Buchan 0 Forfar Farmington 4 (SWPL) 29th June 2014

Buchan                             0

 

Forfar Farmington            4

Grant 53, Napier 56, Davidson 57, McLaren 78

A rampant Forfar Farmington won their first league game of the season on Sunday at Maud Pleasure Park when they dismantled Buchan to move off the bottom of the SWPL table.

After last week’s cup victory, Forfar were forced into three starting changes changes, with Megan Burns, Caren Webster, Kayleigh Noble and sub Cheryl Kilcoyne all missing. Amy Gallacher and Jade McLaren returned to the starting line up, Murron White was promoted from the bench whilst Alex Russell, Erin Cattanach and 15 year old debutant Sally Patterson took places on the bench.

The game started off evenly, with the first chance coming in the third minute, Holly Napier setting up last week’s hat-trick hero Nicky Grant but she could only fire straight at Jodie Kennedy. Buchan had their first chance two minutes later, Leanne Reid hitting the sidenetting.

Napier also shot wide in the 6th minute before Reid threatened again for the Maud outfit, her long range effort failing to threaten Fiona McNicoll. In quick succession Alana Bruce and Lindsey Dunbar went wide, at the other end Lydia Johnston forced McNicoll into a good one handed save from the edge of the penalty area after 17 minutes.

Farmington were unlucky not to have taken the lead 24 minutes into the first half, Bruce supplying a cross for Nicky Grant, whose header smashed off the crossbar and went over. Laura Parsley swung a corner in two minutes later that caused problems, firstly Kayleigh Brough’s header was punched out but a ball back in was met by Gallacher and she could only nod towards the keeper.

Johnston blasted wide again on the half hour mark while Bruce found Grant with a long ball, Grant flashing a half volley across the face of goal. Sixty seconds later Gallacher collected the ball on the left flank before waltzing past four defenders but the effort at the end of it was saved well by Kennedy.

Gallacher had another chance in the 43rd minute, Davidson smartly threading the ball through for her, although Gallacher fired just over. Bruce created another opportunity on the stroke of half time, terrorising the left back again before sending a cross in that was cleared towards Napier, who struck straight at Kennedy.

HALF TIME: Buchan 0 Forfar Farmington 0

Forfar came out for the second half as strong as they finished the first, tormenting Buchan at every opportunity they had. Nicola Davidson and Amy Gallacher combined to flick the ball on for Laura Parsley to fire towards the keeper.

Alana Bruce’s long range strike was pushed away by Kennedy, Lindsey Dunbar doing the same a minute later with Parsley slicing wide afterwards. At the opposite end Michelle Sutherland blasted over as Buchan struggled to get into the game in the second half.

Farmington took the lead in the 53rd minute, Davidson spraying the ball out wide to Parsley and she swung in a great ball for Nicky GRANT to sweep home at the back post for her fourth in two games.

Three minutes later the lead was doubled, another cross, this time from Bruce, was met by a great header from Holly NAPIER, giving the keeper no chance.

Sixty seconds after that the side had grabbed their third goal in four minutes, excellent work from Parsley saw the ball go towards Dunbar, she left the ball for the advancing DAVIDSON who hit the ball first time from 30 yards, the effort flying into the net with Kennedy nowhere near it.

After 64 minutes Parsley fired wide before Dunbar had a header from her cross blocked by a defender as they looked to further consolidate their lead. Gallacher curled a free kick from around 10 yards out just over the bar before Dunbar had another chance blocked on the edge of the box, being set up by Gallacher and Bruce.

With twelve minutes remaining Farmington scored again, Napier swinging a free kick in from the left and Jade McLAREN scored her second of the season as she bulleted a header home at the back post.

Five minutes later Leanne Reid fluffed a free kick on the edge of the box and Fiona McNicoll gathered with ease. Michelle Sutherland also sent her effort wide from long range as Buchan tried to at least get a consolation in the dying stages of the game.

The final whistle went not long after, confirming Farmington’s first league win of the season, taking them up to 10th above Buchan and Queen’s Park.

