“Scots Abroad”


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Welcome to our fortnightly article Scots Abroad – a feature on the trials and tribulations of Scottish players playing their football outside of Scotland.

In England it has been the Continental Cup that has been taking centre stage.

Man City finished top of their group with a hard fought 3-2 victory over Doncaster Belles with Claire Emslie and Christie Murray both finding the back of the net. Chelsea also finished top of their group with an Erin Cuthbert inspired 4-1 win over Spurs.

In Saturday’s Q-F ties Scots were to the fore yet again.

Man City had both Jane Ross and Claire Emslie starting but it was their other Scot Jen Beattie who powered in a late header to secure a 2-0 win over Bristol City who had Chloe Arthur in their starting 11.

Arsenal had Lisa Evans and Emma Mitchell in their starting line up as they eased past Sunderland 3-1, and Chelsea hit Liverpool for 5 with Erin Cuthbert on the score sheet again.

In WSL2 Kirsty Hanson grabbed a goal in the 3-2 win over Sheffield which will ensure that the Belles are top of the league at Christmas.

Congratulations go to Christie Murray, who while announcing she is leaving Donny Belles for pastures new, won the WSL2 Player of the Month for November.

Also well done to Claire Emslie who made the final 4 in the SFA Goal of the Season for her spectacular effort in the win over Albania in October.  A worthy winner, but unfortunately likely to lose out to a certain goal by Leigh Griffith against the Auld Enemy at Hampden earlier in the year.

Meanwhile in Italy Lana Clelland scored again for UPC Tavagnacco in a 2-0 win over Verona and the team followed up with a 1-0 win over Chievo at the week-end to remain 3rd in Serie A Femminile.

While Christie Murray is moving on one player who is definitely staying put is Becky Flaherty who signed her first formal contract with Liverpool.

With the Scottish season finished the “Scots Abroad” ranks may well be swelled with new additions as players seek the lure of full-time football.

With most leagues closing for the Christmas period the next “Scots Abroad” feature will be in the New Year.