ROI debutant Harriet Scott praises 'different' Head Coach Colin Bell ahead of Hungary test

Thu, Mar 02 2017

Harriet Scott Credit: FAI

Republic of Ireland debutant Harriet Scott has praised new Head Coach Colin Bell, claiming she has never worked with a coach like him before.


The Reading WFC defender made her senior international debut in Bell's first game as Head Coach, an impressive 2-0 win over Czech Republic at the Cyprus Cup.


After making her debut, Scott admitted it was a surprise to see her name on the team-sheet but 'loved every minute' of the victory.


She said: "I was ecstatic. It wasn't something I expected when I was selected for the squad as I was just looking for the experience of being away with the squad.


"When the manager put up the teamsheet, it was a bit of a surprise for me. I loved the game, enjoyed every minute of it and it's definitely a great start."


The Women's National Team face Hungary tomorrow, with kick-off at 3.30pm GMT, in their second game at the Cyprus Cup as they look to continue the momentum from the Czech win.


Having worked with Bell over the past week, Scott was full of praise for the new Head Coach despite what 'was a real tough ask for him'.


Scott continued: "He is really, really good. Different to any coach I've ever had before, he's very structured and he knows exactly what he wants from us. 


"It was a real tough ask for him to have only a couple of training sessions before our game but he made it work for us against Czech Republic, hopefully it can work against Hungary."


In a tight contest, Hungary suffered a 2-0 defeat against Wales yesterday which means a win will see Ireland lead the group going into the final game against Wales. 


Having made her debut, Scott hopes to play a part against Hungary tomorrow but has backed everyone in the squad to step up as she looks to her future international career.


She added: "Some of the girls had training today, the others had recovery here back at the hotel. Everyone who is in the squad could play and do really well so we need to take the confidence into the next game.


"I'd definitely like to be involved in the future. I'm really proud to be here, makes me so happy. If I can continue to impress the manager with my club side, I'd be happy with that."


Next Game

Republic of Ireland v Hungary
Cyprus Cup
Kick-off 15.30pm GMT (17.30pm local time)