Scotland v Cyprus
UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 Qualifier
Friday, 30th September 2019, kick-off 7.35pm
Easter Road, Edinburgh
Scotland will play their first match since this summer’s World Cup against Cyprus on Friday evening.
After an inspiring summer which saw the Scotland Women’s National Team play in FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time, Friday’s game marks the start of a fresh campaign, as Shelley Kerr’s side aim to secure a place at UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 in England.
The fixture is Scotland’s first in their EURO 2021 qualification group. As well as Cyprus we will face Finland, Portugal and Albania in Group E.
Each group winner will secure a place at EURO 2021, whilst the three runners up with the highest points tally will also book their slot in the finals. The remaining six runners up will contest a play-off to decide the final three qualification spots.
Opponents Cyprus have never qualified for a major tournament. Their last game was a 6-1 friendly defeat to Hungary in June. This will be the first competitive meeting between the sides.
Shelley Kerr has kept her faith in the players that represented Scotland at the World Cup, with her squad relatively unchanged from the summer. Rachel McLauchlan, Lucy Graham, Sam Kerr, Abbi Grant, Abi Harrison and Zoe Ness are all called up. Lana Clelland and Christie Murray were both members of the World Cup squad but miss out due to injury.
Jamie-Lee Napier is also a new addition to the squad. She received a late call up after injuries forced Erin Cuthbert and Fiona Brown to withdraw from the squad. Hibernian teammate Amy Muir was also selected alongside Napier but was forced pull out due to an injury sustained in Hibernian’s Edinburgh Derby victory over Hearts on Sunday.
Nicola Docherty was an integral part of the Scotland team at the World Cup. The Glasgow City defender spoke before the match about the squad’s ambition to qualify for another major tournament.
She said: “To represent Scotland at a World Cup was a dream come true, it was made that little more special being the first Scotland women’s team ever to qualify. Undoubtedly it is the proudest achievement of my life.
“Naturally we were devastated with the way we were knocked out of the tournament. Ever since we’ve been desperate to have another game and bounce back.
“The whole squad is really looking forward to the game against Cyprus in front of a strong crowd at Easter Road, especially after the attendance we had for the send-off game at Hampden before the World Cup.
“We want to keep building on the momentum we’ve created and hopefully get our qualification campaign off to a good start.
“The World Cup was amazing but it’s now time to make our next steps as a team create our next adventure.”
Tickets can be bought online HERE. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2 for concessions. You can purchase online and print at home, or send an eTicket to your phone.
All supporters are advised to buy online to avoid queues on the night. Tickets are on sale online until kick-off.
On the night, supporters will be able to buy from three windows at the ticket office, and from the West ticket pod, situated outside the West Stand – there will not be a cash turnstile.
Scotland Supporters Club Members should go to the ticket office prior to the match, to present their card and receive their ticket.
How to follow the match
The match will be live on BBC ALBA and BBC Sport online.
You can also keep up to date with the match via our Twitter feed, @ScotlandNT