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Toryglen was the venue for this clash of two eternal rivals as Scotland welcomed England for the third annual Lloyds TSB trophy and the visitors would be looking to gain some measure of revenge today having lost three times, and drew once, in the last four meetings against the in form Scots. The most recent meetings saw the sides draw 0-0, in the Bob Docherty Cup (which Scotland went on to win) and a 3-1 Scottish win at the St George's Park national training facility.
Scotland however wouldn’t be keen on letting their unbeaten record slip and looked determined to get off to a good start showed their intent straight from the kick off. Only two minutes after the referee had blown the whistle to start the game she was signalling for a restart as the dark blues defender Donna Paterson ran onto a poor clearance from Jordan Littleboy and drove the ball right footed from fully twenty five yards past the despairing Jessica Lewandowski in the England goal and give her side an early lead.
Having the early momentum clearly suited Scotland and less than ten minutes later they would be celebrating again as Chantelle Brown was slipped in beautifully by Erin Cuthbert splitting the defence and lifting the ball over the despairing keeper and in off the crossbar for their second of the game after only eleven minutes.
England refused to buckle under such early pressure though and were able to limit Scotland to just those two in the first half with players such as Millie Elson and Georgia Stanway showing composure and skill in both defence and attack to give their side some hope as they were able to close out the half without loss of any further goals.
Half Time: Scotland 2-0 England
The momentum was with the home team in the first half and we all wondered whether the visitors would be able to wrest it back from them as the re-emerged for the second half. Both teams were still bright and alert following their exertions in the first half but it was beginning to become apparent that Scotland just hand the edge today and they were looking to turn the screw and make this match a formality.
Within minutes of the kick-off livewire forward Amy Gallacher had been played through by Brown and made no mistake in finishing past the helpless Lewandowski to make it three from inside the box and soon she would be celebrating again as Alyshia Walker's well struck shot from outside the area was well saved but fumbled on the line and Gallacher was quickest to react stabbing home the loose ball to double her tally for the day.
It wasn’t over yet though and Walker and Gallacher were able to show great understanding yet again as the winger drove to the by-line and cut the ball across perfectly to leave the simplest finish from two yards, the goalie rooted to the spot and her hat trick complete.
The referee blew for time soon after and the sides showed commendable spirit in congratulating each other after the final whistle, it was Scotland who were celebrating today but I don’t doubt that England will be looking to redress the balance as soon as possible and hopefully that won’t be too far away.
For the Scottish Schools FA's Under 15 girls squad it was the end of an incredible season, possibly the best ever from a schoolgirl international team. The campaign may be over, but thee bright young players' football careers are just beginning.
Full Time: Scotland 5-0 England