Match Reports :-

Scotland Women's Team Held to a Disappointing Draw in Switzerland - Saturday 26 Aug 2006

Despite a good early start and two wonderful goal scoring opportunities created for Scotland captain, Julie Fleeting, which saw her shot and subsequent header go wide of the post, it was her involvement at the other end of the pitch which caused controversy. 

The Swiss, having won their first corner of the game, were awarded a penalty after Fleeting was deemed to have impeded Switzerland’s No11, Sylvie, who stepped up to take the penalty herself and put the Swiss ahead in the 17th minute of the game.

The Scots continued to work hard in the torrential rain conditions, but went in at the break 1-0 down.

Scotland picked up where they left off in the first half by dominating the second period of the game, with constant pressure in the Swiss half of the field, their perseverance and pressure paid dividends in 71 minutes when Captain Julie Fleeting controlled a lofted pass to turn and hit the back of the net from 18 yards.

 Although the Scots continued to press and had the lion’s share of possession in the second half,     they failed to capitalise on their superior possession.

Having previously received a caution in a qualification match, and a yellow card in this match, one of Scotland’s USA based players, Denise Brolly will miss the final qualification match against Germany at McDiarmid Park, Perth on 23 September 2006 (k.o. 14.00 hrs).

Following the match Scotland Coach Anna Signeul said “I am really disappointed with the result especially when we dominated the game, had so much possession, pressure and shots on target, this has been a very disappointing night for all of us”.

Scotland: -Fay, Smith, Dieke, Kerr, Love, Burns (Sommerville), N Grant, Fleeting (Capt), Hamill (McBride), Ross, Brolly (Liddell)
Attendance: 625