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Hungary 4 (Kajan 31,35,61) Scotland 3 (Robertson 12, Rafferty 22, Walker 40)
Scotland opened their UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship elite round campaign with a narrow 4-3 loss to group hosts Hungary.
Despite leading 2-0 through goals from Sarah Robertson and captain Georgie Rafferty, Scotland succumbed to a Hungarian fightback and sit in third place in Group Five.
Scotland came into this final qualifying phase for the finals, which take place in England in November, in buoyant mood having recorded wins against Denmark in a friendly double header last month.
It took them 12 minutes to take the lead against Hungary. Celtic's Alyshia Walker, one of Scotland's standout performers in this match, made a penetrating run down the left wing and delivered a cross at the back post which Rangers' Robertson coolly finished from close range.
The lead was doubled ten minutes later, this time through Rafferty. The ball was headed clear by Hungary after a Scotland set-piece and fell for Rafferty who volleyed into the net.
Zsanett Bernadett Kajan clawed two goals back in quick succession as the first half whistle approached. But Scotland went in 3-2 up at the break when Walker made a direct run through the Hungarian defence and sent a finish over the Hungarian keeper.
In the second half, Scotland struggled to generate the attacking play which had been on display in the first half. Hungary drew level through Emese Szakonyi on 47 minutes after a defensive error by Scotland.
Kajan, Hungary's best player, completed her hat-trick on 61 minutes to give her side the lead for the first time in the match.
Scotland never stopped trying to get back in the match. Erin Cuthbert, Abigail Harrison and Walker all had efforts saved by the Hungarian goalkeeper but it wasn't to be as the hosts claimed the three valuable group points.
Scotland are next in action on Friday against Norway, who beat Finland 5-1 today. Their final match is on Monday is against Finland.
Scotland Under-17 national coach Pauline Hamill told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "I'm disappointed to lose a game where we have scored three goals.
"We started the game really well and looked good going forward. Scoring three goals at this level is brilliant. At 2-0 up, Hungary didn't look like getting back in the game. They had a fantastic player in Kajan who scored three goals and she made a real difference to her team.
"It's going to be a tough game on Friday against Norway but we will be ready."
Scotland Under-17: Rebecca Flaherty, Courtney Whyte, Georgie Rafferty, Chelsea Cornet (sub Sarah Clelland 59mins), Abigail Harrison, Sarah Robertson, Erin Cuthbert, Chantelle Brown, Carla Jackson (sub Hayley Sinclair 59mins), Kirsdty Howat, Alyshia Walker (sub Lia Tweedie 77mins). Subs not used: Laura Hamilton, Amy Anderson, Dana Baird, Carla Boyce.
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