Forfar Farmington head coach Damon Neish is pleased that his side can relax for their last game of the season with their league please assured.
The 4-0 win over Buchan two weeks ago condemned the Aberdeenshire outfit - and Queen’s Park - to relegation from the Scottish Women’s Premier League.
The ladies now head to Inverness City with a huge weight off their shoulders, and Neish praised the players for their “first class” approach to the relegation fight.
He said: “Securing safety was what I was brought in to do, so it feels nice to finally have it wrapped up. 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.”
Neish commended the squad for their performances this season, with a mix of experience and youth key to their Premier League survival.
He continued: “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 games 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.”
The head coach has already turned his gaze to next year and believes the side can progress into a top six outfit with a bit more experience.
He added: “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 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.”