McSorely leads by example

GIRVAN Girl Eilish McSorely was singled out by her Scotland U19 football coach after her side cruised to victory against Poland in their European Championship qualifying match.

McSorely captained the team to a 4-0 win at Almondvale, Livingston, and got on the scoresheet herself.

Coach Shelley Kerr believed McSorely, who was part of the Glasgow City side that reached the Champions League last-32 last week, led by example and helped the younger girls in the team through the game.

Kerr, speaking to Scottishfa.co.uk, said: ““We have some very young players in the squad, but there are also a few who have a lot of experience at this level, like our captain Eilish McSorley who led by example tonight.

“This kind of performance gives us confidence as a group as we prepare for the Euro qualifiers in September.” The Scotland side, playing together for the first time at this age group, produced an assured performance, capped by four impressive goals.

Claire Emslie opened the scoring in just two minutes. Lana Clelland showed great awareness to switch play, picking out Emslie, who took a touch before unleashing her shot.

It was deep into the second half before Scotland struck again. Caroline Weir showed great individual skill, ghosting past four players before striking from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later, Emslie grabbed her second, powering into the top corner after a quick counter-attack.

Eilish wrapped up the win with nine minutes to go, rising above the packed penalty box to bullet a header in at the back post. Kerr said: “There were some great individual performances, but the overall team performance was the most pleasing aspect for me. This is a new year group who’ve only had a few training sessions together, so I was delighted by such an organised and disciplined display.

“Poland had some chances to level the game, but defensively we were very strong, and there were a few well-timed tackles.

“We looked sharp going forward and I was pleased that we managed to get more goals in the second half.”

Scotland travel to Finland to take on Faroe Islands, Belarus and Finland on September 17, 19 and 22 in the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship first qualifying round.

Scotland: Reid, Brownlie (Clark, 61), Craig (McGuire, 87), Malcolm, McSorley (Cpt), Zoltie (Smith, 52), Clelland, Weir, Richards, Clark (Bradley, 71), Emslie.