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Scotland End Euro Campaign With Tough Outing Against Dutch

Scotland 0

Netherlands 4

Wilms 7, Olislagers 32, Doorn 80,90
  • Monday, 22 July 2019
  • The Simple Digital Arena
  • Under 19´s
  • UEFA Women's U19 Championship
Scotland were looking to end their UEFA Under-19 European Championship on a high note as they faced off against the Netherlands at the Simple Digital Arena on a sunny but windy Monday evening. The Scots - still recovering from their 4-0 defeat at the hands of Norway at Firhill - were hoping to catch out a talented Dutch outfit, who lost their last outing 3-1 to France.
It was another hard night, with two late goals sending Scotland to their second straight 4-0 defeat, as they were blitzed in the last ten minutes by a strong Dutch attack that exploited the Scots countless times down the wings. The score did not reflect another spirited Scotland performance, but the quality the Dutch possess overwhelmed them in the end.
Sadly for the Scots they did not take their early chance before falling behind. Jamie-Lee Napier stole the ball off Dutch centre-back Lieske Carleer, but against the angle her shot was directly at Dutch goalkeeper Daphne Van Domselaar. That would provide the young Scots one of their few ventures forward with the Netherlands controlling the majority of possession in the first half.
A big problem facing the Scottish defence was the powerful runs of Romee Leuchter down the right-hand side of the pitch. Her cross seven minutes in led to the visitors opening goal. The delivery came into the front post to be met by the boot of Lynn Wilms, who poked past Allison in the Scotland goal for 1-0.
Scotland seemed to have settled until the goal and lost a bit of confidence after that point. Which nearly led to the Dutch second. Brown’s back pass was stolen by Joelle Smits and as she cut back her shot with her left foot forced Allison into a fine diving save to keep the game in touch.
Allison was almost caught out a few moments later by Leuchter, her cross swerved towards goal last second, forcing her into another save.
Midway through the half Dutch fullback Levels forced a low cross in front of the Scots goal, only for Smits to just miss the shot and the chance to double the lead. For Scotland it was much like long periods of the Norway game where they seem to be struggling to keep possession.
That possession was finally reward for the Netherlands, as their captain scored the second goal just after the half-hour. Jenna Clark cleared a high ball out of the eight-yard box, only for her clearance to land at the feet of Marisa Olislagers, who launched a powerful shot into the bottom right of Allison’s goal. For Holland it seemed to be clear sailing at this stage, as they went in at the interval 2-0 up.
  • Half Time:
  • Scotland
  • 0-2
  • Netherlands
The visitors started the second half in the same fashion as the first. They were controlled and slowly picked the right passes to cut open Scotland but, thankfully for the home side, Clark and McAlonie held strong at the back. However, not long into the half, the Netherlands nearly added their third, with Leuchter hitting a half-volley at the back post, forcing Allison into yet another save.
After this Scotland got their first chance of the half, substitute Lauren Davidson caught a high ball and drove into the box from the right wing. Her shot called the Netherlands stopper into action for one of the few times during the evening, but this was a positive sign as Pauline Hamill’s side came into the game.
Hamill’s substitutes had been making an effect, as she switched from her normal 4-3-3, into a 4-2-3-1, with starlet Jamie-Lee Napier dropping into an advanced midfield position. This change was beginning to cause the visitors problems, as Napier and Davidson linked up extremely well. 
This helped tackle the high pressure from Holland until the last ten minutes of the game, when it came undone for Scotland. On the stroke of the 80th minute a cross from Levels was met by Dutch centre-back Lisa Doorn, who glanced the ball into the top left for the game securing third goal.
This was not the end though, as Doorn stuck again with minutes left; another cross found her at the back post, where she took one touch to control before firing the ball across goal and into the left-hand side to wrap-up the scoring.  
  • Full Time:
  • Scotland
  • 0-4
  • Netherlands


Allison (GK)
Muir (C)
Van Domselaar
Van de Westeringh
Van Koot
Star Player
For Scotland Amy Muir lead the team again, but tonight Jamie-Lee Napier had a greater performance. Napier was limited in attack, but consistently dropped deep to help the defence on countless occasions, as well as spear heading the few attacks Scotland had.
The Dutch player of the game was very difficult, with all four winger that played having good outings, but Romee Leuchter stood out from the other three. Her pace and strength in the first half caused the Scottish defence a lot of issues. Even when they could stop her runs, she had lethal crosses that were always close to her teammates.
Magic Moment
Club Views
Post-match Scotland captain Amy Muir praised her sides defensive performance in spite of the late goals: “They moved the ball really quickly and they made it hard for us, but I would say again we came out in the second half and there was a lot of spells where we did really well. We were defensively organised.” Amy’s coach Pauline Hamill shared the same positivity like she has all tournament stating: “The second half was a lot better, I felt we managed to get a wee bit higher at times, but it's so tough against this level of opposition. For Scotland this has been a great learning curve with spells of positive play. This is something Pauline hopes to carry forward into the next campaign, as they continue to build upon recent successes: “We almost have to reflect and evaluate how we’ve done here and quite quickly move on to the new campaign.”
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