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England v Scotland
« on: March 11, 2007, 05:54:49 PM »
Fara fires Lions forward

By Stuart Mawhinney at Adams Park. Sunday, 11 March 2007.

England 1 Scotland 0
(Williams 30)
 
England Women v Scotland
International Friendly
12.30pm, Sunday 11 March 2007
Adams Park, Wycombe Wanderers FC

Hope Powell's side came through their second game in three days with another victory, thanks to an incredible finish from Fara Williams.

After storming past Russia 6-0 on Thursday night this was a different test for England, but a very sweet victory nonetheless against Scotland and another crucial preparation match for the World Cup.

With eight changes from the side that comfortably dealt with Russia on Thursday evening, Hope Powell looked to give a number of players more experience and more playing time. Stephanie Houghton made her full debut at right back, while Alex Scott showed her versatility by starting on the right wing.

The Three Lions came close to scoring in the sixth minute, first Fara Williams rose highest to meet a Sue Smith corner only to see her effort cleared off the line. From that clearance Kelly Smith fired in a volley that went narrowly wide of the far post.

Alex Scott and Sue Smith were also presented with promising opportunities through fine work from Kelly Smith, both chances came after captain Smith showed fine skill to glide through the defence.

On the half hour mark England took the lead will a bolt from the blue as Everton midfielder Fara Williams delivered a spectacular opener. Taking the ball down 35 yards out, Williams spotted Gemma Fay off her line and duly punished the keeper.

Joanne Love then squandered a golden opportunity to level the scores just three minutes later, with indecision in the England defence allowing the ball to fall kindly at the feet of the Scottish midfielder but her shot was wayward.

After the break the chances continued to come for the Three Lions and Sue Smith had the most presentable opportunity but was unable to work her Leeds United teammate Gemma Fay.

Making her senior bow between the sticks, Carly Telford was called into action almost immediately as Julie Fleeting fired a dangerous free kick toward the top corner. Following a surging run from Stephanie Houghton and a fine pass to her former Sunderland colleague Jill Scott, England almost doubled their advantage. Scott was able to round the last defender but her low cross was behind the onrushing forwards in the penalty area.

Anna Signeul's side provided a tough test for England and as part of their trio of friendly games this week, it will be an experience that will undoubtedly benefit them come the World Cup in September.

Teams:

England: 1 Siobhan Chamberlain (13 Carly Telford 45), 2 Stephanie Houghton, 3 Rachel Unitt (18 Corinne Yorston 78), 4 Jill Scott, 5 Laura Bassett, 6 Mary Phillip, 7 Alex Scott (12 Lindsay Johnson 78), 8 Fara Williams, 9 Lianne Sanderson (14 Amanda Barr 58), 10 Kelly Smith (c) (17 Katie Chapman 45), 11 Sue Smith (15 Jo Potter 58)

Subs Not Used: 16 Vicky Exley, 19 Anita Asante, 20 Michelle Hickmott, 21 Kelly McDougall

Scotland: 1 Gemma Fay, 2 Rhonda Jones, 3 Leanne Ross (16 Jayne Sommerville 84), 4 Ifeoma Dieke, 5 Amy McDonald, 6 Joanne Love, 7 Amanda Burns, 8 Kirsty McBride (17 Denise Brolly 81), 9 Megan Sneddon (18 Kim Little 57), 10 Julie Fleeting, 13 Pauline Hamill (11 Suzanne Malone 66)

Subs Not Used: 12 Joanna Hutcheson, 14 Suzanne Grant, 15 Julie Ferguson

Referee: M P Russell

Attendance: 2,066

http://www.thefa.com/Womens/EnglandSenior/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2007/03/ScotlandReport.htm

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Re: England v Scotland
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2007, 05:57:50 PM »
England looked very disjointed compared with last Thursday and the whole performance was under par. Fara took the chance for the goal OK but the goalie was miles off her line. Not sure what Hope has learnt from the game except that the players she left out were a big miss.

