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Scotland schoolgirls finish Bob Doc with Auld Enemy draw

In the final game of the SAFIB Bob Docherty, two old foes share the spoils as Scotland draw 1-1 with England.

At Athlone Town Stadium, the two sides competed against the school federations of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in a round-robin style tournament with a league table, with England leading before kick-off.

The final game between Republic of Ireland Schools and Northern Ireland Schools will decide England’s fate, should the Republic of Ireland fail to win, the Bob Docherty Trophy 2024 winners will be England,

Scotland won one game and lost the other, falling 2-1 to the Republic of Ireland on Monday but prevailing 2-1 against Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

Scotland kicked off the game and Scotland scored almost instantly as Orla Burn provided a nice finish past the England goalkeeper to open the scoring.

In the 5th minute, England pegged Scotland back instantly – captain Emily Giddings managed to poke it around the Scotland goalkeeper, making the score 1-1 after only a few moments.

England came close to doubling their tally In the 27th minute. Dolly Reynolds and Tilly Abrahams worked a short corner into Sophia Burton, who managed to get a tight shot on target but it was saved off the line. The ball rebounded outside the box to Abrahams but they failed to find the back of the net.

Scotland’s best chance of the first half, outwith the goal, came shortly after England’s double effort. May Cruft intercepted a rogue pass from the England defence and unleashed from the outside of the box but had her effort saved by the England goalkeeper.

Going into the interval, there weren’t many chances but England saw a lot of the possession and pressed the Scotland defence, which stood valiantly for the opening 30 minutes.

Ten minutes after England kicked off the second half, Scotland almost scored a miracle goal as a free kick from about 35 yards out barely went over the bar.

Later in the game, Iona Watt sent in a great deep cross from a free kick into the box, evading all the England defenders but only just missed the heads of any attackers.

England had a strong chance about five minutes before the end as Isla Law whipped a ball in the far post from the right-hand side, the cross was almost dealt with by a Scottish defender but it escaped their path, trailing back to Morgan McCroary in the Scotland goal.

Scotland then managed to string back-to-back corners together in the 56th minute, forcing two great stops from the England defence – including a solid save from Evie Mitchell.

The final moment of interest in the game happened when Sky Murtagh stood strong in the dying moments of the game and out-muscled an England attacker, retained possession and managed to seal the draw with that tackle.

With this draw, Scotland’s SIFAB Bob Docherty run of 2024 comes to a close – a win, a draw and a loss, a good performance from the Scottish schoolgirls.

England Player of the Match: Emily Giddings’

The captain played a great game for England, commanding the pitch well and motivating the team to try their hardest to push for a winner.

Scotland Player of the Match: Iona Watt

Watt had a great game for Scotland, controlling the set pieces. She played well in creating chances for her team from difficult positions.

England Magic Moment

Emily Giddings’ equaliser for England proved that they had what it would take to get back in the game, but ultimately they couldn’t grab the winner, but it was this that gave them the belief.

Scotland Magic Moment

Orla Burns’ opener was definitely their magic moment, getting an advantage early on to put all the pressure on the opposition.

England U15s

1. Evie Mitchell

2. Isla Law

3. Honey Benton-Bryan

4. Millie Burdon

5. Macy Walby

6. Rachel NcPeak

7. Zoe Ciccardini

8. Annabelle Tang

9.Macie-Mae Halsall

10. Chloe Giddings

11. Sophia Burton

12. Tarlayah Abrahams

13. Freya Weeks

14. Lily Janes

15. Lottie Thorpe

16. Maisie Brickell

17. Emily Giddings

18. Dolly Reynolds

Scotland U15s

1. Morgan McCroary

2. Abby Hayes

3. Iona Watt

4. Sky Murtagh

5. Caitlin Martin

6. Lily Boyce

7. Phoebe O’Donnell

8. Amelie Chomczuk

9. Oluwadara Ositelu

10. May Cruft

11. Orla Burn

12. Alex Reid

13. Erin Gilvear

14. Lucy Stevenson

15. Ava Crawford

16. Ava Allison

17. Melissa Regmi

18. Erin O’Brien

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