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Scotland girls ease past Wales to maintain 100% record

Scotland Schoolgirls 3

Ross 11, Molloy 46, 49

Wales Schoolgirls 0

  • Tuesday, 04 August 2015
  • Toryglen Regional Football Centre
  • Under 15´s
  • Bob Docherty Cup

Euan Strathearn | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Scotland schoolgirls made it three wins out of three as they comfortably beat a Welsh side struggling for form. Caitlyn Ross put the Scots in front midway through the first half before two goals in quick succession from Grace Molloy in the second half ensured a Scotland victory.
 
Scotland had not conceded a goal in their two victories in the Bob Docherty tourament going into this game whilst Wales had lost twice scoring just once but it was the Welsh who started the game with real vigour and purpose - an inswinging corner kick from captain Chelsea Deacon nearly finding its way in.
 
The Welsh pressure intensified as they won another corner four minutes in, this time Deacon's cross finding Ella Powell who guided her header narrowly wide.
 
Scotland responded to the early warning signs well - Monica Anderson galloped down the left hand side beating several Welsh defenders but couldn't deliver that final ball.
 
As the sun began to dip behind the clouds so the Scottish girls began to stamp their authority on this match and dominate possession, Amy Muir fired just over from distance before a corner from Elena Brown found Nicole Cameron who agonisingly put her header inches over the bar.
 
12 rminutes into the game Scotland were in complete control and took full advantage - a tantalizing through ball was played for Ross who kept her composure to stroke the ball past Cardiff City goalkeeper Emily Poole to put the Scots 1-0 infront.
 
Brown was beginning to create havoc in the Welsh half striding past challenges and her long ball to Ross had the away sides defence in a mode of panic - The Scots unlucky not to add a second.
 
On the 18 minute mark Wales Ellie Burrows was carried off after a poor challenge left her unable to continue. Her replacement Chloe Griffiths brought on to try and inject some pace into the team in red.
 
Both teams began to stall in an attacking sense in the remaining minutes of the first half with a real midfield battle beginning to take place and the teams went in at half-time with it all till to play for at 1-0.
  • Half Time:
  • Scotland Schoolgirls
  • 1-0
  • Wales Schoolgirls
The two teams came out fired up after a few words from their coaches, Kaela McDonald in particular began the second half strongly - brushing past Welsh players and spreading passes elegantly across her midfield.
 
Cameron came close to scoring when she connected with Muir's corner only to watch her attempt go narrowly wide of the post. The Welsh were unable to get out of their own half as the pressure from the Scots was relentless in the opening stages flurrying forward at every opportunity.
 
Hannah Robertson darted toward the Welsh goal before firing a ball into the box before a fine ball from McDonald found Molloy in a dangerous position but her shot went wide. Scotland were a constant threat but were struggling to get shots on target with much of their play just lacking in the final ball. The Welsh were trying to play on the counter but just couldn't find any rythym to their game.
 
Mid way through the second period and Kaela McDonald who had began to run this game crossed a superb ball into the box which Molly thundered home with a bullet header into the top left hand corner. A much deserved goal which put the home side in front in stunning fashion.
 
Minutes later and left back Courtney Otto jinked past two Welsh defenders before launching her shot just over the bar. From the resulting goal kick the Welsh goalie Poole couldn't clear enough distance and found herself in an awkward position as Molloy harrassed her into a mistake and prodded the ball in to add her second and Scotlands third. With just over ten minutes remaining the Welsh earned themselves a couple of free-kicks but they were dealt comfortably by the Scottish defence and they held on to win 3-0.
 
A very comfortable afternoon for an impressive Scotland team and the Welsh will be able to learn from this experience. 
  • Full Time:
  • Scotland Schoolgirls
  • 3-0
  • Wales Schoolgirls

Lineups

Scotland Schoolgirls
Wales Schoolgirls
1. Kiera Gibson
2. Leah Eddie
3. Courtney Otto
4. Nicole Cameron
5. Sophie Aitken
6. Sara McWhirter
7. Hannah Robertson
8. Jemma Marriott
9. Caitlyn Ross
10. Monica Anderson
11. Amy Muir
12. Shannon Nagle
14. Grace Molloy
15. Kaela McDonald
16. Shannon Burgon
17. Kirstie McIntosh
18. Elena Santoyo Brown
19. Alise Stewart
1. Aimee Watson
2. Alice Griffiths
3. Amelia Size
4. Carys Waters
5. Cassia Pike
6. Chelsea Deacon
7. Chloe Griffiths
8. Danielle Lundrigan
9. Ella Powell
10. Ellie Burrows
11. Emily Luke
12. Emily Poole
13. Ffion Morgan
14. Lily Woodham
15. Meesha Dudley-Jones
16. Natasha Jones
17. Nia Rees
18. Shannon Dukes
Star Player
Scotland Schoolgirls
Wales Schoolgirls
Kaela McDonald - Was an impressive figure in midfield, spreading passes and retaining the ball for her team. Provided an excellent assist for Molloys goal.
Chelsea Deacon - dealt with a very tough afternoon extremely well. Had it not been for her defensive prowess the scoreline could have been worse.
Magic Moment
Scotland Schoolgirls
Wales Schoolgirls
The second goal - an incredible cross from McDonald and a stunning header from Molloy
The Welsh got off to an excellent start, pegging back Scotland from the first whistle. However, they couldn't quite find a magic moment within their purple patch.
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