After the game Paul White said ‘I’m overwhelmed, that’s our first league win of the season, it’s been a long, hard start to it. The girls are playing well in a lot of games but today I felt they got their rewards. It was pretty tight out there, Buchan put on a good show too, we both had chances in the first half, we came out and dominated possession. Once we got our first goal ten minutes into the second half everything just fell into place from then, it took the pressure off the girls and settled them down. I think overall we deserved the result and clean sheet today, I’m very, very pleased.’

Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Nicky Grant

Fiona McNicoll: 7Didn’t have much to do

Lindsey Dunbar: 7Did well in middle of midfield

Holly Napier: 8Deserved goal and grabbed an assist too

Murron White: 7Defended well but like Brough, wasn’t bothered too often by Buchan

Jade McLaren: 7Good goal and worried the Buchan right hand side going forward on the left

Kayleigh Brough: 7Wasn’t bothered much by a lacklustre Buchan attack

Laura Parsley: 8Unlucky not to score in final game before heading to America

*Nicky Grant: 8Her experience is a massive help in midfield, another goal for her as well

Amy Gallacher: 7Put in a great shift, the goals will come soon for her

Nicola Davidson: 8Fantastic goal

Alana Bruce: 8Played great on right side of defence

Subs:

Sally Patterson (Napier): 6 – Only had ten minutes but impressed on her debut

Alex Russell (Brough): 6 – Did okay at right back when she came on

Erin Cattanach (Parsley): 6 – Like Patterson, only had ten minutes although looked good

Buchan: Jodie Kennedy, Connie Strachan, Vanessa Silcocks (Natasha Wiseman 74), Lydia Johnston, Leanne Reid, Michelle Sutherland, Gemma Rae, Louise Brown, Sophie Anderson, Donna Paterson (Zoe Smart 62), Jennifer Urquhart.

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Claremont 2 Forfar Farmington 9 (Scottish Cup 2nd Round) 22nd June 2014

Claremont                   2

Brown 45, Crichton 77

Forfar Farmington       9

Grant 16, 25, 40, Noble 19, Dunbar 21, 37, Napier 28, 60, Kilcoyne 65

After weeks of playing well yet not getting anything to show for it, Forfar Farmington won their first game of the season this past Sunday, defeating lower league side Claremont 9-2 at Ballerup Recreation in East Kilbride.

With first team regulars Sydney Cairns, Amy Gallacher and Jade McLaren missing along with Keira Johnstone and Alex Russell who were all at the U16 National Camp in Fife, Nicky Grant, Caren Webster and Megan Burns all returned to the starting line up, this being Grant and Webster’s first game in weeks.

Farmington started off the much stronger side, Lindsay Dunbar set up Nicky Grant but she could only shoot straight at Vikki Gavin in the first sixty seconds before Dunbar had the ball in the net although the ref had deemed her to be offside when she received the ball.

In the seventh minute Dunbar was involved in a chance again, her cross being met by Caren Webster but the ball ended up in Gavin’s arms again. At the other end, in a rare venture towards keeper Fiona McNicoll, who could have had the deckchair out in the first half with Claremont barely threatening her, Dionne Brown blasted wide when she could have ran closer to goal before letting fly.

Two minutes later Alana Bruce, who was deputising at right back was unlucky not to see her 40 yard lob go in, the ball swerving inches wide of the post. It was one nil in the sixteenth minute after Laura Parsley beat the left back before sending a cross in that Nicky GRANT swept home from close range.

Kayleigh NOBLE doubled Forfar’s lead soon after, rounding the keeper, who was eager to rush off her line far too many times, before knocking the ball into an empty net. Lindsay DUNBAR scored an almost identical goal two minutes after Noble, rounding Gavin before gleefully slotting home.

Parsley nodded a Nicola Davidson free kick past the post as the visitors looked to further extend their lead after 23 minutes. They got their wish two minutes later, a long ball by Bruce was met by Nicky GRANT who chipped the stranded keeper for her second of the game.

Grant was now hunting for her hat-trick, and after Bruce fired over from long range, a cross from Parsley evaded everyone bar Grant at the far post but her shot cannoned off the post and went wide for a goal kick.

