|UEFA RESULTS AND ROSTERS|
May 28, 2001
Lacklustre England win against Auld Enemy
England 1 Scotland
Referee:C. Richards (Wales)
by Colin A. Aldis
With many of the UEFA Finals teams selecting opponents well in advance as part of their preparations to the June tournament, England have again turned to Scotland for a 'so-called' friendly match. This was the 16th meeting between the teams, a series dating back to November 1972, in which England have only lost once. Scotland have not scored against their southern neighbours since October 1986.
It was an overcast
day In match 16 for the home team who had to manage without an injured
Scotland started brightly, with a shot by the prolific Julie Fleeting (59 goals in 46 app's) going just over the bar. England then settled, and forced 4 corners on the right, all taken by Sue Smith, with one producing a looping flicked header by Angela Banks which hit the under-side of the bar, and bounced down and was cleared.
In the 13th minute, a shot was clearly handled by Scotland's Nicki Grant, but referee Ceri Richards turned down the penalty appeals. The next chance came from a cross from the right by Karen Burke, and an acrobatic volley by Rachel Yankey, which sent the ball just wide of the left post. England then had to make a change, when captain Mo Marley had to limp off, and she was replaced by Faye White.
Just before the half-hour mark, Julie Fleeting again showed her skill and strength to go clear on the right, but with no support struck a strong shot into the side-netting. Then Scotland had a good spell of pressure, and Julie Fleeting managed to get behind the defence, but her toe-poke shot from 8 metres was blocked by the boot of Pauline Cope. Following the corner, England cleared the ball upfield, to get the winner, with Karen Burke moving it inside to ANGELA BANKS, who easily skipped passed a couple of defenders, and struck a superb lob over Gemma Fay and into the net.
England made 4 changes
at half-time, and soon after, Karen Walker headed a corner towards goal,
and Gemma Fay did well to push the ball away for another corner. After
this, Scotland had much more of the play, and created several chances,
although many were long range shots.
In the 84th minute,
Scotland came close to the equaliser, when Julie Fleeting had a close
range shot, but Faye White managed to deflect
So England kept up a winning streak of 5 matches, and the players will have to wait until Friday, to know if they will make the trip to Germany for the UEFA Finals.
and former Dutch International Vera Pauw, will have been encouraged with
her team's performance, and will continue with
Head Coach: Vera Pauw