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England through to Final
 Women's Football News 11 Mar 2009
 
England will meet Canada in the final of the Cyprus Cup after goals by Eniola Aluko, Emily Westwood and Jess Clarke, who was making her first senior international start, gave them a 3-0 victory over Scotland to secure top spot in Group A.
 
Thursday's meeting with the Group B winners will be the first tournament Final that England have reached since 1984, when Head Coach Hope Powell was a midfielder in the team that lost out to Sweden in the very first European Championship final.
 
This time round, Powell will be determined to see her team land the trophy on offer by continuing the good work that has seen them beat Scotland after winning 6-0 against South Africa and drawing 2-2 with France in their first two group games.
 
The win against the Scots was achieved by a team which showed no less than nine changes from Saturday's draw with France. Danielle Buet, as well as Clarke, was handed a full debut in a line-up which meant that every member of the 20-player squad had started at least one of the three group games.
 
In a lively opening by England, midfielder Katie Chapman had an angled shot saved by goalkeeper Gemma Fay and then Buet, six yards off the line, was only inches away from connecting with an Aluko cross.
 
Scotland hit back with striker Pauline Hamill having a 12th minute goalbound shot blocked by central defender Lindsay Johnson, but three minutes later at the other end left winger Rachel Yankey fired a 15-yard drive narrowly over the bar.
 
Alex Scott was the first player to find the net, only to have her 25th minute effort ruled out for offside. The right back's cross then provided Aluko with a 32nd minute chance, but after a good turn the striker shot straight at Fay.
 
Aluko made no mistake eight minutes later, however, nipping in front of her marker to guide home a Yankey cross after Scott had again been involved in the build-up.
 
Buet almost gave England a great start to the second half, breaking through on the left but seeing her 15-yard shot blocked. That was close, but the young midfielder then played a decisive role in England's 66th minute second goal. Racing on to Scott's cleverly flighted pass along the right flank, Buet lofted over a cross for midfielder Westwood to send a neatly lobbed header over Fay and into the net.
 
Victory was wrapped up seven minutes from time, when Fay was unable to control a back pass by substitute Kirsty McBride and right winger Clarke latched on to the loose ball to run it into the empty net for a debut goal.
 
Scotland will now play Russia in their final match on Thursday, whilst France take on New Zealand and South Africa face Holland.
 
England: Siobhan Chamberlain, Alex Scott, Lindsay Johnson, Corinne Yorston, Rachel Unitt, Katie Chapman, Dani Buet, Jess Clarke, Emily Westwood, Rachel Yankey, Eniola Aluko (sub Lianne Sanderson 82mins).
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