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Scotland Schoolgirls win Bob Docherty Tournament after triumph over Ireland

Scotland Schoolgirls 1

McDonald 23

Republic of Ireland Schoolgrls 0

  • Thursday, 09 April 2015
  • Toryglen Regional Football Centre
  • 15's Girls
  • Bob Docherty Cup
Scotland School Girls lifted the Bob Docherty International trophy today following a narrow victory over The Republic of Ireland. The only goal of the match came from Scottish midfielder Kaela McDonald in the first half. The Scots finished the tournament with a 100% record and the Irish were unbeaten up until the final game so both deserve a lot of praise.
 
The match was always going to be a cracker; both teams had the opportunity to win the Championship at the end of play so they would give it everything throughout the match. With Scotland sitting on nine points and Ireland on seven, whoever won would take the trophy home.
 
Scotland started as the brighter team and the first chance of the match fell the way of the hosts; striker Monica Anderson shot from the edge of the box but her effort was held by Rachel Baynes in the Irish goal.
 
A few minutes later Scotland had another chance and would’ve taken the lead had it not been for the defensive efforts of Ireland; Hannah Robertson fired in a corner which rose over the oncoming goalkeeper, the ball then fell to Kaela McDonald whose shot was blocked, Anderson then got hold of the ball and fired a shot towards goal but Irish defender Sadhbh Doyle managed to slide in and block the shot and the ball flew out for a corner – which was cleared by the Irish defence.
 
Around twenty minutes in, Scotland took the lead; Robertson launched in a corner once again, and like the first effort, the ball fell at the feet of McDonald, but this time the midfielder made no mistake and powered the ball into the bottom corner to put Scotland into the lead.
 
Ireland then instantly had a chance; Katie Bolger-Burdis was slipped through behind the defence but her shot crept just over the bar ensuring that Scotland went into the break ahead.
  • Half Time:
  • Scotland Schoolgirls
  • 1-0
  • Republic of Ireland Schoolgrls
The second half began with Ireland on the front foot; a free kick was won around twenty yards from goal, Doyle stepped up to shoot but her effort was held by Scottish keeper Kiera Gibson.
 
Soon after, Scotland constructed a very well-worked counter attack; Robertson broke free of her marker and played substitute Grace Molloy through; Molloy attempted an audacious lob from the edge of the box but the ball sailed over the bar.
 
The final chance fell the way of McDonald; she made space for herself and shot from just inside the box but her shot was held by Baynes.
 
The referee then brought a halt to proceedings and Scotland were confirmed champions after a hard fought victory. Scotland were able to win the tournament with a one-hundred percent record which is an incredible effort from all involved.               
 
From me personally, and all of the team at YFS, congratulations to Scotland and all other competing nations for making this year’s tournament an unforgettable experience.
  • Full Time:
  • Scotland Schoolgirls
  • 1-0
  • Republic of Ireland Schoolgrls

Lineups

Scotland Schoolgirls
Republic of Ireland Schoolgrls
1. Kiera Gibson
2. Leah Eddie
3. Courtney Otto
4. Nicole Cameron
5. Sophie Aitken
6. Sara McWhirter
7. Hannah Robertson
8. Jemma Marriott
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. Rachel Baynes
2. Tara Mannix
3. Amy Boyle Carr
4. Tyler Toland
5. Courtney Histon
6. Niamh Coombes
7. Louise Masterton
8. Tiegan Ruddy
9. Bethany Carroll
10. Meghen Hengerer
11. Aoife Lynagh
12. Sadhbh Doyle
13. Heather Payne
14. Ciara Maher
15. Katie Bolger-Burdis
16. Erica Turner
17. Tara Mary Cully
18. Michelle O'Driscoll
Star Player
Scotland Schoolgirls
Republic of Ireland Schoolgrls
Kaela McDonald - She was fantastic through the middle of the park today and deserved her goal.
Sadhbh Doyle - The captain was strong in defence and looked a threat going forward too. She had a fantastic game.
Magic Moment
Scotland Schoolgirls
Republic of Ireland Schoolgrls
Most definitely the celebrations at the end of the match - the Scottish players will cherish the moment the final whistle blew for the rest of their lives!
The outstanding block in the first half by Sadhbh Doyle to block a certain goal - a tackle Martin O'Neil would be proud of.
Club Views
Scotland Schoolgirls
Republic of Ireland Schoolgrls
Goalscorer Kaela McDonald said: "It was good to get the win, the girls deserve it, we've all really worked hard and it was also good to score."
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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