Photo Credit: Scotland FA
Photo Credit: Scotland FA
Australia concluded their 6 week European tour with a 1 - 1 draw with Scotland at Falkirk Stadium.
Laura Alleway's first half goal was cancelled out by Jane Ross' second half strike in a match where Australia were left rueing their missed chances.
It was an end to end start with both sides attacking with verve. Scotland got the early jump on Australia with back to back corners but goalkeeper Brianna Davey was solid in negating the aerial threat.
In the 10th minute the pacy Australian attack began to work their way into the match with first Michelle Heyman and then Lisa De Vanna and Caitlin Foord finding space in behind the Scottish defence but with no reward.
Heyman was again in on the action in the 15th minute when she turned and evaded her marker before sending an effort goalwards forcing Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay into a fine stop.
Next it was De Vanna's turn to test Fay as she found herself one on one with the Scottish captain but Fay was again equal to the task.
On top, Australia looked to press the advantage and in the 21st minute Heyman again had a guilt edged chance as she danced around Fay only to place her shot wide on the angle.
The Matildas were almost made to pay immediately for their misses when Stephanie Catley was called for a handball in the penalty area and Scotland were awarded a spot kick.
Strong in her first return to the line up in 4 matches, Davey guessed right and dived left to save Kim Little's penalty.
It was Scotland who paid the price for spurning chances when minutes later Australia earned a corner.
The Scottish defence were unable to clear the cross and Alleway put away the loose ball to give the Matildas a deserved lead.
Minutes later Servet Uzunlar almost become the second defender on the scoreboard but Fay again made a save from the long range effort.
The Scottish No.1 proved a thorn in Australia's side again in the 32 minute when De Vanna forced her way past the defence, played in Foord with the forward almost delicately chipping Fay only for her to get a goal saving touch.
In a purple patch, Emily van Egmond went close in the 34th minute but her strike moved just wide.
Having withstood the pressure Scotland looked to get a late equaliser but the Australian defence navigated the two corners well to take 1-0 lead into the break.
Behind on the scoreboard the home team started the second half with more purpose and it wasn't long before they had their first corner of the half.
Australia defended it well but the Scots continued to push for an equaliser and in the 59th minute they found one.
Forward Ross picked up the ball on the edge of the 18 yard area and rifled a striker to finally put one past Davey.
Substitutes saw a lull in the match but there was a slight spark in the 74th minute when a Van Egmond striker beat Fay but not the woodwork as it rattled the post.
In her first match back from a four month layoff due to a knee injury, Sam Kerr looked to latch onto a through ball ahead of the excellent Fay.
The Scottish custodian sensed the danger diving at Kerr's feet and receiving treatment after the clash.
Despite medical treatment Fay was unable to continue and was replaced by Shannon Lynn.
The last 20 minutes was stop-start lacking the fluidity of the opening hour but both teams pushed for a late winner.
In the 86th minute Collette McCallum entered the fray with the Scottish born international donning the Matildas jersey for the final time.
Kim Little looked to have spoiled the farewell party when she netted in the 89th minute only to see it pulled back for offside.
In additional time De Vanna sent through Kyah Simon with the striker sending her effort inches wide of a late victory.
Australia and Scotland played out the final minutes with match ending in a 1-1 draw.
"It feels amazing that my last game was against Scotland," said the departing McCallum.
"I was pushing for the World Cup but unfortunately injuries were just costing me now."
"I am just happy that I could finish on a good note. Quite poetic I think."
The Scottish FA spoke with Collette McCallum post match about her retirement and how she sees the Matildas World Cup chances.Posted by The Women's Game on Thursday, April 9, 2015
The Matildas return to Australia following the conclusion of the match.
Scotland 1 (Ross 59')
Australia 1 (Alleway 26')
Thursday, 9 April 2015
Kick off: 2.30pm local time (11.30pm AEST)
Scotland Line up: Gemma Fay (Shannon Lynn 79'), Kirsty Smith, Jennifer Beattie, Ifeoma Dieke (Caroline Weir 72'), Frankie Brown (Emma Mitchell 63'), Leanne Crichton, Rachel Corsie, Hayley Lauder (Jo Love 63'), Kim Little, Lisa Evans (Fiona Brown 81'), Jane Ross
Australia line up: Brianna Davey, Stephanie Catley, Alanna Kennedy, Laura Alleway, Servet Uzunlar (Elise Kellond-Knight 70'), Teresa Polias, Katrina Gorry, Emily van Egmond (c) (Collette McCallum 86'), Caitlin Foord (Sam Kerr 63'), Michelle Heyman (Ashleigh Sykes 70'), Lisa De Vanna