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Bob Docherty Trophy
Competition Date 30/03/2018 23:00:00


All fixtures took place at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown.  This was a really excellent tournament this year and very well organised by Alfie Wylie and his staff at the IFA.

Saturday 24th March 16:30
Northern Ireland 1 v England 2
Northern Ireland 0 v Wales 1
Scotland 0 Republic of Ireland 4

  P W D L F A Pts Bonus
Republic of Ireland 1 1 0 0 4 0 3  
England 1 1 0 0 2 1 3  
Wales 1 1 0 0 1 0 3  
Northern Ireland A 1 0 0 1 1 2 0  
Northern Ireland B 1 0 0 1 0 1 0  
Scotland 1 0 0 1 0 4 0  

Match reports;

Wales 1 Northern Ireland B 0

A closely fought encounter was settled by a single goal scored 6 minutes from fime when Welsh skipper, Carrie Jones, was put through and calmly slipped the ball past the advancing NI keeper, Rachel Norney.  Northern Ireland pressed strongly for an equaliser, hitting the cross bar from a free kick and having a further effort scrambled clear in the dying seconds of added time.  MS

Northern Ireland 1 England 2

On the well prepared pitches of the University of Ulster with a good crowd in attendance the ESFA U15 Girls team opened the game with some confident passing moves which were opposed by a solid Irish defence. Gradually the girls in green exerted pressure with a series of corners with the first being superbly saved by Kiya Webb in the England goal. Eventually the pressure told and Northern Ireland opened the scoring with a well placed header by their number 9 from yet another corner in the 13th minute. England were making little forward progress and it wasn’t until the 16th minute that they had their first shot on goal. The English defenders were proving very strong however with Amber Trewek and Safia Paraiso breaking up most Irish attacks with strong tackles and many splendid interceptions. There was little goalmouth action during the rest of the first half with just a half chance for England number 9, BeBe Smith. This was comfortably held by the Irish keeper, Jenna Corry.

The England management team made a few positional substitutions after half time with great effect. England were now in complete control constantly threatening the N Irish goal with long shots and a series of good crosses. Ruby Hughes was making great use of any space in midfield picking up loose balls and driving the team forward with incisive passing. Then came the turning point in the game as the English last line of defence got themselves in a tangle on the edge of their penalty area. Kiya Webb, bailed them out with two splendid acrobatic saves and from the resulting clearance England were awarded a penalty. A confident BeBe Smith took the spotkick but drilled it high of the goal to the delight of the Irish supporters. However within a minute England were level when a lapse in the Irish defence allowed BeBe to convert a cross shot from close range with great effect. Now it was all England and the impressive Ruby Hughes won the game in the 1st minute of extra time with another cross shot which nestled into the far corner. The ESFA team then confidently played out the remaining time to be victorious.  JM

Further match report and pictures available at;

Republic of Ireland 4 Scotland 0

A thoroughly dominant performance from the Republic of Ireland saw them race to a 3-0 half time lead following a well taken hat trick from the lively Anna Fahey.  The first, a cracking 25 yard left foot effort, left the Scots 'keeper Alicia Yates no chance. The second was a well taken goal following a great save by Yates who was only able to beat out a shot from Muireann Devaney.  The third, an exquisite stroke was casually executed just out of the reach of the despairing Yates.  Yates and defender Jenna Penman had played exceptionally well but had no answer to the relentless Irish.
The second half started well for Scotland wirh Rosie McQuillan and Bayley Hutchinson combining well but no clear chances emerged.  Mid way through the half Shauna Brennan was brought down in the box and Jessie Stapleton hammered home from the spot.  Scotland continued to search for a breakthrough but Rugile Askainyte in the Irish goal was determined to keep a clean sheet.  DW

Next round:

Sunday 25th March 14:00
Northern Ireland 0  Scotland 4
Two goals just before half time saw Scotland ease to a comfortable win over the home team.  Bayley Hutchinson opened the scoring when she fired home from close range then Monica Forsyth added a second before Hutchinson added another to her tally with a thunderous effort from outside of the penalty area.  Northern Ireland fought valiently throughout the game but conceded a fourth goal, a tap in by Jenna Pearson, towards the end of the match.  MS

Northern Ireland B 0  Republic of Ireland 5
Another solid performance by the Republic of Ireland saw them ease to a 5-0 victory over a hard working North team.  Abbie Clarke opened the scoring with a close range effort in the second minute and added a second towards half time when she launched a speculative effort high into the goal area.  Under severe pressure the North 'keeper Rachel Norney stood little chance and the ball bounced into the net.
Kerry Brown found the net early in the second half and Muireann Deveney added another a minute later.  As the game approached the end Kerry Brown calmly slid the ball home leaving the North  'keeper no chance.  DW

Further report and pictures;

England 2 Wales 0
Just like their first match the ESFA team started very well with very good passing moves but the Welsh were a little more direct and had some encouraging efforts which went just wide in the early exchanges. The ESFA defenders were proving very resilient with Amber Treweek, captain for the day, leading the back line extremely well. It was mostly a midfield tussle for the remainder of the half with both defences clearing their lines efficiently. The welsh had a good 1 v 1 but the ESFA goalkeeper Kiya Webb did extremely well to smother a rasping shot from Katie Young.
As in the victorious first game against the N Irish the management team made several changes just prior and after half time with immediate effect. ESFA girls seemed to be more direct and re-energised and it was no surprise that Libby Mcinnes held her nerve to send a low drive into the far corner leaving the Welsh goalkeeper rooted to the spot. Pandemonium ensued on the ESFA bench with players, management and council members all very excited. The game settled into a good flowing pattern but the Welsh forwards were finding good success down the right hand flank and secured a number of corners. The new ESFA keeper Lana Timson was extremely secure making many fine catches and clearances as the Welsh moved forward to get back into the game. However a splendid close range shot from Emily Atkinson in the 52nd minute secured the win for a very competent ESFA team. Two game and two wins, a great tournament so far. JM

