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Israel 1 (Lavi 35)
Scotland 6 (J.Ross 5, Beattie 9, Little 46,56, Lauder 70, Ravitz og 72)
Scotland started their Euro 2013 qualifying campaign with a convincing victory of Israel in the Ness Ziona Municipal stadium thanks to a brace from Kim Little and goals from Jane Ross, Jennifer Beattie, Hayley Lauder and an own goal.
Scotland had identified Israel as a side that defended deep and worked on moves to break down the defence and it didn't take Anna Signeul's side long to break the deadlock racing into a two-goal advantage after just nine minutes.
The Scotland side coped comfortably in the heat with Megan Sneddon making a very bright start in the middle of the park and it was her corner that found Jane Ross who put Scotland 1-0 up. Jane Ross' strike partner, Jennifer Beattie, almost put Scotland two goals up with the Israeli goalie having to look sharp to keep out the Arsenal striker's drive from the edge of the box.
However, Beattie didn't have to wait long to open her account. Spartans midfielder Hayley Lauder broke down the left and her cross found Beattie unmarked at the back post to put Scotland 2-0 up.
The combination of Sneddon's long throws and the height and strength of Beattie were causing problems in the Israeli defence and Beattie was unfortunate to see a headed chance drift wide of the post. Scotland were keeping up the pressure and the defenders had to look sharp, first, to cut out a cross from Emma Fernon and then to stop Kim Little getting to Jane Ross' cut back in the box.
Despite all the pressure from Scotland, the next goal was for Israel. A quick break from midfield released Moran Lavi on 35 minutes and she slotted the ball past Gemma Fay in the Scotland goal.
Anna Signeul's side started the second half as brightly as the first and again scored twice in the opening ten minutes with Arsenal's Kim Little grabbing both. The first was the pick of the bunch as she raced from midfield and coolly fired past Shamir in the Israeli goal. Neat play from Leanne Ross on 56 minutes found Beattie who unselfishly passed across the face of the goal to give Little the simplest of chances to score her second goal.
The Scotland coach soon changed her side bringing Suzanne Grant on for the impressive Leanne Ross and it was two Grant crosses that gave Scotland their next two goals. A fine ball down the right found Grant and her cross was met by Hayley Lauder at the back post to give Scotland a four-goal lead. Minutes later another cross from Grant was turned into the net by Israel defender Ravitz as Shamir looked on helplessly.
With minutes to play, Scotland thought they had scored their seventh after Little played in Lauder but the assistant referee ruled the Spartans' midfielder to be offside.
Scotland's next game is at Tynecastle Stadium against Wales on 27 October and the Welsh scout that watched the game from the stands will surely go away impressed with how Signeul's side controlled the game.
Israel: Merav Shamir, Michal Ravitz, Maya Barqui (sub Naama Cohen 70mins), Diana Redman, Oshrat Eni, Moran Lavi, Sarit Shenar, Tal Shino (sub Karin Sendel 56mins), Adva Tvil, Or Erez (sub Yifat Cohen 61mins), Moran Fridman. Subs not used: Sapir Kadori, Adi Stein, Ortal Shamilov, Sivan Fhima.
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Rachael Small (sub Rhonda Jones 85mins), Emma Fernon, Rachel Corsie, Ifeoma Dieke, Leanne Ross (sub Suzanne Grant 59mins), Megan Sneddon, Kim Little, Hayley Lauder, Jane Ross (sub Joanne Love 71mins), Jennifer Beattie. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Frankie Brown, Christie Murray, Lisa Evans.
(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)
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