|Scotland's women managed to secure a 1-1 draw with Greece in Athens this afternoon. This ended a five match losing spell and at the same time scoring their first international goal since August. Space was found in the new defence for debutant Ifeoma Dieke, who plays in the USA for Atlanta Beat. The new system of a flat back four featured Dieke alongside Shelley Kerr, who was playing in her first international since last March. Greece went in at the interval one up thanks to a disputed goal from a header which may not have crossed the line. However, Scotland rallied and took hold of the match from then on. Pauline Hamill grabbed the equaliser early in the second half with her first touch after coming on as a substitute. Scotland could have won the match with players through one-on-one against the home goalkeeper on several occasions, but were happy to settle for a draw. |
The scoring of the equalising goal ended a period of over 500 minutes without a goal for the Scotland team. Their last goal was also scored in Greece, when the two sides met in Patras in August. Scotland coach Vera Pauw said after today's game: "We should have scored more goals but it was the first game in six weeks for many of the players, after the winter break, and it showed. We have to work hard on our new system at the back, but the players did very well. I can promise more goals on Saturday!" The Scotland party had travelled to play a couple of games and will hope to go one (or two or three!) better at the weekend.
Scotland: Johnstone, Barr, Kerr (sub Hamill), Dieke, McBride, Suzanne Grant (sub Gilmour), Sneddon, Love, Cook, Fleeting, McWhinnie.