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Scotland foiled after fightback
 Women's Football News 9 Mar 2013
Iceland 4 (Baldurdottir 26, Ludviksdottir 30, Gudmundsdottir 42, Thrastardottir 90)
Scotland 4 (Ness 23,63, Weir 71, Richards 84)

Scotland Under-19s fought back from 3-1 down to draw with Iceland in their second match in La Manga. 
Zoe Ness opened the scoring, but Scotland lost three goals to trail at the break. Scotland came flying out of the traps in the second half and were 4-3 up with just six minutes remaining, before Iceland grabbed an equaliser with the last kick of the ball.
It looked as though Scotland were out of the running after struggling to match a physical Iceland side in the first half but they created a host of chances as they fought to get back into the game.
Ness scored her second when she went one-on-one with the Iceland goalkeeper and coolly slotted the ball into the net with her left foot.
The comeback was on when Caroline Weir buried a long range effort to make it 3-3, and Heather Richards picked up the ball on the edge of the box and drove forward to put Scotland ahead in the 84th minute. However Thrastardottir then struck a last gasp equaliser to deny Scotland victory.
Scotland Coach Michelle Barr said: "It may be a cliche, but it really was a game of two halves. I have to say that the attitude and character we showed to come back in the second half was first class.
"Zoe Ness put us into the lead fairly early on, but then we lost our way a bit after we conceded the equaliser. We struggled to get to grips with the physicality and pace of the Iceland team and found ourselves 3-1 down at the break.
"We really outplayed them in the second half. We could have scored three or four in the first 15 minutes and deserved to go into the lead. The players were really disappointed to lose the late equaliser, and I think that speaks volumes about them as a group. They have that fighting spirit and never know when they are beaten.
"This tournament isn't really about winning every game, it's about getting more international experience and gelling as a group ahead of the UEFA elite round qualifiers in April.
"We got a good victory in the first game against England, and after today the players know that they have it in their locker to fight back against top opposition, so that will serve them well going forward."
Scotland Under-19: Megan Cunningham (sub Hannah Reid 45mins), Chloe Arthur, Kirsty Smith, Siobhan Hunter, Kathryn Hill, Elizabeth Arnot, Caroline Weir, Carolina Richardson (sub Clare Williamson 61mins), Heather Richards, Abbi Grant (sub Stephanie Briggs 86mins), Zoe Ness. Subs not used: Emily McKerlie, Kirstin McGuire, Leigh Nicol, Rachel Walkingshaw.


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