Women’s Under 15 International Challenge Matches
Scotland 0-3 Germany
Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, Motherwell

Scotland v Germany
Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, Motherwell
Saturday 6 November, kick-off 3pm
FREE entry

Over 300 local children turned up yesterday to help ensure a capacity crowd at the first international match to be played at the new Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.

Children from Knowtop, St Brendan’s, St Bernadette’s, Glencairn and Muirhouse primary schools took part in a football festival at the new facility before cheering on Scotland women’s under 15s in their match against the young players from the world’s second top women’s football nation.

Pauline MacDonald's side were stung early on when Madeline Gier opened the scoring for the visitors in the second minute.

Celtic’s Cori Cairns and Emily McKerlie (Dumfries GFC) both had to look lively to prevent the Duisburg player from adding to her tally.

Germany extended their lead on nine minutes when Marie Weidt netted from close-range.

Scotland had been pinned back in their own half for much of the opening exchanges, but began to grow in confidence. Hibernian’s Sara Laverty showed some nice touches on the right wing, while Zoe Ness (Cestria) embarked on a mazy run through the German midfield before being tackled on the edge of the box.

Celtic’s Cara Wilkie sent an inch-perfect pass to her namesake Nicole on the left wing, but the Drumchapel player couldn’t get enough power on her shot.

As the half drew to a close Cairns and McKerlie looked increasingly composed in defence, while Celtic goalkeeper Chloe Logan pulled off a superb diving save to deny Lisa Losch.

Scotland started the second half with the same level of confidence, but received a blow when Ricarda Kiepling increased Germany’s lead after 58 minutes.

The home side didn’t let their heads go down, and carved out a good chance a few minutes later. Nicole Wilkie pounced on a loose ball and some great passing play led to Cara Wilkie’s effort flying just wide.

The two sides meet in the second match of the double-header at Ravenscraig on Saturday at 3pm. Entry is free of charge, so why not come along and cheer on the next generation of women’s football stars?

Chloe Logan (GK), Cori Cairns, Courtney Whyte, Emily McKerlie, Hayley Crosbie, Zoe Ness, Elizabeth Arnot (C), Cara Wilkie, Sarah Laverty (Katie Flannigan, 40), Holly Napier (Carla Jackson, 63), Nicole Wilkie (Lois Heuchan, 73)

Unused subs:
Lauren Dawson (GK), Abi Harrison, Ellis Jenkins, Megan Mason