England U16 girls in Edinburgh

One of England's U16 Girls on a run in Edinburgh 2014 - photo by Peter Joarder

England's U16 Girls travelled up to Edinburgh to play two matches and train against the home side, Scotland.

Match 1

England 3 (3)
Lucy Millington 3 (FG)
Sophie Shakespeare 9 (FG)
Lauren Hunt 15 (FG)

Scotland 2 (0)
52 (FG)
59 (FG)

Holly Munro played in her first international game for England and was influential in the heart of the defence. While Scotland were able to muster some reply in the second half, three goals in the first 15 minutes sealed the victory for England. Sophie Shakespeare's goal was the pick of the lot, as she finished off a move that had started as a counter-attack from the other end of the pitch. 

In the second half a brief period of complacency from England's defence allowed Scotland to score twice in close succession. The first goal came in the 52nd minute after Scotland broke through England's defensive line. Shortly afterwards another goal followed as Scotland pushed hard to bring the scores level. It was an over-time penalty corner that most threatened to snatch victory away from England, but they survived it to take the first match 3-2.

Match 2

England 1 (0)
Charlotte Calnan 69 (FG)

Scotland 0 (0)

In a scrappy first half England had a goal disallowed which dampened the players spirits and slowed their attack for the rest of the half. A much-improved performance in the second half saw the team dominate for long periods but failed to capitalise until the last minute when Lucy Millington hit a tremendous shot in space which was tipped in by Charlotte Calnan to secure the victory.

England U16 Girls' Head Coach Marc Bourhill said after the games: "I'm pleased with the girls' performances over these two days, but we need to develop our work in and around the circle to convert pressure into scoring opportunities."