The English Lionesses Win against their Scottish Rivals

11 Jun

What’s more exciting than an ancient rivalry playing out on the pitch? Yes, England was the heavy favorite and yes, when it comes to Olympic play, players are often on the same team but this match up was anticipated by many for the drama of an old grudge playing out in front of the world audience.

The early minutes of the match were wide open with good runs by both sides. And of course, VAR had its part to play. Kirby’s ball hit Docherty’s arm and a penalty was awarded. Parris took it and scored.

For the next ten minutes or so, England had most of the possession and the coordination and understanding with Bronze, Parris and White left Scotland scrambling a bit. White scored in the 23rd minute but it was called offsides. However, she found the net again after poor defending by the Scots.

White scored again immediately in the second half but again, it was called offsides.

Scotland had few answers to the possession and skill of England until just before the hour mark when Emslie finally had a shot on goal and Little started to have greater influence in the midfield. Cuthbert also had some good runs, though she was completely on her own with little help from her teammates. However, it is not until the 79th minute that Emslie was finally able to score.

England were able to hold their shape after that goal and Scotland could not get past their own half. It is an admirable effort but the English were just too strong. It will make for an interesting match up when the Scots meet the Japanese on Thursday before England play Argentina.

Allianz Riviera, Nice, France
Attendance: 13, 188
Referees: Jana Adamkova (CZE), Lucie Ratajova (CZE) Maria Sukenikova (SVK), Anastasia Pustovoytova (RUS)

Lineups:
ENG: Bardsley, Greenwood, Bronze, Houghton (Captain), Bright (McManus 57’), Walsh, Scott, Kirby (Stanway 82’), Parris, Mead (Carney, 71’), White
SCO: Alexander, Docherty (Smith 55’), Corsie (Captain), Beattie, Howard (Arthur 75’), Emslie, Little, Weir, Murray (Arnot 87’), Evans, Cuthbert

– ForzaSusan

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