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Relive Scotland's incredible 5-1 victory over Wales in the Centenary Shield, with the YFS souvenir bundle. These are available to purchase until Friday 24th March, after which the regular match DVD will remain on sale.
 
Each bundle includes the following:
- Souvenir match DVD, including:
> Full match.
> Match highlights.
> Pre & post match interviews with players & coaches.
- 6'x8' squad photo print in a boarded frame.
 
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 13:40

Final trial for Scottish Schools FA U15 girls

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The afternoon of 18th January will see the final trial for the Scottish Schools FA U15 Girls team that will represent the country at the upcoming Bob Docherty Cup. Below are the players competing for a place in the squad:
 
Central
 
Hannah Cunningham  (St.Ambrose Hs)
Laura Mccartney  (Lenzie Ac.)
Chelsea Mceachran  (St.Mungo's Hs)
Vhairi Munro  (Bellshill Ac.)
 
East
 
Phillipa Mccallum  (St.John's Hs)
Aaliyah Jay Meach  (Monifieth Hs)
Ellie-Jai Reid  (St.Andrew's Hs Kirkcaldy)
Rachel Robbie  (Forfar Ac.)
Rachel Wolecki  (Perth Ac.)
Alicia Yates  (Dunfermline Hs)
 
North
 
Rosie Alexander  (Banff Ac.)
Flora Bruce  (Banff Ac.)
Emma Rogers  (Cults Ac.)
Elidh Shore  (Oldmachar Ac.)
Jodi Strachan  (Banff Ac.)
 
South East
 
Amy Hay  (Forrester Hs)
Aisha Maughan (Broughton Hs)
Jessica Jane Smith  (The Mary Erskine School)
 
South West
 
Shana Hynes  (John Ogilvie Hs)
Kathleen Mcgovern  (Holy Cross Hs)
Kirsty O'brien  (John Ogilvie Hs)
Lucy Ronald  (Trinity Hs Rutherglen)  
Hannah Scott  (John Ogilvie Hs)
Chloe Warrington  (Trinity Hs Rutherglen)  
 
West
 
Storm Anderson  (Eastbank Ac.)
Georgia Crooks  (The High School Of Glasgow) 
Mhairi Crooks  (The High School Of Glasgow)
Carly Girasoli  (Lourdes Sec.)
Cara Henderson  (Mearns Castle Hs)
Rebecca Mcallister  (Our Lady & St.Patrick's Hs)
Karsey Mcglinchey  (Govan Hs)
Rosie Mcquillan  (St.Peter The Apostle Hs)
Lucy Sinclair  (Clydebank Hs)
 
The SISFA U16 Girls squad travelled down to St George’s Park in eager anticipation of another intense and closely contested encounter versus their English counterparts at one of the most prestigious venues in the land. True to form, the biggest group of supporting parents a SISFA girls’ squad has ever taken down was to be treated to a positively thrilling encounter, and the archetypal game of two halves.
 
Scotland started the game very much on the front foot, taking the game to their illustrious opponents and not allowing them time to settle on the ball which in turn resulted in good Scotland possession in the England half. With the two Georgias, Adderley and Crooks, running the show in central midfield, openings started to appear in the England rear guard, one of which saw a very strong penalty claim waved away as Francesca Ogilvie was felled in the box. When the breakthrough did come, however, it was well worth the wait, as Charlotte Maconachie, who had been wreaking havoc down the left with her blistering pace, embarked on a lung-bursting run before dispatching the ball inside the keeper’s near post. 
 
This was no less than Scotland deserved, and although England – clearly rattled by the Scots’ positive start – started to impose themselves more in an attacking sense, goalkeeper Keren Lumsden was having a quiet afternoon, thanks to the outstanding efforts of a very solid back four. What was to prove a key incident occurred just before half-time, however, as midfield maestro Georgia Adderley was on the receiving end of a challenge which was as heavy as it was late. Remarkably, no card was administered, and though she did exceptionally well to continue, this clearly hampered her effectiveness from here on in. 
 
Half Time: England 0-1 Scotland
 
As expected, England came out of the traps all guns blazing at the start of the second period having altered their shape, whilst Scotland struggled a little to settle into their erstwhile rhythm. A few near things in front of goal served as a warning of what was to follow, as England drew level courtesy of an unfortunate ricochet from a corner.
 
It was now the Scots’ turn to be on the back foot as their opponents, visibly lifted, enjoyed a period of pressure leading to further opportunities, two of which they managed to take courtesy of some ruthless finishing. At no stage of the game were Scotland out of it, however, and something of a resurgence in the final fifteen minutes led to further pressure at the other end.
 
