Welcome to the latest edition of “Scots Abroad” we have three new names to the Scots Abroad feature this month and there was big news for one in particular but more of that later.
In the English WSL1 Man City continue to lead the way after a convincing 4-0 victory over Liverpool who had Becky Flaherty starting in goals and Caroline Weir in midfield. Jenny Beattie kept another blank sheet with a fourth Scot, Claire Emslie, also featuring.
Erin Cuthbert played her part in a tough encounter at Birmingham City Ladies which saw Chelsea emerge 2-0 winners to maintain their second spot.
Meanwhile Arsenal’s Scots Lisa Evans and Emma Mitchell helped Arsenal ease to a 4-0 victory over Yeovil which saw them leapfrog over Liverpool into third. There was no further twitter dabs from Chloe Arther or Frankie Brown as Britol City lost 2-1 at home to Sunderland.
On Sunday it was the FA Cup that dominated as Arsenal scrapped a 1-0 victory over Leigh Nichol’s Millwall. Chelsea, with Erin Cuthbert scoring 2, comfortably beat Doncaster Belles who had Kirst Hanson in their ranks.
Also through to the Q-F’s is Caroline Weir as her Liverpool team eased passed Chichester Ladies from the lower league. Another Scot on the score sheet was Zoe Ness as her Durham team secured a Q-F slot by beating Leicester City 5-2 and Claire Emslie also found the net in extra time as Man City edged out Birmingham Ladies 3-1.
The draw for the Q-F was made on Monday and pairs the following Scots Abroad against each other:
Zoes Ness, Kathy Hill, Ellis Dalgliesh v Everton
Becky Flaherty, Caroline Weir v Erin Cuthbert
Lisa Evans, Emma itchell, Kim Little v Charlton
Sunderland v Claire Emslie, Jane Ross, Jenny Beattie
Now to the three new names to the “Scots Abroad” feature this month.
First up is Fiona Brown who got her season off to a flying start in Sweden playing for her new club Rosengard in a 3-0 Cup victory over Vittsjo. She followed this up with a couple of goals in a massive victory over Quiding FIF. Meanwhile in Germany it was the end of the mid season break as league action resumed.
Hoffenheim had Scot Sophie Howard in their ranks as they lost by the only goal of the game to league leaders Wolfsburg.
Now for the big news featuring the third debutante to the Scots Abroad ranks.
With 15 mins to go in Arsenal’s FA Cup tie with Millwall we witnessed the return to competitive action of Kim Little after a long injury lay-off. This is great news for both Arsenal and Scotland and I am sure this is not the last time that her name will be mentioned in Scots Abroad features.
The next two weeks see many important league games throughout Europe and the Scotland Women’s National Team travel to Spain for a training camp and two challenge matches against New Zealand. As always we will keep an eye out on all the trials and tribulations of all the Scots plying their trade out with Scotland