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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.”

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.”

 

 

 

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

SWPL 1 | New Signing – Jade Lindsay

The club are thrilled to announce Northern Ireland international Jade Lindsay as our fifth new signing as we gear up for the opening competitive match on Sunday v Kilmarnock Ladies in the SWPL League Cup.

After two seasons at Celtic Women, Jade made the move to Hamilton Accies in 2016 where she enjoyed an SWPL2 title win in her first season.

Having left Accies recently, Head Coach Ryan McConville made contact and secured Jade for the 2020 season.

Jade made her Northern Ireland debut in Nov 2015 against Switzerland in the European Qualifiers.  She is hoping to catch NI manager, Kenny Shiels eye with her performances in SWPL1 this season and add to her 15 caps, having now fully recovered from an injury in May last year.

Ryan McConville said “I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to add such an experienced player to our squad, when I found out it could be possible to bring her in I jumped at the opportunity. Jade brings high standards , professionalism and a maturity that we need here at Farmington and I think she will be a great fit for our squad going into the season ahead.

I hope we will help her get back into the international setup and from what I have seen pretty early in working with her she is definitely worthy wearing that green and white jersey again especially the way our new national team manager  now wants to play.”

Pictured : Jade Lindsay and Chairman Colin Brown

SWPL 1 | New Signing Anne Metz USA (Subject to ITC)

The club are delighted to announce our 4th new signing for 2020 with Anne Metz coming in from USA, pending international clearance

Anne has graduated from John Brown University in Arkansas and was team captain in her senior year with them.  In her Junior and Senior Year she made 1st Team All Conference and also in her Senior Year she made 1st Team, All American with honourable mention.  She finished top scorer for JBU in the 2019 season.     She has also played in the Women’s Premier Soccer League for Shreveport Lady Rafters and AHFC Royals.

Head Coach Ryan McConville has worked with Anne before and is looking forward to welcoming her to Forfar  – he commented  “I am over the moon to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing hard working player again. We shared a great season at the Lady Rafters in Louisiana and I hope to replicate this at Forfar.  Anne is a fantastic athlete with so many qualities and I know she will give her absolute best for this club and her new teammates “

Club Appoints New Head Coach

The club are delighted to welcome Ryan McConville as our new Head Coach and Club Technical Director. 

Ryan comes with a very impressive CV having coached in Ireland, South Africa, Russia, China and the USA. His latest coaching position was in fact in Farmington, Connecticut with FSA!  

As head coach at Linfield Ladies in Ireland he guided the team to numerous trophies in 3 seasons and to the women’s champions league for the first time in their history, also successful at Lurgan Ladies who won their league earlier this year.  

He has held a UEFA A Licence for 9 years, and now a UEFA A Elite Youth Licence candidate along with many other qualifications. His key strengths are player development, leadership, communication and teamwork and he has worked with a number of girls and women who have progressed to international squads. 

We are excited to welcome Ryan on board and to build for 2020.

Thanks to all candidates for their interest in the role.

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 1 v 4 Hibernian

The team couldn’t make it three games without defeat to end the season on Sunday, but there were positives to take with a much improved score line from the last Hibs game and a goal of the season contender from Haley Kern being the highlights in Nathan Flight’s last game in charge.

https://hibstv.hibernianfc.co.uk/tv/video/vod/5997

Hibs deserved their 4-1 win on the day and the squad can now look forward to a short break before the build up to another season of SWPL1 football commences in 2020.

Flight moves on

CLUB STATEMENT

Yesterday saw us say farewell to Nathan Flight our SWPL Head Coach, who has decided to move onto new challenges. It was Nathan’s last game with us at the club and we would like to take the opportunity in thanking him for his hard work and commitment over the last 2 years.

We have achieved SWPL1 status for next season and this has been possible by the efforts of his team and the hard work of the players. The youths within the club have also benefited greatly from Nathan’s involvement over the years and he will be missed by all. We wish him all the very best.