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Scotland triumph over England with a dramatic late winner

Scotland School Girls 1

Robertson 55

England School Girls 0

  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • Toryglen
  • 15's Girls
  • Bob Docherty International Tournament
Scotland Schoolgirls continued their fine start to this year’s Bob Docherty International Tournament with a narrow victory over England. There were a limited number of chances for both sides in a close contest but, a few minutes from time, Hannah Robertson slotted the ball into the bottom corner to send the Scottish fans into raptures and ensure a Scottish win.
 
Scotland have now played two games in the tournament and have won both; the other a win over Northern Ireland in the opening match. Next up for the Scots is a tough test against Wales before taking on the Republic of Ireland on the final day.
 
Matches between the two nations are always hotly contested at all levels of competition – both sets of players were flying the flag for their respective countries and it definitely showed with some strong challenges throughout the match.
 
The first chance of the match fell the way of the reigning champions England; tricky winger Molly Pike was played through and she unleashed a shot which was destined for the top corner but Scotland goalkeeper Kiera Gibson pulled off a fantastic diving save and the ball was cleared.
 
From then, England began to take control in the middle of the park and looked to have the better of the Scots. On the stroke of half time The Three Lions almost took the lead; they won a free kick around twenty-five yards from goal and Pike hit a strong shot but the ball crept just over the bar.
 
The referee then brought an end to a very even first half. Neither side wanted to give anything away and it definitely showed with a cagey thirty minutes of football; England perhaps had a slight edge in terms of chances but the match was finely balanced.
  • Half Time:
  • Scotland School Girls
  • 0-0
  • England School Girls
The half time talk from the England camp must have been a positive one as they came out firing and looked likely to score. A few minutes in the ball was played over the top and striker Bronwen Thomas gave chase, it looked as if she was going to get on the end of the pass, but a great challenge by defender Nicole Cameron denied the striker and the ball was cleared from the resulting corner.
 
Pike then forced a save by Gibson but the shot was slightly tame and it was comfortably held by the Scotland keeper.
 
The match was nearing the end and a draw looked a certainty but, a few minutes from time, the ball fell at the feet of Hannah Robertson inside the box and she calmly finished into the bottom corner, sending the Scottish players and management wild.
 
The game was then brought to a close a few minutes later and Scotland had won. The dramatic end to the match was fantastic and Scotland, who were strong throughout the game, had earned a hard fought victory. There is no doubt that the crowd witnessed a thoroughly exciting match between two evenly matched sides.
 
The teams have very little time to rest however; both are in action tomorrow as England play Northern Ireland and Scotland take on Wales.
  • Full Time:
  • Scotland School Girls
  • 1-0
  • England School Girls

Lineups

Scotland School Girls
England School Girls
1. Kiera Gibson
2. Leah Eddie
3. Courtney Otto
4. Nicole Cameron
5. Sophie Aitken
6. Sara McWhirter
7. Hannah Robertson
8. Jemma Marriot
9. Caitlyn Ross
10. Monica Anderson
11. Amy Muir
12. Shannon Nagle
14. Grace Molloy
15. Kaela McDonald
16. Shannon Burgon
17. Kirstie McIntosh
18. Elena Santoyo-Brown
19. Alise Stewart
1. Hannah Hampton
2. Anna King
3. Maddie Brant
4. Olivia Smith
5. Katherine Turner
6. Niamh Cashin
7. Sophie Charlton
8. Libby Smith
9. Phoebe Warner
10. Ava Kuyken
11. Bronwen Thomas
12. Mia Parry
13. Jenny Myler
14. Poppy Pattinson
15. Amelia Hazard
16. Maddie Phillips
17. Molly Pike
18. Miri Taylor
Star Player
Scotland School Girls
England School Girls
Nicole Cameron - Very solid performance at the back and the game-saving tackle was fantastic.
Niamh Cashin - Excellent distribution throughout the match, also her strong tackles broke up the play and made life difficult for the Scottish midfield.
Magic Moment
Scotland School Girls
England School Girls
The goal in the last few moments of the match - Despite the strong defensive tackles Hannah Robertson's goal will live long in the memory of the Scottish players and coaches. A real magic moment!
The effort from the free kick just before half time - it would have been worthy of winning any match if the ball crept just under the bar.
Club Views
Scotland School Girls
England School Girls
Coach David Thomson said: "It was a very close game, with two smashing teams. One goal separated it and I'm glad it was us who got it."
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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