Category: SWPL Team News

SWPL 1 | New Signing – Eirrin McCafferty

The club are delighted to announce the second signing this week of another Scotland U19’s squad player, local Monifieth girl Eirinn McCafferty.

Eirinn started her football career at a very young age with Monifieth FC where she captained the team. She received players player, managers player, most improved and goal of the season during her final few seasons there before signing for Dundee United. Eirinn continued winning trophies whilst with the tangerines where at the age of 15 she won Players Player of the year whilst the team won 2 leagues and the league cup.

Recognised for her outstanding talent Eirinn was selected for Scotland U19’s squad to go to Croatia at age 17 before taking up a scholarship in America at Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina in 2018.

Forfar Farmington Head Coach Ryan McConville said, “we are delighted to sign another young talented local girl of the calibre of Eirinn McCafferty, as we look to compete at the highest level in Scottish Women’s football this year”.

(Eirrin, pictured above with Kenny Gammie, SWPL Coach)

 

SWPL 1 | New Signing – Leah Fleming

The club are delighted to announce the signing of Scotland youth international Leah Fleming who returns to Farmington after a five year spell at St Johnstone.

A local girl, 18 year old Leah can play anywhere on the left hand side and is looking forward to testing herself in the SWPL1.

Her performances at Saints caught the eye of Scotland coach Pauline MacDonald and she made her debut for the SWNT u17s in Sept 2017 v Slovenia playing eight times up to March 2018 before gaining an u19 cap v Netherlands in March 2019.

(Pictured above Kenny Gammie, Coach SWPL & Leah Fleming)

 

2019 Presentation Evening Award Winners

A fantastic evening was had by all at our 14th Annual Presentation Evening on Saturday 30th November. Thanks goes to all our coaches for their continued support, players, parents and all those involved in supporting the evening.

Photos of the evening are now available.

Presentation Evening Award Winners

Lisa Evans, U7, U9 and U11 sides not involved with competitive football, were awarded medals for their efforts while the older sides were presented with awards ranging from a Clubwoman Award to Players’ Player of the Year.

Farmington U13 Dynamos
Clubwoman: Alisha Stewart
Most Improved Player: Erin Reynolds
Player of the Year: Daisy Hickie

Farmington U13 
Clubwoman: Nicole Gibson
Most Improved: Ashleigh Davidson
Player of the Year: Iona Henderson

Farmington U15
Club women: Eilidh McDiarmid
Players player: Alix Saddler
Player of the year: Martyna Kisiel

Farmington U15 Cobras
Clubwoman: Molly Dishington
Players Player: Karla Millar
Player of the Year: Laura Findlay

Farmington U17 Falcons
Most improved: Liberty Whyte 
Players player: Beth Mowatt
Player of the Year: Melissa Coull

SWFL2 Ladies
Clubwoman: Lyndsey Clyne
Players Player: Pauline Harley
Player of Year: Pauline Harley

SWPL1
Young Player of the Year: Beth McPherson
Players’ Player: Fiona McNicoll
Player of the Year: Donna Paterson

Club Awards

Community Award: Leah White
Youth Player of the Year: Beth Mowatt

New Signing | Haley Kern

The club are delighted to announce the signing of 21 year old midfielder, Haley Kern from Oregon, USA.

Haley a student at Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee played for the first women’s Academy team in the US, known as the Portland Thorns Academy (Located in Portland Oregon). She then moved to play two years for Highline community college where they became 2017 Northwest Athletic Conference champions.

Haley has been involved with youth coaching in the states where she was assistant coach and referee. 

She is looking forward to the challenge ahead  moving into next season playing for Forfar Farmington as we look to secure our place in SWPL1 football next season.

Awards:

  • 2013 NWOC Second Team All-League Midfield –Freshman
  • 2014 NWOC First Team All-League Midfield –Sophomore
  • 2013 NWOC Honorable Mention Midfield –Junior
  • 2017-18 Vice Presidents List for Highline Community College
  • 2018 Presidents List for Mt. Hood Community College

New Signing | Charlotte Gammie

The club are delighted to announce the signing of 26 year old striker, Charlotte Gammie from Division 1 Montrose Ladies FC.

Charlotte started her footballing career in the Middle East where she played for Qatar Ladies National team before leaving Doha in 2012 to go to Abertay University Dundee. After a break from football to concentrate on her degree, Charlotte joined the newly formed Montrose Ladies FC in 2017.

Last season as top goal scorer for the club with an impressive 41 league goals Charlotte was instrumental in the clubs success securing promotion to Division 1 in only their second season and this year securing a middle table finish and guaranteed football in Division 1 next year. Charlotte also won the 2018 SWFL Div 2 player of the year award for her hard work and commitment.

Charlotte is ready for the challenge ahead and is looking forward to playing for Forfar Farmington in the top tier in Scottish football, as they strive to secure SWPL1 football next season.


Next fixture : Tuesday 8th October, Hibernian v Forfar Farmington

Sponsorship secured with Jelf (Forfar)

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jelf (Forfar) for their generous shorts and media sponsor. We have been working with Jelf over the last few months since announcing their sponsor earlier last month.

