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England 1 Scotland 0 (Williams 35 mins)
« on: March 11, 2007, 05:04:39 PM »
England 1-0 Scotland
Williams 35 mins

Scotland put up a fair old fight in today's friendly international against the old enemy, eventually losing out to a Fara Williams wonder goal half way through the first half. When this fixture was first played in Greenock of all places back in 1972 it was the first offical Woman's International. How things have changed since then with England warming up for the World Cup and Scotland the Euro Qualifiers. Sadly the attendance wasn't so good with only about 1500 or so turning out. But there were some Scotland fans there keen to make some noise.

Rachel Unitt who had injury worries during the week made a surprise start providing the first action when she flicked on a corner kick for Fara Williams to head goal ward but was cleared of the line. Sue Smith also had a gilt edge chance to open the scoring but she sent her header wide. Then came the Williams shot. Scotland trying to clear they're lines lost the ball outside the area. It went to Williams who sent a looping ball into the net, very much in the Kelly Smith mould in fact at first I thought it was Kelly Smith who scored it. Scotland were stuffy in defense though and Ifeoma Dieke had a great game cutting out forward balls and last ditch defending. Scotland also made some chances. Joaane Love almost levelled but her shot just went wide of the post.

In the second half though Scotland went up a gear and created a good few chances. Hibs rising new star Kim Little gave Unitt a lot of problems and linked well with Julie Fleeting. There were a lot of changes in the match. Unitt came off in the last ten minutes to make way for Corinne Yorston another change was the introduction of the young keeper Carly Telford who made some good saves form Fleeting and Love. Scotlands best chace came when a Fleeting free kick came down off the crossbar and was scrambled away for a corner. Scotland were putting on the pressure. Sadly they couldn't make the breakthrough and England came close at the end when Jill Scott rounded the keeper but her cross went into the side net.

All in all a good little game but 1-1 would have been the fairer result. But Scotland gave a good account of themselves and can look forward to the Euro qualifiers.

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