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Scotland advance despite defeat
 Women's Football News 8 Aug 2013
 
Scotland 0 Czech Republic 4 (Krivska 22,28, Majerova 58, Szewieczkova 63)
Scotland have reached the second qualifying phase of the UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship, despite losing 4-0 to Czech Republic at Harlaw Park in Inverurie. 
 
Goals from Karolina Krivska, Andrea Majerova and Tereza Szewieczkova left Scotland runners-up in the group based on goal difference, as Czech Republic, equal on points with the hosts, took top spot. Northern Ireland, who beat Montenegro 4-0 in Pitmedden, missed out on one of the places in a tight group.
 
With the rain pouring down throughout, the ball proved difficult to control for both teams. It was the Czechs who had the first dangerous attack through a shot from Krivska but local girl Rebecca Flaherty read it well.
 
Alyshia Walker, full of confidence from her hat-trick on Sunday, created the first chance for the hosts with a sublime through ball for Chelsea Cornet, but her shot was blocked by goalkeeper Alexandra Horackova.
 
Flaherty was in action again when she tipped a shot round the post from a stinging left foot drive by Denisa Vesela. Courtney Whyte, playing at centre half, did an excellent job of reading Czech attempts to open up the defence. On a couple of occasions she was the only thing standing between Flaherty and a Czech striker's one-on-one with Flaherty.
 
It was Whyte who gave away a penalty in the 22nd minute when her mistimed tackle brought down Nela Cizkova. Flaherty saved superbly from the penalty but the ball rebounded to Krivska who slotted in.
 
Scotland didn't let the goal dent their confidence. They came close to equalising through an indirect free kick in the box, but Abigail Harrison's shot was blocked. Erin Cuthbert, who has been one of Scotland's most creative talents throughout the tournament, released Harrison down the right with the pass of the match but the Celtic player's whipped cross missed the forwards running in.
 
In the second half, Walker came close right from the re-start with a shot from 18 yards which went narrowly over the bar. But it was the Czech Republic who doubled their advantage when the ball broke to Krivska after a counter attack and she coolly finished from 12 yards.
 
Flaherty produced a fantastic save from a Czech header from point blank range. But she had little chance of stopping a header from Majerova in the 58th minute after she got onto a free kick from the right to make it 3-0.
 
Only four minutes later Szewieczkova scored one of the goals of the tournament with a stinging strike from the right 20 yards out which went in off the bar.
 
Scotland: Rebecca Flaherty, Courtney Whyte, Sarah Clleland, Georgie Rafferty, Abigail Harrison, Chelsea Cornet, Kirsty Howat (sub Carla Boyce 80mins), Alyshia Walker, Carla Jackson, Dana Baird (sub Louise Brown 74mins), Erin Cuthbert (sub Lia Tweedie 68mins). Subs not used: Murren Stevenson, Sarah Robertson, Cassie Cowper, Chantelle Brown.

Czech Republic: Alexandra Horackova, Eliska Janikova (sub Antonie Starova 72mins), Nela Cizkova, Andrea Majerova, Eliska Kovarikova, Kristyna Dankova (sub Lucie Housarova 76mins), Karolina Krivska, Denisa Vesela (sub Eliska Jasova 78mins), Tereza Braunerova, Tereza Szewieczkova, Alzbeta Chlumova. Subs not used: Katerina Nedvedova, Nikola Svimberska, Sara Barnetova, Veronika Masova.

 
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