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Scotland schoolgirls comeback from behind to beat Northern Ireland

Scotland U15 girls came from behind as they beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in the 2024 SAFIB Doherty Cup.

Scotland started the more confident side with it clear to see they were happy to have possession. The opening 10 minutes were dominated by the Scots until, Northern Ireland striker Ava Hurl saw herself one-on-one with the Scotland keeper, but a last-ditch tackle from the Scotland defence stopped that opportunity from escalating.

First blood did go to Northern Ireland, as a low cross from Grace McAllister was parried into the feet of Ruby Adair who tapped it home into an empty net giving Northern Ireland the advantage. Scotland responded well, controlling large parts of the half but just didn’t have a goal to show for it.

It didn’t take long in the second half for Scotland to get their goal. Iona Watt found herself in space at the edge of the box and her left-footed strike managed to sneak into the bottom left corner to get the scores level.

Ten minutes later Iona Watts’ corner found the head of Erin O’Brien who managed to nestle the ball into the back of the net getting Scotland in front.

As the game grew old Northern Ireland went hunting for the equaliser with large parts of the final minutes of the match being played inside of Scotland’s half. Despite the pressure the Scotland victory was hardly put under threat and the final whistle blew with Scotland taking the victory.

Scotland Player of the Match: Iona Watt

Watt, a simple answer as the left back not only had an impressive performance but also managed to contribute with a goal and an assist.

Northern Ireland Player of the Match: Ruby Adair

Adair was a tough game for the whole side, but Adair’s goal can be a Brightside as it allowed her team to lead for a long part of the match.

Scotland Magic Moment:

Iona Watt’s strike to get the game level was the catalysed that the Scotland side needed to kick on and take victory.

Northern Ireland Magic Moment:

Might not be a single moment, but the resilience of the Northern Ireland back line can’t go without mention. A tough day at the office but could have been a lot worse if it wasn’t for the Northern Ireland back four.

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