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Scotland beat Holland for first time
 Women's Football News 2 Mar 2012
 
Scotland 2 (J.Ross 25, Lauder 59) Holland 1 (Spitse 24)
at the GSP Stadium, Nicosia

Scotland came from behind in Nicosia to record a historic first win over Holland and get their Cyprus Women's Cup campaign back on track. 
 
A goal in each half flattened the Dutch and the teams now have three points from their opening two games. Canada, who beat Scotland 5-1 in Larnaca on Tuesday, lead Group B.
 
"It's absolutely fantastic to get three points," said a delighted Scotland coach Anna Signeul. "This is a very tough group, with all the other teams ranked well above us, so it was great to bounce back so quickly.
 
"To beat Holland for the first time is a great achievement and I thought our substitutes brought a freshness to the team which allowed us to hold on for the win."
 
Signeul made two changes, and several positional ones, from the side which had lost to Canada. Hibs goalkeeper Shannon Lynn came in for Gemma Fay, while Leanne Ross dropped out to make way for Rhonda Jones.
 
Holland had all the early possession, trying to goad the Scots forward as the passed the ball about at the back. There wasn't much early action for Lynn, but she showed her mettle when she dived at the feet of Dutch danger woman Manon Melis.
 
The game was compressed in midfield, but the Dutch finally made a breakthrough midway through the half. Lynn tipped a fierce free kick from outstanding midfielder Sherida Spitse over the bar, but from the corner the ball was only cleared as far as the same player and her header looped into the top of the Scotland net.
 
Just over a minute later Scotland equalised. Jennifer Beattie had seen very little of the ball in the first half but shortly after the restart she headed the ball into the path of Hayley Lauder on the left and her low cross was bundled into the net by the Dutch defence under pressure from Glasgow City striker Jane Ross.
 
Containing Melis was key to Scotland's strategy but she was put in the clear by Tessa Oudejans after 27 minutes and Lynn was grateful to see her low shot slip past the post. The last fifteen minutes were much the same as the first, with plenty of Dutch possession but little action at either end.
 
Both sides had made three substitutions when Scotland took the lead after 59 minutes. The most recent replacement, Lisa Evans, squandered a great opportunity when a bad mistake by Sylvia Smit left her one on one with Dutch goalkeeper Angela Christ.
 
When Evans' shot slipped past the post it looked like a bad omen, but she made amends almost immediately by sending in a low cross from the right to allow Lauder to score from close range.
 
Holland came back strongly and right back Dyanne Bito rattled the bar with a fine shot, but it was Scotland who nearly extended their lead after 76 minutes. Evans used her speed to get to the byline and cut the ball back for another substitute, Leanne Ross. The midfielder hit a well placed shot, but defender Mirte Roelvink somehow managed to clear off the line.
 
Having survived that scare, Holland pressed forward and the remaining minutes were fraught for the Scots. Lynn made an excellent save from Nangila van Eyck with 12 minutes remaining, but it was her equally fine stop from Oudejans in injury time which ensured that Scotland held on for their historic win.
 
Scotland: Shannon Lynn, Rhonda Jones, Rachel Corsie, Ifeoma Dieke, Rachael Small (sub Emma Fernon 35mins), Joanne Love, Kim Little, Megan Sneddon (sub Leanne Ross 50mins), Hayley Lauder (sub Suzanne Grant 69mins), Jennifer Beattie (sub Christie Murray 82mins), Jane Ross (sub Lisa Evans 55mins)

(www.scottishfa.co.uk)


 
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