My personal blog on Scottish Women's Football
4th March 2015, Cyprus Cup Group A
Highlights courtesy of Canada Soccer’s YouTube Account
Scotland’s opening game was always going to be a challenging, playing against one of the pre-tournament favourites, and it turned out to be so.
The Canadians took the lead in only the 3rd minute, launching a counter-attack directly from a Scottish attack. Their captain Christine Sinclair passed to the far post which Jessie Fleming met with a sliding finish.
Scotland created a couple of first-half chances. Kim Little set up Jane Ross, but her shot was defected into the side netting. From that corner, Rachel Corsie’s header forced the Canadian keeper into a good save. Later on, a smartly worked free-kick saw Little tap the ball to Jenny Beattie, but her 30 yard shot flew over.
Canada doubled their lead in the 55th minute when Josée Bélanger’s right-wing cross found Sinclair who scored from outside the box.
In the other Group A match, Italy beat South Korea 2-1 meaning Scotland currently sit in 4th place. They next play on Friday 6th March 2015 against Italy.
Scotland: Gemma Fay (Unattached); Kirsty Smith (Hibernian); Ifeoma Dieke (Vittsjö GIK); Jennifer Beattie (Man City); Emma Mitchell (Arsenal); Joanne Love (Glasgow City); Rachel Corsie (Seattle Reign); Caroline Weir (Arsenal); Kim Little (Seattle Reign); Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City); Jane Ross (Vittsjö GIK)
Subs Made: Fiona Brown (Glasgow City) replaced Love (73); Leanne Ross (Glasgow City) replaced Weir (82); Christie Murray (Bristol Academy) replaced J Ross (87).
Subs Not Used: Chloe Arthur (Hibernian); Frankie Brown (Bristol Academy); Lana Clelland (ASD Pink Sport Time); Leanne Crichton (Notts County); Megan Cunningham (Glasgow City); Shannon Lynn (Vittsjö GIK); Eilish McSorley (Mallbackens IF).
Canada: Erin McLeod, Kadeisha Buchanan, Carmelina Moscato, Rhian Wilkinson, Josée Bélanger, Desiree Scott, Christine Sinclair, Sophie Schmidt, Melissa Tancredi, Allysha Chapman, Jessie Fleming.
Subs Made: Emily Zurrer replaced Moscato (60); Adriana Leon replaced Bélanger (70); Jonelle Filigno replaced Tancredi (70); Ashley Lawrence replaced Fleming (70); Christina Julien replaced Sinclair (80).
Goals Scored: Fleming 3, Sinclair 55.
4th March 2015, Cyprus Cup Group B
Highlights courtesy of FA’s YouTube Account
England’s Head Coach Mark Sampson named an experimental side, sticking with a 4-4-2 formation he played in the 1-0 defeat by USA last month. Carly Telford was given a chance to impress in goal, whilst Jess Clarke was given her first England start under Sampson up front.
England took the lead in the 21st minute and it came from the left-wing, when Alex Greenwood’s magnificent in-swinging cross found Lianne Sanderson free at the far post, and she made no mistake with her header from close range.
It took until the 66th minute for England to double their lead, and it was well worth the wait. Clarke broke down the right, and chipped the ball to Aluko whose volley flew in at the far corner.
It was 3-0 in the 83rd minute. Alex Scott’s cross was chested down to Sanderson for Clarke to blast into the back of the net.
The only blemish came in the 89th minute, when the referee deemed that Bonner fouled Finland’s Sanni Franssi, and awarded the penalty – and then ref decided to award the Liverpool defender with a straight red card, the first under Sampson’s reign. Saari took the penalty, and sent Telford the wrong way with a calm penalty.
Australia beat Netherlands in the other Group B match, meaning England sit top of the table. England’s next game is against Australia on the 6th March.
England: Carly Telford (Notts County); Demi Stokes (Man City); Gemma Bonner (Liverpool); Laura Bassett (Notts County); Alex Greenwood (Notts County); Jade Moore (Birmingham City); Fara Williams (C) (Liverpool); Jo Potter (Birmingham City); Jess Clarke (Notts County); Eniola Aluko (Chelsea); Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal).
Subs Made: Alex Scott (Arsenal) replaced Bassett (62)
Subs not Used: Karen Bardsley (Man City); Steph Houghton (Man City); Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal); Jill Scott (Man City); Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns); Fran Kirby (Reading); Karen Carney (Birmingham City); Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal); Katie Chapman (Chelsea); Claire Rafferty (Chelsea); Toni Duggan (Man City).
Goals: Sanderson 21, Aluko 66, Clarke 83.
Booking: Williams 45
Sent Off: Bonner 89
Finland: Minna Meriluoto, Maija Saari (C), Tuija Hyyrynen, Emma Koivisto, Katri Nokso-Koivisto, Juliette Kemppi, Emmi Alanen, Nora Heroum, Natalia Kuikka, Anna Westerlund, Adelina Engman.
Subs Made: Annika Kukkonen replaced Nokso-Koivisto (62); Linda Ruutu replaced Alanen (62); Katarina Naumanen replaced Kuikka (80); Sanni Franssi replaced Hyyrynen (80)
Subs not used: Vera Varis, Riikka Ketoja, Julia Tunturi, Sanna Saarinen, Tinja-Riikka Korpela.
Goal: Saari pen 89.
Booking: Kukkonen 79.