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Brogan Hay at the double as Scotland WU17s thrash Ireland

Scotland Women's 3

McDonald 10', Hay 28' '30

Ireland Women's 0

  • Wednesday, 02 September 2015
  • Ainslie Park
  • Under 17´s
  • Vauxhall International Challenge Match

David Kelly | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Glasgow City striker Brogan Hay scored twice as Scotland’s Women’s Under-17s defeated the Republic of Ireland by three goals to nil at Ainslie Park, home of Spartans FC in Edinburgh, on Wednesday evening. Celtic’s Kaela McDonald got the ball rolling for Scotland with a classy placed finish early in the first-half.  

The Scots’ dominant performance in the capital, which powerfully illustrated their attacking abilities, will have been greatly pleasing to coach Pauline Hammill as she prepares her squad for upcoming European Championship qualifying ties against Austria, Kazakhstan and Latvia.
 
Every single one of Hammill’s charges can look back on a job well done, but Hay was undoubtedly the stand-out talent on show in front of a bumper crowd attracted by the promise of international football and bargain entry prices, with adults charged just £5 and kids free. 

Scotland began this Vauxhal Women’s Under-17 International Challenge Match brightly, immediately taking the game to their opponents from across the Irish Sea. With just four minutes on the clock, Hay made a darting run down the left-hand side before releasing the ball to a waiting Ellis Dalgliesh. However, the Celtic striker was quickly surrounded in the box before she could get a shot away and the chance was gone.

The ground was soon back on its feet though, as the hosts netted the opening goal after 10 minutes. McDonald charged into the box from the centre of the pitch before sliding the ball into the net with a firm, precise finish. Scotland’s impressive start had been duly rewarded.

Soon Hay was causing more problems for the Irish backline, her pace causing chaos in the visitor’s half. With 15 minutes played, Hay accelerated down the left-wing but was unfortunate not to double Scotland’s advantage with a cut-inside and shot.

Ireland simply did not know what to do with Hay, who not long after caused yet more trouble. A superb pass from Lauren Gordon into Hay allowed the City forward to sprint beyond from her marker and stab an effort at goal, which Ireland keeper Sophie Lenehen did well to get down low to and block.

Finally, with 28 minutes gone, the dam burst. Ireland simply could not resist the relentless Scottish onslaught on their goal any longer. The irrepressible Hay created space for herself down the left-flank, before launching a ferocious pile-driver past Lenehen to make it 2-0.

Scotland’s next goal was even better. And the identity of the scorer was no surprise. On the half-hour mark, Hay was sent through into the box and found herself one-on-one with Lenehen. Hay, with the deftest of touches, flicked the ball round the last defender and, with the keeper rushing towards her, smoothly tucked the finish past her at the near post to net her double and make it 3-0.
  • Half Time:
  • Scotland Women's
  • 3-0
  • Ireland Women's
Half-time came and went, but Scotland’s high-energy, zealous approach to the tie, despite its nominally non-competitive nature, remained. Mere seconds after the restart Samantha Kerr and Hay combined to send a through-ball into Shannon McGregor, whose registered a shot from 18 yards.

Nevertheless, despite Scotland’s supremacy, Ireland were not completely down and out and managed to fire the ball into the back of the net three minutes short of the hour mark. However, the goal did not stand after the referee ruled it out. Eartha Cummings’ clean sheet remained intact.

With the win secured, Hammill was able to utilise her full squad in true friendly fashion, allowing every outfield player on the Scottish bench at least 15 minutes of game-time.

Overall, Scotland’s performance was a highly convincing and encouraging one. Together with the result, their night’s work bodes well for the challenging qualifying campaign ahead. With Hay on this sort of terrific, goal-scoring form, Scotland Women’s Under-17s could go far.
  • Full Time:
  • Scotland Women's
  • 3-0
  • Ireland Women's

Lineups

Scotland Women's
Ireland Women's
1. Cummings
2. McAlpine
3. Napier
4. Rice
5. Doran-Barr
6. Cunningham
7. Cameron
8. Kerr(c)
9. Dalgliesh
10. McGregor
11. Gordon
12. Farquhar
13. McDonald
14. Notley
15. Hay
16. Gollan
17. Elliot
18. Fraser
1. Lenehen
2. Green
3. Farrelly
4. Kavanagh
5. Noonan (c)
6. Payne
7. O’Callaghan
8. Ruddy
9. Kiernan
10. Mannix
11. Doyle
Star Player
Scotland Women's
Ireland Women's
Brogan Hay - Was outstanding from start to finish. She was a thorn in the side of the Irish defence all night.
Sophie Lenehen - Without her saves, Scotland's margin of victory would have been even larger.
Magic Moment
Scotland Women's
Ireland Women's
Hay's delicious second goal. The sublime skill of her flick, followed by her quality finish, had both sets of supporters on their feet and applauding a great goal worthy of gracing any game.
Ireland's disallowed goal was a bitter-sweet moment for the visitors. If it had stood, things might have been different.
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