Scotland's good unbeaten run in the their World Cup qualifying group came to an end last night at Rugby Park thanks to a fine free kick goal from Line Roddik Hansen. Despite the World Cup delights available on the box, a healthy crowd 1,572 fans turned up to see live football in Scotland. The Danish supporters were rather out numbered but that did not seem to faze their national team.
While Scotland were very busy with some neat football there was a lack of penetration or efforts on goal that troubled Tine Cederkvist Viskaer in the visitors goal. There was one shot of note from player of the game Kim Little worthy of not in just five minutes as it was good to see a good shot towards goal that did not head skywards like many in the games being beamed from South Africa. Little was worthy of the accolade awarded at the end of the game as she was a dynamo of action and close control throughout the game. As the game moved on Denmark proved they were not there just to make up the numbers with some very neat interplay which left Scotland chasing shadows. The warning signs were there that a goal was most likely to come from the visitors when Johanna Rasmussen out on the left spotted Gemma Fay just a bit out of her goal. Rasmussen lobbed the ball to the far post and Fay just managed to ger her hand to it as she frantically backpedalled. The goal finally came in the 24 minute when the Danes were awarded a free kick some 29 yards out. Hansen was not put off by the five player wall and calmly floated the ball into Fay's left hand side of the goal with the keeper rooted to the spot.
This goal seemed to take a lot out of Scotland's will to win and the Danes managed to cope well with the chances Scotland created - which to be fair were not that many. Julie Fleeting, Scotland's top scorer, was off the pace and having a bad day at the office. Granted the service to her was not that fantastic.
The result means that Scotland are still second in Group 3, four points behind Denmark but with a game in hand.