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It was the best of times and the worst of times for the British neighbours as the long-awaited derby between England and Scotland turned out to be one-way traffic. I barely managed to follow the second half, such was the pace of the action and the challenge of writing two simultaneous reports.

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Below is a window into what I put together for the Daily Mirror. The top lines were a no-contest: Jodie Taylor becoming the first Englishwoman to score a hat-trick at a major tournament and the Mark Sampson's Lionesses proving themselves as contenders rather than pretenders for these championships.


The Chelsea piece was more complicated. We had as many as three Blues celebrating their role in the ultimate victory over their ancient rivals, but we couldn't take sides with teenager Erin Cuthbert lamenting Scotland's loss.

I did have the pleasure of speaking to Chelsea and England No.10 Fran Kirby straight after the game. She was delighted with her link-up play and clearly buzzing to have been part of a famous win to kick-start their tournament.

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