England edge out Scotland

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England held off a determined Scotland team to make it three wins from three at the Investec London Cup

England 2 (1)
Alex Danson 23 (FG)
Ellie Watton 37 (FG)

Scotland 1 (0)
Nikki Kidd 49 (PC)

England kept their 100% record and secured a place in Sunday's final of the Investec London Cup with a narrow 2-1 victory over Scotland. Goals from Alex Danson and Ellie Watton made the difference in a closely-fought encounter.

The opening ten minutes of the game saw England with the best of the possession, but Scotland were effective in disrupting any possession that England had. England pressed on and started to make their mark up front, with Lily Owsley, Sophie Bray and Alex Danson giving the Scotland defence persistent trouble.

This hard work paid off when Bray attacked the baseline and pulled the ball back to Danson, who hammered her shot into the Scotland goal to give England a 1-0 half time lead. Danson was also at the heart of the second England goal, this time creating a chance with her pace and timing her pass perfectly to Ellie Watton, on hand at exactly the right moment to slot the ball home and extend their lead.

England were able to exert persistent pressure during the open exchanges of the second half, Bray with 2 half-chances, and Lucy Wood with a shot on goal that was smartly saved by Amy Gibson in the Scotland goal. Scotland were never out of the game though, and proved that by getting on the scoreboard through Nikki Kidd, making the score 2-1 with 20 minutes left on the clock. They frustrated England and created chances through Kidd, Ailsa Wyllie and Nikki Lloyd, but were unable to find an equaliser. The nervous crowd were happy to see England maintain their unbeaten run and set up a showdown with South Africa in Sunday's Final, which is live on Sky Sports 1 at 17:15.

Alex Danson spoke after the game: "It's always a close game against Scotland, so it's good to come out on top and we're looking forward to playing again at the Commonwealth Games."

Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh added: "We dominated possession, and overall we're happy. We're feeling good, we're fit, and there's a buzz and positive energy throughout the squad."