Scotland women’s national team players Hayley Lauder, Joelle Murray, and Shannon Lynn dropped in to a Scottish FA Easter Camp at Tynecastle Community pitch ahead of their UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 qualifier against Republic of Ireland on Thursday.
The girls camp, run by the Scottish FA in partnership with Big Hearts, Heart of Midlothian’s community trust, gives young players the chance to devlop their football skills in a fun, safe environment.
Hayley Lauder, originally from Livingston and currently playing professionally for Finnish team Aland United, was delighted to pass on tips to the young players.
“It was great to see the girls taking part in their sessions. We had a Q&A with them and they were all really enthusiastic. They will all be at the match on Thursday night, and it’s great to know that so many young fans will be coming along to support us.”
Hayley missed Saturday’s match against Group 4 leaders France due to a knee knock, but she is hoping to be back in action on Thursday.
“I was disappointed to miss the France match. The team put in a great performance against one of the best teams in the world and we hope that will stand us in good stead for Thursday.
“My knee is healing well and I’m hoping to be back in action on Thursday. We’re looking forward to playing at Tynecastle again, and we now that if we get a win we will move up to second place in the group.”
Scotland v Republic of Ireland
Thursday 5 April 2012, kick-off 7 pm
Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh
Tickets available on the gate, priced £5/2
Midfielder Kim Little will be up against some familiar faces when Scotland take on Republic of Ireland on Thursday night.
Four of Kim’s Arsenal team mates, goalkeeper Emma Byrne, Yvonne Tracy, Niamh Fahey and Republic of Ireland captain Ciara Grant will line up against Scotland at Tynecastle in the UEFA Women’s Euro qualifier.
Kim said: “There has been a bit of banter in the Arsenal dressing room. Obviously we’ve got Wales and the Republic of Ireland in our group and we have a few Welsh players as well, so there’s been a fair bit going on.
“It’s all been good, we all just want to get out there, play a good game and hopefully we can come out on top.
“I don’t think it matters that we know each other so well. Every game is different. We’ve played other teams in the group like France a lot so we know all of the teams and players.
“Hopefully we can play better than them on and work harder and pick up the three points on Thursday.
After kicking off the group in style with a 6-1 away win against Israel, Scotland drew 2-2 against Wales at home, and despite a strong performance, were defeated 2-0 by group leaders France on Saturday.
Kim said: “We worked very hard against France and contained them for sixty minutes, but they are a great team. We know we need three points against Ireland, we can’t drop any more points at home after drawing against Wales, so we know we need to score goals and win the game.
“We have five games left and we must be looking to take points from Ireland, Wales and Israel.”
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