Scotland Women's Under-19s finished top of their Qualifying group to progress to the Elite Qualifying round of the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship.
After securing their passage to the Elite Round on Saturday, Pauline Hamill’s side finished the group strongly with a 1-0 victory over Poland yesterday. The result bookended an impressive campaign in which the young Scots scored five and didn’t concede, finishing the group undefeated.
Scotland now join 27 other teams who progress to the Elite Qualifying Round, seven places are up for grabs at next summer’s finals in Georgia.
Scotland began their campaign with a convincing 4-0 victory over Bulgaria, courtesy of goals from Brogan Moore, Rebecca McGowan, Hannah Scott and Aisha Maughan.
#SCOW19s | Watch the goals from our opening UEFA Qualifying Round match against Bulgaria.— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) October 3, 2019
Brogan Moore, Rebecca McGowan, Hannah Scott & Aisha Maughan scored the goals in a 4-0 victory.#OurGirlsOurGame pic.twitter.com/x12BKEVN7G
Moore broke the deadlock midway through the first half with a free kick struck from the edge of the area, before goals from McGowan and Scott after the break put the game out of reach. Maughan rounded up the scoring with a powerful strike from distance to give her side a perfect start to their campaign.
That victory was followed by a stalemate with Croatia. Scotland dominated throughout and were unfortunate to not find a break through. Regardless, the result ensured they would at the very least finish with enough points to qualify from their group.
Yesterday’s 1-0 victory over group hosts Poland meant Scotland leapfrogged their opponents to qualify from top spot. Jennifer Smith’s strike after nine minutes was enough to secure all three points. The home side pressed for an equaliser but Scotland were assured defensively and saw out the win in the second half. Keeping their third clean sheet in a row.
The tournament is a signifier of how Pauline Hamill’s team have grown since hosting this summer’s UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship.
Scotland were drawn in a strong group with Norway, the Netherlands and eventual champions France. They competed well but bowed out at the group stage. The tournament also saw key players such as Amy Muir and Jamie-Lee Napier play for the Under-19s for the last time, now ineligible due to their age.
Despite this, 15 of Hamill’s squad for the summer remained eligible for another year including key players from this summer such as Lauren Davidson, Jenna Clark and Sophie Allison. The squad’s added experience will be a huge boost as the they attempt to qualify for the finals in Georgia next summer.
What’s next for the Women’s Under-19s?
The draw for the Elite Qualifying round will take place on the 21st of November. The matches will be played in Spring 2020.
You can keep up to date with the Elite Qualifying round draw as well as all other Women’s Under-19 news through our twitter, @ScotlandNT.