Lloyds TSB Scotland’s U15 Girls squad finished a brave third in the 2012 Bob Docherty Tournament in Dublin.
The squad, including Banchory Academy’s Rebecca Flaherty, travelled to the Emerald Isle to compete in the annual event along with Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, who fielded two squads due to the late withdrawal of Holland.
Scotland’s first game of the round-robin saw them up against a formidable Northern Ireland squad which boasted eleven girls from last year’s tournament winning side.
The Scottish girls were unlucky to lose out to late a goal goal in a 3-2 defeat. It was a tough break for the young Scots who would need to pick themselves up for their second encounter against the Republic of Ireland’s second string.
The girls went on to secure a comfortable 2-0 win over the Republic side and at the final whistle, news filtered through that Scotland would be paired against England in the 3rd/4th place play-off after they succumbed to the Republic of Ireland’s A squad.
This was the first meeting between the auld enemies since the inaugural International in April of last year, which saw the English run out 3-1 winners. Scotland were determined to turn the tables on this occasion, and they did so with a rampant 4-0 victory.
Gordon Strachan, Lloyds TSB Scotland Schools’ football ambassador who himself played for Scotland at U15 level, congratulated the players on their efforts.
“It’s a fantastic achievement to represent your country at any level and the experience these youngsters will have gained is invaluable. I would like to congratulate the squad for their performance at the Bob Docherty Tournament.”
Lloyds TSB Scotland provide support of the inter-schools’ football programme in Scotland as well as to the U15 Girls and U18 Boys International Squads. Over 26,000 school children will participate in a Lloyds TSB Scotland supported programme in 2012.