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Friday, 18 October 2019 12:52

The Future of the Scotland National Team

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On 15th October, Scotland’s U19 squad managed to shock Europe with a 1-0 victory over Germany, booking their place in the Elite round of European qualifiers. After topping their group, Scotland will look to play their way to the U19 European Championships 2020, which is being hosted by Northern Ireland next June. 

Scotland kicked off their group with a fair yet disappointing 2-2 draw with Belarus. Scotland began the game on the front foot, going 2-0 up in the first 20 minutes, courtesy of Nathan Patterson and Adedapo Mebude. However, this comfortable lead was short lived as Belarus managed to pull one back in the 34th minute with Dmitri Prischepa putting his name on the score sheet.

Belarus continued their momentum and in the 54th minute, they equalised through Raman Davyskiba. Following the equaliser, the game slowed down until some late drama with Victor Sotnikov being sent off 10 minutes before the whistle. 

Scotland lit up their qualification campaign with a 2-0 win over Andorra. The first half was slow and it took Scotland a while to get into their stride. However, after a lot of perseverance Scotland opened the scoring through Jack Burroughs, eight minutes after the restart. Scotland used their momentum to knick another goal in the 65th minute with Jamie Hamilton adding to Scotland’s lead. In the late stages of the game, Andorra had a man sent off. This sealed the win for Scotland’s young squad. 

Next up for Scotland was group favourites, Germany. Going into the game, Germany were expected to win the game, scoring many goals in the process. In the first two games, Germany had scored 12 goals and conceded two whilst Scotland had also conceded two goals but had only managed to score four. The first half was rugged and was poised for an intense game as there was nothing between the two sides.

Scotland scored at the perfect moment through Josh McPake, one minute before the interval. The second half was similar to the first and ran right to the wire. However, Scotland remained calm and managed to see the game through 1-0.

This U19's squad is full of talent and will be eager to play in Northern Ireland next summer. Should Scotland qualify for next year’s tournament, be sure to look out for any of these young player rising through the ranks and playing for the senior Scotland squad. Who knows, maybe they will be playing in the Scotland national team’s first major tournament since 1998.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:52

