Becky enjoys cup win


Banchory’s Becky Flaherty insists the memory of beating England will stay with her for the rest of her life as the Scottish Girls Under-15s emerged with the Lloyds TSB Scotland International Schoolgirls’ Challenge Cup.

The 14-year-old was part of the 18-strong squad assembled by coach Billy Henderson for the re-run of last year’s historic fixture which saw the Auld Enemy take the spoils.

But the Banchory Academy pupil believes the tide has turned after Alyshia Walker grabbed a hat-trick in the 4-0 rout at Toryglen on April 21 – 16 days after beating England by the same scoreline in the Bob Docherty Tournament.

The Deveronvale stopper admits the joy is yet to fully sink in but the double dose of victory has left her eager to taste more.

She said: “As a goalkeeper the best thing about it was keeping a couple of clean sheets. It’s always great when you don’t concede and I want to carry on like that.

“It was a really good team performance from us. We played well and did everything we needed to so we’re all really happy with how it turned out.

“I want to get into the squad again next year. Selection starts in October so hopefully I can have a good season for Deveronvale.

“It would be great to get back in and I’m confident I can do it. I’d like to experience more of the same because it was a great feeling.”

With eight of his youngsters still eligible to remain at Under-15 level next year, Henderson admits the progress made by his side in the past month has surpassed even his expectations.

The 4-0 victory over England on April 5 saw Scotland take third place in the Bob Docherty Tournament in Dublin and Henderson is predicting great things from Flaherty and co.

He said: “Considering this is a very, very young Scottish side and many of them haven’t played together for long this has been great period for us.

“England beat us last year in the first ever game between the sides, so to perform like that in front of around 150 people was fantastic.

“It was a wonderful occasion and the atmosphere was superb. Not many Scottish footballers can say they have beaten England twice, and not many can say they have scored a hat-trick against England - and we have two. It was a lovely end to our international season.”

Neil Hunter, the bank manager Lloyds TSB Scotland in Banchory, added: “Congratulations to the Lloyds TSB Scotland U15 Girls squad on their fantastic result against England.

“The team have put in some great performances and can be proud of their achievements.”

Lloyds TSB Scotland, proud partner of the Scottish Schools’ FA, is delighted to support the Scotland U15 Girls International squad for their 2012 season.

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