Category: SWPL Team News

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

 

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.”

McGreskin: Proud of the players

Forfar Farmington assistant coach Kevin McGreskin admitted after the game that he’s proud of his players despite the 8-1 loss to Glasgow City. Farmington played well for the majority of the game & competed with City for the opening 40 minutes until Scott Booth’s side playing some free flowing football which led to the more superior outcome from their point of view. 

McGreskin said, “To be fair, the players worked really hard & put in a really good shift against a top outfit in Glasgow City who have a host of international players in their squad & been league champions for the last 13 years. 

“I felt our players made them work hard enough during the game but with them having more fitness & sharpness it told in the end, there at the top of the tree in Scottish Women’s football. 

“We are proud of the players as they put in a good performance against a top side, we created good opportunities & a few half chances & Fiona McNicoll made some great saves in the 2nd half at the other end, it might sound silly after an 8-1 defeat however the players played well. 

“I wouldn’t say we capitulated as we competed really well, it was a mad spell a few minutes before half time conceding 2 goals which puts a different complexion on the game. On the whole, Glasgow City were just able to take advantage of extra half yards in terms of movement & sharpness. 

“Donna Paterson has been in great form for us, we worked on a few set-pieces & was unlucky not to add another goal in the 2nd half.” 

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.

 

Kirsty Fraser: No pressure for City game

Forfar Farmington centre back Kirsty Fraser is one of the new players at the club however has settled into the back-line very well putting in a solid performance a fortnight ago against Motherwell. 

A different assignment follows for Forfar Farmington tomorrow when they take the trip to Broadwood Stadium to face Glasgow City (3pm kick off) who have been a dominant force in Scottish Women’s Football for many years. 

Fraser admits that there is no pressure on Forfar Farmington for the upcoming task against City, “There is no pressure on us to get anything out of the game against Glasgow City, Glasgow City are a good side however we will be going out to perform, play well & give them a good game. 

“There is nothing to fear prior to this game, we had a good result against Motherwell a fortnight ago which will give us momentum heading into the game. 

“It will be a good challenge for us but we know that Glasgow City are talented all over the park, we are capable of doing well & everyone within the club is looking forward to the game.”

“Following the Motherwell win, it gives us that oomph, the game plan went well & the aim is to build around the positivity tomorrow.”

McConville: Glasgow City will be a big challenge

Forfar Farmington got off to the dream start just under a fortnight ago in the SWPL1 Premier League with a 4-2 win over Motherwell. A different assignment follows with a tricky encounter to face Premier League champions Glasgow City who have dominated Scottish Womens football for over a decade. 

Farmington Head Coach Ryan McConville is looking for his players to embrace the challenge against a side of Glasgow City’s calibre on Sunday which is filled with experience & quality all over the park despite upcoming & recent departures from the club. 

McConville said, “We’re playing against the champions from last year who have dominated womens football in this country for a very long time, we are playing against a lot of international players & players with a bit of pedigree. 

“Glasgow City have recruited well despite losing some players, Scott Booth has done a great job with the club who is one of the best managers in the league, it’s a big challenge for the coaches & players. 

“The pressure isn’t on us, it’s important that we perform & give a good account of ourselves but Glasgow City will be favourites to win the game, we’ll be trying to give them difficult hurdles & at the end of the day it’s a David v Goliath task. 

“Sunday will give us that indication of where we’re at, the outcome of the game won’t define the season however we need to try & give it our best shot & be positive.”

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.”

McCafferty loving life at Farmington

Recent signing Eirinn McCafferty has been enjoying her time at FClub so far and is really excited by Sunday’s curtain raiser against Motherwell in the SWPL1. 

McCafferty said, “I am excited for Sunday, I think it’ll be a good game and a good challenge, Sunday is the perfect opportunity for us to show what we’ve been working on through pre-season and also lockdown. 

“The training sessions have been a good high intensity, we’ve had a chance to work and develop on things, it’s been a positive last few weeks. 

“It’s been great to get back into Scottish football, I am loving every minute of my time here at FClub, there is a lot of talent around myself in the team and we all create a high standard when we train or play. 

“Over pre-season, it’s been good to be involved and play my part with goals and assists, I want to win as much games as possible this season and create a positive impact on the team.”

McGreskin pleased with pre-season but counts for nothing come Sunday

 

After a long 7 month lay-off due to COVID-19, Forfar Farmington are back in competitive action tomorrow afternoon hosting Motherwell at Station Park (2pm kick off). 

Due to the current government guidelines, no spectators will be allowed inside Station Park for tomorrow’s curtain raiser with Forfar Farmington assistant coach Kevin McGreskin hoping FClub supporters tune in via the live stream to watch the game, “We have had a good response to our online stream over the past few friendlies against Dundee United & Aberdeen & hopefully they will continue to log-on to the stream for tomorrows match as well. 

“The girls will go out & give their best on the day, Motherwell are a good side & they have a good manager in Eddie Wolecki Black whose been around the Womens game for years, Eddie will have Motherwell organised & tough to beat. 

“I am looking forward to the game & so is everyone else around the club, it’s always good when a season gets underway, we’ve had a pretty decent pre-season & played some good teams but getting the competitive games going is what we’re after.

“It’s good to go through pre-season undefeated but that counts for nothing on Sunday afternoon, we’ve used pre-season to give players a run-out & give minutes to players that need it. 

“It’s a good group of players here at Forfar Farmington, as a management team we are lucky to have that, we have brought in some new players & kept the players that have been around so we are gelling all the time. 

“There’s a real positive vibe about the club now, there is competition for places in the team, they all work hard on the training ground & hopefully the spectators will see a good performance tomorrow.”