Kerr striv­ing for more – de­spite big win

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT - BY RYAN CRYLE

Scot­land boss Shel­ley Kerr thought her team can still be bet­ter de­spite their 5-0 Euro 2021 qual­i­fy­ing win over Al­ba­nia.

The Dark Blues fol­lowed up their 8-0 win home win over Cyprus with a con­trolled per­for­mance in the El­basan Arena.

Aberdeen’s Rachel Cor­sie skip­pered the team as usual and, while there was no Kim Lit­tle, Gran­ite City na­tive Rachael Boyle was on the bench.

Kerr said: “I didn’t think we played well, es­pe­cially the first half.

“I thought we were slow in the build-up, took too many touches, but we’ve strug­gled away from home.

“I didn’t think we played well, es­pe­cially in the first-half”

“I’d have taken five goals all day long.”

She added: “A big thing in the last cam­paign was we did con­cede goals. We wanted to erad­i­cate that and the play­ers have been re­ally switched on to it.”

In the end it was a happy re­turn to the coun­try where Scot­land sealed qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the sum­mer’s World Cup.

With just over 10 min­utes played, debu­tant Kirsty Han­son’s cross was flicked on by Jane Ross for Claire Em­slie to con­vert at the back post.

Soon af­ter, Ross cap­i­talised on a goal­keep­ing er­ror to fire home from close range

Af­ter the break, Erin Cuth­bert placed a third into the bot­tom corner.

Again, an­other goal came quickly, with the other debu­tant, Han­nah God­frey, tak­ing her op­por­tu­nity. Their fifth came from Christie Mur­ray.

The re­sult leaves Scot­land sec­ond in Group E be­hind Fin­land – who’ve played three games to the Dark Blues’ two.

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