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Hosts Scotland open Bob Docherty cup with thumping win

Scotland School Girls 4

Robertson 11, Stewart 39, Anderson 50, Ross 57

Northern Ireland School Girls 0

  • Monday, 06 April 2015
  • Toryglen Regional Football Centre
  • 15's Girls
  • Bob Docherty Cup

Simon Ritchie | YFS West Region Reporter
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The opening game of the annual Bob Docherty Cup saw hosts Scotland run-out 4-0 winners against Northern Ireland.
It was the perfect start for a Scotland team looking to win back the trophy they lost to England last year and they put the pressure on the visitors right from the whistle.
A mix-up in the Northern Ireland defence allowed Alise Stewart to play through Amy Muir but the Irish defence recovered well to snuff out the danger.
Keeping the pressure on, Kaela MacDonald knocked a long ball over the top for Muir to chase but she was unable to get past Northern Ireland right back Megan Bell.
Northern Ireland eventually got into the game and Abbie Magee’s pass set Emily Wilson off and running and she managed to force a corner.
The corner was straight from the training ground as Niamh Ruddy played the ball to Caitlayn Hamilton on the edge of the box but her Paul Scholes-esque volley was just off-target.
Northern Ireland were beginning to settle into the game when, as so often happens, they were hit by a suckerpunch. 
A bursting run down the wing by Stewart created space for Scotland and when Irish defender Rachel Rodger’s tackle sent the ball loose, it was gratefully picked up by Hannah Robertson who calmly slotted home to give the home side the lead.
The goal gave encouragement to the Scots who almost doubled their lead from a Robertson cross that was punched clear by Lauren Currie moments before it could be headed in by the waiting Monica Anderson.
Anderson came close again with a long range effort that deflected wide for a corner as Scotland continued to search for a second before half-time.
Slick passing in the centre between Anderson and Robertson allowed Robertson to break wide and play in a tantalising cross that Stewart was only millimetres away from connecting with.
Northern Ireland weren’t out if it yet though and had the last chance of the half when a neat interchange of passes between Aine Smyth and Emily Wilson allowed Wilson to release Louise Crawford but a marginal offside call prevented her from finding the equaliser.
Scotland went in 1-0 up at halftime thanks to Robertson’s goal, but had central midfielders Jemma Marriott and Kaela McDonald to thank for a solid display that helped pin back the Irish and stopped them getting out of their own half for much of the opening exchanges.
  • Half Time:
  • Scotland School Girls
  • 1-0
  • Northern Ireland School Girls
Northern Ireland came out fighting in the second half and Smyth held off McDonald’s challenge to release Ruddy but there was no one in middle to take advantage of the cross.
Continuing the search for the equaliser it was only several excellent defensive headers from Scotland’s Sophie Aitken that stopped the Irish attack.
Having held off the attacks, Scotland began to get back in control and some great play by Stewart on the right wing ended with her trying an audacious lob from the corner of the penalty box but the spectacular effort was a little too high.
The second goal did come shortly after though, and it was Stewart who claimed it.
Anderson played it wide to Marriott whose cross was bundled in from close range by the Scotland striker despite the best efforts of Currie in the Northern Ireland goal who got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out.
Brimming with confidence, Scotland kept pushing forward in search of the goal they knew would probably seal the win.
Muir passed to Anderson on the halfway line and she took on the Irish defence, making it all the way to the byline with a surging, mazy run before passing back to Muir whose cross just couldn’t find a Scotland shirt.
Leah Eddie was the next Scotland player to make something happen as her long ball over the top set Stewart off and running in search of her second goal of the game but Currie was quickly out to bravely smother the ball at her feet.
Scotland fans thought the third goal had arrived when Stewart’s header from a corner looked goalbound but Rodger’s was on the line to head clear for Northern Ireland.
Although they were 2-0 nil down, the Northern Ireland girls hadn’t given up yet and some silky skills from Ruddy down the wing forced a corner, the resulting ball almost deceiving Keira Gibson in the Scotland goal as it landed on the roof of the net.
Bell of Northern Ireland was putting in an impressive shift despite her team being two goals down.
Always happy to bring the ball out from the back she was constantly running up and down the right wing, taking on her opposite number, and looking as composed up front as she did at the back. 
But unfortunately for her Scotland weren’t finished yet and the third goal came from Monica Anderson whose unstoppable shot from the edge of the box into the top-left corner left Currie stranded.
The fourth almost came shortly after when Kirstie McIntosh forced a great save from Currie and Elena Santoyo-Brown’s hit the post from a tight angle on the rebound.
It did come a couple of minutes from the end, however.
Grace Molloy’s shot was once again saved by Currie but it seemed an unfortunate bounce made it hard for the keeper and when it fell for Ross she was left with a simple finish to make it 4-0.
It was the icing on the cake for Scotland who will feel the scoreline does them justice as they controlled the match for long spells, and it puts them in a great position for the rest of the tournament and especially their next game against cup holders England.
Northern Ireland will need to pick themselves up for their match against the Republic of Ireland, but can take heart from some good individual performances even if it wasn’t their day.
  • Full Time:
  • Scotland School Girls
  • 4-0
  • Northern Ireland School Girls


Scotland School Girls
Northern Ireland School Girls
1. Keira 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. Lauren Currie
2. Megan Bell
3. Yasmin White
4. Jordan Robinson
5. Zoe Kilpatrick
6. Caitlayn Hamilton
7. Abbie Magee
8. Aine Smyth
9. Emily Wilson
10. Louise Crawford
11. Niamh Ruddy
12. Lauren Perry
13. Rachel Rodgers
14. Beth Hunter
15. Abby Taylor
16. Orlagh Falconer
17. Eimear McGarrity
18. Cleo-Neece Kearney
Star Player
Scotland School Girls
Northern Ireland School Girls
Alise Stewart was in great form for the Scots. Constantly creating opportunities as well as being in the positions to take them. She got a well deserved goal and was unfortunate not to add to her tally.
Although her defence conceded four goals, Megan Bell wasn't at fault for any of them and if it wasn't for her covering defending the scoreline could well have been higher. Showed great desire to get forward and never gave up even when her time were several goals down.
Magic Moment
Scotland School Girls
Northern Ireland School Girls
Anderson's thunderbolt made it 3-0 and put the game out of reach for Northern Ireland. It was an unsaveable strike and just what Scotland needed as the opposition tried to get back in the game.
Northern Ireland's best play came moments before the half-time whistle with quick, inventive passing in the middle from Smyth and Wilson that gave Crawford a great chance for the equaliser but unfortunately the assistant referee's flag prevented the equaliser the could have spurred the Irish on.
Club Views
Scotland School Girls
Northern Ireland School Girls
"We started slowly but thought we deserved the victory in the end and four goals didn't flatter us. The second half we played much better. Once the girls relaxed and got the goal they played much better" - David Thomson, Scotland Manager.
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