Rebecca’s Scotland football ambition

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AN ELLON woman who plays as part of the Scottish Ladies Football Team has described her joy after the nation’s 2-0 win over Cameroon at the weekend.

The match, which took place on Sunday, was played at Aberdeen Sports Village where an enthusiastic crowd followed the Scotland Ladies team to victory.

Speaking to the Times, Rebecca Dempster - who plays as part of the Scottish Ladies Squad - said that she was delighted to have been selected for the squad, and that it had been a long standing aspiration of hers to play football professionally.

The 21-year old former Ellon Academy pupil has previously played for the Scottish Under-19s squad, and was called up to the senior team after finishing top goal scorer of the 2010 tournament. She has since competed in a number of international frendlies, has played as part of the Celtic and Hibs’ ladies teams, and continues to play at Aberdeen Ladies.

She added that playing against Cameroon had given the Scotland squad an insight into different tactics.

“It’s not very often that we get to play non-European teams, so it’s always an interesting experience to see differences in style and tactics,” she said. “They previously played Northern Ireland at Turriff, where they won 2-0, so it was going to be a challenge. It was really good to be playing on home turf, though, in front of friends and family.”

Rebecca - who holds down day jobs as a lifeguard and nursery nurse - added that she was passionate about the sport, and that she hoped one day to make a living from it.

“It’s the fastest growing sport in the world, and it’s what I want to do,” she said.