“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.

We have our FA Cup Finalists and it was always likely that a number of Scots would be gracing the Wembley turf on Saturday May 5th – but which ones?

In the first semi-final the Scots trio of Lisa Evans, Emma Mitchell and Kim Little all featured for Arsenal in their 2-1 victory over Everton. In the second game Man City, and their three Scots, aimed to repeat last years feat and lift the trophy again in 2018. However it will be Erin Cuthbert who will have a chance of lifting the trophy this year after her Chelsea side won 2-0.

In the league Man City kept up their ding dong battle at the top with Chelsea with victories over Sunderland and Everton respectively.

Meanwhile Arsenal kept pace with the top two as Kim Little scored in the 3-1 win over Reading. The title now appears to be a two horse race as Arsenal then drew 0-0 at lowly Yeovil.

In WSL 2 Doncaster Belles maintained their top spot with a 3-1 win over Durham which saw Scots score for both sides. Kirsty Hanson grabbed two for the leaders while Durham’s goal was scored by Zoe Ness.

On Sunday Millwall fell to a shock defeat which would allow Doncaster to stretch their lead at the top but they were also beaten 1-0 at Brighton. While Millwall may have lost their long unbeaten record it was events off the field that dominated last week. Millwall were threatened with administration and mounted a funding campaign in order to continue.

This is a timely reminder of the precarious nature of the finances within the women’s game. Special mention most go to young Scots goalie Fran Kitching, who despite her team Watford’s lowly position in WSL2, continues to attract plaudits for her performances between the posts.

Meanwhile in the USA Rachel Corsie got her Utah Royals campaign off to a start in front of an amazing 19,000 fans.

It was Champions League semi-final action on Sunday. Three Scots featured in the semi-finals – probably a record and certainly indicative of the growing number of Scots playing at top clubs abroad.

It was Man City who recorded a marvellous 0-0 draw at home to French champions Lyon with Jenny Beattie playing a crucial role in securing that all important blank sheet.

Claire Emslie made a late appearance and Jane Ross may have a crucial role in the away leg. In the other semi-final Erin Cuthbert started for Chelsea but Wolfsburg secured a 3-1 win in London and it looks as if Chelsea’s Champions League adventure is over for this season.

In Sweden there have only been two league games. Vittsjo who have Shannon Lynn in goals, have started well with a win and a draw while Rosengard have a similar record after two games thanks to a goal scored by Scots internationalist Fiona Brown.

Eskilstuna, who have Scot Vaila Barsley in their ranks, have yet to get a point while Ife Dieke’s IFK Kalmar have a similar record and are rooted at the bottom of the league.

We will be keeping a close eye on developments in the Swedish league over the coming months.