I wrote an article for this week’s Forfar Dispatch and thought I would include it on here for others to see that don’t live in the area the paper is sold.
Forfar Farmington striker Amy Gallacher was surprised to receive a call up to the Scotland under 17’s set up last week as she believes there are a lot of good players out there who could have gotten into the squad to face Italy in Perugia on the 3rd and 5th September.
The highly rated 15 year old has been at Forfar for almost 2 years, having joined them from Dundee United Sports Club, where she had been since the age of eight at under 11 level alongside fellow Farmington players Lindsey Dunbar and Jade McLaren.
About the call up Gallacher said ‘I’m really excited about the call up because it’s a great feeling playing for your country and it’s a chance to play against one of the best teams in the world at that level.’
She has experienced call ups before, having played for the under 15’s in Germany, the under 16’s against Luxembourg, where she scored, and in Portugal. She has also played for the Scottish Schools under 15’s, scoring a hat-trick in a 5-0 hammering of England and the goal that won them the Bob Docherty tournament last April.
She added ‘I wasn’t really expecting the call up at all because there are a lot of good players out there that could have got in!’
Gallacher believes that Forfar Farmington have improved very well as of late, with the side being narrowly defeated in two of their last five games against sides that won comfortably earlier this season ‘I think the start of the season was really hard playing against the best teams in the league, especially with how young our team is (the side has three or four players over the age of eighteen) but we have improved as a team really well over the 2nd half of the season and the two new coaches Logan and Damon have come in and really helped us a lot. Hopefully that now means we can stay in the league and get as many points as we can!’
The talented attacker, with five goals in fourteen appearances this season, added that she thinks playing in the SWPL side has helped her improve massively and earn the call up ‘At first I found it hard because it was so different from playing at under 17 level but I think as the season has gone on it’s really helped me improve and the older players in the team have really helped.’