Scotland Women's under-16s faced off against the Republic of Ireland in this week's international friendlies, securing a win followed by a defeat in the home double-header.
Nichola Greig took charge of her first match as women's under-16s head coach since her appointment in September and the Young Scots ran out 4-3 winners in a tough match at Oriam in Edinburgh on Tuesday.
#SCOW16s | This is how our Women's Under-16s line-up against Republic of Ireland this afternoon 🏴— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) November 14, 2023
Congratulations to Poppy Walker-McInnes &
Sienna McGoldrick, who make their international debuts, with nine other players potentially doing so from the bench today.#YoungTeam pic.twitter.com/4buAsKFhZw
Honours were even at half-time thanks to a goal from captain Amy Sharkey. It was a frenetic 2nd half watched from the sidelines by Scotland Women's National Team Head Coach, Pedro Martinez Losa.
Scotland mounted a fight back from 3-1 down with goals from Oluwadara Ositelu, May Cruft and Sophie Black securing the victory.
It was a very different team for the second game at the same venue two days later. Head coach, Greig made 9 changes to the starting line-up. Only goal-keeper Poppy Walker McInnes and defender Erin Husband retained their places. Goal-scorers Ositelu, Cruft and Black had their efforts rewarded with a place in the starting XI.
The match ended in a 3-1 defeat despite a valiant second-half performance and a goal from Kate Fraser. Ten players made their debuts across both games, Nichola Greig said it was an invaluable week for the group: “Despite not getting the result in the second match, it was a great week of learning for the whole squad.
“To show the mentality that we did to come back from 3-1 down in the first game was really pleasing and it showed some great character. We made a lot of changes in the second match to ensure as many players as possible got game time and we take plenty of positives into the next camp.”