Bro­gan set to live her Euro dream

Fern­hill teen to fly the flag for Scot­land

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors - Murray Spooner

Fern­hill foot­baller Bro­gan Hay says rep­re­sent­ing her coun­try at the Euro­pean Championships was a feel­ing like no other.

The 18-year-old Glas­gow City star was part of the Scot­land Women’s un­der-19 team who qual­i­fied for the Euro­pean fi­nals in Au­gust, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful sec­ond phase last month.

Bro­gan, a former St Mark’s Pri­mary and Trin­ity High School pupil, made ap­pear­ances for the Scots in the group games against Fin­land and Ukraine, while she cheered on the girls against hosts Ire­land from the side­lines.

Three wins from three, in­clud­ing 2-1 vic­to­ries over the Ir­ish and Fin­land, along with a 5-0 thump­ing of the Ukraini­ans, was enough for the team to guar­an­tee a spot in the fi­nals.

And Bro­gan ad­mits pos­si­bly fac­ing the best young fe­males in the world in Au­gust is hard to get her head around.

She said: “Play­ing in the Euro­pean Championships and qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nals was a feel­ing like no other.

“Play­ing for my coun­try is such an honour. I’m priv­i­leged to say I’ve played through­out youth, from my first game for Scot­land at un­der 15 level in 2013 where I trav­elled to Ger­many, to my most re­cent trip to Ire­land.

“The feel­ing of qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nals can’t be put into words. It’s still not ac­tu­ally sunk in yet that we go to the Euro fi­nals in Au­gust to com­pete with the best.”

Bro­gan, who stud­ies HND in fit­ness health and ex­er­cise at Glas­gow Col­lege, started play­ing foot­ball af­ter fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of her older sis­ter Kodie.

And since play­ing for Glas­gow City since she was 12, Bro­gan has gone on to ap­pear for each of their age groups and is now play­ing for the first team.

Al­though she ad­mits jug­gling her col­lege work and train­ing has been a chal­lenge, she be­lieves the train­ing at the club has helped her devel­op­ment within the women’s game.

She said: “Play­ing along­side some of the best play­ers in the coun­try is a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and it makes me a bet­ter player my­self.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment and at­mos­phere step­ping up [to the first team] as ev­ery­thing is more real and there’s no time for mess­ing about. Cur­rently, I feel like I’ve set­tled in a lot bet­ter than last sea­son and with only be­ing a few games in, I hope to play a big­ger part in the team this sea­son and progress.”

City, who have won the SWPL ten times in a row, are eight games into their sea­son but Bro­gan has al­ready got her cam­paign off to a flyer by scor­ing as a sub­sti­tute against Hamil­ton.

Bro­gan the brave Bro­gan has rep­re­sented Scot­land at un­der 15,16, 17 and 19 level.

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