Scotland School Girls lifted the Bob Docherty International trophy today following a narrow victory over The Republic of Ireland. The only goal of the match came from Scottish midfielder Kaela McDonald in the first half. The Scots finished the tournament with a 100% record and the Irish were unbeaten up until the final game so both deserve a lot of praise.
The match was always going to be a cracker; both teams had the opportunity to win the Championship at the end of play so they would give it everything throughout the match. With Scotland sitting on nine points and Ireland on seven, whoever won would take the trophy home.
Scotland started as the brighter team and the first chance of the match fell the way of the hosts; striker Monica Anderson shot from the edge of the box but her effort was held by Rachel Baynes in the Irish goal.
A few minutes later Scotland had another chance and would’ve taken the lead had it not been for the defensive efforts of Ireland; Hannah Robertson fired in a corner which rose over the oncoming goalkeeper, the ball then fell to Kaela McDonald whose shot was blocked, Anderson then got hold of the ball and fired a shot towards goal but Irish defender Sadhbh Doyle managed to slide in and block the shot and the ball flew out for a corner – which was cleared by the Irish defence.
Around twenty minutes in, Scotland took the lead; Robertson launched in a corner once again, and like the first effort, the ball fell at the feet of McDonald, but this time the midfielder made no mistake and powered the ball into the bottom corner to put Scotland into the lead.
Ireland then instantly had a chance; Katie Bolger-Burdis was slipped through behind the defence but her shot crept just over the bar ensuring that Scotland went into the break ahead.