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Scotland Under-17’s Elite Round Qualifying Group

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The draw for the Elite Round of Qualifying was carried out for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship on the 11th November.

Scotland reached the Elite Round after finishing as runners-up in their Qualifying Group thanks to wins against Croatia and Kazakhstan – but they lost their final game to France.

Country

Pot

Republic of Ireland 1
Hungary 2
Scotland 3
Serbia (H) 4
Photo: YFS  Scotland v France
Photo: YFS
Scotland v France

Scotland’s Opposition

The Pot 4 side is Serbia, who will host the Elite Group games, had the second-worst record in the Qualifying Stage out of the sides that have reached this point. Their qualifying campaign began with a narrow 1-0 win over Romania, thanks to Andjela Frajtovic’s first-half strike. This was followed up with a 1-1 draw with Ukraine with Jovana Agbaba scoring the equaliser.  However, they lost their final game to Belgium. Despite the defeat, they still finished second.

Hungary finished as runners-up in their group, finishing behind Poland only on goal difference. They began with a 3-0 win over Azerbaijan with Dora Dorner scoring a brace. Hungary followed this up with a 3-1 win over Estonia with Fanni Kralik scoring twice. This set up a group decider against Poland and they raced to a 2-0 lead thanks to an own goal from Aleksandra Stasiak and a goal from Fanni Vachter. However, Poland fought back and goals from Alicja Materek and Anna Kowalczyk secured a 2-2 draw.

The top seeds of the group are the Republic of Ireland. They began with an impressive 6-0 win over the Faroe Islands with Carla McManus scoring a hat-trick whilst Ireland scored twice in second-half stoppage time. They followed this up with a 2-0 win over Belarus with goals from McManus and Orla Casey. The two victories meant that Ireland faced a decider with Iceland to decide who would win the group. Iceland took the lead through Hlin Eriksdottir, but Ireland fought back to win 4-1 with Megan Mackey scoring two late goals.

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