WOMEN REACH CUP FINAL
Monday, 19 April 1999
Scotlands Women international team ended the Varna Tournament in a highly creditable second place, after contesting the final against Russia.
coming from behind to equalise with a Rhonda Jones goal in the second half. In the penalty shoot-out, Scotlands first three kicks were successful, while Korea missed one and Gemma Fay had two excellent saves, so Scotland went through on a 3-0 score.
Sundays final was Scotlands fifth game in six days, and coach Vera Pauw said that the players simply ran out of energy in going down 3-0 to Russia. The nearest the Scots came to scoring was a penalty kick which was missed by Linda Brown.
However, Vera was clearly delighted at the progress being made by the team in reaching their first tournament final, and there was at least one success to celebrate in Bulgaria, with Julie Fleeting being voted Best Player of the Tournament. In the semi-final on Saturday, they drew 1-1 with Korea.