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Sarah Crilly was plucked from the stand for her Scotland debut as she queued for a half-time cup of tea — and went on to score a dream goal.


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The 20-year-old Hamilton Ladies midfielder was only a spectator at the game against Norway before she was rushed to the dressing room following an injury to one of the Scotland players.

She had to play in borrowed boots two sizes too big — with three pairs of socks to keep them on. But she kept her nerve to score the equaliser as Scotland trailed 2-1 with just five minutes left.

Her sudden appearance as a second-half substitute left friends and family stunned — as they didn’t even know she was at Dunfermline’s East End Park.

Delighted Sarah, of Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland told the Scottish Sun: "I was there for a day out with my pals — next thing I know I’m stepping on the park. It was crazy.

"I couldn’t believe it when I scored. It was incredible."

She told how she was asked to help out the day before because the team was low on players for training.

She went on: "At the end they said I should come and watch the match. So I was standing with all my friends waiting on a cup of tea when the team administrator came up and asked if I had my boots with me. I didn’t.

"So she took me to the changing rooms, and got me kitted out.

"The shorts were way too big and baggy, and I was wearing three pairs of socks. I must have looked ridiculous."

Scotland were playing their final warm-up on Thursday before two crucial Euro 2013 qualifiers against Wales and France this month.

They turned to Stirling Uni student Sarah after one player was injured pre-match and another at half time. They lost two more in the second half. Sarah would not normally have been allowed to play but the referee agreed to relax the rules as it was a friendly.

Scotland boss Anna Signeul said: "I’m very pleased with her."

Hamilton Ladies manager Kevin Murphy also hailed his new international star.

He said: “It’s thoroughly deserved. She works so hard for the club.”

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