Players and officials from the club attended an event being held at the Jelf office in Forfar on Friday 9 August, to celebrate the rebrand of the office, which was formerly operated by Bluefin.

We prepare for our fixture on Sunday as we host Rangers at Station Park in the 4th round of SSE Scottish Women’s Cup, kick off 1pm.

Pictured, Steven Low  (Jelf Account Director), Natalie Cromar, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Nicola Davidson (Captain), Alana Bruce & Nathan Flight (Head Coach)

Flight takes the reins

The club are delighted to announce the appointment of Nathan Flight as the new head coach after Stevie Baxter decided to step away ahead of the second half of the season getting underway.

Farmington Committee agreed this was the right time to hand over the reins to Flight who has been with the club for some time, recently working as assistant to Baxter as well as head of youth at the club.

Nathan has a wealth of experience within the club working from grassroots throughout the youth teams as well as his current role. Nathan works with SFA in a number of roles, regional squads and national performance; and he has also had spells with Dundee FC & St Johnstone and Abertay University Womens team. Nathan will continue to work with Claire Garrett and the rest of the current staff as they continue this season.

Last season saw Farmington finish fifth in the SBSSWPL1 and Flight admits he is looking forward to helping the team build to finish the season on a high.

We would also like to thank Stevie Baxter and wish him all the best for the future.

Head Coach Nathan Flight

New Signing | Natalie Cromar

New signing Natalie Cromar is delighted to get going with Forfar Farmington after taking time away from the game earlier this year.

The 22 year old attacker has joined Stevie Baxter’s squad as she steps up to top flight football for the first time.

After signing, the former Tayside and Dundee United player expressed her joy at getting back into the game with Farmington.

“I’m delighted to have signed for Forfar and I am looking forward to getting back to football, putting in the work and winning games.”

Cromar won the SWFL1 North with United last season but despite the excitement of winning the league, she felt she had to step away from football for a few months before returning with Farmington.

“I left Dundee United at the end of last season and after promotion it was amazing but I felt that my head wasn’t in it at the club so I took several months away to figure out where I needed to be and I found Forfar.”

There are a few faces around the club that the striker is familiar with which she feels will help her link with the squad on the pitch and hopes her pace can cause problems for opposition defences.

“I feel I can bring a positive and enthusiastic mindset to the team. I think I have a lot of pace so going forward that will help us out. I have played with several of the girls before so I think it will help coming into the team.”

Farmington’s final game before the summer break saw them defeated by Glasgow City, however Cromar got on the scoresheet as a trialist which she will look to continue in the second half of the season.

“I think the game against Glasgow City was a tough one but to get a goal definitely helped. I hope to get a lot more goals going into the second half of the season and help the team secure some wins.”

The history graduate believes coming in during the summer break may be a blessing in disguise as she looks to gel with her teammates ahead of a tough second half of the season.

“I think the summer break is a good thing, it allows me time to get to know my teammates better and allow us all to reconnect on and off the pitch which will definitely help us going forward.”

SBSSWPL1 | Glasgow City 10 Forfar Farmington 1

Stevie Baxter referred to the afternoon as “embarrassing” as Forfar Farmington conceded ten goals away to Glasgow City on Sunday.

In the final game before the summer break, Farmington conceded five in either half, with a trialist netting a consolation 28 seconds after the break.

A goalkeeping situation through injuries and unavailability meant Baxter was forced to play Kayleigh Brough in goal. This wasn’t new to the defender as she had played in goal in her youth career as well as playing in an SWPL fixture in November 2014.

Despite the score line, Farmington arguably started off the first half the better side with the first chance after four minutes; Donna Paterson sending a free kick into the box and after controlling it Cassie Cowper lashed an effort over the bar.

At the other end Leanne Crichton couldn’t get her header on target from Leanne Ross’ corner.

Beth McPherson went even closer in the eighth minute, receiving the ball from Beth Shillitto before firing inches past the post.

Eight minutes later City opened the scoring as Jenna Clark got the slightest of touches to a Ross free kick to divert it into the net.

In the 26th minute it was two as another Ross set piece was netted by Kirsty Howat.

The lead was extended two minutes after the second goal as Murron Cunningham gave Kayleigh Brough no chance.

A further two goals was added before the break in the 38th and 41st minute when Howat grabbed her second and Hayley Sinclair made it 5-0.

Just 28 seconds after the break Farmington had pulled one back; Danni McGinley held off her marker to spray the ball out to Erin Cattanach whose cross was blocked but the ball fell to McGinley again and she laid off Alana Bruce for a cross that found the trialist striker and she lifted the ball past Lee Alexander.

Stevie Baxter’s side almost had another shortly after when Shillitto sprayed a cross into the box and the trialist and Cheryl Kilcoyne were agonisingly close to meeting the ball but the danger was cleared by City.

Beth McPherson tried her luck from 35 yards but sub keeper Erin Clachers held her long range strike.

In the 51st minute the five goal lead was restored when Clare Shine fired past Brough.

Four minutes later City were awarded a penalty when Cattanch was adjudged to have fouled Sinclair just inside the box. Ross stepped up and saw her spot kick saved by the legs of Brough but she reacted quickest to the rebound to make it 7-1.

