It was the Scotland Girls 16s who ended up on the wrong side of a 2-1 score-line against Finland in the Vauxhall International Challenge match at Ainslie Park. Led by Shannon-Leigh Nayle, Scotland were up for the fight but two great goals from Nea Snygg and Nely Lehtilä left them with work to do. The Tartan Army pulled one back through Megan Robb, but it was too late for the Blues to go for the draw.
Finland started brightly and their first real chance came after five minutes with Eerika Hämäläinen heading wide of the right post after an in-swinging corner from Emelie Smirnoff.
Scotland reacted well to Finland’s start and two minutes later Abby Callaghan had a chance. Her shot to the near post from the right was well saved by the Finland number one.
The away side’s possession-based style of play was benefiting them as they upped the pressure. A free-kick from 30 yards was struck over the bar by Smirnoff and not long after Roosa Tuominen shot narrowly wide of the right post from 18 yards just past the 20-minute mark.
The home team were playing well defensively as they managed to restrict the away side to long ranged shots and Milla Partanen was the next to have a go with her effort flying past the right post from 20 yards.
Defence was on top for both Scotland and Finland with chances few and far between. Half time saw the teams deadlocked and it was going to take a special moment to unlock either back-line.