Scotland U16 Squad Announced for Victory Shield

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Scotland U16 Head Cach Stuart McLaren has named his squad for the upcoming Victory Shield Tournament in Wales.
The squad features six pupils from the SFA's Performance Schools. The young Scots begin their campaign in Wrexham against the Republic of Ireland on the 28th October. After that it's a match against Northern Ireland on the 30th, before they round off their campaing against hosts Wales on the 1st November.
The full squad is as follows:
Josh Adam - Celtic
Matthew Anderson - Celtic
Ben Andreucci - Leeds United
Adedire Awokoya-Mebude - Rangers
Adam Brooks - Celtic
Ben Doak - Celtic
Ryan Duncan - Aberdeen
Harley Ewan - Rangers
Kelsey Ewan - Rangers
Callum Flatman - Heart of Midlothian
Murray Johnson - Hibernian
Tsoanelo Letsosa - Celtic
Jack McConnell - Rangers
Ben McPherson - Celtic
Kristi Montgomery - Blackburn Rovers
Jeremiah Mullen - Liverpool
Kieran Offord - St Mirren
Dylan Reid - St Mirren
Kyle Semple - Motherwell
Finn Yeats - Aberdeen
Scotland Women's under 17 coach Pauline MacDonald has selected her squad for this month's UEFA European Championship qualifiers in Edinburgh.
MacDonald's squad will take on Northern Ireland on Monday 14th at Oriam before they face Montenegro on the 17th at the same venue. The Scots will round of their qualifiers with a match against Itly at Ainslie Park on the 20th.
The full squad is as follows:
Eilidh Adams - Hibernian
Tegan Bowie - Celtic
Jess Broadrick - Aberdeen
Monica Forsyth - Celtic
Neve Guthrie - Dundee United
Addie Handley - Boroughmuir Thistle
Bayley Hutchison - Aberdeen
Rachael Johnstone - Celtic
Freya MacDonald - Rangers
Paige McAllister - Celtic
Rebecca McAllister - Celtic
Robyn McCafferty - Spartans
Rosie McQuillan - Rangers
Kate Nicolson - Celtic
Kirsty O'Brien - Celtic
Jenna Penman - Dundee United
Ellie-Jay Reid - Dundee United
Lucy Sinclair - Glasgow City
Eva Thomson - Aberdeen
Alicia Yates - Hibernian
Scotland U21 Head Coach Scot Gemmill has announced his squad for the upcoming UEFA European Championship Qualifiers in October.
The Scots will be looking to continue their perfect start to the group after a home win agaisnt San Marino and an impressive away victory at Croatia.
First up for Gemmill's side is Lithuania at Tynecastle on the 10th October, then it's a trip to the Czech Republic four days later.
The full squad is as follows:
Robby McCrorie - Queen of the South
Ross Doohan - Ayr United
Kieran Wright - Rangers
Daniel Harvie - Ayr United
Tom McIntyre - Reading
Ross McCrorie - Portsmouth
Ryan Porteous - Hibernian
George Johnston - Feyenoord
Patrick Reading - Middlesborough
Barry Maguire - Motherwell
Lewis Ferguson - Aberdeen
Allan Campbell - Motherwell
Kyle Magennis - St. Mirren
Billy Gilmour - Chelsea
Lewis Smith - Hamilton Accies
Jordan Holsgrove - CD Atletico Baleares
Stephen Kelly - Ayr United
Glenn Middleton - Hibernian
Michael Johnston - Celtic
Connor McLennan - Aberdeen
Fraser Hornby - KV Kortrijk
James Scott - Motherwell  
Scotland Women's U19 Head Coach Pauline Hammil has announced her squad for the upcoming UEFA Women's U19 Championship Qualifying rounds.
The squad will travel out to Poland to play the three matches that will decide their fate in the competition. First up is Bulgaria on the 2nd of October, then they face a tough game against Croatia three days later before ending with a potential decider against hosts Poland.
The full squad is as follows:
Sophie Allison - Glasgow City
Emily Mutch - Heart of Midlothian
Jenna Clark - Glasgow City
Caley Gibb - Spartans
Carly Girasoli - Glasgow City
Tara McGonigle - Spartans
Francesca Ogilvie - Aberdeen
Eilidh Shore - Aberdeen
Chloe Warrington - Celtic
Abby Callaghan - Motherwell
Michaela McAlonie - Spartans
Rebecca McGowan - St Johnstone
Kirstie McIntosh - Hamilton Academical
Brogan Moore - Oxford United
Hannah Scott - Glasgow City
Lauren Davidson - Hibernian
Jennifer Smith - Heart of Midlothian
Aisha Maughan - Heart of Midlothian
Kathleen McGovern - Celtic
Elena Santoyo-Brown - Spartans
Scotland Woman's Under 19 head coach Pauline Hammil has officially announced her squad for the UEFA Women's Under 19 European Championships this month.
Hammil's side go into the competition as tournament hosts and will begin their campaign on Tuesday 16th July against France at St. Mirren Park at 7:30pm. The Scots will then Face Norway at Firhill Stadium on Friday 19th before rounding of their group stage games against the Netherlands at St Mirren Park on Monday 22nd.
The final of the tournament will be played at St Mirren Park on the 28th July.
The full squad is as follows:
Sophie Allison - Glasgow City
Emily Mutch - Heart of Midlothian
Rachel Brown - Leicester City
Jenna Clark - Glasgow City
Rachel Conner - University of Stirling
Carly Girasoli - Glasgow City
Michaela McAlonie - Spartans
Robyn McCafferty - Spartans
Charlotte Newsham - Manchester United
Abby Callaghan - Motherwell
Kirstie McIntosh - Hamilton Academical
Amy Muir - Unattached
Rebecca McGowan - St Johnstone
Jamie-Lee Napier - Hibernian
Jennifer Smith - Heart of Midlothian
Emma Craig - Celtic
Lauren Davidson - Hibernian
Laura McCartney - Rangers
Kathleen McGovern - Celtic
Kirsty Morrison - Hibernian
Hammil said, ahead of the tournament, “We are all really looking forward to the Euros starting in just two weeks time.

“Preparations have gone well and we’ve got a young group of players desperate to do well on the big stage. We’re in a tough group but it’s a challenge I know the players will relish.

“Women’s football is thriving in Scotland and we want to be a part of that buzz this summer. The players can’t wait to play in front of a loud home crowd and hopefully the country gets behind us, like they did for the ‘A’ squad’s World Cup debut in France.

“Over the course of July we want to continue to help inspire the next generation and also provide a platform for these young players to take the next step in their careers and continue to progress."
The draw for the finals of the womens U19 UEFA European Championships has been made in Glasgow.
As the host nation, Scotland were represented in the draw, which was conducted by SWNT players Erin Cuthbert and Jo Love.
Scotland will open their campaign against France on the 16th July. The young Scots managed to avoid reigning champions Spain, who open their campaign with a mouth-watering tie against England.
The full draw is as follows:
Group A:
Group B:
Two teams will qualify from each group to compete in the semi-finals, which will be played on the 25th July at Firhill Stadium and St. Mirren Park. The final will take place at St. Mirren Park on the 28th July.

