Scotland advance to next round despite France defeat
- Saturday, 15 October 2016
- Ainslie Park
- 17's Girls
- European Women's Under-17 Champions 2017 Qualifying Round
- Half Time:
To their credit, Scotland came out for the second half and were the better team. They didn’t let their heads go down and were unlucky not to score on at least a couple of occasions. Morgan Cross, especially, never gave up and the striker acted as Scotland's outball in the second half as she was always willing to chase a ball over the top.
Her best chance of the game came in the opening minutes of the second half. A nice through ball by Michaela McAlonie behind the French defence released Cross who just managed to get on the end of it. Substitute goalkeeper Lucie Esnault had got off her line quickly, however, and arrived at the edge of the box just in time to smother Cross' poked effort.
Cross, and the rest of the Scotland attack, would have created more chances had it not been for France's excellent defence. The did force another error from France's defence as the game entered its final 10 minutes. Substitute Abby Callaghan did well to win the ball high up the pitch and break forward. Faced with a one on one, Callaghan, rather than shooting, attempted to square the ball to Cross. The pass was blocked by a covering defender and with it, the chance was gone.
Satisfied with their 4-0 lead, France saw the game out. In the final minute of the game, the visitors had their first shot of the second half, illustrating Scotland's dominance in the second half. In reality though, the game was over at half time.
- Full Time:
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