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Scotland's five-star start
 Women's Football News 2 Aug 2013
 
Scotland 5 (Jackson 7, Howat 47,68, C.Brown 60, Cuthbert 72)
Montenegro 1 (Bojat 46)

Scotland crushed Montenegro in Inverurie with Kirsty Howat's double sending the Scots to the top of their UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying group. 
 
The Scots were far too strong for the Balkan nation and could easily have doubled their margin of victory. Their superiority was reflected by the fact they had a staggering 37 attempts at goal compared to the visitors' two efforts.
 
With Northern Ireland narrowly beating Czech Republic 4-3 in the early kick off, Scotland have a healthy goal difference at the summit of Group One.
 
In front of an impressive near 600 crowd, Carla Jackson got the Scots off to a good start, but that was all they had to show for their possession at the end of a one-sided first half. And they were stunned seven minutes into the second half when Tamara Bojat levelled matters with a breakaway goal.
 
That seemed to sting Scotland into action and they moved up a gear after that. Almost immediately Howat grabbed the first of her brace and Chantelle Brown netted inbetween her two goals.
 
The excellent Erin Cuthbert got the goal her play deserved with an excellent strike that ended the scoring.
 
The pattern of the evening was established in the opening seconds when Chelsea Cornet came close to scoring right after kick off. Then Carla Jackson, who scored four goals against Wales in a recent friendly double header, found herself through on goal after a fine through ball from Sarah Robertson, but she lost her balance and the opportunity disappeared.
 
She did not miss her next chance though, A looping cross from the right by Howat found the Celtic striker at the back post and she shot back across goal and into the net.
 
Montenegro, who only founded an under-17 team last October, were unable to get out of their own half. Celtic's Alyshia Walker hit the post from a thunderous strike on the edge of the box.
 
Rangers' Erin Cuthbert was Scotland's most creative midfielder in the first half. Her ability with two feet enabled her to weave through players and create openings for her team mates up front. On the right of midfield, Abigail Harrison's running power was causing havoc for Montenegro and on several occasions she was able to put in a dangerous cross which was cleared well by the defence.
 
Sarah Robertson came close ten minutes before the break with a superb right footed curler 25 yards out. Walker should have made it 2-0 after the ball broke for her in the box but the shot went two yards wide.
 
The second half began as the first had ended with Scotland on the attack. However, completely against the run of play, Montenegro drew level. The first run down the left in the entire match by Martina Pavicevic resulted into a cross into the box which Tamara Bojat met with a volley from three yards.
 
From the restart, Scotland drove forward through Walker. Her shot from the right rebounded to Kirsty Howat who slotted in just outside the six yard box.
 
Cuthbert came within inches of making it 3-1 after she was released by Jackson but her shot was scrambled off the line by Montenegro's goalkeeper Zoran Kekic.
 
Chantelle Brown increased the lead on the hour mark with a low shot 15 yards out which flew into the bottom right corner.
 
Howat got her second on 68 minutes in similar style to her first, latching onto a rebound, this time from further out to make it 4-1. Cuthbert eventually got in on the action four minutes later to secure an emphatic opening win in Inverurie.
 
Scotland: Rebecca Flaherty, Courtney Whyte, Sarah Clelland, Georgie Rafferty, Abigail Harrison (sub Cassie Cowper 73mins), Sarah Robertson (sub Chanelle Brown 40mins), Chelsea Cornet, Kirsty Howat (sub Lia Tweedie 71mins), Alyshia Walker, Carla Jackson, Erin Cuthbert. Subs not used: Murren Stevenson, Louse Brown, Dana Baird, Carla Boyce.

Montenegro: Zorana Kekic, Dijana Miljanic, Tina Begovic, Nina Vujicic, Maja Micunovic), Ana Trutic, Martina Pavicevic (sub Milica Drljević 69mins), Nikolina Micunovic (sub Milica Pavičević 72mins), Tamara Bojat (sub Stojana Filipović 72mins), Helena Bozic, Miljana Rondovic. Subs not used: Nikoleta Simicevic, Andjela Golocevac, Sandra Zizic, Milena Lopicic.


 
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