Forfar Farmington sealed their spot as Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 winners with a resounding 5-1 victory over Motherwell on Sunday. Despite defeat to Glasgow City the previous weekend in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final, there was no hangover. They showed the quality they possess to dispatch of one of their closest rivals all season, Motherwell, and the only side to have defeated them all season.
Coming into the game, Forfar knew that a win would be the only way to guarantee the title. A loss would leave them seven points clear of Motherwell with three games left. A draw would have left them nine points clear but with such a superior goal difference, that would have most likely been enough.
However, there was no stopping Forfar on the day as Danni McGinley netted a hat trick with Caroline Heron and Julia Scott completing their scoring in front of over 200 fans. They will now be presented with the SBSSWPL 2 trophy at their final home game of the season on November 12th.
The victory also means that Forfar have made an immediate return to SBSSWPL 1 football after their relegation in 2016 and will look to build on their impressive displays from this season. They’ll replace either Hamilton or Aberdeen who are the only two sides who could be relegated with four games each left to play, including a match against each other on November 5th.
At the other end of the SBSSWPL 2 table, both relegation spots were confirmed and sadly Buchan and East Fife will drop out of the division. After East Fife’s victory over Hearts on October 1st, it was mathematically possible that either of the bottom two sides could catch Hearts. However, victory for the Edinburgh side over Buchan this Sunday means they cannot be caught. It also ends a six-game run without a win for Hearts who were strong contenders for last season’s title.
One of the teams who will be in SBSSWPL 2 next year has been confirmed in the form of FC Kilmarnock who have won 16 of their 17 games this season. They will likely be joined by either Central Girls FA Wasps or Dundee United who are battling for the SWFL Division 1 North title.
As for the remainder of SBSSWPL 2, four sides are in contention for second place with three games left. Only seven points separate 5th and 2nd, so any of Motherwell, Glasgow Girls, Jeanfield, or EUHV could finish as runners-up in what has been another highly competitive season.