Scotland’s national women’s football team earned an impressive away victory in Reykjavik tonight, beating Iceland 3-2 in an international friendly. The win was all the more impressive given the Scots were missing several key players through injury.
The Icelanders went into the match with confidence, having qualified for the European Championships this Summer. However, they were soon knocked back by two early goals from the Scottish side. Goals by Leanne Crichton and Emily Thomson looked to put the Scottish side in firm control of the match.
Iceland – who are ranked an impressive 15th in the world – soon drew themselves back into the match through Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir. This comeback appeared to be short-lived. Leanne Ross scored Scotland’s third – a delightful chip following a Scotland corner – soon after.
The first half certainty merited the attendance of almost 2,000 and its place on national television. However, as Northern European rain lashed down upon Laugardalsvollur stadium, the Icelandic team were anxious to generate more than entertainment. Holmfriour Magnusdottir slotted away a loose ball in the Scotland box to make the score 3-2, which then lead to a period of Icelandic pressure.
Scotland recently suffered the agony of a last minute defeat to Spain in their European championship play-off. For a time it seemed possible that Scotland could again let their lead slip right at the death. Several saves from Scotland goalie Gemma Fay kept Iceland’s strikers at bay.
However, the result was secure. This was an excellent confidence boost for the Scotland team who now go on to play Germany on the 15th of June in Essen.
Scotland coach Anna Signeul said, “It will be a tough game against Germany. We will need to be at our best. It had been a while since we last met and we have developed a great deal as a team. It will be interesting.”
As a Scot and a spectator, the match was an excellent advert for women’s international football and for this developing Scotland side.
Iceland: Thora boulders Helgadóttir; Glod Pearl Viggósdóttir, Sif Atladóttir, Katrin Jonsdottir, Hallbera Guðný Gisladottir, Edda Garðarsdóttir, Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, Harpa Þorsteinsdóttir, Fanndis Friðriksdóttir, Ms Lara Vidarsdottir, Hólmfríður Magnúsdóttir.
Subs: Sandra Sigurdardottir, Ólína Guðbjörg Vidarsdottir Dora Mary Lárusdóttir, Guðbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, Elisha Vidarsdottir Dagny Brynjarsdóttir, Rachel Hönnudóttir, Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir, Catherine Ásbjörnsdóttir, Elin Metta Jensen, Anna Maria Baldursdóttir.
Scotland: Gemma Fay; Leanne Ross, Joanne Love, Hayley Lauder, Megan Sneddon, Jennifer Beattie, Lisa Evans, Jane Ross, Emily Thomson, Leanne Crichton, Frankie Brown.
Subs: Caroline Weir, Shannon Lynn, Claire Emslie, Siobhan Hunter, Eilish McSorley, Joelle Murray, Emma Mitchell
Reporter – Michael Gray