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Re: England v Scotland
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2007, 06:27:26 PM »
Just got back... 200 mile drive... not a brilliant game... lots of luverly pics though :)
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Re: England v Scotland
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2007, 08:21:10 PM »
A goal by Everton midfielder Fara Williams gave England their 19th victory in 20 meetings with Scotland.

But a team showing nine changes from Thursday night's 6-0 win against Russia struggled at times against a battling Scottish side.

The fluency shown against the Russians was never in evidence in a largely disjointed display.

And in the second half, Scotland twice went close to cancelling out William's 30th-minute goal.

With Williams to the fore, however, England bossed the first half.

The Everton player had a sixth-minute header cleared off the line by Hibernian midfielder Kirsty McBride.

She then went close again when her 16th-minute header flew inches over the bar.

But she was bang on target on the half-hour, directing a 40-yard lob over back-peddling goalkeeper Gemma Fay and into the roof of the net.

Soccer Locker midfielder Ifeoma Dieke wasted a close-range equalising chance three minutes later.

But at the other end, either side of half-time, wingers Alex Scott and Sue Smith sent shots just wide of the post.

The Scots began to take control midway through the second half, however.

And England had a narrow escape when Arsenal striker Julie Fleeting's 68th-minute free-kick was pushed on to the bar by substitute goalkeeper Carly Telford.

Telford pulled of an even better save five minutes later, diving to turn McBride's 15-yard drive past the far post.

But the visitors' challenge faded in the closing stages and Sunderland right-back Steph Houghton almost stretched England's lead with an 83rd-minute volley over the bar.


England: Chamberlain (Bristol Academy) (sub: Telford (Sunderland) HT); Houghton (Sunderland), Bassett (Birmingham City), Phillip (Arsenal), Unitt (Everton) (sub: Yorston (Bristol Academy) 78); Williams (Everton) J. Scott (Everton); K. Smith (Arsenal) (sub: Chapman (Arsenal) HT); A. Scott (Arsenal) (sub: Johnson (Everton) 78), Sanderson (Arsenal) (sub: Barr (Leeds United) 59), S. Smith (Leeds United) (sub: Potter (Charlton Athletic) 59).

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/women/6439751.stm

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Re: England v Scotland
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2007, 11:01:18 PM »
Williams earns England victory

England continued their good form in the lead-up to this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup as a long-range strike by Fara Williams proved enough to give them victory against Scotland in Wycombe.

Williams wondergoal
Their second match in three days, England coach Hope Powell made eight changes from the team that comfortably beat Russia 6-0 on Thursday, giving a number of young players a chance to show what they can do ahead of September's tournament in China. And despite dominating the early stages they had to wait until the 30th minute to get the breakthrough as Everton LFC midfielder Williams scored after spotting goalkeeper Gemma Fay off her line.

Telford save
England continued to have the better of the contest in the second half but debutant Carly Telford still had to save smartly when Arsenal LFC forward Julie Fleeting tested her from a free-kick. The hosts held on however to register their 19th victory in 20 games against their rivals. Powell's side are in action again on Wednesday when they host the Netherlands in Swindon.

http://www.uefa.com/competitions/wowc/news/kind=1/newsid=515532.html

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Re: England v Scotland
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2007, 11:06:23 PM »
Powell guarded after England win

England coach Hope Powell was more pleased with the result than the performance after a 1-0 victory over Scotland at Wycombe.

Three days after crushing Russia 6-0, an England team showing nine changes failed to impress.

"Making so many changes was bound to have an effect but even so it was not the best performance," said Powell.

"It was never going to be the same. Scotland always raise their game against us and give us a tough time."

Powell added: "We were the better side overall but we found it difficult to break them down and it took a great goal by Fara Williams to win the game."

Scotland coach Anna Signeul was likewise unhappy with her side.

"We were very disappointing, especially in the first half," she said.

"Our organisation at the back was lacking and the midfield sat too deep.