Holly NAPIER grabbed Forfar’s fifth in the space of twelve minutes when she capped off an amazing run, beating three defenders before lashing the ball home.

Lindsay DUNBAR scored an even better goal in the 37th minute, Forfar were awarded a corner after Davidson’s effort from range was pushed wide and Parsley’s corner was cleared out towards Dunbar, she controlled the ball as it fell, touched it over a defender and volleyed home into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Five minutes before half time it was seven without reply, a fantastic venture forward by Bruce ended in her slipping a through ball for GRANT to latch on to before waltzing past the keeper and completing her hat-trick.

Claremont were given a bizarre free kick on the edge of the Forfar box on the stroke of half time and gave themselves a very faint glimpse of hope, Dionne BROWN curling the ball home.

HALF TIME: Claremont 1 Forfar Farmington 7

Eight minutes into the second half Grant almost had a fourth when her long range strike was fumbled in an Igor Akinfeev style by Vikki Gavin on the line but she gathered the ball before she dropped it into the net.

Holly Napier had two chances in quick succession straight after, powering a header wide from a Bruce cross before firing straight at Gavin after Noble cut the ball back for her. Noble set up Webster with a carbon copy cut back and like Napier, Webster sent the ball into the keeper’s arms.

Grant was making a mockery of the East Kilbride outfit’s players with her play, this time darting past them with ease from the halfway line before passing to Parsley but the winger sent her shot wide of the mark.

On the hour mark Holly NAPIER made it 8-1, firing home after meeting another Bruce cross. Before kick-off, Kayleigh Brough and Caren Webster were brought off for Murron White and striker Cheryl Kilcoyne for the last half hour.

In the 64th minute Parsley raced past the Claremont left back, as she had been doing all day and let fly with an effort that Gavin had to parry back out to her, the cross back in was put over the bar by Noble.

A minute later Parsley swung a cross in that Napier headed over before less than 30 seconds had passed since then, Cheryl KILCOYNE scored her first of the season for the senior side when she capitalised on a defensive error to slot home from outside the box.

After this Forfar took their foot off the gas a little bit but still threatened, Grant setting up Kilcoyne but she blazed the ball over. With thirteen minutes left of the tie, Claremont scored their second, Stephanie Crichton shrugged off her challenger to fire home.

The home side should have had a player sent off when Gill McKenzie was the last woman as she took down Grant, the referee deemed it to be a booking though. The resultant free kick wasn’t cleared properly after hitting the wall but Lindsay Dunbar blasted inches wide.

Dunbar did the same moments later from a Parsley corner before Davidson and Kilcoyne both made the keeper work to save their efforts in the 84th minute.

A minute later Alana Bruce sent a long ball up towards Dunbar who rounded Vikki Gavin but saw her chance hit the post and was then cleared.

In the final stages of the game Kilcoyne shot straight at Gavin before the final whistle went, booking Farmington’s place in the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup.

They now look to take this winning feeling into next week’s game with fellow relegation battlers Buchan, where they will have the majority of their squad available. They play Buchan at Kessock Park in Fraserburgh on Sunday 28th June at noon.

Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Nicky Grant

Fiona McNicoll: 6Had very little to do, unlucky with the goals

Holly Napier: 8Great goals and was a handful all day

Megan Burns: 7Defended well at left back, did great supporting Noble

Lindsay Dunbar: 9Second goal was fantastic, was a menace, unlucky not to get a hat-trick

Kayleigh Noble: 8Did well for her goal and had a hand in every chance down the left

Kayleigh Brough: 7Solid performance but looked tired early in the second half so was subbed

Laura Parsley: 8Tormented the left side of Claremont, should have scored

*Nicky Grant: 9Great performance, grabbed a deserved hat-trick, dictated play

Caren Webster: 7Caught offside a couple of times but played well up front on own

Nicola Davidson: 8Like Grant, a great influence in the middle of the park

Alana Bruce: 8Was at right back for the day and helped Parsley trouble the left back constantly

Subs:

Murron White (Brough): 6 – Did well when she came on

Cheryl Kilcoyne (Webster): 6 – Took her goal well

Claremont: Vikki Gavin, Gillian McLellan, Rachel Everett, Gill McKenzie, Dionne Brown, Stephanie Crichton, Kate McCormick, Shannon McLean, Lynsey Senior, Lauren McMurray.

