Women Prepare For European Assault

By Ed_ScottishFitba
Last updated : 28 August 2002
Although Scotland's Under 19 women did not qualify for the FIFA tournament in Canada they did not stay idle. The team headed over to Finland to play a double header against the Finns at the
Eerikkla Sports Institute. They managed to come away with honours even with a win each. Short reports on both games follow.

Thursday 22nd August 2002
Finland 1
v Scotland 0.
Scorer: Vartia (1)

Scotland made a bad start and conceded a goal from the kick-off, when Finland capitalised on a corner in the first minute. Scotland were obliged to chase the game from then on. Despite having a number of chances, including hitting the crossbar, they failed to score before half time. The second half performance was better with Scotland being better more organised. Unfortunately, the score remained 1-0. There was still something to be gained from the game. 15 year old Sharon Scott was anU19 debutant but was Scotland’s best player.

Saturday 24th August 2002
Finland 1 v Scotland 3
Scorers: McDonald (48) Hough (49 & 67)
Aman (87)

This second game was a much better performance from Scotland. They totally dominated the game and played very well as a unit. In the second half Scotland turned their domination into goals. In the 48th minute defender Amy McDonald, who debuted for the 19’s in the previous match, scored from a set piece when she blasted her shot through a packed penalty box. Only a minute later excellent work from the midfield allowed Sarah Hough through on the right to lob the keeper to notch up a second. The third goal was almost identical, Sarah Hough again took her chance to score this time rounding the keeper for another excellent goal. Finland did manage a goal in the 87th minute but it was to turn out to be a fine Scotland victory.

The U19’s will now be looking towards on the UEFA Women’s Championship First Round Qualifiers. Scotland are in the same group as Russia, Israel and Northern Ireland. The qualifiers take the form of a mini tournament to be played in Bulgaria between 12th-16th October this year.

The U19 Scotland Squad

Holly Anderson
Southampton Ladies FC
Finella Annand
Inver Ross LFC
Katie Bennett
Dunfermline LFC
Caroline Collie
FC Kilmarnock
Louise Curley
Inver Ross LFC
Jane Doig
Hibernian LFC
Mel Donachie
Glasgow City LFC
Shelley Grant
Inver Ross LFC
Suzanne Grant
Inver Ross LFC
Sarah Hough
FC Kilmarnock
Joanne Love
FC Kilmarnock

Suzanne Malone
Hibernian LFC

Amy McDonald
Hamilton Athletic LFC
Liza MacKenzie
Inver Ross LFC
Emma Mills
Tynecastle Hearts LFC
Sharon Scott
Aberdeen LFC
Megan Sneddon
FC Kilmarnock
Hollie Thomson
Huyton LFC


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