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Scotland 1 (Cuthbert 58)
at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli>
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Cuthbert goal secures Scotland victory
 Women's Football Scotland International News - 22 Jun 2021
 
Wales 0
Scotland 1 (Cuthbert 58)
at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

Scotland ended their international double header with a 1-0 victory over Wales, having beaten Northern Ireland by the same scoreline a few days earlier.
 
An error by Wales goalkeeper Laura O'Sullivan, which was capitalised on by Cuthbert, ensured Stuart McLaren and the team preserved their unbeaten run of seven games against the Welsh side.
 
Scotland had plenty of positives to take from this international double header where they also won 1-0 against Northern Ireland last week, giving them a boost of confidence as they now turn their focus to the World Cup qualifiers in September.
 
Wales gave a first senior start to 17-year-old Carrie Jones and also handed out a debut to goalkeeper Olivia Jones during the course of the game, whilst experienced players Rachel Corsie, Kim Little and Erin Cuthbert were back in Scotland's starting eleven, along with new faces to the squad, Brianna Westrup and Christy Grimshaw.
 
An early attempt from Jessica Fishlock from a distance set the pace for the game. The biggest opportunity in the first half came from a tremendous strike from Cuthbert which hit the bar and bounced off the line. The ball then landed at Kim Little's feet but was then ultimately saved by O'Sullivan.
 
Caroline Weir was gathering pace to break through a strong Welsh defence, Little had some good attempts on target but was outnumbered in the box, and Emslie had some opportunities that was comfortably saved by O'Sullivan. Scotland had some great opportunities, but just couldn't find the back of the net.
 
Wales meanwhile had several promising attacks in the first half, but between Rachel Corsie's defending and Lee Alexander's saves, the pair were making it difficult for the Welsh side.
 
Scotland came out on the attack in the second half with Cuthbert opening the scoring just before the hour mark by capitalising on an error made by O'Sullivan. This was quickly followed by an attempt from Claire Emslie which just went wide of the goal.
 
The home side retaliated with strong build up, and a fierce shot on target came from Natasha Harding, but was well defended by Corsie to knock it over the goal frame and out of play. The Welsh side also had a good opportunity with a free kick just outside the area, which was whipped in by Rachel Rowe but fell comfortably into Alexander's hands.
 
Wales: Laura O'Sullivan (sub Olivia Clark 74mins), Sophie Ingle, Gemma Evans, Josie Green (sub Esther Morgan 66mins), Angharad James, Jessica Fishlock, Carrie Jones (sub Georgia Walters 74mins), Kayleigh Green (sub Ffion Morgan 90mins), Natasha Harding, Rachel Rowe, Rhiannon Roberts. Subs not used: Anna Filbey, Chloe Williams, Hayley Ladd, Elise Hughes, Charlie Estcourt, Bethan Roberts, Poppy Soper, Maria Francis-Jones, Megan Wynne, Helen Ward, Lily Woodham.
 
Scotland: Lee Alexander, Kirsty Smith, Brianna Westrup, Rachel Corsie, Fiona Brown (sub Lizzie Arnot 76mins), Lucy Graham, Caroline Weir, Kim Little, Erin Cuthbert (sub Christie Murray 90mins), Claire Emslie, Christy Grimshaw (sub Rachael McLauchlan 57mins). Subs not used: Lisa Robertson, Eartha Cumings, Leah Eddie, Chloe Arthur, Sophie Howard, Nicola Docherty, Lana Clelland, Kirsty Hanson, Jenna Fife.
 
(www.scottishfa.co.uk)

 

 
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