 

Forfar Farmington 1 Celtic 7 (SWPL) 8th June 2014

Forfar Farmington       1

Gallacher (22)

Celtic                              7

Grant (27, 42, 70, 90+1) Gilmour-McGuire (44, 64) Harrison (57)

Despite taking the lead and having a fantastic first half performance, arguably their best this season, Forfar Farmington fell to a 1-7 defeat at home to Celtic on Sunday.

From last week’s defeat, Paul White made two changes, with Alana Bruce and Kayleigh Noble coming in for Megan Burns and Murron White.

Farmington more than matched Celtic in the opening stages, Lindsay Dunbar putting in an excellent challenge to block Kelly Clark in the fifth minute before Kayleigh Noble tested Scotland number one Gemma Fay from a tight angle.

Fay gathered a Laura Parsley cross that swerved towards goal as Forfar started to pile on the pressure on the Glasgow outfit.

They took the lead in the 22nd minute, top scorer Amy Gallacher capitalising on a defensive error when she slotted home when one on one with Fay, the goal being her fourth of the season.

Five minutes later Celtic had equalised, Mhairi Gilmour-McGuire’s lofted ball into the box found Suzanne Grant and she fired home from close range.

Holly Napier set up Gallacher three minutes later but she shot wide, at the other end Jade McLaren cleared a Hayley Sinclair effort off the line before Grant blasted straight at McNicoll under pressure from McLaren.

Celtic took the lead in the 42nd minute and further extended it two minutes later, Grant lobbing McNicoll before Kelly Clark sent a through ball to Gilmour-McGuire, who lashed home to make it 3-1, which was harsh on the Farmington side after their performance this half.

HALF TIME: Forfar Farmington 1 Celtic 3

Gilmour-McGuire and Grant started to cause havoc for the Forfar defence after half time with both players firing over in the first ten minutes of the half.

They went 4-1 up in the 57th minute when Abi Harrison netted despite Fiona McNicoll getting a palm to it.

On the hour mark Gilmour-McGuire rounded McNicoll but with an open goal she smashed her shot off the post.

Gilmour-McGuire knocked home a cut back from Harrison for her second of the afternoon while Grant grabbed her hat-trick with twenty minutes to go after again rounding the keeper.

As tiredness set in on Farmington, Celtic enjoyed more of the ball and went close again with Heather Richards and again Suzanne Grant but both players saw their shots miss the target.

In the 87th minute Jade McLaren rose to meet Laura Parsley’s corner but her header was cleared by the away defence.

Kelly Clark hit the bar in the closing stages of the game before with virtually the last kick of the game Grant notched her fourth of the game with a tap in.

The home side can be proud of their first half performance, having more than matched a team filled with internationalists for the opening 40 minutes, even taking a deserved lead.

They now look to the rest of the season with the hardest games completed, they now have a great chance to pick up some points, starting in three weeks away to Buchan, which is the final game before the league split, and the bottom six will contain Hamilton Accies, Hutchison Vale, Inverness City, Buchan and Queen’s Park, all sides Forfar can beat.

Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Lindsay Dunbar – had an good game, especially in the first half, didn’t stop bothering the Celtic midfield.

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll 6, Sydney Cairns 7, Holly Napier 6, Lindsay Dunbar 7, Jade McLaren 7 (Cheryl Kilcoyne 68, 4), Kayleigh Brough 6, Laura Parsley 6, Kayleigh Noble 6, Amy Gallacher 7, Nicola Davidson 6, Alana Bruce 6 (Megan Burns 46, 6).

Sub not used: Murron White.

Celtic: Gemma Fay, Chloe Craig, Abi Harrison, Mhairi Gilmour-McGuire, Hayley Sinclair, Kelly Clark, Heather Richards, Pernilla Johansson (Simone McMahon 61), Emily McKerlie, Georgie Rafferty, Suzanne Grant.

