Scotland Under-15s hit Rangers for six in Dublin warm-up

A bumper start for the '¨Scottish Schools' Under-15 girls. After a 7-1 win over Motherwell, the perfect follow-up was a 6-0 triumph over Rangers

Chelsea McEachran (St Mungos High School) opens the scoring for Scotland (Girl in red).
Chelsea McEachran (St Mungos High School) opens the scoring for Scotland (Girl in red).

Four goals by Clydebank’s Rosie McQuillan (St Peter the Apostle High School) helped seal the win over Rangers and it was an ideal warm-up before the annual Bob Docherty Tournament in Dublin next month.

Against Rangers, Chelsea McEachran opened the scoring in the 11th minute, which appeared to settle the team. The central midfield pairing of Eilidh Shore and captain for the day Jodie Strachan started to dominate the centre of the park. But it was still just 1-0 at half-time.

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The second period began with Scotland again to the fore, though a stunning free-kick by Rangers hit the post.

The Scots responded when McQuillan, who was a thorn in the Rangers defence all day, finished off a sweeping move with a powerful angled cross-shot which deceived the Rangers keeper and entered the net to double the lead.

Scotland moved further ahead when McEachran again tormented the beleaguered Rangers defence before 
setting up McQuillan to make it 3-0 with a crisp, low shot.

Georgia Crooks was orchestrating the increasingly confident midfield four with some great flowing moves.

In one such move, Aisha Maughan on the right set up McQuillan again for her hat-trick with a quality strike from her left foot. It had goal written all over it as soon as it left her foot and the score was 4-0.

Moments later, the now rampant Scotland attack set up Hannah Scott to burst through the Rangers defence, only to see her powerful shot parried by the overworked Rangers keeper.

Sadly for Rangers, however, McQuillan again who reacted the quickest to crash home the rebound from five yards. It was an impressive performance by this young Scot.

Moments later, Scotland almost added to their five goals when Eilidh Shore struck a powerful shot from distance which crashed off the bar.

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As the game moved towards its finale, however, the Scots were not going to be denied another strike and when Maughan ran on to a pass from Hannah Scott she showed great composure to fire a sixth goal past the 
Rangers keeper.

It was a very encouraging win for the Scotland girls. A very solid performance by goalkeeper Aaliyah Jay Meach and an assured back four had laid the foundations for the Scottish midfield to grow in confidence and dominate the game.