The first weekend in April will see the Scottish Schools FA U15 Girls travel down to Newport in Wales to participate in the Bob Docherty Cup against the other home nations, with the hope of retaining the coveted Bob Docherty trophy.
The tournament, which has taken place annually since it first began in 2007, is hosted in a different venue each year by one of the home nations. Last year saw Scotland host the tournament at Glasgow’s Toryglen Football complex, with the team winning the trophy on home soil. The team will hope to retain the trophy as they travel to the National Football Development Centre, Dragon Park, in Wales.
Their chance of retaining the trophy has looked promising so far, with a very successful run of pre-tournament matches against club and regional teams, winning six games in six against tough opponents, including players who had played in Scotland squads previously. Following wins against Glasgow City and Rangers, Scotland travelled to Jersey for a training camp, at the end of which they won back-to-back fixtures against Jersey, finishing the campaign off with wins against Central Academy and Hibernian.
Attention now turns to the home nation tournament, which will see Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and two Welsh sides, one 2001’s and one 2002’s, against each other across four days for their chance to win the Bob Docherty Cup.
Scotland will be able to rest on the opening day of the tournament, with no fixtures scheduled. They will then face Wales 2002’s on Saturday the second of April at 5.00pm, and play against England on Sunday the third of April with a 2.00pm kick-off.
The fixtures for the final day will be decided by the results of the first three days. The games are played thirty minutes each way, with the winning team awarded three points. In the event of a draw, the game will go straight to penalties, with the winning side awarded two points and the losing team awarded one point. The final day will see the top two teams play off, as well as the third and fourth teams, and fifth and sixth teams meeting.
Having had such a successful pre-tournament, the Scotland squad can go to Wales with confidence that they are capable of winning the Bob Docherty Trophy once more. Whatever happens, the team are guaranteed a wonderful experience. Everyone at YFS wishes them the best of luck and hopes that they enjoy every second. For anyone who can't make the trip south, all of the action will be available on YFS TV.