No Dutch Treat For Scotland

Last updated : 02 October 2003 By Ed_ScottishFitba

Disappointment for Vera Pauw
Scotland's women lost out to Holland after the visitors scored a goal in each half at the City Stadium Livingston last night (Wednesday). This was the last of Scotland's friendly matches before their European Championship qualifier against the Czech Republic on October 19. Not a good way to prepare for that game. gave victory to Holland over Scotland in a women's international at Livingston last night. Scotland were confident of putting one over their coach's home team after they had fought out a 0-0 draw with Holland in their last meeting. Coach Vera Pauw was desperate to get one over her home country and give the Scots a massive boast ahead of the next big hurdle in the Czech Republic. However, a goal in 19 minutes from their captain Cindy Burger and another just four minutes after the break from substitute Ellen van Bergen sealed the win.

The first goal was against the run of play and nothing appeared to go right for the home side from then on. Pauline Hammill - one of five Hibs players to make the starting line up - had the chance to gift Scotland the lead when she threw herself at a Julie Fleeting cross. However, she only managed to get herself tangled in the net. When captain Fleeting missed from the spot you knew nothing was going to happen for the home side. Hammill was awarded the Safeway player of the match which was watched by 899 fans.

Scotland: Gemma Fay, Michell Barr (Julie Smith), Stacey Cook, Mandy Burns, Kirsty McBride, Megan Sneddon, Jo Love, Pauline Hammill, Suzanne Grant (Maz Pearson), Julie Fleeting, Debbie McWhinnie.

Subs not used: Julie Ferguson, Mhairi Gilmour, Shelley Grant, Suzanne Malone, Julie Ralph, Suzy Robertson.

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