A second-half Linda Sällström goal saw Scotland slip to a narrow defeat against Finland in the first game of an international challenge match double-header.

With Glasgow City captain Rachel Corsie missing from the centre of defence, Rachael Small stepped in to partner Ifeoma Dieke, and Scotland initially coped well with Finland’s long-ball tactics.

But after an even first half, Sällström broke the deadlock on 65 minutes, getting on the end of a cross across the box to head into the top corner. 

Scotland national coach Anna Signeul said: “We are disappointed to lose, especially after two good performances in our recent friendly wins over Switzerland and Belgium. But we have the chance to bounce back immediately when we host Finland in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

“We competed very well for most of the match, which is pleasing in an away game against a team who are above us in the rankings.


“They were looking to play the long-ball all the time, which made it difficult for our midfield to get into the game.


“We showed some very good link-up play in spells but we need to be more composed when we’re in possession. 

“What I would say is that we defended very well and were disappointed to concede, although to be fair it was a very good header. 

“We will be looking to dictate the play more on Wednesday night and I’m sure it will be a very different game.”



Fay (Cpt), Jones (Brown, 81), Beattie, Dieke, L Ross (Grant, 58), Little, Sneddon, J Ross (Marshall, 90), Small, Fernon (Murray, 78), Lauder.

Unused Subs Lynn, Fleeting, Docherty.

Scotland now play Finland at Tynecastle Stadium on Wednesday in their final warm-up game before the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 qualifiers kick-off with a visit to Israel on 12 October.

Vauxhall Women’s International Challenge Match
Scotland v Finland
Wednesday 21 September, kick-off 7.30 pm
Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh
Tickets available on the gate, priced £5/£2


Source: scottishfa.co.uk




  1. gromit 9 years ago

    Well… the line displayed so far and preceding the creation of a new pro league is exactly the same than the one which was given at the creation of WPS : prudence, local grass roots approach, lower expectations than with the former WUSA, humbleness, going step by step, etc.
    Really good things indeed but which didn’t work before. The only real new things, as far as I know, are the will to work closer with MSL (not sure it’s a very good idea), and to have the international players being payed  by USFA and then become in some way their employees. At least, on this last point, the hypocrisy of having a full-time USNT functionning like a club without saying it (since today the players officially belong to a club they play for almost never), will be suppressed.

    I disagree with you @Jonathan, when you say that national FA (out of USA) should follow the US model instead of complaining about the over-long US NT’s training camps and see them as “unfair”. You know, it can happen that countries in the World don’t see US system as a systematic model (and not only in Football) ;o) It’s very important to keep the Football alive all the year round everywhere in our countries. That means giving a big priority to the various championships and leagues. For us for instance, Europeans, NT’s are the “windows” of the national football. But the core of it are the clubs. It seems very different in USA and, of course I respect this difference. Nothing is more important for you that the NT. Actually it even seems that the majority of Women’s Soccer US fans don’t really give a damn about the championship. The attendance average for the WPS was just above 3,000. It’s three time what it is in France, right, but Women’s Football is not the first Women’s collective sports in France, far from that. It is in USA. You have more or less 3 millions girls playing Soccer, when there are 60,000 in France. But I’m afraid that in Usa, Women’s Soccer as a “show” (that is out of personal practice) is only interesting as far as it can feed national pride. That is USNT’s success. And I think – it’s my personal opinion – that it is due to a complete lack of club culture, as I already wrote somewhere else on WSU. You don’t really know what is a “Club” in the European or South American meaning. With its history, tradition. You have franchise instead, which are more commercial brands that you can buy and even move from one side of the country to the other, like any corporate. How can you deeply root public’s loyalty to a team in those conditions ? In England, Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Italy, etc., you were born supporting a club and you’ll die supporting this same club, whatever can happen to it. It’s cultural. I think – maybe I’m wrong and then you’ll correct me – that in Usa you support a team according to the players that its owner decide to buy for the two or three next years.

    Of course, I wish big success to this new attempt of creating a Pro League since it is what the players and fans expect. But, to be completely honest, if it fails, I won’t cry or feel desperate because I’m certain that Women’s Football future is clearly not in the Usa but where it was born and reborn, in Europe and also in Asia, Africa and (I hope) in the rest of America.

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