Interview with Forfar Farmington Head Coach Damon Neish

Forfar Farmington head coach Damon Neish is glad the side can now relax ahead of their final game of the season having secured their SWPL status for next season.

‘Securing safety was what I was brought in to do, so it feels nice to finally have it wrapped up. Results have been crazy, Buchan put up such a hard fight in the run in, I honestly couldn’t believe some of the results they were putting together. We knew we had to continue working on our game, and not worry about other results. The ladies have been first class at focusing on what we could control, and not how other teams were doing. We knew it was up to us, we would decide our fate. ‘

‘Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce and Nicky Grant have all played important roles for us since I’ve come in, the experience those players hold is invaluable. They have been huge for this club, but every single player I have had on the park has been important. Alex Russell has provided some crucial goals, Sydney Cairns is the most professional player I have ever worked with, Amy Gallacher and Jade McLaren have turned game on their head with their creativity, and the commitment and desire shown by the likes of Lindsey Dunbar and Keira Johnstone who have both battled injuries yet been at training sessions, and supported the girls has been top notch. I could go through everyone in the team, they have all played a role in our survival.’

Neish was in America when Farmington beat Buchan 4-0 but admits ‘had to keep an eye on the game’ even if he was in other people’s company when it was in progress.

‘I was sitting at breakfast with friends, being anti social with the iPad on the table, it was the rudest I think I have ever been to a group of people. Obviously it was not ideal being out of the country, however I knew the girls were prepared‘

‘We have worked extensively on scoring after 25 seconds, so I’m glad Holly Napier stuck to the game plan. In all seriousness though, Holly has been showing recently how dangerous she can be in front of goal, she is a real threat and it just shows what she is capable of at any time.’

The Dundee based coach, who joined the club in July, also believes that the side can progress into a top six side with more experience.

‘I have began work looking at next season and beyond. My aim is to improve our points total next season. You have to remember that the squad as it stands is still incredibly young. As I look at our team, I see us as a top six team, our squad however, probably lacks the depth needed to compete with that group of teams right now. At this moment I am not looking at top six, or bottom six for next year, my attention is on retaining the group of players we have and adding to the quality, so that we will be able to build on the last five months.

‘I have plenty of players in mind for next season, I’d love to get Abby Wombach or Marta in but could they play on a cold windy Tuesday night at Station Park? Who knows! I have been analysing the squad all year and I have an idea of what we need, where we need to strengthen and where we need depth. I have two players who I am hopeful of tying up fairly early, and a need for a few more experienced players.’

‘We are also blessed to have some amazing talent coming through our ranks. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the likes of Hannah Robb and Derrian Gollan step up to our Premier League team at some point next season. Our youth system is excellent and I hope we can continue to produce top quality through our ranks.’

‘It’s an exciting time at Forfar, we need to build on the end of season form and we will continue to rise up the league.’

Forfar Farmington have their final game of the season this Sunday at Bught Park, Inverness when they take on Inverness City, kick off is 2pm

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