My personal blog on Scottish Women's Football
FULL TIME – Canada 1-0 England.
Sophie Schmidt’s wonder goal the difference between the countries. England will be disappointed with their performance, but there were glimpses of good signs. Maybe the formation needs tweaked a bit, but they need to also attack with confidence. It is hard to judge them with several key players not starting.
Alex Greenwood’s beautiful cross is spilled by McLeod at the feet of Jade Moore, but the keeper recovers to claim the ball. Once again, England not taking a gamble with a delightful cross.
England had a free-kick cleared to Alex Greenwood, who tries her luck from 30 yards, but the ball went well wide.
Did she mean it? Possibly. From 30 yards Fara Williams cross/shot surprises everyone, beats Erin McLeod, but hits the crossbar. The friendly has been attended by 23,197. Impressive.
Toni Duggan plays Eni Aluko into the box, but she slips at the worst moment. Also, she was offside. But that was better from England.
A lovely Canada move down the left wing sees Claire Sinclair play Melissa Tancredi into the box, but her shot is saved by Bardsley.
83 mins – ENGLAND SUB
Jade Moore replaces Karen Carney
Fran Kirby puts a dangerous whipped ball into the six yard box which is claimed by McLeod. The ball could have been better, but again no player made the gamble.
Kadeisha Buchanan’s ball picks out Sophie Schmidt in the box, but Steph Houghton does enough to put her off and Schmidt’s shot is saved by Bardsley. From the corner, the ball is allowed to bounce in the six yard box but Belanger’s shot is blocked. Canada keep the ball util Allysha Chapman’s cross is superbly claimed by Karen Bardsley.
76 mins – CANADA SUBS
17 year old Jessie Fleming replacing Adriana Leon, whilst Kaylyn Kyle replaces Ashley Lawrence.
Superb ball by Schmidt into the box, but Melissa Tancredi is shepherded off the ball by Alex Greenwood. The Notts County left-back has impressed since coming on.
73 mins – ENGLAND SUB
Fran Kirby replaces Katie Chapman. Change in formation?
66 mins – CANADA SUB
Carmelina Moscato replaces Lauren Sesslemann in the centre of defence
Alex Greenwood nearly makes an immediate chance with a beautiful teasing cross into the six yard box but McLeod claims the ball. England needed a player to take a gamble there.
61 mins – ENGLAND SUBS
Fara Williams, Eni Aluko and Alex Greenwood replaces Ellen White, Lianne Sanderson and Claire Rafferty.
Josee Belanger has two dangerous balls into England’s box cleared. Canada still controlling the play, with England needing to find inspiration.
Adriana Leon’s cross/shot doesn’t quite do either as it just goes over.
Beautiful play from Canada sees Allysia Chapman’s teasing cross across the six yard box, but Casey Stoney clears the ball over the crossbar. England eventually clear the corner after Schmidt shot is saved by Bardsley, before several waves come into the box. The pressure is only relieved when Adriana Leon fouls Toni Duggan
Canada continue to attack in numbers. Schmidt’s cross is dangerous, but Karen Bardsley claims the ball brilliantly. Then good link up between Leon and Lawrence sees the former shoot well over.
England free-kick on the left-wing. Karen Carney’s cross picks out Katie Chapman, but her header is weak and doesn’t challenge Erin McLeod in the Canadian goal.
Second Half Kicks-off
HALF-TIME Canada 1-0 England
Sophie Schmidt’s magical goal the difference. England need to improve on their closing down, their ball retention and finding that final ball.
This sums up England. Claire Rafferty in a brilliant position down the left-wing, but her first time cross goes behind.
England have a free-kick on the left-wing. Toni Duggan’s delivery is delightful and is picking out Lianne Sanderson but Erin McLeod is superb off her line to punch it clear.
Canada put a couple of dangerous balls into the box, but England deal with them. However, England are giving Canada far too much room. They aren’t closing down at all.
Free-kick to Canada as Katie Chapman fouls Schmidt in a dangerous position. England put four women in the wall. Schmidt tries and curls the ball over the wall, the ball seems to hang in the air for a while before going over. Bardsley had the effort covered.
How do England respond to this? England are playing nervously, and they need to retain the ball again. They were on top before the hosts scored.
23 mins – GOAL Canada 1-0 England (Sophie Schmidt)
Canada take the lead against the run of play, but what a screamer. Josee Belanger picks out Schmidt on the edge of the box with her back to goal, but she turns and shoots and the ball flies into the top corner. Karen Bardsley is given no chance.
England win the game’s first corner. Karen Carney takes it, falls to Steph Houghton whose weak shot forces Erin McLeod into a parry the ball wide. From that corner, Carney picks out Jill Scott whose header was held by McLeod.
Lianne Sanderson is caught just outside of the box by Lauren Sesselmann. Just to the right of the ‘D’. The captain Steph Houghton steps up, and curls her effort over the wall but also over the bar. Better from England though.
Free-kick from England, but Jill Scott’s delivery is straight through to the keeper.
Ellen White nearly sends Lianne Sanderson through, but the pass is just overhit. Of course, not only are England getting fitness under their belt, they are getting used to the artifical pitch.
A long ball from Rafferty nearly creates a chance for England as the ball holds up for Ellen White, but the Canadian keeper was quick off her line to stop any danger.
Ashley Lawrence’s teasing right-wing cross is inches from picking out the head of Melissa Tancredi. Danger sign from Canada.
Lianne Sanderson plays the ball across the box, Toni Duggan gets slighty in the way of Jill Scott who slices her shot wide.
England: Bardsley (GK), Bronze, Stoney, Houghton, Rafferty, Duggan, Jill Scott, Katie Chapman, Carney, Sanderson, White.
Canada: McLeod (GK), Belanger, Buchannan, Sesselmann, Allysha Chapman, Lawrence, Desiree Scott, Schmidt, Leo, Sinclair, Tancredi