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Football Ferns beaten by Scotland

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/03/2017 Daniel Gilhooly

New Zealand have opened their Cyprus Cup campaign with a disappointing 3-2 loss to Scotland in Larnaca.

Experienced forwards Rosie White and Amber Hearn scored a goal in each half but the Football Ferns were guilty of allowing the lower-ranked Scots too much space on attack.

Jane Ross scored early for world No.21 Scotland before White responded soon afterwards for 19th-ranked New Zealand.

The striker pounced on a loose pass and slotted neatly under the goalkeeper from close range.

New Zealand enjoyed several chances before halftime but couldn't convert.

An even second half came to life with three goals in the last sevens minutes.

Scotland substitute Erin Cuthbert thundered in a fine strike before captain Kim Little put them 3-1 ahead and Heard responded with a headed goal, her 53rd for New Zealand.

Coach Tony Readings wasn't too disappointed, given it was New Zealand's first international for six months.

"We played well so it is one of those games you come away very disappointed to lose," Readings said.

"We didn't start as well as we would have liked, but we came back into the game, and had the chances where we could have been up."

The Football Ferns' second game is against 24th-ranked Austria on Saturday (NZT), with 18th-ranked South Korea to follow that.

Their best finish in six previous appearances at the 12-nation invitation tournament is runners-up, in 2010.

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