"We were better in the second half but that was partly because of England's Kelly Smith going off."

Arsenal star Smith was substituted at the interval and from that point England were increasingly disjointed as five other substitutions followed.

After starting the game with fewer than half of their regular line-up, Powell's team had to survive some anxious second-half moments before claiming victory.

"Credit to the players who came into the side," commented Powell. "They stuck it out and got the result."

As they continue the build-up to September's World Cup finals, Powell and her squad now turn their attention to a meeting with Holland on Wednesday.

It will be their third friendly in seven days and Powell added: "We are trying to replicate a tournament situation to help prepare ourselves for the World Cup.

"It has given us the chance to see how different players cope with the various demands placed on them and it's proving a very useful exercise.

"We've won our first two games, now we face another difficult opponent - Holland. Like Scotland, they always give us a hard time so it's another good challenge."


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/women/6440049.stm

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Re: England v Scotland
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2007, 09:22:36 AM »
England see off Scots but have to wait for Wembley date

It was Wycombe not Wembley, but a 1-0 victory over Scotland at Adams Park yesterday went a little way towards assuaging the disappointment of England's women at missing out on being the first team to play at the now completed national stadium.

The home international had been pencilled in as the first of two warm-up events that Wembley has to stage before hosting May 19's FA Cup final, but time and contractual issues conspired against what would have been a gala day for women's football.

The national coach, Hope Powell, after a poor match watched by a crowd of 2,066 - when a likely 60,000 would have been in attendance had it been the new Wembley's first match - said: "The priority for the girls is playing for England, wherever the venue is. But of course a match at Wembley would be a wonderful occasion."

Powell's team may yet get their chance. Alex Horne, the managing director of Wembley National Stadium Ltd, is sympathetic to the women's cause and sat among yesterday's crowd as the Scots were beaten for the 19th time in 20 meetings between the two nations.

Horne said: "It was disappointing that this game wasn't able to go ahead at Wembley, but I'm keen for the women to play at the stadium and we'll be looking to find a date that fits in with Hope's plans and with other events."

If and when a women's international is played in the north London suburb, Powell will be hoping her team provide a better show than they managed 30 miles up the M40 yesterday. A side showing nine changes from the line-up that had crushed Russia 6-0 on Thursday produced a disjointed display. Fara Williams produced the match's one moment of quality to win the game with a cleverly flighted 40-yard lob.

"Making so many changes was bound to have an affect," said Powell, "but even so it was not the best performance. We were the better side overall, but we found it difficult to break them down."

While England's strikers were ineffectual, a player overlooked by Powell for her 30-woman squad, the Blackburn Rovers striker Katie Anderton, hit a hattrick in her team's 3-0 Premier League victory over Fulham. The league's other fixture ended in a goalless draw between Birmingham City and Chelsea.

http://football.guardian.co.uk/womensfootball/story/0,,2031828,00.html

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Re: England v Scotland
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2007, 09:45:23 AM »
SO FARA, SO GOOD

A GOAL by Everton's Fara Williams gave England Women a 1-0 victory and their 19th win in 20 meetings with Scotland.

But a team showing nine changes from Thursday's 6-0 win against Russia struggled at times against a battling Scottish side in this World Cup warm-up.

The fluency shown against the Russians was never in evidence, and in the second half Scotland twice went close to cancelling out midfielder Williams' 30thminute winner - a 40-yard lob over keeper Gemma Fay.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/tm_headline=so-fara--so-good--&method=full&objectid=18739899&siteid=89520-name_page.html

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Re: England v Scotland
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2007, 10:57:01 AM »
Williams finishes off Scotland from long range
Bill Edgar

England's women have rarely been troubled by Scotland, but yesterday’s nineteenth victory in 20 matches against their neighbours still brought them a significant dose of encouragement in the build-up to the World Cup finals. Having demonstrated their finishing skills in the 6-0 win over Russia on Thursday, they proved their strength in depth at Adams Park, home of Wycombe Wanderers, with a decent 1-0 triumph, despite making eight changes to their starting lineup.

