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Cameroon 0 Scotland 2 (Beyene og 35, Love 88)
Aberdeen proved to be a welcoming host for its first ever Scotland women's match as the Scots beat Cameroon 2-0 through a bizarre own goal from Ariane Bebey Beyene and a 25-yard lob from captain Joanne Love.
There were first caps for under-19 stars Eilish McSorley and Lana Clelland as the Scots put in a solid performance. Cameroon are based at the Aberdeen Sports Village during their Olympic matches at Hampden and were the hosts for this match.
A physical and althletic challenge was anticipated by the Scots before kick off and the African side didn't disappoint. Amid sporadic downpours and the occasional thunder and lightning, Cameroon's speedy number seven Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene posed an early threat down the right but hometown girl Rachael Small harried well enough to put the talented midfielder off her stride.
Scotland, 21st in the world rankings and on course for a play-off spot in the 2012 Uefa European Qualifiers, are made of resilient qualities. This was epitomised by centre back Rhonda Jones whose organisation of the back line and reading of the game snuffed out several dangerous crosses from the flanks.
The pitch, in immaculate condition, was proving to be a frustrating influence on the game as passes skimmed off the wet surface, making for a stop-start opening half an hour.
The game took a bizarre turn on 35 minutes as Suzanne Grant - back from injury - felled a Cameroon defender on the edge of the hosts' 18-yard box. Confusion reigned as the resultant free kick was hit over keeper Annette Flore Ngo Ndom by number ten Ariane Bebey Beyene and into the net, meaning the Scots were one up without posing any significant threat.
Scotland keeper Shannon Lynn, who has waited patiently on the sidelines for so long, was given a start as veteran Gemma Fay suffered a dislocated finger earlier on the week. She commanded her area well and she had to, such was the regularity of crosses into her box throughout the match.
Cameroon, urged on by a passionate and vibrant support, were playing with little shape and this allowed the Scots - expertly organised by national coach Anna Signuel - to contain them for the majority of the second half. The busy Megan Sneddon and Joanne Love bossed the central midfield areas, no mean feat considering the athleticism of the Cameroonians.
A crowd full of Aberdonians meanwhile cheered on their local players Rachael Small and Rebecca Dempster well. Small provided them with something to shout about in the final fifteen minutes as she made a mazy run down the left flank for cross which was fumbled but then recovered by Ndom.
Not long after, a piece of brilliance from Love sealed victory. Teeing herself up, the Scotland captain created the opportunity for a 25-yard lob which landed into the top right corner of the net.
This Scotland side are displaying a controlled professionalism which will stand them in good stead in September's crucial double header of qualifiers against Wales and France.
Scotland: Shannon Lynn, Rhonda Jones, Rachael Small (sub Nicola Docherty 75mins), Eilish McSorley, Leanne Ross (sub Rebecca Dempster 72mins), Joanne Love, Megan Sneddon, Suzanne Lappin, Suzanne Grant (sub Lana Clelland 64mins), Frankie Brown, Emma Mitchell (sub Emily Thomson 53mins). Subs not used: Khym Ramsay.
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