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Monday 19 Feb 2024
Scotland game 'important' for player development

The Northern Ireland Women’s Under-15 development team continued preparations for the annual Bob Docherty tournament with a friendly against their Scottish counterparts at the weekend.

Irish FA Director of Women's Football Angela Platt said the game, which was played at Seaview in Belfast, was important for player development.

"Whilst the result wasn't the one the team had hoped for, it was great to get the players back together again," said Platt.

"This is so important for their development and to play good quality opposition like Scotland is helpful for their footballing journeys.

"In addition we were really pleased to see the turnout both from home fans and those who travelled across the water. For players at that level of the game to see such support is a real boost for their morale."

The annual Bob Docherty Cup tournament is being staged in Athlone in the Republic of Ireland this year.

The competition for U15 schoolgirls’ teams is due to be staged from 24 to 28 March and will feature the Republic, Northern Ireland, England and Scotland.

See below for a gallery of pictures from the international friendly at the weekend.