International Women’s Under-19 Challenge Matches
Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland
Thursday 20th August 2015, 11am kick-off
Co. Clare, Republic of Ireland

Scotland Women’s Under-19 assistant coach Kevin Murphy is delighted with the progress the side has made in their trip to the Republic of Ireland.

Gareth Evans’ side drew 1-1 in two matches against their Irish counterparts in under 48 hours and Murphy was pleased to see the team adapt to the quick turn-around.

Speaking to the Scottish FA, Murphy said: “Learning about the demands of playing international football has absolutely been what this trip has been about. The players understand the need to prepare as best they can on and off the pitch, as well as the importance recovery, hydration and what’s needed to be their very best on the pitch.”

With crucial European Championship qualifiers coming up against Austria, Ukraine and Albania the trip has provided the perfect platform for the squad, which consist of Under-19 players from last season and Under-17s who are moving up an age bracket, to unite together ahead of the qualifying campaign.

“The most important experience we’ve gained from this trip is that the squad is really starting to gel together,” he said.

“The squad is a mix of players who played under-19 last season and many who have come up from under-17s, and having these two competitive matches against the Republic of Ireland has really helped bring the squad together. I’m delighted to see the progress the squad has made.”

“There is still a lot to work on before our qualifiers in Austria, but there are plenty of positives to take from these two games.”

Murphy was Pauline Hamill’s assistant coach with Scotland Women’s Under-17s last season, and he is thrilled to see the players who have made the step up have continued the development from last season.

He said: “The transition in the girls has been great. To see them develop from working with them with Pauline last year, where they were already at such a high standard, and continue to grow is brilliant. Their maturity is reflecting on the pitch, and they are really beginning to understand the style of game we’re trying to play.”