Newlands keeper saving the day

29/01/13 - 13012901 - MATERIAL MARKETING'GLASGOW'The U15 Girls Scotland squad. Katie Rice.
29/01/13 - 13012901 - MATERIAL MARKETING'GLASGOW'The U15 Girls Scotland squad. Katie Rice.

NEWLANDS goalkeeper Katie Rice may have just helped Scotland’s Under-15 girls’ team secure some silverware but she is determined to ensure bitter rivals England get no revenge when the sides meet again later this month.

The 13-year-old formed part of the Scotland Under-15 girls’ team that emerged victorious from the 2013 Bob Docherty Trophy earlier this month in Belfast, the first time they have won the competition since 2009.

Beating Northern Ireland 5-0 in their first game, Rice and her teammates secured a 0-0 draw against England before drawing 1-1 with both Wales and the Republic of Ireland to lift the title on goal difference.

But the St Ninian’s High School pupil is keen to ensure they maintain their unbeaten run by beating the Auld Enemy when they next meet at the Toryglen Regional Football Centre in Glasgow on Saturday.

Having defeated England 3-1 at St George’s Park before the Bob Docherty Trophy, Rice is confident another victory is on the cards.

“It was really good to be part of the squad that won the Bob Docherty Trophy and it was such a good felling to win it,” she said. “Being able to make everyone in Scotland proud is fantastic and I think it was a really good achievement.

“It was quite nervy throughout really though as we won 5-0 to start with and then we drew a lot of games but it was enough to win it. I am really excited about the final game against England and I think we are going to beat them.

“They are probably our closest rivals but we haven’t lost to them yet and everyone wants to keep it that way.”

COach Billy Henderson is backing his class of 2013 to finish on a high, admitting that the standard of football never ceases to amaze him.

“Even though it was quite hair-raising and we didn’t make it easy on ourselves I was delighted with the win and the girls thoroughly deserved it,” said Henderson.

“I have been involved with the team since 2005 and every year the standard raises and this year was no different.

“But we want to finish on a high and beat England because we had a goal disallowed in the tournament for offside and it should have been allowed.

“So we want to finish the job and stay unbeaten and I am confident that the girls can do just that.”

Lloyds TSB Scotland, proud partner for the Scottish Schools’ FA, is delighted to support the Scotland U15 schoolgirls squad for the 2013 season. For all the latest squad news, visit scottishfa.co.uk/ssfa