THE Lloyds TSB Scotland Under-15 girls’ squad finished a brave second in the 2011 Bob Docherty Tournament in Wales last week.
The squad, including Hawick High School’s Lauren Mackenzie and Carly Noble, travelled to Cardiff to compete in the annual event along with Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Scotland’s first game of the round-robin saw them up against a formidable Northern Ireland side.
The young Irish side started brightly and, although the Scots rallied in the second half, hopes were dashed with 15 minutes to go as Northern Ireland scored a decisive second goal to secure a hard-fought 2-0 victory.
Scotland bounced back from that opening-day defeat with an exciting 3-2 win against 2009 champions Republic of Ireland before beating hosts Wales 2-1 in the final tie.
The squad was then told the news that Northern Ireland had defeated their Southern counterparts to secure their first ever Bob Docherty trophy, but a very creditable runners-up spot will have pleased the Scotland camp.
Next, the Scots face England at Toryglen in Glasgow in the first ever fixture between the sides at Under-15 level.
Gordon Strachan, Lloyds TSB Scotland Schools’ Football Ambassador who himself played for Scotland at Under-15 level, congratulated the players on their efforts.
“It’s a fantastic achievement to represent your country at any level and the experience these youngsters will have gained is invaluable,” he said.