Georgie’s memory of a lifetime

Georgie with Willie Hamilton of Lloyds TSB and the SFA's Rod Houston
Georgie with Willie Hamilton of Lloyds TSB and the SFA's Rod Houston

CUMBERNAULD’S Georgie Rafferty 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, along with fellow Cumbernauld youngster Rachel Ross, 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 St Maurice’s High School 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 Celtic defender, also Scotland captain, admits the joy is yet to fully sink in but the double dose of victory has left her eager to taste more.

“I’m absolutely delighted, we got beat by England last year so we were so determined to put that right this time and we did,” she said.

“We didn’t deserve to lose last year, but a lot of players moved up but I stayed on and there have been a lot of new players come in.

“Everyone has been great, it feels like a proper squad and we’ve proved that by beating England twice recently.

“We were happy with our performance in the Bob Docherty Tournament, and this was a nice way to end my time with the Scottish Schools, hopefully I can take this on and do even better next year.”

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 Rafferty and Ross.

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 Carol Cassels, Bank Manager, Lloyds TSB Cumbernauld, 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. For all the latest squad news, visit scottishfa.co.uk/ssfa