Scots relinquish their title
The Girls U15 British Championship was held in Glasgow from 13th to 15th April with teams from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland looking to lift the Bob Docherty Trophy. Scotland, the holders, unfortunately relinquished the title to the Republic of Ireland.
The Scots girls won their first two games against Northern Ireland (2-1) and Wales (2-0) much more comfortably than the scorelines suggest. Scorers for Scotland were Fiona Brown and Rachel Halliday v. N. Ireland and Fiona Brown and Lauren Pilkington in the match with Wales.
The Republic of Ireland also had good victories over Wales and Northern Ireland and so the final match with Scotland was crucial in deciding the championship.
In the first two fixtures Scotland were guilty of missing chances which had been set up as a result of good fast-flowing football. Unfortunately this pattern continued against the Republic and the team did not get their just rewards.
The two teams played in contrasting styles. Scotland liked to play passes and probe for openings while the Republic played a more direct game. The Republic won the game with a goal in the first half when, after a free kick which led to a scramble in the Scots six yard box, the ball was prodded into the net.
The Scots continued to play attractive attacking football after this setback and captain Caroline Weir thought she had levelled the match with the last kick of the game, when her angled shot struck the inside of the upright and came back across the goal to safety.
The tournament was a huge success both on and off the field. One of the highlights for the girls was a Civic Reception by Glasgow City Council in the City Chambers.
One change to the chosen squad saw Leigh Nicol, who had missed out last season due to injury, brought in for the unlucky Lucy Graham who broke her arm in a preparation fixture.
The Scotland squad (sponsored by the Bank of Scotland) was:
Lizzie Arnot (Forrester High School), Fiona Brown (Dunblane High School), Nivana Crighton (Webster's High School), Haylie Crosbie (St.Joseph's College), Megan Cunningham (Lenzie Academy), Leigh Nicol (Brannock High School), Abbi Grant (Montrose Academy), Rachel Halliday (Abronhill High School), Eve Hunter (Craigmount High School), Stephanie Knox (Port Glasgow), Courtney McAvoy (St.Joseph's Academy), Nicole McPhee (Larbert High School), Kathryn Pender (Boclair Academy), Lauren Pilkington (Our Lady & St.Pat's), Carolina Richardson (Clyde Valley High School), Mary-Claire Steele (St.Maurice's High School), Anna Vincenti (Firrhill High School), Caroline Weir (Dunfermline High School).