Unfortunately, however, the decision-making at critical moments in the final third just let the girls down when it mattered most, and at the final whistle there was a palpable sense of frustration and what might have been. The girls can and should, however, be very proud of an excellent all-round effort, and hopefully they will look back on a valuable experience in their footballing development. The coaching staff would like to thank them all and their parents for their support throughout.
 
Full Time: England 3-1 Scotland
 
Scotland squad:
Georgia Adderley (The Mary Erskine School)
Lydia Broadley (Lathallan School)
Kirsty Buist (The Mary Erskine School)
Georgia Crooks (The High School of Glasgow)
Mhairi Crooks (The High School of Glasgow)
Yemisi Edgar (The High School of Glasgow)
Piper Kerr (Robert Gordon’s College)
Keren Lumsden (St Margaret’s School for Girls)
Charlotte Maconachie (George Heriot’s School)
Holly McIndoe (Fernhill School)
Sarah McLaren (George Heriot’s School)
Anne Murray (Lathallan School)
Francesca Ogilvie (Robert Gordon’s College)
Jessica Smith (The Mary Erskine School)
Hannah Stewart (Hutchesons’ Grammar School)
Today saw the announcement for the Scotland Schools under 18’s squad for the upcoming 2016/17 Centenary Shield (pictured right, last season's squad in action), as well as a friendly against Australia in January. The squad is as follows:
 
Cameron Ballantyne – Glasgow Academy
Kyle Banner – Graeme High School
Luc Bollan – Montifeith High School
Adam Brown – Grove Academy
Nathan Brown  - Stewart Melville’s College
Robbie Bruce – Buckie High School
Jamie Chapman – Edinburgh College
Cieran Dunne – Stewart Melville’s College
Ronan Fallens – St Modan’s High School
Declan Glass – Ross High School
John Kelly – Trinity High School
Adam Kirkwood – Stranraer Academy
Calvin McGrory – Eastwood High School
Euan O’Reilly  - The Community of Auchterarder
Matthew Reilly – St Ninians High School
George Stanger – Dunblane High School
Kieran Sweeney – St Kentigerns Academy
Ross Connelly - Graeme High School
 
Scotland kick off the upcoming internationals with a friendly against Australia at Renfrew Juniors ground on the 25th January. Their opening game of the Centenary Shield will be against old rivals England at St Mirren Park on the 3rd March, before playing away to Wales and Northern Ireland on the 16th March and 31st March respectively. The final fixture of the competition will be at home to Republic of Ireland, at Lesser Hampden on 6th April.
 
Current holders England have won three of the last five tournaments, with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland winning the other two. Scotland last tasted victory in this competition in 2011, when they finished as joint winners with Northern Ireland, and will be looking to repeat that feat again this time. 
 
A statement on the Scottish Student Sport website reads:
 
After a trial process with over 45 players signing up, Scottish Student Sport is excited to announce an initial squad selection of 15 students for the SSF Women’s National Squad programme. An additional 5 players will be selected at a later date and those selections will be confirmed in 2017. It was fantastic to see 12 College and University institutions represented at the trials, highlighting the quality of women’s student football across Scotland. We wish the very best to those players not selected and we encourage them to get involved in BUCS and Scottish Student Sport during their time studying if they aren’t already.
 
‘We were really pleased with the desire everyone showed during the trial process and I would like to thank SWPL and SWFL clubs for being really supportive of the programme. The quality of players in Scotland currently in education is at a fantastic level and there is an abundance of talent. All the staff are looking forward to the build up to April and showing what Scotland has to offer when we compete in the Home Nations.’ Thomas Craig, Head Coach
 
2016-17 Scottish Student Women’s Football Squad
Rachel Donaldson – Stirling University
Demi Falconer – Stirling University
Laura Gallen – University of West Scotland
Leona Gibbs McKinley – St Andrews University
Chloe Logan – Stirling University (GK)
Beth Macleod – Edinburgh University
Courtney McAvoy – Edinburgh University
Beth McKay – Stirling University
Jordan McLintock – Glasgow University
Katy Morris – Stirling University
Charlotte Parker-Smith – Edinburgh University (GK)
Hayley Sinclair – Stirling University
Lucy Stanton – Edinburgh University
Ann Taylor – Stirling University
Rebecca Zoltie – Stirling University 
 
The squad will meet up in 2017 for training and friendlies before competing in the Home Nations Tournament in Easter 2017.
Thursday, 03 November 2016 14:19

Victory Shield: Get to know the Scotland attack

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Craig Edwards finishes our analysis of the Scotland squad for the Sky Sports Victory Shield, this time focusing on the attackers – headlined by Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele (pictured, above).
 
