Scotland Women beat Dutch 2-1 in Cyprus Cup


The Dutch had the best of the early possession, but they failed to test Scotland keeper Shannon Lynn however when she was called upon she dived bravely at the feet of Manon Melis to deny the Dutch.

However it wasn’t long before the Dutch made the breakthrough half way through the first 45 minutes. Lynn tipped a free kick over the bar, but from the resulting corner Sherida Spitse headed into the back of the Scotland goals.

Less than two minutes later though Scotland equalised, Arsenal’s Jennifer Beattie headed the ball into the path of Hayley Lauder on the left flank, before she sent a low cross into the box only to see the ball turned into the back of the net for an own goal.

Melis was through on goal just before the half hour mark, after a fine pass from Tessa Oudejans, but her shot went the wrong side of the post and Shannon Lynn looked on with relief.

City striker Lisa Evans missed a glorious chance to give Scotland the lead early in the second half, as she capitalised on a mistake by Sylvia Smit which left Evans one on one with Christ in the Dutch goal, but her shot went past the post.

Almost immediately Evans teed up Hayley Lauder on the right to fire home from close range on 59 minutes.

That goal lit a fire under Holland as they pushed forward looking to bring the scores level. Right back Dyanne Bito hit the bar, but Scotland could have extended their lead just before the 80 minute mark.

Evans reached the byline before cutting the ball back to City team-mate Leanne Ross, but the midfielder’s goal bound shot was cleared off the line by defender Mirte Roelvink.

The remaining minutes saw Scotland pegged back once more as the Dutch looked to secure at least a point, Lynn denied Nangila van Eyck and the keeper was the hero when she pulled off an injury time save to deny Oudejans and secure Scotland’s first ever win over the Dutch.

After the match, Scotland coach Anna Signeul was delighted with the victory, she said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to get three points. This is a very tough group, with all the other teams ranked well above us, so it was great to bounce back so quickly.

“To beat Holland for the first time is a great achievement and I thought our substitutes brought a freshness to the team which allowed us to hold on for the win.”

Scotland: Lynn; Jones, Corsie, Dieke, Small (Fernon 35); Love, Little, Sneddon (L Ross 50), Lauder (Grant 69); Beattie (Murray 82), J Ross (Evans 55).


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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