Beth Shillitto believes it was like a dream come true after making her Premier League debut for Forfar Farmington in their defeat to Glasgow City on Sunday.
The 18 year old attacker was one of three development players who stepped up to the senior squad. Caitlin Mitchell and Leah White also appeared. Shillitto hopes she can force her way into Mark Nisbet’s plans in the future.
She expressed her delight at ‘a day to remember’ after making a 56th minute substitute appearance, completing a decade long progression through the Farmington youth system.
Shillitto said: “It feels amazing to have made my SWPL debut - to have even thought that I had been asked to play for a team with such a high standard it is like a dream come true.
“It was tough but I did enjoy it, not only for the time I was on the pitch playing, but also the journey to and from Glasgow; the girls in the team made it a day to remember for me.”
The attacker admitted she was nervous after being told she would be involved with the squad; however she was pleased with herself for earning the chance. “When I was told that I would be playing, it was a massive shock. After training with the squad two to three times a week and improving my fitness I would never have thought I would have been asked to play for them, especially against a pretty decent side like Glasgow City.
“I felt scared at the time when I thought about it but when the day came around I was feeling good and I was pretty chuffed with myself for gaining this opportunity.”
Shillitto hopes she can add to her debut appearance and make her mark in the senior squad. “I would definitely love to push myself into Mark’s plans more often, after playing with the team on Sunday and seeing what it was like and enjoying it, I feel that I can push myself into his plans more often, and I do hope to do so.”
She also reckons that with the new Farmington youth restructure, it will help the development squad improve after a tough first half of their season, currently sitting eighth in a 12- team SWFL1 North.
“Playing for the development team and the way our season is going so far has had its ups and downs. In certain games we have been struggling for a team as the majority of our team left and due to injuries we did find it difficult but now with the 17s stepping up to help us out and creating a well-formed development side, I do hope to succeed a lot more in the games we compete in.”