Friday, August 30, 2013

30 August 2012 - Every Sports Movie Ever Made Just Became More Realistic

On 30 August 2012, Sarah Crilly scored on her Scotland debut--in a game that started with her as a spectator.

The 20-year old striker had appeared for Scotland's U-17 and U-19 teams and been training with the senior squad. That training earned her an invitation to attend a friendly against Norway at Dunfermline's East End Park. She was in the stands watching as Scotland took a 1-0 lead with a goal from Emma Mitchell in the thirteenth minute.

Ten minutes into the second half, manager Anna Signeul had to make two substitutions due to injuries, leaving only a defender and two goalkeepers on the bench. So when a third player had to come out a few minutes later, Signeul sent for Crilly, who was standing in line for a cup of tea when she was asked to suit up.

She entered in the 62nd minute, with Scotland still leading, but they soon fell behind after conceding twice to Norway's Isabell Herlovsen (70', 75'). Then, in the 85th minute, Crilly scored the equalizer to salvage a 2-2 draw.

She has since made only other appearance, playing in a 1-1 draw with Serbia in August 2013.

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