Scotland 5 Switzerland 0

21 August 2011 06:31
Scotland's women got their preparations for the EURO2013 qualifying campaign off to a flyer. Falkirk Stadium welcomed Scotland and Switzerland's women's A teams for a challenge game which is a warm up for the UEFA Womens EURO2013 campaign. Coach Anna Signeu was keen to get her team ready for the challenges of the qualifying games and today set them up for the game on Tuesday against Belgium at the same venue. The sun was threatening to break out for most of the game with just a slight breeze which did not bother Scotland as they ran out 5-0 winners without really breaking sweat. The damage was done in the first half with four goals for the home side thanks to Jane Ross (two), Julie Fleeting and Kim Little with a penalty. A high pitched chant of 'We want five' welled up from the crowd just before half time. They got their wish when substitute Jennifer Beattie finished off the scoring in the second half. With the hard work done in the first half, and the Swiss having a chance to re-organise following the half-time team talk, it was not really that surprising that only one goal was scored in the second. There were five across the back for the visitors in the second half and the chances Scotland did create were often smothered out due to bodies throwing themselves about to prevent further embassasment. Scotland were really dominant and in control for the whole game with some really good one touch football in the first half. Gemma Fay in the home goal was untroubled throughout the game and I can only remember her being called to action for one save in the second half. Signeu was very pleased with the performance of her players both in attack and defence. She said: "I am very pleased and very proud of the players. The performance in the first half was brilliant but we lost a bit of tempo and momentum in the second. I am very pleased with the individual performances and glad to see Julie (Fleeting) back because, although she was back for us against France and playing for Arsenal, she has been struggling with her foot and her injuries and it was good to see her timing her header brilliantly (for her goal). She looked sharp and that was pleasing and I think she enjoyed it. It was good to see Jane Ross scoring two goals and they played well together both defensively and linking up well. The way they (the Swiss) lined up with five in midfield against our four so Kim (Little) and Megan (Sneddon) did really hard work in defence in the first half and Kim did not get on the ball in attack and we had to go around and over a little more just because it was so crowded in the middle." Scotland: Fay, Dieke, Ross, Little, Sneddon, Fleeting, Small, Ross, Corsie, Fernon, LauderSubs: Lynn, Jones, Beattie, Love, Murray, Brown, Mitchell Switzerland: Thalmann, Bertschart, Graf, Walti, Molser, Meyer, Abbe, Crnogorcevic, Remund, Zumbuhl, MehmetiSubs: Kuffer, Egli, Bartlome, Maendly, Keller