Pauline Hamill, Scotland’s Under-19s Head Coach said “We can’t wait to take on the best in Europe this summer. To compete against Netherlands, Norway & France will be a tough test but the squad will be ready, it’s exciting.”

Pauline added “Having the home crowd will give the girls that extra edge. We’ll prepare in the right way, control what we can control and see where it can take us.”

Speaking at the draw, Glasgow City midfielder Jo Love showed her support for the future heroes of the Scotland Women’s National team: “Both Erin and I progressed through the ranks, having represented Scotland at youth level. We never played in front of a home crowd at a major tournament, so this is a huge opportunity for the girls.”

Love continued “All games are tough at any tournament, Pauline has the squad playing well and on their day can compete with the best in Europe. I’m looking forward to seeing Scotland play, particularly Captain Amy Muir who will be a future star of the women’s game.”

The squad for the Scottish Student Sport Mens football team for the Home Nations Tournament in Wales has officially been announced.
The 18-man squad will travel down to Cardiff to compete in the tournament this week.
The full squad is as follows:
Jack Allen - Abertay University
Aaron Gamble - Heriot-Watt University
Alistair Shrive - Heriot-Watt University
Callum Reid - Heriot-Watt University
Harry Baclay - Heriot-Watt University
Hamish MacLeod - Robert Gordon University
Ross Clark - University of Aberdeen
Mark Waters - The University of Edinburgh
Patrick Baird - The University of Edinburgh
Santeri Kuivalainen - The University of Edinburgh
Andrew Smith - University of Glasgow
Colin Grainger - University of Glasgow
Conor Morgan - University of Glasgow
Jordan Diven - University of Glasgow
Finlay Tough - University of St Andrews
Lewis Hunter - University of Stirling
Robbie McGale - University of Stirling
Rory McEwan - University of Stirling
Congratulations to all selected for the squad!!
The squad for the Scottish Student Sport Womens football team for next week's Home Nations Tournament has officially been selected.
The squad was cut down from the initial training squad for the tournament and now the selected players will travel to Cardiff on Monday.
The full team is as follows:
Clara Bonner - University of Stirling
Taylor Brackin - University of St Andrews
Erin Cattanach - Abertay University
Izzy Coppel - University of Edinburgh
Chloe Docherty - University of the West of Scotland
Margaux Durand-Watson - University of Edinburgh
Demi-Lee Falconer - University of Stirling
Kim Guthrie - University of Edinburgh
Kristina Kim - University of Edinburgh
Chloe Logan - University of Stirling
Beth Macleod - University of Edinburgh
Erin Ross - Dundee and Angus College
Ellie Simpson - University of Stirling
Robyn Smith - Abertay University
Eleanor Smith - University of Glasgow
Alise Stewart - University of the West of Scotland
Kendall Welsh - University of St Andrews
Erin Wilson - New College Lanarkshire
The Home Nations Tournament will run between the 15th-17th April. Congratulations to all selected for the squad!
Brian McLaughlin has named his Scotland U17 side for the Elite Round stage of the UEFA European Championship qualifiers.
Scotland will be playing on the 20th, 23rd and 26th March with hopes of reaching the finals in Ireland.
The full squad is as follows:
Cieran Slicker - Manchester City
Jamie Smith - Hamilton Academical
Finn Ecrepont - Ayr United
Jamie Hamilton - Hamilton Academical
Cammy Logan - Heart of Midlothian
Connor McAvoy - Fulham
Liam Morrison - Celtic
Harris O'Connor - Rangers
Connor Barron - Aberdeen
Michael Craig - Tottenham Hotspur
Ciaran Dickson - Rangers
Aaron Hickey - Heart of Midlothian
Reece McAlear - Motherwell
Stuart McKinstry - Motherwell
Liam Miller - Sunderland
Connor Smith - Heart of Midlothian
Sonny Blu Lo-Everton - Watford
Thomas Dickson-Peters - Norwich City
Kai Kennedy - Rangers
Andrew Winter - Hamilton Academical
Scotland begin with Portugal on the 20th at the Simple Digital Arena at St Mirren, then Russia at the same venue three days later before ending with Poland at Firhill.
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