Shortly after the hour mark it was eight for City when Shine and Megan Foley combined for the former to net her second of the afternoon.

Shine could have completed her hat trick ten minutes later but was denied by Brough while she blazed well over the bar when it was easier to score after Nicola Docherty had hit the post.

Docherty made up for hitting the post by adding a ninth in the 72nd minute before Hayley Sinclair completed the scoring with her second and City’s tenth a minute later.

All in all it was an afternoon that hurt the players and backroom staff but they will look to work hard over the summer break and bounce back from this in the second half of the season.

Glasgow City: Alexander (Clachers 47), Cunningham, Crichton (McLintock 46), Howat (Lauder 84), Shine, Docherty, Clark, Sinclair, Ross, Girasoli, Foley

Subs not used: Love, Kerr, Ivanusa, Kulis

Forfar Farmington: Brough, Cattanach, Paterson, McGinley, Davidson, Bruce, Shillitto (Robb 80), Kilcoyne (Hassett 80), Cowper, McPherson, Dempster (Trialist 26)

Subs not used: Stewart, McNicoll

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 2 Rangers 3

Forfar Farmington can count themselves unlucky not to have taken anything as they lost out by the odd goal in five to Rangers on Wednesday.

Goals from Robyn Smith and Nicola Davidson were not enough for Farmington as Sarah Robertson, Clare Gemmell and Jade Gallon gave Rangers all three points.

Head coach Stevie Baxter made two changes to his team as Donna Paterson and Robyn Smith replaced Megan Robb and Kayleigh Brough.

Farmington started off strongly as they almost scored straight away; Nicola Davidson’s corner being sent inches past the post by Cassie Cowper less than a minute after kick off.

In the sixth minute Donna Paterson’s free kick caused problems for Rangers but Farmington couldn’t capitalise as Beth McPherson headed wide of the mark.

Rangers almost scored two minutes later through Chantelle Brown when her long range strike was tipped over the bar by Fiona McNicoll.

Danni McGinley had a golden opportunity to put Stevie Baxter’s side ahead in the thirteenth minute after racing onto a Robyn Smith through ball but as she burst into the box her effort was saved by Chloe Nicolson.

Farmington were made to rue this miss 60 seconds later as the visitors took the lead through Sarah Robertson against the run of play.

Despite going behind, Farmington still looked the better side in the opening half hour and almost equalised in the 17th minute but Paterson couldn’t find the target with a header from Davidson’s free kick.

Smith was next to miss a fantastic chance; collecting a McGinley lofted ball but after turning her marker she fired over the bar from ten yards.

The duo were involved as Farmington equalised five minutes after going behind; Paterson’s free kick was flicked on by McGinley and this allowed Smith to head past the oncoming Nicolson for her first goal of the season.

Rangers captain Clare Gemmell blasted wide from long range while at the other end Smith almost punished a poor clearance but Nicolson recovered to deny her.

In the 29th minute Amy Muir saw her shot deflected wide and from the corner Rangers restored their lead as Gemmell’s corner flew straight in.

Rangers looked the better side for the remainder of the half but didn’t look close to scoring as Holly Napier blasted over while Brown went one better and sent her shot soaring over the Mert End and into Market Muir.

The first chance of the second half fell to Smith but she couldn’t find a way past Nicolson while at the other end Alana Bruce put in a fantastic block to deny Robertson as she looked odds on to score.

Carla Boyce sent a volley wide for the visitors in the 53rd minute as Rangers looked to consolidate their lead.

Shortly after the hour mark Davidson sent a free kick into the box that found McPherson but she couldn’t get her effort on target.

Muir was next to try her luck for Rangers from outside the box but failed to keep her effort down.

In the 65th minute Paterson’s free kick caused problems again, however as the ball fell to Robyn Smith she had a swipe at fresh air and the ball was eventually cleared.

Rangers were awarded a penalty six minutes later and Jade Gallon stepped up to fire past McNicoll to make it 3-1.

McPherson headed over from a Davidson corner kick as Farmington kept hunting for a second goal and she was involved in the 78th minute as they were awarded a penalty of their own.

Rosie McQuillan was booked as she was holding the midfielder inside the box and captain Davidson sent her penalty coolly down the middle to reduce the deficit.

Both sides were still on the look out for another vital goal with Rangers’ McQuillan firing over in injury time.

Farmington felt they should have had a penalty late on as Beth McPherson looked to have been fouled as she shaped up to shoot but referee David Fearn waved away strong appeals by players.

The result was perhaps harsh on Farmington who looked good enough to have taken something away from the game, however they will rue failing to capitalise on chances.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, Paterson, McGinley, Smith, Davidson, Bruce (Hassett 83), Kilcoyne (Brough 73), Cowper, McPherson, Trialist (Shillitto 46)

Subs not used; White, Weber, Deubel, Williamson

Rangers: Nicolson, Muir, Watson, Napier, Gallon, Brown (Honeyman 88), Robertson (Inglis 82), Gemmell, Boyce (McQuillan 62), McCartney, Coakley

Subs not used: Donnelly, Baillie