Monica stars with Scots squad

Monica Anderson receives her International Cap from SSFA President Gordon Pate (left) and Paul Alexander of TSB
Monica Anderson receives her International Cap from SSFA President Gordon Pate (left) and Paul Alexander of TSB
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TORPHICHEN girls’ footballer Monica Anderson wasn’t able to get one over England this year but she insists her outings with Scotland’s under-15 girls’ team were invaluable.

Anderson was part of an 18-strong Scottish outfit that met England in the six-team Bob Docherty Cup last month before playing them again in the standalone TSB International Challenge Cup.

The 14-year-old, who attends Bathgate Academy, saw England beat Scotland 4-3 on penalties in the Bob Docherty Cup after a 2-2 draw in regulation time while the scores were level again in the next encounter.

This time around it was a 1-1 draw and Monica, who plays as a striker, admitted Scotland could be proud of their efforts against the Auld Enemy.

She said: “I came on with 15 minutes to go in the second match and really wanted to try and get the winning goal. The manager just said to go on and do what I normally do which is try and score.

“Unfortunately I just didn’t get any chances, so I guess it was just one of those days where that happens. Last time we played them we lost on penalties and everyone was really upset in the changing room so that was our motivation.

“We tried our hardest to put that right but we didn’t manage to snatch the win that we all wanted. It was just one of those days where we couldn’t find a way through which maybe we could have done in the first half.’’

Anderson also helped Scotland’s under-15 girls’ team to a 6-0 defeat of Wales and a goalless draw with Slovakia in their other two fixtures of the Bob Docherty Cup last month.

Team manager David Thomson praised Anderson’s and her team-mates resolve for bouncing back from their initial penalty heartache against England to claim another draw to share the TSB International Challenge Cup.

He said: “It was an excellent game of football and a smashing game to watch so I think all the girls can be really proud of how they performed.

‘‘I think this is an immensely important experience for the girls and it helps tremendously to grow girls’ football in Scotland.’’