It was the cliched game of two halves as Austria’s Under-16s came from behind to defeat Scotland 2-1 on the opening day of the Invitational Under-16 Tournament.
Scotland played positively in the first half, and looked dangerous going forward each time – and it was a deserved lead when Lauren Davidson opened the scoring with a world-class strike.
However, in the second half, Austria was on top and equalised through Hobinger’s penalty before taking the lead seven minutes later through Claudia Wenger.
Late on, Scotland missed some great chances to find the equaliser that would have sent the game into a penalty shootout.
Earlier in the day, Czech Republic opened up the tournament with a 1-0 win over Iceland.
Davidson’s Wonder Goal
The beginning of the match started with both sides’ defences cancelling out the attacks, but in the seventh minute, Kirstie McIntosh tested the Austrian keeper Andrea Gartner from a long-range free-kick.
Scotland’s keeper Sophie Allison had to be alert soon after to stop Jelena Dordic from getting on the end of Lisa Kolb’s cross.
McIntosh’s through-balls were starting to open up the Austrian defence and she sent Lauren Davidson through on goal, but the Glasgow City Academy player saw her shot well saved by Gartner’s legs – before Naomi Welch scuffed her follow-up shot wide.
And then Scotland took the lead. Spartans’ Georgia Adderley started the move with a positive run into the Austrian half, but when she passed the ball to Davidson, the forward found herself crowded out by defenders. But Davidson took a touch to set herself up before picking out the top-left corner with a stunning curled finish.
Austria could have equalised soon after when Dordic’s lay-off set-up Kolb – but her shot was scuffed wide.
Allison To The Rescue
And then, as the first half was coming to a close, Scotland had Allison to thank for keeping their lead in tact. She used her legs smartly to deny Dordic from close range before the 15-year old attacker once again came close. This time, the ball fell to her at the far post, but she was denied by Allison’s great save, low-down at the near post.
Just before the half-time whistle, Scotland nearly made it 2-0 when once again, Davidson was sent through on goal but the Austrian keeper denied her with her legs.
Austria Take The Lead
Austria started the second half with a more positive attitude, causing Scotland’s defence difficulties. And in the 46th minute, they won a penalty when Kirsty Morrison’s challenge on Kolb conceded a penalty. Hobinger stepped up and picked out the bottom-left corner with a confident finish.
Eight minutes later, they found themselves in the lead. A corner picked out Claudia Wenger at the near post, and she blasted the ball into the net.
Scotland Look For An Equaliser
Scotland could have equalised when they won their first corner in the 69th minute, but Cameron Johnstone’s volley just went over.
Davidson once again went close, but her shot from the edge of the box just went over.
Austria could have secured the win in the closing stages, but Allison was alert to deny Wagner and Hobinger.
However, Scotland had a golden chance to equalise with the last-kick of the game when they won a free-kick in a dangerous position, but Michaela McAlonie’s effort went over.
Scotland take on Iceland on Wednesday.
Scotland: Sophie Allison; Kirsten Laing, Georgie Adderley, Leah Eddie (c), Leah Fleming; Emma Craig (Cameron Johnstone HT), Rebecca McGowan (Michaela McAlonie HT), Kirstie McIntosh, Laura McCartney (Sara McWhirter 67); Lauren Davidson, Naomi Welch (Kirsty Morrison HT).
Subs not Used: Emily Mutch, Phillipa McCallum, Tara McGonigle, Jenna Clark, Kathleen McGovern.
Goal: Davidson 20
Austria: Andrea Gartner; Stefanie Grossgasteiger, Claudia Wenger, Jana Kofler, Anna Bereuter (Michela Croutta 62); Linda Mittermair (Julia Wagner 62), Celina Degen (c), Maria Plattner, Lisa Kolb; Marie Hobinger; Jelena Dordic (Jessica Frieser HT).
Subs: Sophie Hillerand, Celine Leitner, Cecilija Rado, Sara Rankovic, Annabel Schasching, Viktoria Sommer
Goals: Hoinger pen 46, Wenger 54.
Referee: Emma Hignant.