Further report and pictures;

After day 2
  P W D L F A Pts Bonus
Republic of Ireland 2 2 0 0 9 0 6  
England 2 2 0 0 4 1 6  
Scotland 2 1 0 1 4 4 3  
Wales 2 1 0 1 1 2 3  
Northern Ireland A 2 0 0 2 1 6 0  
Northern Ireland B 2 0 0 2 0 6 0  

Monday 26th March 11:00am  

Republic of Ireland 2 England 1
England began this game in a very positive fashion taking the game to the Irish. Both defences held the upper hand with no quarter being given. The supporters of both teams were enjoying the competitive spirit in which the match was being played. Chances were few and far between and it was not until the penultimate minute of the half that England were able to capitalise on a shot which Rugile Askainylie was only able to parry and Lydia Hudson fired home the rebound.
The half time team talk by the Irish staff certainly lit the blue touchpaper and the girls in green threw everything at the English. Their resolute defence was finally penetrated by a moment of magic from Erin McLaughlin when she received the ball with her back to goal just outside the box. With consummate skill she flicked the ball up, spun and volleyed it into the net. A goal to light up any final! The air was electric as both teams sought the winner and it was the Republic who achieved the breakthrough when McLaughlin was again to hand to seal a great performance with a second goal six minutes from time. A brilliant game which some ‘old hands’ reflected as being the best girls game at this age they had ever seen. Well done to all. DW

Further reports:

Wales 0 Northern Ireland  A 2

The first half was largely uneventful and the teams changed round at 0-0. Not long into the second half, Cora Chambers put the home team ahead when she slotted home from close range after 36 minutes play. The match moved into the last minute when Roise Thompson settled the game. Northern Ireland also missed a second-half penalty but were deserved winners of the match.  MS

Northern Ireland B 0 v Scotland 3

The players of both Scotland and the Northern Ireland “B” squads woke up to another perfect day for football. The sun was out and the large expectant crowd gathered to support the teams in their final game of a wonderful weekend. Both sides had started with a young starting eleven as it is hoped that many of the players would be able to participate in the tournament next year.
Scotland started brightly and looked to attack their Irish counterparts from the off. They used the wide players to good effect and attempted to get crosses into the box. In the early exchanges the Irish defence and in particular the goalkeeper was in fine form. They dealt with the Scots attacks and frustrated the early attempts that the young Scots had on goal.
It was obvious from the start that the intense games that both teams had played over the previous two days had taken its toll on the young players. Tired passes appeared from both teams and little mistakes in the final pass and cross crept into the play. However, the deadlock was broken by the best passage of play so far in the game. The Scots full back Mirin played a lovely give and go with her wide player Olivia and produced an inch perfect ball over the top of the Irish defence for Maria who had darted in from her left midfield berth to slot the ball expertly beyond the Irish keeper. The goal was just what the Scots deserved as it looked to settle them into their passing game.
However, as the first half continued into a scrappy encounter for both teams, the free-flowing football of the previous days did not materialise. It was not for the lack of effort or endeavour but perhaps the physical effort that both teams had given to the cause was starting to take effect. Both teams continued to drive forward in search of the important second goal in the game but the half drew to a natural conclusion with the Scots in the lead by a solitary goal.
The second half started with a series of substitutions for both sides as all of the players were given the chance to play in this final development match. The changes and the knowledge that this was the final period in the tournament spurred the players on for one more push.
Both teams had chances and were knocking on their oppositions door with Gail in the Scottish goal outdoing her Irish counterpart with two excellent saves. Indeed, from the second of these saves the Scots swiftly attacked the Irish right hand channel. Kirsty who had come onto the park at the break took the ball to the edge of the penalty box before playing a cute pass to Kate to unleash a powerful drive goalward. The ball slipped through the keeper’s grip as it came out of low sun and fortunately for the Scots the lead was doubled.
The goal settled the young Scots as the game continued towards the Irish goal and it was only a matter of time before the game was put to bed when Bayley and Rosie combined for Rosie to finish off the best move of the game and slot the ball beyond the keeper to conclude this International contest.
The tournament had been a resounding success for all of the players, staff, parents and supporters from all of the teams involved. It had been played in a spirit of competition and camaraderie that was a delight to see. Thank you, Northern Ireland, for being the perfect hosts.   DT

Bob Docherty Cup | Roll of Honour
YEAR     WINNER                                  VENUE
2002     Republic of Ireland                Ballymena, Northern Ireland
2003     Scotland                                 Edinburgh, Scotland
2004     Scotland                                 Clare, Republic of Ireland
2005     Republic of Ireland                Ballymena, Northern Ireland
2006     Scotland                                 Dumfries, Scotland
2007     Republic of Ireland                Wrexham, Wales
2008     Republic of Ireland                Salthill Devon, Galway
2009     Scotland                                 Belfast, Northern Ireland
2010     Republic of Ireland                Glasgow, Scotland
2011     Northern Ireland                   Cardiff, Wales
2012     Northern Ireland                   AUL Complex, Dublin
2013     Scotland                                Shaws Bridge, Belfast
2014     England                                 Repton School, Derbyshire
2015     Scotland                                Toryglen, Glasgow
2016     England                                 Dragon Park, Wales
2017     Wales                                    AUL Complex, Dublin
2018     Republic of Ireland               University of Ulster, Belfast

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