Scotland’s Women Make A Winning Start – 2016 Homeless World Cup

The Homeless World Cup got underway at George Square in Glasgow in particularly Scottish conditions, although that did nothing to dampen the atmosphere of the 3,500 capacity crowd. The opening ceremony where the captains of the 50 countries brought their flag onto Pitch 1, and saw a message delivered from UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon.

I am pleased to send my greetings to everyone involved in the 14th Homeless World Cup in Glasgow. The Homeless World Cup is a pioneering social movement that uses football to inspire and promote positive change in people’s lives. Its growth since the first competition in 2003 is remarkable. The Homeless World Cup has impacted the lives of more than 1 million people around the world.
I thank the vast network of national partners, participants and volunteers for your commitment. Through initiatives like this, sport brings people together, raises awareness and creates social cohesion. I wish all the participants and teams in Glasgow the very best of luck in the tournament and beyond. I don’t know which team to support, but I know you are all winners already. Together, and with the help of sport, we can change lives and bring new hope to homeless people.
Homeless World Cup Co-Founder and President Mel Young commented, “We’ve promised Glasgow the most inspiring celebration and asked the city and the whole of Scotland to get behind all of our players, so many of whom are on an incredible journey but have faced some of life’s toughest challenges. Today the country did just that and it was an emotional occasion – now we get down to a relentless schedule of thrilling games, and we hope as many people as possible come to George Square to join us.”
Photo: Jeff Holmes/Homeless World Cup.  Opening ceremony and start of the Homeless World cup football tournament
Photo: Jeff Holmes/Homeless World Cup.
Opening ceremony and start of the Homeless World cup football tournament
The opening ceremony was well received by the enthusiastic Glaswegian crowd and then it was time for the football. The Homeless World Cup has a men’s and women’s tournaments, and the Scottish teams were given the honour of playing the first match in both tournaments.

Opening Matches

The men started first, with Scotland beating Hong Kong 8-4 in an enthralling match where Scotland was always ahead, but Hong Kong always was threatening to make a comeback.

And then it was the turn of the Women’s Team, who played Norway. Scotland’s captain, Karen Boggie opened the scoring in the first minute with a penalty, before Sophie Gallacher scored two quick goals to make it 3-0.

Courtney Lynn found herself on the scoresheet before Boggie made it 5-0. Scotland then won a penalty, which was saved by the Norwegian keeper. Norway then won a penalty of their own, which they converted.

But Boggie scored her third and fourth goals in a matter of seconds to make it 7-1 to Scotland at half-time.

As the rain came down harder, Scotland scored four goals in the second half to secure a highly impressive 11-1 win.

Photo: Jeff Holmes/Homeless World Cup. A member of the Scotland Woman team celebrates
Photo: Jeff Holmes/Homeless World Cup.
A member of the Scotland Woman team celebrates scoring against Norway

Scotland’s Women also played a friendly against France. Scotland opened the scoring in the first minute, and France had a chance to equalise soon after but ended up seeing the effort saved.

And Scotland punished them soon after as captain Boggie found the bottom-left corner with her strike.

The home side hit the woodwork three times in quick succession, but soon Gallacher made it 3-0. Gallacher went on to score three more times in the first half, the pick of the goals coming from a beautiful passing move, to make it 6-0 to Scotland at half-time.

France had a couple of good chances to pull a goal back early in the second half, but Scotland made it 7-0 in the third minute of the second half.

The Scotland keeper was required to make a couple of good saves, but Scotland soon scored their 8th goal.

The home side scored their ninth and final goal when captain Boggie turned her marker and converted with a superb finish.

France could have scored late on, but they were denied by a wonder save.

Photo: Anita Milas/Homeless World Cup. Scotland Women huddle before their first match agaisnt Norway
Photo: Anita Milas/Homeless World Cup.
Scotland Women huddle before their first match agaisnt Norway

Other Results

In Group A, France was given a bye, whilst Chile beat India 6-1 and England defeated Greece by the same scoreline. Mexico produced a magnificent performance to beat Argentina 12-1.

Whilst in Group B (with Scotland), Netherlands beat Wales 7-2 and Kyrgyzstan beat USA 8-2.

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