Scotland striker Jane Ross was delighted with yesterday’s Cyprus Cup victory over the Republic of Korea and wants to finish the tournament on a high against the Netherlands tomorrow.
Christie Murray’s late strike secured Scotland’s first win in this year’s tournament, and the Vittsjö striker believes it was a well-earned result in searing heat.
Speaking to the Scottish FA website, Ross said: “I think it was a good performance yesterday, and it was really pleasing to come away with our first win of the tournament.
“It was obviously a really hot day, but it was the same for both teams. We both had to play in those conditions, so it didn’t really act as an disadvantage for us.
“It didn’t influence our approach to the game. We played our style of football yesterday, and it meant that we got the result.”
Both sides went into the final match of Group A without a victory, and the Koreans were attacking in numbers towards the end of the match. Despite the intensity of their opponent’s play, Ross was pleased with how the Scots stuck to their own game plan.
“The Koreans were pushing forward more in the second half, especially in the latter stages when we took the lead,” she said.
“They threw everything they had at us, but we stayed cool and stuck to our own game plan.
“Everyone was focused and determined on doing what they had to do to get the result, which is obviously really pleasing.”
The Cyprus Cup has become an established part of the international women’s football calendar, with twelve nations competing at the tournament. Many, including three of Scotland’s four opponents, will feature in this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. It is a competition that Ross believes is important for both the development of the team, as well as players.
She said: “A tournament like this in Cyprus is great as it allows coaches to try different formations and different players.
“There’s been a lot of changes in the three games that we’ve played, and there has been plenty of positives, both in terms of individual player performances and collectively as a squad.”
Scotland’s final match is against the Netherlands, who provide an all too familiar opponent. Scotland were knocked out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup play-offs by the Dutch in October, however Anna Signeul’s team won 4-3 against them in last year’s tournament.
Ross said: “We’ve played the Netherlands quite a few times in the last few years, and we know how good a team they are. We’ll be going into the match as we do any other game, and that is to win.
“We want to finish this tournament on a high, and that is what we aim to do.”
Netherlands – Match Preview
Cyprus Cup best – Runner-up 2011
The Netherlands are one of just three teams, including Scotland, to have played in every Cyprus Cup competition since the first in 2008. A 1-1 draw against England on Monday pits the country into the 7/8 play-off position against Scotland – who also finished 3rd in their group. The last time the two countries met in Cyprus Cup action last year the game ended 4-3 to Scotland.
Cyprus Cup Group B results
Netherlands 0-1 Australia – 4 March 2015
Finland 0-0 Netherlands – 6 March 2015
Netherlands 1-1 England - 9 March 2015
Keep an eye on @ScottishFA for score updates and match report from Cyprus from 11am tomorrow