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You hear about improbable debuts in sports all the time, but anybody else's story would be hard-pressed to top that of Sarah Crilly. Last week, the 20-year-old university student, who plays for club team Hamilton Academical, was sitting in the stands watching Scotland's national team play an exhibition against Norway, which ranks decidedly higher than the Scottish side. By halftime, numerous injuries had taken their toll on an already-depleted Scotland roster. Despite holding a 1-0 lead, the club turned to Crilly, who had only just trained with them the day before. She had no uniform, no cleats, no experience playing international soccer.

That's when things got interesting. More from The Scottish Sun:

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 SOS.

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 sub left friends and family stunned - as they didn't even know she was at Dunfermline's East End Park.

Delighted Sarah, of Carluke, Lanarkshire, said: 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 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."


Anna Signeul, the Scottish manager, seemed almost relieved with the outcome in a post-match interview, and Crilly herself still sounded like it hadn't sunk in, giving a radio interview just after the match.

If Disney's smart, they'll snap up the screenplay rights to this one immediately. It's definitely in their wheelhouse.

Cuppa final hero Sarah plays for Scotland [Scottish Sun]

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