Familiar faces return to join Premier squad

Nivana Crighton.
Nivana Crighton.

Forfar Farmington welcomed two players back to their Premier League side as Nivana Crighton and Gemma Collier joined the senior side.

Crighton returns to the club for her third spell having come through the youth ranks before enjoying a three-year spell with Celtic.

She was back at Farmington in 2013 before taking some time out of the game.

Centre half Collier comes back to Station Park after a year away from football, having been with Farmington until the end of 2013.

Head coach Damon Neish was delighted with the acquisitions.

He said: “Gemma not only offers us real quality on the park, but has a tremendous amount of experience and history with the club already.

“We are blessed with a lot of young talent at the club, and Gemma will help keep these players grounded and make sure the players she is playing with perform to the standard she has been used to in her career.

“Since coming in to train, Nivana has given us more and more every week. She has really bought into what we are trying to do here, and will immediately step into our Premier League squad.

“We have been very particular with the type of quality and character of player we are looking for this season, and I know Nivana will be a great asset to us.”

Both players were involved as the side completed their pre-season schedule with a comfortable 3-0 win over Hibernian Development on Friday night.

A goal in each half from captain Nicola Davidson followed by Holly Napier late on was enough with Hibs providing a tough challenge.

Farmington took the lead in the fifth minute when Napier’s corner was swept home at the far post by Davidson.

Amy Gallacher was unfortunate a minute later, her good run ending with her effort slipping just past the post.

In the 11th minute Davidson almost turned provider, her through ball splitting the defence for Kayleigh Brough to run onto but despite beating the keeper to the ball, she hit the side netting.

Jade McLaren nodded wide from Napier’s corner before Hibs started to threaten, having a header parried by Fiona McNicoll and then a shot deflected wide.

In the 37th minute another Napier corner found McLaren’s head, this time the header looked to be on target but a defender did well to deny her a goal before clearing the ball.

Two minutes after half time Hibs should have netted after their right winger advanced to the byline before sending a cross in that their striker sliced wide while unmarked.

Forfar had an almost identical chance in the 53rd minute, Gallacher releasing Napier down the wing and her cross into the box found Johnstone, although the ball looked like it took a bounce as she swung a foot at it and it went over.

They had the ball in the net 60 seconds later, Davidson’s half volley going in despite the Hibs keeper getting a hand to it.

Amy Gallacher hit the side netting with Kayleigh Brough’s header looping wide on the hour mark before the Premier League side sent on youngster Beth Shillitto for her first team debut.

Napier killed the game in the 75th minute, latching onto a long ball before lashing home from the edge of the box.

McLaren got her head to a Napier corner yet again but sent the effort past the post with 13 minutes left.

In the 85th minute Shillitto could have netted a debut goal, weaving her way past a defender but her effort was deflected wide by a defender.

With a minute to go Brough outmuscled a defender as she made her way into the box before seeing her shot blocked and Shillitto pounced on the rebound but could only watch as it went agonisingly past the left hand side post.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Milligan, Cairns, McLaren, Brough, Johnstone (Crighton 62), Davidson, Napier, Collier, Dunbar (Burns 46), Gallacher (Shillitto 62)

The club’s Premier League squad are available for sponsorship for the upcoming 2015 season.

Players including youth internationalists Amy Gallacher and Derrian Gollan, midfielder Holly Napier and defender Jade McLaren are available to sponsor at £200 each.

This would cover the players’ fees for the season and would see you or your company’s name appear alongside the player in perhaps the league’s best matchday programme, amongst other perks.

There are also other packages available like shirt sponsorship or advertisements in the matchday programme.

For more information please contact Veronica Caney at caneyvj@sky.com.