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Scotland girls hit seven
 Women's Football News 11 Mar 2013
 
Scotland will go into the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship elite round qualifiers on a high after rounding off a week of preparation in La Manga with an emphatic 7-3 win over Italy. 
 
Scotland were unbeaten over three matches, defeating England 2-1 in their opening match, and fighting back from 3-1 down to draw 4-4 with Iceland on Friday but ut they saved the best for last in an eye-catching win.
 
Caroline Weir opened the scoring for Scotland and Zoe Ness made it 2-0 inside 24 minutes but Italy pulled one back when they broke up the park just a minute later, and then struck again to go in level at the break.
 
Kirsty Smith put Scotland into the lead again immediately after the restart, whipping in a wicked ball to score direct from a corner. Weir then grabbed her second of the game to make it 4-2.
 
Italy pulled one back from the penalty spot, but Scotland finished the match in some style thanks to goals from Heather Richards, Ness and Elizabeth Arnot, who showed great composure to round the Italian goalkeeper and slot the ball into the net.
 
Scotland will host Austria, Denmark and Ukraine in the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship elite round next month. The Group 3 matches will be played from 4-9 April in Falkirk, Hamilton and Livingston.
 
Coach Michelle Barr said: "Our attacking play was excellent today, and it really was an exciting game.
 
"We went two goals up early on and were looking comfortable, but we lost focus a bit when Italy pulled one back, and on balance it was probably fair that we went in level at the break.
 
"I keep talking about the character and "never say die" attitude in this group, and they showed that again in the second half.
 
"We came out, added two quick goals, and pushed on from there. We have a lot of pace and creativity in our side and Italy play quite a high line, so that allowed us to carve out a lot of opportunities.
 
"It's been a great week overall. We've faced lots of different challenges, almost every possible situation we might come up against in future.
 
"We came out on top in a really tight game against England, then fought back from 3-1 down to draw with a tough, physical side in Iceland. Today, we were pegged back after going ahead and then kicked on to seal the win quite comfortably in the end.
 
"You can rely on this side to score goals and we've done really well defensively against some tough opponents. As a group, we want to work on conceding fewer goals, so the experience this week will be invaluable going forward.
 
"The players have said themselves that they learned so much over these three games. They are now looking forward to playing in front of home crowds in the elite round matches against Austria, Denmark and Ukraine next month." 
 
Scotland Under-19: Megan Cunningham (sub Hannah Reid 45mins), Chloe Arthur (sub Kirstin McGuire 45mins), Kirsty Smith, Siobhan Hunter (sub Emily McKerlie 82mins), Kathryn Hill, Elizabeth Arnot, Caroline Weir, Clare Williamson (sub Leigh Nicol 62mins), Heather Richards, Abbi Grant (sub Carolina Richardson 75mins), Zoe Ness (sub Rachel Walkingshaw 87mins). Sub not used: Stephanie Briggs.

(www.scottishfa.co.uk)

 
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