BUCHAN Girls and Ladies striker Louise Brown insists the memory of beating England will stay with her for the rest of her life as the Scottish Girls Under-15s emerged with the Lloyds TSB Scotland International Schoolgirls’ Challenge Cup.
The 14-year-old was part of the 18-strong squad assembled by coach Billy Henderson for the re-run of last year’s historic fixture which saw the Auld Enemy take the spoils.
But the Ellon Academy pupil believes the tide has turned after Alyshia Walker grabbed a hat-trick in the 4-0 rout at Toryglen on April 21 – 16 days after beating England by the same scoreline in the Bob Docherty Tournament.
The former Hatton Cruden Primary School student admits the joy is yet to fully sink in but the double dose of victory has left her eager to taste more.
She said: “It’s been a great few weeks, and the experience of playing for Scotland has been absolutely amazing.
“Unfortunately I didn’t score any goals, but to play my part in some big wins over England was fantastic.
“Winning 4-0 any time is brilliant, but to do it twice was unbelievable really, and it was made extra special because my mum and dad are from England originally.
“They are very proud of me, but now I’m going to go back to Buchan and concentrate on improving.”
With eight of his youngsters still eligible to remain at Under-15 level next year, Henderson admits the progress made by his side in the past month has surpassed even his expectations.
The 4-0 victory over England on April 5 saw Scotland take third place in the Bob Docherty Tournament in Dublin and Henderson is predicting great things from Brown and co.
He said: “Considering this is a very, very young Scottish side and many of them haven’t played together for long this has been great period for us.
“England beat us last year in the first ever game between the sides, so to perform like that in front of around 150 people was fantastic.
“It was a wonderful occasion and the atmosphere was superb. Not many Scottish footballers can say they have beaten England twice, and not many can say they have scored a hat-trick against England - and we have two. It was a lovely end to our international season.”
And Alan Booth, bank manager Lloyds TSB Scotland, Ellon commented: “Congratulations to the Lloyds TSB Scotland U15 Girls squad on their fantastic result against England. The team have put in some great performances and can be proud of their achievements.”
Lloyds TSB Scotland, proud partner of the Scottish Schools’ FA, is delighted to support the Scotland U15 Girls International squad for their 2012 season.
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