7 April 2016: Scotland Under-19 Elite Round
Scotland’s Under-19 squad is currently in Portugal, as they participate in the Qualifying Elite Group for the 2016 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship. Each group winner and the best-placed runner-up country progress to the tournament. To calculate the best runner-up, the six countries are ranked in order based on their results against the first and third-placed countries in their group.
Scotland 1-0 Greece
Scotland began their group against Greece and picked up a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Forfar Farmington’s Amy Gallacher.
They created a chance early on but Carla Boyce had her shot saved by the Greek keeper Christina Margariti. The young Scots kept on pressing for a breakthrough and came close when Erin Cuthbert’s corner picked out Donna Paterson, but her effort missed the target.
Greece had a great chance to take the lead through Evangelia Panagiotidi, but her shot went wide.
But Scotland was on top and had a couple of great chances when Rachel McLauchlan hit the woodwork and then captain Abigail Harrison shot wide.
Early on in the second half, Scotland created a couple of great chances with both McLauchlan and Cuthbert failing to force the keeper into making a save.
Then Scotland took the lead in the 63rd minute when Erin Cuthbert passed to Amy Gallacher who beat the keeper with a great finish.
Scotland had chances to extend their lead through Harrison, Boyce and Gallacher but went on to record the victory.
Portugal 1-1 Scotland
Scotland drew their second game of the group as they drew 1-1 with Portugal.
Scotland had a good start and had a great chance in the 9th minute when Donna Paterson had her shot blocked. Soon after, Chantelle Brown had a couple of good chances: firstly forcing Tatiana Beleza into a save and then missed the target from an Erin Cuthbert corner.
But with Brown’s third chance in a row, she found the back of the net having been picked out by Amy Gallacher.
Scotland could have doubled their lead soon after when, from a Cuthbert corner, Georgie Rafferty and Gallacher had shots blocked.
Late on in the first half, Portugal created a couple of chances with Diana Gomes and Andreia Faria missed the target with their efforts.
In the opening minute of the second half, Andreia Faria forced Scotland’s keeper Rebecca Flaherty into a good save.
It took the hosts until the 61st minute for them to force Flaherty into another save, this time from Maria Constança. Four minutes later, Portugal equalised through Andreia Faria.
Neither side could find a winner in the final 25 minutes.
It means that Scotland will have to win their final game against France to be guaranteed of qualification. They will most likely need a draw to have a chance of being the best runner-up.