Fara Williams’s winning goal from 35 yards after 30 minutes was out of keeping with a scrappy game, but England’s second string dominated sufficiently for the result to be rarely in doubt. They now face Holland in Swindon on Wednesday to complete a programme of three matches in seven days intended to replicate the intensity of the World Cup finals in China in September.

Williams, one of the three players retained from Thursday’s starting lineup, along with Kelly Smith and Alex Scott, noticed Gemma Fay, the Scotland goalkeeper, was slightly off her line and sent her shot just underneath the bar. The game’s best player, the Everton mid-ield player acknowledged the contrast between yesterday’s match and the stroll against Russia.

“It was always going to be different — England-Scotland is more of a battle. It was physical. They put up a fight and made it hard for us.”

Had the match opened the new Wembley, as had been planned at one stage, the attendance would have been considerably higher than the 2,066 attracted yesterday. The profile of the women’s game would have been enhanced, but England will hope to achieve that task by faring well at the World Cup.

Hope Powell’s team went close to scoring on numerous occasions while limiting chances for Scotland, for whom Julie Fleeting curled a free kick that forced Carly Telford to push the ball on to the bar on her debut in the England goal.

Anna Signeul, the Scotland manager, is impressed by England’s progress. “They are not just fit, they are starting to play really good football,” she said.

England (4-3-3):S Chamberlain (sub: C Telford, 46min) — S Houghton, L Bassett, M Phillip, R Unitt (sub: C Yorston, 78) — F Williams, K Smith (sub: K Chapman, 46), J Scott — S Smith (sub: J Potter, 58), L Sanderson (sub: A Barr, 58), A Scott (sub: L Johnson, 78). Substitutes not used: V Exley, A Asante, M Hickmott, K McDougall

Scotland (4-4-2):G Fay — R Jones, A McDonald, I Dieke, L Ross (sub: J Sommerville, 84) — A Burns, J Love, M Sneddon (sub: K Little, 57), K McBride (sub: D Brolly, 81) — J Fleeting, P Hamill (sub: S Malone, 66). Substitutes not used: J Hutcheson, J Ferguson, S Grant

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article1499823.ece

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Re: England v Scotland
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2007, 11:49:13 AM »
England women salvage Wembley disappointment

Sunday’s friendly between Scotland and England was meant to be a milestone in the women’s game, watched by 60,000 in the first competition at the new Wembley; unfortunately, instead it became the latest in a long line of matches moved elsewhere from the behind-schedule stadium.

Despite the disappointment of travelling to Wycombe rather than the declared “best stadium in the world” and playing in front of a couple thousand rather than the promised record crowds, England came away victors over their neighbours for the nineteenth time in 20 meetings.

Nonetheless, it was a less than assured performance from the England women, who just Thursday had destroyed Russia 6-0. Coach Hope Powell had made several changes to the line-up, choosing to rest some key figures while giving younger players exposure and time on the pitch.

“Making so many changes was bound to have an affect," said Powell, "but even so it was not the best performance. We were the better side overall, but we found it difficult to break them down."

The one breakthrough in the 1-0 victory came in the 30th minute from midfielder Fara Williams, who spotted Scotland keeper Gemma Fay off her line and lobbed her expertly from 35 yards.

The friendly had been scheduled as one of the two warm-up events required before Wembley can be allowed to host May’s FA Cup final. Powell acknowledged her side would still love to play Wembley.

“The priority for the girls is playing for England, wherever the venue is. But of course a match at Wembley would be a wonderful occasion."

Wembley managing director Alex Horne attended the match at Adams Park, and indicated the England women would likely eventually get the chance. “It was disappointing that this game wasn't able to go ahead at Wembley, but I'm keen for the women to play at the stadium and we'll be looking to find a date that fits in with Hope's plans and with other events."

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