UEFA Women's EURO 2017 Qualifier
SCOTLAND 10-0 FYR Macedonia
Sunday 29th November 2015, 3:05pm kick-off
Paisley 2021 Stadium, Paisley
J. Ross 3' 59’ 61’ 87’, Love 8' ,40', 53 Beattie 24', Lauder 27', Evans 35'
Scotland signed off 2015 in style with an emphatic victory over FYR Macedonia in Paisley.
Jane Ross and Jo Love set the ball rolling with goals in the opening few minutes before Jennifer Beattie, Hayley Lauder and Lisa Evans added to the first-half tally. Love sealed her hat-trick with strikes either side of half-time and Jane Ross added another two to complete her own treble before making it double figures in the last few minutes.
The result keeps Scotland top of EURO 2017 qualifying Group 1 and continues their 100% record at the halfway stage.
Decked out in the new adidas away kit, Scotland were quick out the traps. A tidy through ball from Lisa Evans on two minutes found the run of Caroline Weir, who side-footed her shot off the post from a tight angle.
A minute later Scotland took the lead. Following some neat build up play, a beautiful curling cross was sent over from Hayley Lauder on the left. Jane Ross, who started her career at a local girls club in Paisley, jumped highest and met the cross with a fantastic glancing header.
On 8 minutes Scotland doubled their advantage via another cross from the left. This time it was Jo Love who was able to run into the box and head it over the line, for her third goal in two games.
Ross almost had her second of the game on 16 minutes when she met Kim Little’s teasing cross from the edge of the box. The Manchester City striker got a good clean head on the ball but Macedonia keeper Viktorija Doneva was able to palm off the cross bar and away from danger.
Little turned provider again on 24 minutes to help seal Scotland’s third goal. The Seattle Reign midfielder ran down the left before doubling back and playing a tidy cross into the six yard box. Jennifer Beattie was there to knock the ball in with her head and put Scotland firmly in the driving seat.
But they weren’t finished yet and with the backing of a joyful young support, Scotland had their fourth of the day. Lauder collected a deflected ball in the box before steadying herself and calmy placing it into the bottom left corner with her side-foot.
With ten minutes remaining of the first-half Lisa Evans made it 5-0 when she prodded in Lauder’s inviting cross over from the left. There was no way back now for the visitors, who were struggling to keep possession in the face of Scotland's pressing game.
Jo Love hit the underside of the crossbar on 39 minute but grabbed her second goal a minute later. Lauder played a long ball over to the far post where Love was waiting to volley home.
That partnership worked wonders again just 8 minutes into the second-half. Lauder crossing over from the right to find Love, who side-footed past Doneva to claim her hat-trick.
Leanne Crichton and Lana Clelland were introduced just before the hour mark and it was the latter’s vision that helped create Scotland’s eight goal. Clelland threaded the ball through to Jane Ross who was able strike past Doneva with ease.
The two players combined well again on 61 minutes, with Clelland firing across goal for Jane Ross to bury away her third goal of the game.
Clelland went close to claiming one herself a few moments later while Beattie was denied by the post.
With just three minutes to go Jane Ross made it double figures with a fine volley past Doneva.
Scotland must now wait until March for their next game when they will play Slovenia at home.
Scotland | Fay (GK, C), Dieke, Love (Clelland 56) Lauder, Little, Weir (Crichton 56), Evans, J.Ross, Corsie, Beattie, Brown (Smith 71). Subs not used: Lynn (GK), L.Ross, Arnot, Arthur.
FYR Macedonia | Doneva (GK), Naumoff, S. Andonova, M. Arsova, Angelovska, Andreevska, Rochi, Jakovska, N. Andonova (C), Bojku, Chubrinovska
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