Subs not used: Emma Brownlie, Chloe Logan, Nanna Jansson, Chloe Arthur.

Rangers 14 Forfar Farmington 0 (SWPL) 1st June 2014

Forfar Farmington were defeated by second place side Rangers 14-0 at Petershill Park this past Sunday, with several call offs meant they had only 12 players, with some playing the full game carrying injuries.

Alana Bruce, Nicky Grant, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Steph Ward and Claire Thoms all dropped out of the squad from last week, with Megan Burns and Lindsay Dunbar stepping up from the bench to the starting eleven, Kayleigh Noble the only substitute available.

Despite the injury problems, Farmington started off well and almost grabbed an opener after three minutes, Amy Gallacher’s effort from 25 yards was fumbled by Khym Ramsay but she gathered again before any Forfar player could go near it.

Rangers took the lead three minutes later, Suzanne Mulvey knocking the ball home after Amanda Traynor swung the ball into the box.

In the eleventh minute they doubled their lead, Mulvey heading home Lisa Swanson’s cross, 60 seconds later Megan Foley lobbed Fiona McNicoll for their third.

It was 5-0 by the 19th minute, Swanson grabbing a goal of her own before the referee awarded a soft penalty, Kayleigh Brough adjudged to have fouled Mulvey and Melisa Krnjaic fired home despite McNicoll getting a palm to the ball.

Ten minutes later Mulvey had grabbed her hat-trick, firing home yet another cut back. Mulvey almost had another a minute later but she could only send her effort wide.

Lindsay Dunbar shot straight at Gers keeper Ramsay minutes before half time, in between goals from Krnjaic, Erin Cuthbert and Kathryn Hill, bringing the half time score to 9-0.

Krnjaic went close to her third just after half time, with Foley firing wide and in to McNicoll’s arms in quick succession.

McNicoll was in great form in the second half as she pulled off several saves to deny Rangers, stopping Mulvey, Hayley Cunningham and Natalie Ross’s efforts in the space of two minutes.

The referee bizarrely gave Rangers a second penalty on the hour mark for a foul that nobody else knew anything about. Krnjaic fired home her second penalty of the afternoon, completing her hat-trick.

In the 64th minute Rangers had notched their eleventh of the afternoon but it was very controversial, Steph Knox firing home after everyone in the ground but the referee apparently had seen her push the ball with her hand before shooting.

Forfar were better in the second half despite conceding more goals and almost grabbed a goal of their own with two chances in a minute, sub Kayleigh Noble’s vicious effort deflected wide before Jade McLaren nodded wide from Laura Parsley’s corner.

With 17 minutes to go, Mulvey nodded home from close range after a teammate’s effort crashed off the crossbar.

Amy Gallacher went closest to a consolation for the away side, Dunbar setting her up, Gallacher sidestepped a defender but saw her shot tipped just over by Ramsay.

Natalie Ross scored the Glasgow outfit’s 13th in the 79th minute when she lobbed McNicoll with a suspicion of offside when she received the ball.

Gallacher was again denied by the Rangers defence in the 82nd minute, with Dunbar also having an effort blocked.

Mulvey scored her fifth in the final stages of the game, with Gallacher forcing Ramsay into another save in the last action of the game.

Forfar Farmington now look to next week when they take on Rangers’ rivals Celtic at Station Park in the penultimate game before the split.

Rangers: Khym Ramsay, Melisa Krnjaic, Michelle Barr (Steph Knox 46), Kathryn Hill (Amy Lindsay 58), Megan Foley, Lisa Swanson (Leeanne Hughes 64), Hayley Cunningham, Suzanne Mulvey, Natalie Ross, Erin Cuthbert (Megan Karagiozis 66), Amanda Traynor (Sophie Riley 46).

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sydney Cairns, Megan Burns, Murron White (Kayleigh Noble 64), Jade McLaren, Kayleigh Brough, Laura Parsley, Lindsay Dunbar, Amy Gallacher, Nicola Davidson, Holly Napier.