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Scotland schoolgirls clinch Bob Docherty Cup

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Scotland have won the 2013 Bob Docherty Cup with a goal difference of one over the Republic of Ireland. The Scottish Schools Football Association's Under 15 girls' squad continued their impressive form, building on last year's second place finish and a trio of victories against England, to land top spot at the prestigious home nations tournament hosted by Northern Ireland.

Day 1:
Scotland were the spare team in day one of the competition, which saw England and Republic of Ireland steal a march with opening day victories.

Northern Ireland 0-2 England
Wales 0-4 Republic of Ireland

Day 2:
Day two saw Scotland's campaign get underway, and in some style. Goalscorers in the recent victory over England, Chantelle Brown and Erin Cuthbert, repeated the trick by finding the target. Amy Lynch gave the Scots a 3-0 lead at the break before Courtney Whyte's second half double secured a five star victory.

In the other match England and Republic of Ireland shared the spoils, allowing them to share top spot in the standings.

Northern Ireland 0-5 Scotland
England 1-1 Republic of Ireland.

Day 3:
The third day of the competition saw Scotland matched up with the Auld Enemy. Having won the last three meetings the Scots went into the match with the favourites tag, but a tightly fought match saw both sides cancel each other out.

Elsewhere Northern Ireland secured a narrow victory over Wales, pushing them up the standings.

Northern Ireland 1-0 Wales
England 0-0 Scotland

Day 4:
The penultimate day of competition saw Scotland up against a Welsh team still searching for their first point. The Scots looked good for maximum points when the prolific Alyshia Walker scored in the first half to give them the lead, but Wales fought back to earn a hard fought 1-1 draw.

Hosts Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland drew by the same scoreline, setting up a thrilling final day of the tournament.

Northern Ireland 1-1 Republic of Ireland
Scotland 1-1 Wales

Day 5:
Going into the final day's matches, Scotland, England and Republic of Ireland all had a fighting chance of clinching the trophy, with the sides locked on five points. Scotland topped the pile by the slimmest of margins going into the day's play, edging Ireland by a single goal on goal difference, with England two further back.

The side's were inseperable in the first half but Republic of Ireland took an early second half lead to move into pole position. However, Amy Gallacher chose a fine time to strike her first goal of the tournament, levelling the scores and ensuring Scotland would finish above their final day opponents on goal difference.

This result meant England needed a win to come out on top, but Wales chose the final day to pull off their best performance of the tournament, beating England 3-1 to send the championship to Scotland.

England 1-3 Wales
Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Final Standings:
Scotland - 6 points (+5)
Republic of Ireland - 6 points (+4)
England - 5 points (0)
Wales - 4 points (-3)
Northern Ireland - 4 points (-6)

Scotland squad:
Chantelle BROWN (Larkhall Academy)
Chelsea CORNET (Beeslack HS, Penicuik)
Cassie COWPER (Kincorth Academy, Aberdeen)
Erin CUTHBERT (Greenwood Academy, Irvine)
Becky FLAHERTY (Banchory Academy)
Amy GALLACHER (Morgan Academy, Dundee)
Laura HAMILTON (Gleniffer HS, Paisley)
Samantha KERR (Graeme HS, Falkirk)
Amy LYNCH (Currie HS)
Jade McLAREN (Madras College, St.Andrews)
Cailin MICHIE (Boroughmuir HS, Edinburgh)
Donna PATERSON (Banff Academy)
Katie RICE (St.Ninian's HS, Giffnock)
Rachel ROSS (Greenfaulds HS, Cumbernauld)
Jamie Lee SMITH (Trinity Academy, Edinburgh)
Sophie SWEENEY (Bishopbriggs Academy)
Alyshia WALKER (Bathgate Academy)
Courtney WHYTE (St.Roch's Secondary, Glasgow)
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