Wales 0-1 Scotland
Tuesday 15 June 2021, kick-off 7.15pm (UK time)
Parc y Scarlets, Llanellii, WalesScore
Scotland: Cuthbert (58)
Scotland Women’s National Team ended their international double header with a victorious 1-0 victory over Wales.
Despite a successful camp in April for Wales where they won and drew with Canada and Denmark respectfully, an error by their goalkeeper O’Sullivan which was capitalised on by Cuthbert ensured Stuart McLaren and the team preserved their undefeated title in seven games against the Welsh side.
Scotland had plenty of positives to take from this international double-header where they also won 1-0 against Northern Ireland last week, giving them a boost of confidence as they now turn their focus to the World Cup qualifiers in September.
Experienced players Rachel Corsie, Kim Little and Erin Cuthbert were back in Scotland’s starting XI, along with new faces to the squad Brianna Westrup and Christy Grimshaw.
As it happened
A goal from Cuthbert was enough for Scotland to take the win against Wales in Llanellii. The end to end play saw good opportunities from both sides, but Scotland managed to take their chance after an error by O’Sullivan which led to the only goal of the game.
An early attempt from Fishlock from a distance set the pace for the game. The biggest opportunity in the first half came from a tremendous strike from Cuthbert which hit the crossbar and bounced of the line. The ball then landed at Little’s feet but was then ultimately saved by O’Sullivan.
Weir was gathering pace to break through a strong Welsh defence, Little had some good attempts on target but was outnumbered in the box, and Emslie had some opportunities that was comfortably saved by the Welsh goalkeeper. Scotland had some great opportunities, but just couldn’t find the back of the net.
Wales had several promising attacks in the first half, but between Corsie’s defending and Lee Alexander’s saves, the pair were making it difficult for the Welsh side.
Scotland came out in the attack in the second half with Cuthbert opening scoring by capitalising on an error made by the Welsh goalkeeper. This was quickly followed by an attempt from Emslie which just went wide of the goal.
The home side retaliated with strong build-up, and a fierce shot on target came from Harding, but was well defended by Corsie to knock it over the goal frame and out of play. The Welsh side also had a good opportunity with a free kick just outside the 18 yard, which was whipped in by Rowe but fell comfortably into Alexanders hands.
The Scotland team can take a lot of positives from their friendly games against Northern Ireland and Wales, as they aim for World Cup qualification.
Scotland Women’s National Team will be back in camp in September for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers, with their first game away to Hungary before the play Faroe Islands at home.
Wales: O’Sullivan (Clark, 74), Ingle (c), Evans, Josie Green (Esther Morgan, 66), James, Fishlock, Jones (Walters, 74), Kayleigh Green (Ffion Morgan, 90), Harding, Rowe, Rhiannon Roberts
Unused substitutes: Filbey, Williams, Clark, Ladd, Hughes, Estcourt, Roberts, Soper, Francis-Jones, Walters, Wynne, Ward, Woodham
Scotland: Alexander (GK), Smith, Westrup, Corsie (c), Brown (Arnot, 76), Graham, Weir, Little, Cuthbert (Murray, 91), Emslie, Grimshaw (McLauchlan, 57)
Unused subs: Robertson, Cumings, Eddie, Arthur, Howard, Docherty, Clelland, Hanson, Fife