Girl wins youth squad place
By ROBERT TURBYNE
A TEENAGE footballer from Redding has been tipped as "one to watch" after she was picked to play for Scotland.
Nicola Docherty (13) has been selected for the girls under-15 squad for an international tournament which takes place in Germany next week.
The Graeme High School pupil, who stars for Falkirk Girls under-15s, has been playing football with the club since she was 10 years old.
She was selected to play for her country after impressing at a trial held at McDiarmid Park last week.
Dad Nicky and mum Lorna travelled to Perth to watch her play, and were delighted with her performance, while Nicky said she was "chuffed to bits" that she had been picked.
Alison Mackie, a former coach at Falkirk and an SFA development officer, nominated Nicola to take part in the trials, along with another youngster, Maxine Thornton (14) from Polmont (pictured above right), who has been picked as a reserve player.
Alison said: "Normally it is only players from the club's elite squad who are selected to take part in trials but I was so impressed with both of them that I decided to recommend them to Tony Gervais, who is national manager of the under-15s.
"I told him I thought they would be worth a look, and obviously Nicola has done really well to get in the squad.
"I got a text from her to tell me she had been picked and she was over the moon. She is a fantastic talent.
"Nicola plays left midfield/forward and is definitely one to watch for the future. She has the talent to go all the way to senior level."