Scotland finished second in their Qualifying Group to progress to the Elite Stage of Qualification for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship, which will be held in the Czech Republic.
Scotland hosted the group which included France, Croatia and Kazhjstan – with the games taking place at the Oriam and Ainslie Park.
Their campaign began against Croatia and Scotland went in at half-time 2-0 up thanks to goals from Kimberley McAlpine and Morgan Cross. It would take until the 79th minute for Cross to score her second and Scotland’s third to make sure of the three points – and deep into stoppage time, Cross completed her hat-trick.
Next up was Kazakhstan and Scotland got off to the perfect start with Amy Callaghan scoring in the second minute. Over the next 14 minutes, Callaghan completed her hat-trick as Scotland went in at half-time 3-0 up. Five minutes into the second half, Michaela Mcalonie made it four before Elena Santoyo Brown made it 5-0. Kaela McDonald then got on the scoresheet before captain Amy Muir put Scotland 7-0 up. Late on, McDonald scored her second as Scotland secured an impressive 8-0 win – and securing their place in the Elite Round.
Scotland faced France to decide who would win the group which would always be a tough ask. Unfortunately, the game was over at half-time. France’s captain Maelle Lakrar put them in front in the sixth minute before Melvine Malard scored a hat-trick to give the French a 4-0 lead. That was Malard’s eight goal of the qualifiers.
Currently, Scotland is second seeds in the Elite Round which will make things trickier to qualify, but not impossible.