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(Scotland won 6-5 on penalties)>
Scotland 0 Wales 0
(Scotland won 6-5 on penalties)
After a hectic last eight days, Scotland rounded up their 2017 Cyprus Cup journey with a victory on penalties over Wales.
Despite dominating the second half, Scotland were unable to break the deadlock and it went to penalties to decide who would finish fifth in this year's competition.
Substitute Frankie Brown stepped up to seal the 6-5 win for Scotland in a shootout where Shannon Lynn also saved a penalty.
Rachel McLauchlan made her first start for Scotland and looked composed on the ball, showing great awareness to thwart attacks and play promising balls forward to the midfield. Emma Beynon also made her senior debut for Wales in the match.
25 minutes into the game, Scotland had their first sniff of goal when Kirsty Smith saw a rasping dive tipped over the bar by Lauren O'Sullivan.
Seven minutes later Scotland received a setback when Hibernian Captain Joelle Murray was forced off through injury and Frankie Brown came into the centre of defence.
Wales finished the first half strongly but without really troubling the Scotland goal apart from one well struck effort from Natasha Harding which was just over.
With the scores goalless at the break, Jane Ross came on, searching for her 50th Scotland goal. She was close to scoring it after 61 minutes when she saw a shot trundle wide, having found room in the box.
Moments later, fellow substitute Lisa Evans cracked the ball off the crossbar and the rebound fell to Jane Ross who failed to direct it anywhere apart from the goalkeeper's arms.
With ten minutes remaining Jane Ross went close again, smashing the ball narrowly over the bar but the match was to be decided on penalties.
Jane Ross, Lisa Evans, Lizzie Arnot, Leanne Crichton and Fiona Brown all scored for Scotland with Wales also finding the net through Georgia Evans, Melissa Fletcher, Angharad James, Nadia Lawrence and Hannah Miles. However when going to sudden death, Amina Vine missed and Frankie Brown was presented the chance to win the match which she duly despatched for Scotland to win 6-5.
Afterwards, shot stopper Shannon Lynn, who has played in all four Cyprus Cup games told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "We really grew into the game and had a lot of chances in the second half that we should have finished.
"Our main goal was to keep a clean sheet so to do that was brilliant.
"The penalties were exciting and gave us practice in that situation. I managed to save one too, which was nice.
"The last four games gave us experience of playing lots of games in a short space of time which is something we can take into Euro 2017. It's been a really positive experience as a whole."
Wales manager Jayne Ludlow told faw.cymru: "0-0 against a team that are ranked at least 10 places above us in the rankings, a team who are now going to a major championship final, for us to compete and compete well against that level has been fantastic.
"We've come out of a group where we've been playing teams in and around us rankings wise. Those teams have struggled today against teams around twenty to thirty ranked in the world, we haven't which is great. The other teams have got at least three goals today. We've managed to cope against a team that on paper is a stronger outfit than us right now."
Shannon Lynn, Rachel McLauchlan, Ifeoma Dieke, Joelle Murray (sub Frankie Brown 32mins), Kirsty Smith, Leanne Ross (sub Fiona Brown 80mins), Leanne Crichton, Caroline Weir, Lizzie Arnot, Christie Murray (sub Lisa Evans 57mins), Erin Cuthbert (sub Jane Ross 45mins).
Lauren O'Sullivan, Natasha Harding (sub Hannah Miles 58mins), Hayley Ladd, Sophie Ingle, Gemma Evans (sub Amina Vine 72mins), Georgia Evans, Jessica Fishlock (sub Angharad James 45mins), Rachel Rowe (sub Bronwen Thomas 77mins), Emma Beynon (sub Charlie Estcourt 45mins), Nadia Lawrence, Kayleigh Green (sub Melissa Fletcher 45mins).
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