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Little goal seals victory over The Netherlands

Wednesday, 13 March 2013


Cyprus Women's Cup - 5th/6th place play-off
Scotland 1-0 The Netherlands
Wednesday 13 March, kick-off 2.00 pm
GSP Stadium, Nicosia

Little, 29

Scotland finished their Cyprus Women's Cup campaign on a high note, after a Kim Little goal sealed victory over The Netherlands.

Anna Signeul's side took fifth place in the 12-team tournament after wins over Italy and The Netherlands, a thrilling 4-4 draw with England, and a 1-0 defeat to New Zealand in the opening match.

Emma Mitchell had an opportunity to put Scotland ahead after 18 minutes, but was halted by defender Mirte Roelvik, who was shown a red card.

The breakthrough came 11 minutes later. Little latched on to a defence-splitting pass from Arsenal team-mate Jennifer Beattie to take the ball past the goalkeeper.

The win was the second in sucession over The Netherlands, after Scotland ran out 2-1 winners at the 2012 Cyprus Women's Cup.

Signeul said: "We can be pleased with our time in Cyprus as a whole this year. Every team we played were above us in the FIFA world rankings, and we have put in some impressive performances.

"I think it says a lot about our development over the last few years that we were disappointed to defeat The Netherlands by only one goal.

"Last year we were thrilled when we defeated them for the first time ever. Today, we feel as though we should have scored more goals.

"We created so many chances, particularly in the first half. The tempo dropped a bit in the second half, but that can be expected after four very tough matches in the last eight days.

"Three of the teams we faced (England, Italy and The Netherlands) have qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro finals this summer, and were using this tournament as part of their final preparations.

"New Zealand, who we faced in the opening match, reached the quarter-finals of the London Olympics last year.

"The experience gained in these matches will serve us well going into the World Cup qualifiers later this year."

Scotland are preparing for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 qualifying campaign, with the draw set to take place on 16 April.

Scotland:
Fay (GK) (C), Brown (McSorley, 59), Lauder, Jones, Beattie, Love (Grant, 59), Sneddon, Crichton (L Ross, 53), Mitchell (Malone, 65), Little, J Ross (J Murray, 75).
Unused subs: Lynn (GK), Docherty.

Photo: Lorraine Hill


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