We are delighted that Host Your Kit Ambassador Emma Fernon has found the time to join us for a morning of video shooting and general fun this coming Thursday, as she will not have long stepped off a plane, having represented Scotland in the Cyprus Women’s Cup campaign.
Emma was selected as part of Scotland’s 21-player squad for the fifth annual Cyprus Women’s Cup, and played in each of Scotland’s four games.
The international tournament took place between 28th February and 6th March 2012 in Larnaca, Nicosia and Paralimni, Cyprus and is organised by the FAs of Scotland, England and The Netherlands in partnership with Cyprus Tourism Organisation and is established as an important event in the women’s football calendar.
Scotland’s opening game proved a tough draw as the team were defeated 5-1 by reigning champions Canada, with Emma entering the fray as a second half substitute. Canada, ranked seventh in the world, has reached the final of the Cyprus Cup in each of the last five years, winning the title in 2008, ’10 and ’11.
The next match was to prove more successful with Scotland claiming an historic first win over The Netherlands beating their European counterparts 2-1, Emma joining the action with ten minutes to play in the first half. Unfortunately the euphoria of that victory was to be short lived as Scotland suffered their second group stage losing to a strong Italian team 2-1, with Emma playing the full 90.
That final group defeat resulted in Scotland competing for the 9/10th place tournament spot against South Africa, with the Scots emerging triumphant following a 2-0 win.
The final was contested between Canada and France, with the French team denying the Canadians their third straight Cyprus Cup title with a 2-0 win. Canada might have the chance to avenge the defeat this summer, as the two teams could face each other in the London Olympics with both entered in the 12 team tournament.
To have joined us on a wet and blustery morning so soon after returning from the warmer climes of Cyprus, with all the excitement of a tournament still fresh in the mind, was really beyond the call of duty. Emma – we thank you!
The HYK Gaffer