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Kerr’s Scotland Reign Starts With Win Over Hungary

Shelley Kerr’s first game in charge of Scotland ended in an impressive 3-0 win over Hungary in Budapest. Lana Clelland opened the scoring with a clever flicked finish, before Claire Emslie scored her first ever goal for Scotland in her third cap with a wonder strike.

Despite dominating the rest of the game, it would take until the 89th minute for Scotland to score their third and final goal through Jane Ross’ composed finish.

Debut For Lee Alexander

Kerr named an attacking line-up, giving a debut to Lee Alexander in goal, and naming Lana Clelland, Claire Emslie, Fiona Brown and Jane Ross in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Scotland started positively with Fiona Brown winning a corner in the opening minute, and it nearly got better, but from the resulting corner, new captain Rache Corsie just shot wide.

Lee Alexander had to be alert to deny Fanni Vago with her legs after the forward was played into the Scottish box by Henrietta Csiszar.

In the tenth minute, after another corner won by Fiona Brown, it was Corsie’s defensive partner Joelle Murray who came close – with her shot blocked by a Hungary defender.

Scotland was starting to gain more confidence, and Jane Ross had a great chance, but Szőcs Réka was quickly out to snatch the ball at her feet.

Clelland Scores First Goal Of New Regime

In the 16th minute, Scotland took the lead. Claire Emslie’s corner was flicked on by Jane Ross at the near post, and Lana Clelland flicked the ball into the back of the net with a back-heeled finish.

It could have been 2-0 soon after when Fiona Brown cut the ball back to Jane Ross, but the Manchester City forward failed to get the ball under control as it deflected to the keeper.

But then, Hungary came close to an equaliser as a long ball found Jakabfi Zsanett behind the defence, and her lobbed finish just went over.

In the 26th minute, Clelland could have scored her second as she cut inside on the edge of the box, but her lofted shot was saved by the keeper.

Emslie Scores Stunner

One minute later, it was 2-0 to Scotland. When the ball fell to Claire Emslie on the edge of the box, she curled the ball beyond the reach of the Hungarian keeper to score her first goal for Scotland

Clelland came close soon after as she forced the keeper into a good save to tip the ball over, before then shooting into the side-netting from the resulting corner,

With half-time approaching, Fiona Brown nearly found herself on the scoresheet, cutting in from the right wing before seeing her shot saved low down by the keeper.

Scotland Look For A Third

Clelland should have had her second when a wonderful cross from Caroline Weir picked her out in the six-yard box, but her shot lacked power and direction and was saved.

In the 52nd minute, Hibernian’s Lucy Graham came on to make her debut.

Caroline Weir’s ball into the box in the 57th minute picked out Clelland at the far post, but the Tavagnacco forward couldn’t get enough contact on her header.

Clelland had another chance soon after when a lovely lofted through ball from Hayley Lauder founder her in the box but her left footed shot just went wide of the far post.

Graham came close to marking her debut with a goal, but her effort from the edge of the box smashed off the crossbar.

Jane Ross Makes It Three Late On

And then in the 85th minute, Graham should have had an assist as she picked out Weir with a pinpoint cross, but Weir shot over.

Lisa Evans broke into the box and cut the ball back to Christie Murray who after not having perhaps the best first touch saw her shot saved by the keeper.

But in the 89th minute, a long ball from Small, from the defence, went over the Hungary defence and allowed Jane Ross to beat the keeper with a composed finish.

Seconds later, Emslie nearly had her second, but Evans’ cross just was too high for her at the far post.


Hungary Starting XI: Szőcs Réka, Csiszár Henrietta, Tóth Alexandra, Németh Loretta, Szabó Viktória, Vágó Fanni, Jakabfi Zsanett, Mosdóczi Evelin, Rácz Zsófia, Fenyvesi Evelin, Balogh Henrietta

Scotland: Alexander (Lynn 61); Arthur (Small HT), Corsie, Joelle Murray (Howard HT), Lauder; Love (Graham 51), Weir; Fiona Brown (Christie Murray HT), Jane Ross, Emslie; Clelland (Evans 77).

Unused substitutes: Cunningham, Barsley, Frankie Brown, Crichton, Smith.

Goals: Clelland 16, Emslie 27, Jane Ross 89.

Booked: Caroline Weir (74)

2 thoughts on “Kerr’s Scotland Reign Starts With Win Over Hungary

  1. Hi,
    It’s Maggs again!
    Well, as expected a different approach from Shelly Kerr. Not before time! Her predecessor stuck by a number of players for far too long. Now some new blood will get a chance to show what they are capable of. My one criticism would be why were Jo Love and Joelle Murray in the squad for this match. Lets be honest, Jo Love was a good player in her day, but the game has moved on. The inclusion of Joelle Murray was a surprise to me. She had a lot of publicity before the Euros, and has been used to promote the development in the Lothian area. However, she is slow, especially when she has to turn. Not the best of qualities for top level play. The 2 players have experience but lets remember that they have played in an era when only the very few actually played the game. Past reputation is no longer valid in the women’s game. We need to quickly develop the youth of the game. The only way to give them experience is to play them. Women’s football is a young person’s game. Come on Shelly, make your mark now, or you will make the same mistake as Anna made.
    Another change that is badly needed is a good coach at the centre at Heriot Watt. There has been little progress since Willie Kirk left that post. Plenty of injuries, yes, but not much in the way of improvement. I would even go as so far as to say that stagnation is the name of the game. Who is in charge? We never hear anything about the centre? Would it not have been the ideal post for the successful the Gareth Evans, who did so well with the under 19 teams? Yet again a chance wasted.
    Looking forward to seeing how Kerr develops the game. I have to agree with her push to have the subs reduced to 3 instead of 5. Too many players sitting on the bench, when they should be playing! One further piece of advice/wish. Time to have women only coaches. Chase out the men, who are mostly just using the women’s game to raise their profile. We need good coaches in the game not those rejected by the men, or those who like to feel they are something special. The game is about the players not the coaches.
    Maggs (The voice of the real fans of women’s football)

    1. It’s interesting you say we should have “women-only coaches” whilst praising Gareth Evans. I agree we need more women managers/Head Coaches in the SWPL. Hopefully that will start to happen over the next few years.

      You have to remember Kerr is missing lots of players through injury, so it’s an interesting question whether Joelle Murray and Jo Love would remain in the squad when they all return. Both are reliable players to play.

      In terms of younger players, I still think there needs to be a U21 squad to help young players continue their international development.

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