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Scotland top qualifying group
 Women's Football News 23 Sep 2011
 
Scotland wrapped up an impressive UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship first qualifying round with a 1-1 draw with group hosts Finland. 
 
The result saw Shelley Kerr's side top the group, after securing qualification to the second round with Monday's 4-1 win over Belarus.
 
Lana Clelland, who scored six goals in the previous two qualifiers, was again a major threat for Scotland. The midfielder put pressure on the Finland defence early on, releasing Heather Richards, whose shot was well held by Vera Varis.
 
Scotland had the ball in the net in the 11th minute, after Clelland released Kelly Clark on the wing. Her cross was knocked down by Emily Thomson for Mairead Fulton to stick in the top corner, but the offside flag was up.
 
Heroum and Engman both had chances as Finland pushed forward, and Clelland came close for Scotland when her free kick was punched away by Varis.
 
Fulton was pulling the strings for Scotland in midfield, and was rewarded with the opening goal just before half time. After picking up the ball in midfield she let fly from 25 yards, her shot deflecting off Nea-Stina Liljedahl into the back off the net.
 
Finland came flying out of the blocks in the second half. Goalkeeper Lauren Sangster had to look sharp after going one-on-one with Tia Hälinen, with Chloe Craig also snuffing out another Finnish attack.
 
In an end-to-end half, Richards and Rebecca Zoltie both came close for Scotland before heavy rain made things difficult for both sides.
 
Finland found the equaliser with fifteen minutes to go when Emma Koivisto's deflected shot beat Sangster.
 
Scotland and Finland both progress to the second qualifying round, due to be played in Spring 2012. The 24 qualifying teams will be drawn into six mini-tournament groups of four, who will vie for seven places at the finals alongside hosts Turkey in July 2012. 
 
Scotland Under-19: Lauren Sangster, Chloe Craig, Stefanie Malcolm, Eilish McSorley, Rebecca Zoltie, Lana Clelland, Mairead Fulton, Heather Richards, Emily Thomson, Claire Emslie, Kelly Clark.
Subs not used: Hannah Reid, Emma Brownlie, Kirstin McGuire, Amy Bulloch, Siobhan Hunter, Jennifer Callaghan, Gillian Sloey.

(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)


 
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