It was a disappointing night for Scotland with the Women’s National Team going down 6-0 to their English counterparts in Utrecht, as both sides kicked off their European Championship campaigm.
Jodie Taylor opened the scoring on 10 minutes after being set up by Fran Kirby before doubling her and England’s total just before the half-hour mark.
It got worse for the Scots though as Anna Signeul’s side just five minutes later. Jill Scott hit the bar but re-bound fell kindly for Ellen White who swept home to make it 3-0 with only 32 minutes on the clock.
Taylor made history as she became the first women to score a hat-trick for the English Women Senior National Side after grabbing her third just eight minutes into the second half.
Salt was rubbed into the Scottish wounds late on with Jordan Nobbs and then Toni Duggan scoring late on to crush Scotland’s mood after only one game.
With the Scottish Women’s National Team in their first every major tournament, it was always going to be difficult – especially as they have a mixture of both full and part-time players in their travelling party in the Netherlands this summer.
Scotland now have 4 days to prepare for their second match of the group, against Portugal, who lost 2-0 to fellow Group D opponents Spain in yesterday’s other match.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live after tonight’s match Pat Nevin commented: “England were the better side and they scored some quality goals. They have creativity, strength and power; miles ahead of Scotland. The Scots worked hard and probably did not deserve to lose 6-0. They have to get up again, fight, and be brave. England can win this tournament,” before concluding, “You need to have all your best players out on the park and Scotland cannot seem to cope when they have a couple of players out. I did not see any Scotland players who did not give it their all.”
23. Kirby (Parris 65′)
18. White (Carney 74′)
9. Taylor (Duggan 59′)
14. Corsie (Love 76′)
22/ Brown (Clelland 45′)
13. Ross (Cuthbert 63′)