, Anne and Roy Matthews and their mascots Ellie and Keira Proctor, both 10 years old, members of Farmington U10s and attend Langlands Primary school in Forfar.

Motherwell Match Sponsors

Although the final score was disappointing we hope that everyone in the party enjoyed their day.

Motherwell Mascots
Mascots Ellie & Keira Proctor

Your support is much appreciated.

For more details on available dates and our new match day opportunities see our brochure https://forfarfarmington.com/…/2020-Sponsor-Document-v2020-1… or contact forfarfarmingtoncommittee@gmail.com

SBSSWPL1 | Rangers 2 v 1 Forfar Farmington

Rangers started the game strong and took an early lead, but after withstanding periods of pressure, Farmington created a few half chances towards the end of the first half.

Second half saw Farmington grow in confidence and grabbed an equaliser with 15 mins to play. Despite a solid defensive performance Rangers scored from a free kick 7 minutes from time.

Congratulations to 15 year old Maria McSherry who scored her first goal in SWPL1 today.

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Motherwell 1

The last time these two teams met in Forfar there was a dramatic end to the game – last night was no different however Motherwell took all 3 points this time after a late penalty in front of a record crowd of 423 at Station Park, in front of the live BBC Alba cameras. 

Six minutes were left on the clock when McNicoll in the Farmington goal was adjudged to have clipped Gardner for the foul – from the stands it looked a definite penalty but it was certainly not so clear cut from the TV angle – however Motherwell skipper Montgomery stepped up and confidently slotted home.

As expected, after two close games previously between the sides, the game started off with both teams trying to assert themselves without creating too much in the way of chances. There was a goalmouth scramble in the Forfar box in 7 minutes with Kilcoyne clearing the shot away from danger.  Motherwell had a couple of long range efforts and crosses which was a feature of their game in both halves, all confidently dealt with by McNicoll.   Farmington’s first real chance came on 21 mins when a Davidson corner was headed just over by the stretching Patterson.   Three minutes later a Davidson free kick was scrambled away from the Well box   A good 1-2 down the Well left saw McNicoll push the resulting shot round the post for a corner.

Farmington were dealt a blow on 31 minutes with Dempster unable to shake off a calf knock and she was replaced by McSherry up front.  She was almost immediately in the action after a great Cook run down the right, cutting inside to square to McSherry and Shillitto with neither able to take advantage.   Motherwell went close when Mceachran cut inside from the left and her shot clipped the outside of the far post.  Just before half time, Kilcoyne made a surging run down the Forfar left before being fouled 22 yards out on the angle of the box – the resultant free kick from Davidson was put over the bar.

The second half continued in much the same vein with Motherwell testing McNicoll from distance and some dangerous crosses into the box.  Farmington’s Cook suffered a head knock on 48 minutes and with blood coming from her nose, she was off the park for fully 5 minutes before being able to carry on. She could only manage another 7 minutes though before Debio came onto centre midfield.   Kilcoyne cut in from the left again before firing past the Well post with the visitors putting a free kick into the side netting on 70 minutes.   White replaced Kilcoyne with 15 minutes left as three Farmington players struggled with cramp.   A diving header from Motherwell went narrowly past before an ambitious drive from 40 yards was tipped over by McNicoll.

With the game heading for a draw and a vital point for Farmington, the defining moment came on 84 minutes with Well taking the lead from the spot.   Glennie was immediately brought on up front for Cattanach as Farmington tried to snatch an equaliser but it was not to be and a disappointing end result.

The club would like to thank all 423 who attended the match, including many of our sponsors who support the ten Farmington teams and SWPL players.

Squad – McNicoll, Cattanach (Glennie 85) , Patterson, Cowper, Bruce, Cook (Debio 60) , Shillitto, Davidson, Kilcoyne (White 75) , McPherson, Dempster (McSherry 31).    Subs not used ; Mowatt, Hassett, Coull