If Scotland are to re-take the Sky Sports Victory Shield off of holders Wales they will require the goals from their front men, especially knowing that victory against the Republic of Ireland on Friday will win the shield for the first time since 2013.
 
Two games down and two of the seven forwards have appeared on the scoresheet. Rangers striker Zac Butterworth scored the second goal in the opening game as the hosts beat Northern Ireland. Brilliantly slipped through he calmly tucked it past the keeper to record his first goal of the competition.
 
The other striker to have found the net is Jamie Semple. He scored twice as Scotland were held by Wales in the second game of the competition. The Motherwell starlet has appeared for the Fir Park’s under 20 side and is on a few Premier League radars down south including Sunderland, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
 
Despite not scoring, it’s no question that the 13 year old Celtic starlet, Karamoko Dembele, has caught the eye. He trained at St George’s Park in England the week before he made his Scotland under 16s Anchordebut, coming on as a substitute in the Wales match.
 
Another Celtic striker in the squad is Kieran McGrath who was signed by the Hoops last year after he chose the club he supports over Aston Villa, Everton, Newcastle United, Southampton and Stoke City.
 
The other two strikers to play their football in Scotland are Joshua McPake and Anthony McDonald of Rangers and Heart of Midlothian respectively. McDonald was the subject of an article by Youth Football Scotland in January after training with the under 20s and first team. The final striker in the squad is Aaron Pressley who plays his football down in England for Aston Villa. This strike force will be hoping to fire Scotland to victory.
 
Tuesday afternoon saw a brave Wales side fight back from two goals down to clinch at a draw with Scotland in the Victory Shield at the Oriam Centre.
 
This match started in the manner you would expect from a home nations match, frantic pace, little time to get the ball down and mostly one-touch play. Both sides were equipping a high pressing style and it had a big impact early on, where a long ball down the channels looked the most probable route to goal.
 
Scotland had the majority of possession in the opening half and looked to have it in the more dangerous areas of the pitch, but the majority of their efforts on goal were either snuffed out at the last moment by a Welsh boot or simply blasted high over the ball from just outside the box.
 
Although they certainly were the first side to get a foothold in the match and pass the ball around, with Wales struggling to string together moves and get up the field, they were pinned back relentlessly by the Scottish pressure.
 
As a result, Scotland deservedly scored their first and second goal, both around the half-an-hour mark, both courtesy of Jamie Semple, who managed to peel away from the Welsh defenders at the back-post on both occasions.
 
One man who was at the heartbeat of everything good for the Scots was Billy Gilmour; the small, yet skillful and determined midfielder always seemed to have time whenever the ball came to his feet, and with some wicked deliveries he managed to put Wales’ back four under pressure on several occasions, as well as rattling the post with a driven shot.
 
Wales made one change in the second-half which was one of the decisive factors in their comeback in the second 40 minutes. The introduction of Jack Vale on the left-wing was a smart one, as he caused havoc for the remainder of the match and looked most likely to make something happen whenever he came in from the left.
 
The visitors were straight out of the blocks in retrieving something from this game, as the attacking substitution paid off and Issak Davies finished off at the back post to put Scotland under immediate pressure to hold onto their lead.
 
With so many attacking options when Wales broke away, there was just too many players to mark and thus Wales looked capable of making something happen frequently in the second-half, with the Scottish defence unsure who to mark at times.
 
With the introduction of the much spoken about Karamoko Dembele, the hosts looked to grab a third rather than sit back and hold onto what they had, with four attack-minded players on the pitch at once, Scotland looked to use their opponent’s tactics and outnumber the defenders.
 
With a lull in the game midway through the second-half, Scotland looked to have changed their approach and became more cautious, switching to a 4-2-3-1 while Wales brought on two strikers to play up top at the same time. This certainly shifted the tempo of the game and left Wales looking the more dominant of the two as 20 minutes remained.
 
Ryan Mullen had being doing an exemplary job in goals to prevent a second Welsh goal, but it would prove to be too much when Ryan Astley caught a first-time volley beautifully to level things up with five minutes left.
 
Clearly dejected with the goal, Scotland looked as if they dreaded the possibility of a loss, and went back to an attacking formation, playing with a 4-3-3 in the closing stages, whilst Wales were able to keep them out an ensure a well-deserved point after what looked like a lost cause.
 
The late Wales goal means there will be no two teams level at the top of the Victory Shield table. Scotland know a win against Republic of Ireland will see them victorious and any other result will result in Irish triumph.
 
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 17:37

Victory Shield: Get to know the Scotland midfield

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A fresh crop of Scottish midfielders takes to the stage at Oriam in this week’s Victory Shield, and on the evidence of their opening win over Northern Ireland there are strong grounds for optimism.
 
