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Scotland Women 3-2 Jamaica Women: World Cup-bound side win in front of record crowd

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Goals: Scotland 3-2 Jamaica

Scotland finished their preparations for their World Cup finals debut with a winning flourish in front of a record home crowd of 18,555.

But Shelley Kerr's side were made to work hard by Jamaica, who will be the lowest-ranked side in France.

Khadija Shaw fired the visitors into the lead before equally fine finishes from Erin Cuthbert and Caroline Weir gave Scotland a half-time advantage.

Sophie Howard allowed Shaw a second but made up for her error with the winner.

Scotland head into their opening group game at the finals, against England on 9 June, on the back of an unbeaten five-game run. They will also face Japan and Argentina.

It was a first defeat in seven for Jamaica, ranked 33 places below Scotland in 53rd, but Shaw in particular showed they could cause problems to group opponents Australia, Italy and Brazil.

Sweet music for Scots against Reggae Girlz

In front of a crowd four times bigger than the previous record for a home women's international, the side known as the Reggae Girlz were intent on being party poopers as they prepare for their own World Cup debut.

Hue Menzies, their London-born coach of Scottish descent, had promised to "surprise a few people" despite Jamaica being the lowest-ranked side heading to the finals in France next month.

The Scots were tickling the ball about neatly in their pink change strips until Jamaica lived up to Menzies' claim that they are "probably the most athletic team in the competition" by taking the lead after threatening on the break.

Shaw is currently without a club after leaving Florida Krush last year, but the quality of her powerful finish through the arms of goalkeeper Lee Alexander after Scotland lost possession suggests the 22-year-old ought to ensure many a suitor after the finals.

Scotland responded, with Weir and Little forcing goalkeeper Sydney Schneider to beat away a couple of powerful efforts, before Cuthbert burst into life with the kind of strike that has already brought the Chelsea forward a plethora of awards and plaudits this season.

Her thundering drive from 30 yards would rival her goal voted the best in this season's Champions League and, five minutes later, Manchester City midfielder Weir added a sublime finish of her own with a curling free-kick.

It was all looking comfortable for Kerr's side until half-time substitute Howard was dispossessed by Shaw, who strode forward elegantly before clipping the ball over Alexander for her 30th goal in 22 games.

The goal and a series of substitutions knocked the Scots out of their stride, but they regained their composure once Howard looped in a header to restore the lead from a corner.

Jody Brown, the 17-year-old US-based college striker tipped for the top, could not match the impact of Shaw up front for Jamaica after the goalscorer limped off with an injury.

Kerr's Scots, though, emerged unscathed and victorious after an unprecedented send-off but knowing they must cut out the defensive errors if they are to make an impact in France.

Rose Reilly, who won the World Cup with Italy in 1984 after being banned from playing for her homeland, was among the former players belatedly awarded caps by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon before kick-off at Hampden
Rose Reilly, who won the World Cup with Italy in 1984 after being banned from playing for her homeland, was among the former players belatedly awarded caps by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon before kick-off at Hampden

Scots can't defend like that against England - analysis

Former Scotland striker Julie Fleeting

It would have been exciting to play in front of that crowd and a great way to end the lead-up to the finals.

Lee Alexander will not be pleased that she's conceded two goals - and two goals that were avoidable. But an awful lot of positives from the game and a great performance from a lot of individuals. It will be a very different game against England. Different tactics, I'm sure, and maybe different personnel.

Former Scotland striker Steven Thompson

We will not get away with doing that when it comes to the World Cup against the quality of sides we are playing against. The two goals we lost were finished well, but they were so avoidable.

We did it at the last tournament - we shot ourselves in the foot, especially in the game against England. We were very open and I'm pretty sure tactically it will be different against England in France.

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Line-ups

Scotland

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Smith
  • 4Corsie
  • 5BeattieSubstituted forHowardat 45'minutes
  • 3DochertySubstituted forLauderat 81'minutes
  • 11Evans
  • 8Little
  • 9Weir
  • 18EmslieSubstituted forArnotat 45'minutes
  • 22CuthbertSubstituted forClellandat 80'minutes
  • 13RossSubstituted forMurrayat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Love
  • 7Lauder
  • 10Crichton
  • 12Lynn
  • 14Arthur
  • 15Howard
  • 16Murray
  • 17Murray
  • 19Clelland
  • 20Brown
  • 21Fife
  • 23Arnot

Jamaica

  • 1SchneiderSubstituted forMcClureat 45'minutes
  • 16Bond-FlaszaSubstituted forCampbellat 45'minutes
  • 17Swaby
  • 5Plummer
  • 14BlackwoodBooked at 53mins
  • 4SwabySubstituted forAsherat 63'minutes
  • 6Solaun
  • 9SweatmanBooked at 54mins
  • 20MatthewsSubstituted forBrownat 63'minutes
  • 11ShawSubstituted forMcCoyat 69'minutes
  • 18CarterSubstituted forCameronat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Silver
  • 3Hudson-Marks
  • 7Asher
  • 8Shim
  • 10Brown
  • 12Campbell
  • 13McClure
  • 15Cameron
  • 19Patterson
  • 21Adamolekun
  • 22McCoy
Attendance:
18,555

Match Stats

Home TeamScotlandAway TeamJamaica
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home4
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Scotland 3, Jamaica 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scotland 3, Jamaica 2.

Rachel Corsie (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jody Brown (Jamaica).

Offside, Scotland. Kim Little tries a through ball, but Lana Clelland is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Deneisha Blackwood (Jamaica) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Kayla McCoy (Jamaica).

Attempt saved. Kayla McCoy (Jamaica) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tiffany Cameron.

Substitution

Substitution, Jamaica. Tiffany Cameron replaces Trudi Carter.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Hayley Lauder replaces Nicola Docherty.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Lana Clelland replaces Erin Cuthbert.

Attempt blocked. Erin Cuthbert (Scotland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kim Little.

Attempt saved. Lizzie Arnot (Scotland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Caroline Weir.

Offside, Jamaica. Chinyelu Asher tries a through ball, but Jody Brown is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Lizzie Arnot (Scotland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert.

Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Sashana Campbell.

Substitution

Substitution, Jamaica. Kayla McCoy replaces Khadija Shaw because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Scotland 3, Jamaica 2. Sophie Howard (Scotland) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Caroline Weir with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Deneisha Blackwood.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Khadija Shaw (Jamaica).

Foul by Christie Murray (Scotland).

Khadija Shaw (Jamaica) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Jamaica. Jody Brown replaces Cheyna Matthews.

Substitution

Substitution, Jamaica. Chinyelu Asher replaces Chantelle Swaby.

Attempt missed. Trudi Carter (Jamaica) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Deneisha Blackwood.

Attempt blocked. Kim Little (Scotland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lizzie Arnot.

Attempt blocked. Erin Cuthbert (Scotland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Caroline Weir.

Sophie Howard (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Havana Solaun (Jamaica).

Attempt missed. Lisa Evans (Scotland) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert with a cross.

Booking

Marlo Carmen Sweatman (Jamaica) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Erin Cuthbert (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marlo Carmen Sweatman (Jamaica).

Booking

Deneisha Blackwood (Jamaica) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lisa Evans (Scotland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Deneisha Blackwood (Jamaica).

Offside, Scotland. Sophie Howard tries a through ball, but Erin Cuthbert is caught offside.

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