Congratulations to Sophie Garrigan and Amy Taylor who have been selected to join the 2022 SFA East Region U16 Performance Squad.
Both Sophie (15) and Amy (14) have come through our pathway from U9s to playing 11, 13, 15s and 17s before making the step to 19s National Performance for season 2021.
Sophie in her 10th year with the club, enjoyed being part of BGC Scotland squad in 2019 that traveled to take on their Welsh counterparts. Coach Ian McDiarmid said “Sophie is a dedicated hard working and talented player who deserves this opportunity with the East Region programme. As a predominately right sided full back, Sophie can play anywhere in the back four. Working with experienced coaching staff within the programme will ultimately take her game to the next level”.
Amy who has been with the club from age 8 coming through our juniors, was recently selected for the East Region Scottish Schools Football squad and played an inter-association match last week v West of Scotland at Toryglen. Amy has previously been a recipient of Player of the Year for her efforts on the pitch. Coach Scott Gibson was delighted to hear of her success “Having coached Amy from a young age, she has talent and great to see her progress to this level and be given the opportunity to be part of the U16s East Region squad”.
The performance squad programme will begin in February 2022, as additional sessions to their club training and games, the programme offers the girls the chance to attend National training camps in turn then with the chance of selection for the Scottish National Youth squads. Something I’m sure the girls will dream about.
The girls were not alone at the trials, we had number of girls take part in the trails and would congratulate them for being identified by their coaches and although they may be disappointed we hope they enjoyed the opportunity, keep working hard and enjoying your game .
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“SWPL1 Withdrawal : Having exhausted all options in regards player recruitment we have been unsuccessful in securing a squad ahead of 2021/22 season. We approached the SWF towards the end of last week with our concerns and out of respect for the league, associated clubs and with a heavy heart, we formally requested our withdrawal from SWPL1 on Monday.
We’d like to thank all current & past players, staff & supporters for being part of our SWPL journey going back many years and wish all other clubs the best for the season ahead.
We will now refocus our time and energy into our ever growing youth pathway as we look ahead positively to the future.”
Forfar Farmington Committee
Beth Mowatt made her 1st full start this season for Forfar Farmington having forced competition with Lauren Perry & Annalisa McCann respectively.
An injury to Perry on Wednesday evening meant an appearance for Mowatt against a very good opponent in Rangers who didn’t danger the Forfar backline much in the opening half a nour before Daina Bourma put the visitors a goal in front unmarked at the back post.
Mowatt spoke about the game by saying, “It was really good from us all on Wednesday, everyone put in a good performance in what was a tough shift for us all.
“We competed for the ball a lot more & worked really well together despite the fact that we have a young squad.
“Having experienced players in the squad like Donna Paterson, Nicola Davidson & Alana Bruce helps develop young players like myself and we really enjoy working with these players.
“They are really good both on & off the pitch and help the confidence in the young players, if we can play like we did tonight then we’ll give Celtic & Hibs a good game and that’s our plan.”
Wednesday evening saw success for Forfar Farmington despite the 2-1 defeat to Hearts.
With Scottish Government restrictions now in Level 2, Scottish football clubs are able to welcome fans again with 250 the maximum amount for spectators at the moment.
Only residents in Glasgow City & Moray are prohibited for the time being to physically being in grounds due to both areas still in Level 3 restrictions.
Off the park during this COVID-19 pandemic, Forfar Farmington have led the way. Back in October, the club put on a live stream for friendlies against Dundee United & Aberdeen respectively before the season commenced at home to Motherwell, the first club in Scottish Women’s Football circles to introduce live streaming for women’s football followers.
This was then followed by the introduction of fans on Wednesday evening for the match at home to Hearts with a good attendance of die-hard Forfar supporters back to their beloved Station Park alongside some ground hoppers who witnessed their 1st physical game in over 400 days.
With much smaller resources compared to other sides in the league, we can always rely on volunteers to pull the stops out and Forfar Farmington Football Club would like to thank the spectators who attended on Wednesday alongside the volunteers who have helped the club throughout this tough time.
Forfar Farmington Chairperson Nicola McBride said, “We were delighted to get the green light to welcome fans back, it means a lot to the club and especially the players on the pitch. Although there are many restrictions to follow we are grateful to the support we have from our own committee members and club covid offiers. It was important to us to get fans in as soon as we could therefore made sure we had the necessary processes in place to make this happen. Delighted that we had no issues during the match. Thanks to all those who came along to support us last night.”
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.”
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!
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.”