Featured Image: Dominic Flaherty – Scotland Women’s Under-19’s team photo v Cyprus.
The draw for the Elite Round of Qualifying for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship was carried out on the 11th November.
Scotland, who were controversially punished by UEFA for being too unwell to play against Serbia in the first stage of qualifying, were placed in Pot 3.
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Scotland will be relieved with the draw they have been given and will feel they will be able to qualify for the tournament that will be held in Northern Ireland. They avoided the danger sides in Pot 1 like France, England and Spain.
Out of the sides who reached the Elite Round, Ukraine had the second worse record in the qualifying round. Their opening game was against Azerbaijan who they narrowly beat 2-1. Their second game ended in a far more convincing manner, beating Latvia 5-2. However, in their final game, they were heavily beaten by Spain 5-0.
The Republic of Ireland, who will host the Elite Round group, won their Qualifying Group. They began with a stunning 10-0 victory over Macedonia, with Leanne Kiernan scoring four goals. Kiernan was amongst the goals, scoring a brace as they beat Wales 2-0 in their second match. This set up a deciding match with Italy to decide who would win the group, and Ireland triumphed 2-0 with goals from Saoirse Noonan and Chloe Mooney.
The top seeds in Scotland’s group are Finland. They won their opening game, beating Kazakhstan 7-0 with Juuli Ketola getting a hat-trick. Finland scored one more goal in their 8-0 win over the Faroe Islands with Emma Peuhkurinen scoring three goals. This meant they faced a decider against Iceland to decide who would win the group, and goals from Nea Lehtola, Ketola and Ronja Ikonen secured a 3-0 victory.