As Scotland Women’s Under-19s prepare to host the UEFA Women’s Under-19s European Championship next year, Pauline Hamill’s side have been involved in a preparatory tournament .
Scotland opened their matches with a 1-0 loss over European Champions before losing out against more strong competition in the shape of France and Denmark.
Seven teams will qualify for the UEFA Women’s Under-19s European Championship next summer, to join Scotland in the tournament from 16 to 28 July 2019.
The championship will act as UEFA's qualifier for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.
Pauline, what are your reflections on the three matches and the experience of playing against such strong opposition over the last week?
You can never be scared to face the best teams and it’s been a great experience for the players and coaching staff to test ourselves as well as identify areas that we can improve on.
Overall the tournament has been fantastic for us against brilliant opposition. This gives us something to build on going forward and the next eight months will be a crucial time as we prepare for the final championship.
We expect to see France, Denmark and Spain back here in July for the finals and we couldn’t have played better opposition than those three.
What lessons have you learned from the three matches?
The main thing has been experiencing the level that we’re going to be up against in the tournament and how quickly those teams can move the ball along with how effective they are in possession.
We’ve shown some real positive steps that we can take forward and I always think that at this stage people can sometimes focus too much on results.
It’s not about that at a youth development level tournament. We are trying to give players opportunities to get better and the aim for some of these players is to play for the national team in the future.
I felt we’ve done well in spells of every game we played so we need to take the positive things going forward.
How much are you looking forward to the European Championships next year?
These have been our last games of the year so we’ll be going to La Manga in February and then going back to Spain for some matches in April ahead of the tournament which I’m looking forward to.
Our preparation will be really good ahead of a home tournament which is so exciting. To be able to showcase the under-19s in Scotland is brilliant for the country, along with the aspiring young players out there.
I’m really excited for the challenge next summer.
MD1: France 3-2 Denmark – Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 1pm, McDiarmid Park, Perth.
MD1: Scotland 0-1 Spain – Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 7pm, St Mirren Park, Paisley.
MD2: France 5-0 Scotland – Saturday, 6 October 2018, 1pm, St Mirren Park, Paisley.
MD2: Spain 1-1 Denmark – Saturday, 6 October 2018, 1pm, East End Park, Dunfermline.
MD3: Spain 0-0 France – Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 1pm, McDiarmid Park, Perth.
MD3: Denmark 4-0 Scotland – Tuesday, 9 October, 1pm, Firhill Stadium, Glasgow.
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