Scotland womens under 17

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Scotland Women’s U17 Squad have made history twice by reaching the finals of the UEFA Womens U17 tournament.

They qualified for the elite round this summer and were drawn in a group with Hungary, Norway and Finland.

The U17s have never reached this stage before in this competition.

Becky Flaherty, from Banchory, played all three games in the summer before heading out to Hungary last week to play in the elite round.

Last Wednesday they played Hungary where they narrowly lost 4-3 in a closely fought match but made amends on Friday where the beat group favourites Norway, 2-1.

They needed to win their last match to be in with a chance of qualifying for the finals this November at St George’s, Burton on Trent, England. All four teams had won a game and lost a game so were tied on three points.

Scotland needed Norway to win their game against Hungary while the Scots needed to beat Finland. Norway were convincing 7-1 winners against Hungary,
 with Scotland winning their game 2-0.

Under UEFA rules, if two teams are tied at the top of their group, Norway and Scotland, the group winner is decided by the result in their game against each other.

This made Scotland the Group Five winners, following Spain into the finals after they won Group One. The other four groups are being played over the next two weeks.

Becky played in all three games for Scotland and was delighted to have kept a clean sheet in the last game against Finland. To have reached the elite round was a major achievement for the Scotland squad but this has been surpassed by now reaching the finals.