Forfar Farmington goalie Fiona McNicoll admits Hoops loss is hard to take

- Forfar Farmington v Celtic, SWPL at Station Park, Forfar'' - � David Young - - email:
- Forfar Farmington v Celtic, SWPL at Station Park, Forfar'' - � David Young - - email:

Fiona McNicoll believes Forfar Farmington can bounce back after being edged out in a tight thriller against Celtic on Sunday.

The 28-year old-goalkeeper was in fine form despite the 3-2 defeat that saw them drop one place to seventh and McNicoll reckons the side are improving every week.

McNicoll said she would have been happy with a good performance against the Glasgow outfit previously, but after the game the team were gutted not to have taken something in an even game.

She said: “After the game I think the dressing room felt a bit disappointed as we all felt we deserved to get something out of the game whether it was three points or just one.

“If you were to tell me before a ball was kicked that we would have a close game with Celtic I would have been happy however I personally felt we were really unlucky with the result.

“After this week’s performances against Stirling and Aberdeen going into the game I believed we could have taken three points as we are starting to grow as a team and the girls understand what the coaching staff are asking them to do.”

The side had a difficult week with three games to get through but the side managed to win the first two against Stirling University and Aberdeen turning recent performances into points.

McNicoll was delighted with the results and feels the players still gave it their all regardless of whether they were tired or not.

She said: “I would say that having three games in seven days has been great for us as the win against Stirling set us up nicely for the game against Aberdeen; we had our first victory and got our first clean sheet in the league which is very important to me as a goal keeper.

“The win also gave the team more belief going into Wednesday. I think you could see on Sunday that people were tired from the previous two games but the girls still give it their all and that is all everyone watching the team would want.”

The experienced stopper has been in good form for the side this season with numerous superb saves, but the keeper kept a modest view while also praising youngster Hannah Dryden.

Fiona continued: “I feel I have been performing okay so far this season, having three goalkeeping coaches at the club has definitely helped me improve as a keeper; training with Hannah has also helped me develop too.

“She does not know it but she is pushing me to get better at every training session as I am fighting for a starting place every week.”

McNicoll also thanked fans who had travelled to support the side home and away before issuing a rallying cry to football supporters in Angus to come and watch Farmington at Station Park.

She said: “I would like to thank everyone that has come to watch us play at home or travelled away so far this season because their support has been great and I hope it continues.

“I would also like to invite anyone to our game on Sunday and watch a great game of football; women’s football is growing from strength to strength.

“If you have never watched a women’s game before you might enjoy it and come along more often.”

The side entertain Spartans at 1pm this Sunday at Station Park, admission for adults is £4 while under 16s enter free of charge.