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Scotland round up Cyprus Cup with Welsh victory

Wednesday, 08 March 2017


After a hectic last eight days, Scotland rounded up their 2017 Cyprus Cup journey with a victory on penalties over Wales.

 

Despite dominating the second-half, Scotland were unable to break the deadlock and it went to penalties to decide who would finish fifth in this year’s competition.

 

Substitute Frankie Brown stepped up to seal the 6-5 win for Scotland in a shoot-out where Shannon Lynn also saved a penalty.

 

Anna Signeul’s team now take on Belgium in an April friendly as preparations for Euro 2017 continue.

 

At the venue of Scotland’s 1-1 January draw with Denmark, Rachel McLauchlan made her first start and looked composed on the ball, showing great awareness to thwart attacks and play promising balls forward to the midfield.

 

25 minutes into the game Scotland had their first sniff of goal when Kirsty Smith saw a rasping dive tipped over the bar.

 

Seven minutes later Scotland received a set-back when Hibernian Captain Joelle Murray was forced off through injury and Frankie Brown came into the centre of defence.

 

With the scores goalless at the break, Jane Ross came on, searching for her 50th Scotland goal.

 

She was close to scoring it after 61 minutes when she saw a shot trundle wide, having found room in the box.

 

Moments later, fellow substitute Lisa Evans cracked the ball off the crossbar and the rebound fell to Jane who failed to direct it anywhere apart from the goalkeeper’s arms.

 

With 10 minutes remaining Jane Ross went close again, smashing the ball narrowly over the bar but the match was to be decided on penalties.

 

Jane Ross, Lisa Evans, Lizzie Arnot, Leanne Crichton and Fiona Brown all scored and Frankie Brown was presented the chance to win the match which she duly despatched for Scotland to win 6-5.

 

Afterwards, shot stopper Shannon Lynn, who has played in all four Cyprus Cup games said: “We really grew into the game and had a lot of chances in the second-half that we should have finished. 

 

“Our main goal was to keep a clean sheet so to do that was brilliant.

 

“The penalties were exciting and gave us practice in that situation. I managed to save one too, which was nice.

 

“The last four games gave us experience of playing lots of games in a short space of time which is something we can take into Euro 2017. It’s been a really positive experience as a whole.”

 

SCOTLAND | Shannon Lynn, Rachel McLauchlan, Ifeoma Dieke, Joelle Murray (Frankie Brown, 32), Kirsty Smith, Leanne Ross (Fiona Brown, 80), Leanne Crichton, Caroline Weir, Lizzie Arnot, Christie Murray (Lisa Evans, 57) Erin Cuthbert (Jane Ross, 45).

 

Unused substitutes: Gemma Fay, Lee Alexander.

 

 


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