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Scotland crush Israel
 Women's Football News 16 Jun 2012
 
Scotland 8 (Lauder 1, Little 6, 25, 44, Sneddon 9, Love 15, J.Ross 28, Corsie 83)
Israel 0

Scotland crushed Israel on a sodden afternoon at Tynecastle to consolidate second place in UEFA Women's Championship qualifying Group Four.

Kim Little grabbed a first half hat-trick and Hayley Lauder, Megan Sneddon, Jo Love, Jane Ross and Rachel Corsie were all on target as Scotland prepare to face closest rivals Republic of Ireland in Cork next week.

Anna Signeul's side raced into an early lead, hitting the net three times within the first ten minutes, and had the match wrapped up before half time, going into the dressing room 7-0 up.

Lauder opened the scoring inside a minute, and Little made it two with a powerful strike from the edge of the box that left Israel goalkeeper Merav Shamir with no chance.

Sneddon, who is set to pick up her 100th cap in next week's match against Republic of Ireland in Cork, got the third with another thunderous shot from the edge of the box before Love was next on the scoresheet. The Glasgow City midfielder got onto the end of a Lauder cross, and despite being off balance, sent a looping header high into the net.

There was no let up from Scotland, who were camped within their opponents half by this point. After some neat play by Sneddon and Little in midfield, Jane Ross found herself clear on goal, but a last ditch tackle by Diana Redman prevented the striker from getting her shot away.

Ross then sent a delightfully weighted ball into the box for Jennifer Beattie, but again some last ditch defending, this time by Maya Barqui, stopped another shot on goal.

It was another Ross ball that led to goal number five. Her cut back from the goal line was directly to the feet of Little, who sent a low shot past Shamir.

Ross, who was by now tormenting the Israel defence, got a goal of her own just before the half hour. She pounced on a ball into the box and rounded Shamir to slot coolly into the bottom corner.

Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay got her first touch of the ball in the 37th minute as she calmly dealt with a back pass as Adva Tawil ventured into the Scotland half.

Little got her hat-trick just before half time. A Ross ball in from the right wing found its way to the Arsenal midfielder in the crowded box. Shamir got her hands onto the ball but couldn't prevent it finding its way into the net.

The pace slowed in the second half, but Scotland continued to press forward. Lisa Evans, bound for German champions Turbine Potsdam in July, injected fresh pace down the left wing when she entered the fray in the 67th minute. She raced to the byline and sent in a perfectly weighted cross for Jane Ross, who was thwarted by Shamir.

Second half substitute Rachel Corsie, who had earlier stung the hands of Shamir with a shot from distance, rose inside the box to head home goal number eight.

Scotland: Gemma Fay, Rhonda Jones, Rachael Small (sub Rachel Corsie 74mins), Ifeoma Dieke, Emma Fernon, Joanne Love (sub Leanne Ross 67mins), Hayley Lauder (sub Lisa Evans 67mins), Kim Little, Megan Sneddon, Jennifer Beattie, Jane Ross. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Emily Thomson, Frankie Brown, Emma Mitchell. 
 
Israel: Merav Shamir, Michal Ravitz, Diana Redman, Yital Cohen (sub Lee Sima Falkon 45mins), Sarit Shenar (sub Karin Sendel 64mins), Rachel Shelina, Adva Tawil (sub Oshrat Eni 90mins), Or Erez, Moran Fridman, Maya Barqui, Moran Lavi. Subs not used: Sapir Kadari, Naama Cohen, Nora Abo Shanab, Shir Levo.

(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)


 
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