Scotland Schoolgirls continued their fine start to this year’s Bob Docherty International Tournament with a narrow victory over England. There were a limited number of chances for both sides in a close contest but, a few minutes from time, Hannah Robertson slotted the ball into the bottom corner to send the Scottish fans into raptures and ensure a Scottish win.
Scotland have now played two games in the tournament and have won both; the other a win over Northern Ireland in the opening match. Next up for the Scots is a tough test against Wales before taking on the Republic of Ireland on the final day.
Matches between the two nations are always hotly contested at all levels of competition – both sets of players were flying the flag for their respective countries and it definitely showed with some strong challenges throughout the match.
The first chance of the match fell the way of the reigning champions England; tricky winger Molly Pike was played through and she unleashed a shot which was destined for the top corner but Scotland goalkeeper Kiera Gibson pulled off a fantastic diving save and the ball was cleared.
From then, England began to take control in the middle of the park and looked to have the better of the Scots. On the stroke of half time The Three Lions almost took the lead; they won a free kick around twenty-five yards from goal and Pike hit a strong shot but the ball crept just over the bar.
The referee then brought an end to a very even first half. Neither side wanted to give anything away and it definitely showed with a cagey thirty minutes of football; England perhaps had a slight edge in terms of chances but the match was finely balanced.