Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Northern Ireland v Scotland
Kick-off 7.30 pm (UK time)
Pinatar Arena
Live on BBC ALBA

A 1-0 victory over Iceland on matchday two means that Scotland have already won the Pinatar Cup ahead of their final match against Northern Ireland, thanks to other results going their way.

Scotland’s opponents, who are managed by former Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels, have endured a difficult tournament thus far, losing 1-0 and 4-0 to Iceland and Ukraine.

The match is Scotland’s last before they continue their qualification campaign for EURO 2021.

A win would mean Shelley Kerr’s side have won all five of their matches since their exit from the World Cup last summer.

Head to Head

The two sides last met in 2015, when Scotland were 4-0 victors. Jane Ross and Caroline Weir, who have both featured in the Pinatar Cup campaign, both scored a double on that day.

Prior to that meeting in 2015, the two sides faced each other twice in their 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification group. Scotland emerged 2-0 winners in both ties.

Currently Northern Ireland are ranked 56th in the world.

Pre-match thoughts

Rangers defender Nicola Docherty said: “First and foremost it is great to be back in the squad, training has been good this week and the intensity has been high, so I’m delighted to be back after missing the last camp.

“After the World Cup it was important that we got back to winning games which is what we’ve done so far.

“We want to finish our Pinatar Cup campaign on a high. Despite the fact we have already won the tournament we will head into the game with the same mentality we have in previous matches and look to win.”

The tie with Northern Ireland will be Scotland’s final game to prepare for the remainder of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 Qualification campaign.

“Since the World Cup we’ve had a real desire to qualify for the Euros. After being knocked out we instantly wanted to get back on the pitch and win games.

“The World Cup was just an incredible thing to be part of and I still can’t really believe what happened in the last game. We want to put things right and qualifying for the Euros would be massive for us.

“With the tournament being held in England It would be amazing to qualify as we would have a huge backing from the fans.”

Pinatar Cup Fixtures and Results

Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Northern Ireland 0-1 Iceland
Kick-off 2pm (UK time)
Pinatar Arena

Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Ukraine 0-3 Scotland
Kick-off 6pm (UK time)
Pinatar Arena

Saturday, 7 March 2020
Scotland 1-0 Iceland
Kick-off 2pm (UK time)
Pinatar Arena

Saturday, 7 March 2020
Ukraine 4-0 Northern Ireland
Kick-off 6pm (UK time)
Pinatar Arena

Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Iceland v Ukraine
Kick-off 2pm (UK time)
Pinatar Arena

Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Northern Ireland v Scotland
Kick-off 7.30 pm (UK time)
Pinatar Arena
Live on BBC ALBA

Scotland Squad

Goalkeepers
Lee Alexander (Glasgow City)
Jenna Fife (Rangers FC)
Shannon Lynn (Vittsjö GIK)

Defenders
Nicola Docherty (Rangers)
Rachel Corsie (Utah Royals)
Hannah Godfrey (Tottenham Hotspur)
Sophie Howard (Reading)
Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City)
Emma Mitchell (Tottenham Hotspur*)
Kirsty Smith (Manchester United)

Midfielders
Lizzie Arnot (Manchester United)
Rachael Boyle (Hibernian)
Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City)
Lucy Graham (Everton)
Sam Kerr (Glasgow City)
Amy Muir (Hibernian)
Christie Murray (Liverpool)
Caroline Weir (Manchester City)

Forwards
Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea)
Claire Emslie (Melbourne City**)
Lisa Evans (Arsenal)
Abbi Grant (Birmingham City)
Jane Ross (Manchester United)
Martha Thomas (West Ham United)

*On Loan from Arsenal Women
**On Loan from Orlando Pride

By Joshua Barrie