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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.”

Direct Soccer sponsor new Home kit

Delighted with our new home kit, sponsored by Direct Soccer.

Its fantastic to secure sponsorship for our SWPL1 squad from Direct Soccer, who were very keen to provide support for the women’s game as we are a local community organisation.  Its great to be able to offer such sponsors increased advertising opportunities via all media streams including BBC Sport Online.

Our new kit will get its first run out this Sunday live on BBC Sport Online, as we host Glasgow City at Station Park, KO 1pm

**Away kit sponsor available.**
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Cheque handover to Angus Young carers

FClub Road to Hampden – Charity handover

After our successful fundraising efforts back in our first lockdown period in May 2020 we asked our members to get involved in some activity to walk, bike or run the distance to Hampden during May keeping them active and engaged with the club. We raised a massive £2500 and had hoped to have more of a hand over to our nominated charities however due to restrictions this has not been possible.
 
We were delighted to hand over £625 to Angus Young Carers,
Angus Carers Centre prior to our winter break. Pictured with Nicola McBride (Club Development Officer), Nicole Gibson (U15sNPL) and Heather Kilcoyne (Young Carer Group Worker) accepting the cheque on behalf of Angus Young Carers.
 
May 2020 Memories – #fclubroadtohampden

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

 

Festive Friends 2020 – SPFL Partnership

As part of Station Park Community Trust we are proud to be involved with this year’s initiative alongside our friends at Forfar Athletic Football Club (Official) and Forfar Athletic Community Football Club as we look to bring some Christmas cheer to support local, socially distanced elderly people.

The clubs will be heading out into the community week beginning 21st Dec to deliver Christmas hampers to 100 locals who have likely had a difficult 2020 due to Covid19 and the associated restrictions.

If you know of someone who deserves a wee pick me up then please nominate them by completing this form.

We are looking for donations of food and toiletry items which can be dropped off at our training sessions at Market Muir Tuesdays 6-8pm , Wednesdays 4-8pm and Saturday mornings 10-12pm or contact any committee member or club coach. If we have surplus donations we will then drop them to another local worthy cause. Final date for donations is Friday 18th Dec
Thanks for your support.

https://spfltrust.org.uk/festive-friends-at-home-2020/ 

 

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. 

Forfar Farmington Christmas Raffle

Prizes include – Official Lisa Evans SWNT#11, Arsenal #17 kit & boots, Vivianne Miedema, Arsenal #9 boots x 3, £100 Cash, plus 9 Christmas hampers, £5 per number Want to buy a number?

We are delighted to announce our Xmas raffle where we have various items up for grabs from Scotland International Lisa Evans and her team mate at Arsenal Women, Dutch International, Vivianne Miedema as well as £100 Cash and Christmas hampers.   Knowing that we have run a very well attended Lisa Evans Soccer Centre here in Forfar since 2017, Richard and Kate Evans very kindly reached out to us with an offer of kit from their daughter Lisa and Vivianne.

Lisa is of course relatively local having started her football career in Perth with St Johnstone Girls, then playing for Glasgow City before signing professionally and relocating to Germany where she played for Turbine Potsdam and then Bayern Munich.  She signed for Arsenal Women in the FA WSL 3 years ago.  Lisa has won league titles in every country she has played.   A natural goal scorer she played with Scotland u17 & u19s before making her full international debut in 2011.  She has featured at the European Championships in 2017 and the World Cup in 2019 and has over 80 international caps already.

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Vivianne has had an equally successful career to date having started off in her home country signing professionally with SC Heerenveen in 2011 at 14 years old,  before moving to Germany with Bayern Munich in 2014 where she first teamed up up with Lisa.  Vivianne moved to Arsenal Women in 2017 and keeps breaking records in the WSL where she has a record of almost a goal a game in her 88 appearances so far.  Internationally she played 15s, 16s, 17s and 19s for Netherlands, making her full debut in 2013.  She is her country’s all time record scorer having played in 2015 and 2019 World Cups and 2017 European Championships – Vivianne currently has 70 goals from 91 full international appearances and was nominated for the Ballon d’Or Feminin in 2019. 

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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.”