A dynamic midfield unit was the platform for the 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland, with players looking comfortable on the ball and keeping a good shape throughout.
 
Brian McLaughlin’s new look side had its first run out against France in September in a 4-0 defeat, but anyone who watched the game will tell you the score line did not the run of play.
 
Rangers’ Billy Gilmour (pictured, above) caught the eye against the French, and looks to have an exciting future in the game. He is already being earmarked for first team football this season at Ibrox, and coach Kenny Miller will have gone away with another glowing report for Mark Warburton. With scouts from Manchester United and Arsenal also in attendance, Gilmour turned in another confident display on Sunday, playing with his head up and always available for a pass.
 
Gilmour formed a solid midfield pairing with Hearts’ Harry Cochrane. Cochrane has come up through the ranks at Tynecastle and spearheaded his club’s summer success in the Foyle Cup. On Sunday’s evidence he has brought his club form to the international stage, as he played in a box to box role, linking up well in the final third.
 
Joining Cochrane in the squad was his Hearts team mate Marc Leonard. He showed great vision to lay on his side’s second goal for Zac Butterworth at Oriam, and is another one to watch in the years to come.
 
Sitting deeper in the midfield is Aberdeen’s Dean Campbell. He anchored the play well against the Irish and showed good physicality, especially in a more dogged second half. Campbell also provided the set piece delivery for Scotland’s opening goal of the game.
 
The final piece of the midfield jigsaw is St Mirren’s Ethan Erhahon, who came on to replace Gilmour in the second half, as Brian McLaughlin sought to add a steadying presence. He seemed to do just that and as he slotted in alongside Gilmour and Leonard.
 
And so it looks as though McLaughlin and James Grady have some exciting prospects on their hands as they turn to the match against defending champions Wales. With so much attention already drawn to Celtic’s Karmoko Dembele on the bench, along with the likes of Gilmour on the pitch, it is a Scotland team which looks unfazed and able to rise to the big occasion.
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 15:58

Victory Shield 2016 - Match Centre

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Live Table
 
Republic of Ireland | 9
Scotland | 4
Wales | 4
Northern Ireland | 0
 
Live Stream (by Scottish FA)
 
 
Match Coverage
 
Day 1
Scotland v Northern Ireland | Match Report | Photo Gallery | Video (by Scottish FA)
Republic of Ireland v Wales | Match Report | Photo Gallery | Video (by Scottish FA)
 
Day 2
Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland | Photo Gallery | Video (by Scottish FA)
Scotland v Wales | Match Report | Match AnalysisPhoto Gallery | Video (by Scottish FA)
 
Remaining Fixtures
 
Day 3
Northern Ireland v Wales | Match Report | Photo Gallery | Video (by Scottish FA)
Scotland v Republic of Ireland | Match Report | Photo Gallery | Video (by Scottish FA)
 
Featured articles
 
Sunday, 30 October 2016 11:40

Victory Shield: Northern Ireland Preview

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Northern Ireland make the trip to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh with the aim of claiming the Sky Sports Victory Shield for only the second time in their history.
 
The champions back in 2000/01, being managed by Irish FA elite performance coach Darren Murphy, open the competition against the hosts, Scotland. They are aiming to improve on their third place last year, however, did beat the Scots by a solitary goal in last year’s edition.
 
Northern Ireland come in to this year’s edition on the back on some good results in the build-up. This includes two victories away in Estonia in August (1-0 and 2-1) before friendlies away in Slovakia. Both ended one a piece as Northern Ireland fought back in both games to keep their unbeaten run.
 
After Scotland on Sunday, it is a battle between the two Irelands as Northern face Republic on Tuesday before ending the tournament against current holders Wales.
 
Northern Ireland Squad
 
Goalkeepers:
Paul McLaughlin – Glentoran
Tiernan Parker – Luton Town
Defenders:
Jack Conlon – Portadown
Jake Corbett – Linfield
Dean Corrigan – Ballinamallard United
Sam McClelland – Coleraine
Barney McKeown – Portadown
Jack Scott – Linfield
Ethan Warnock – Glentoran
Midfielders:
George Curran – Linfield
Ethan Galbraith – Linfield
Paul McAdorey – Cliftonville
Jordon McEneff – Coleraine
Lee O’Brien – Cliftonville
Andrew Whiteside – Coleraine
Forwards:
Christopher Conn – Glentoran
Connor Farrelly – Cliftonville
Callum Ferris – Portadown
Caolan McLaughlin – Foyle Harps
Ben Wilson - Coleraine
 
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