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Scotland girls in seventh heaven
 Women's Football News 21 Sep 2013
Scotland got their UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship qualifying campaign off to the perfect start with a 7-0 win over hosts Macedonia. 
Four first half goals put Scotland in an unassailable lead in Gareth Evans' first competitive match as women's Under-19 coach.
Captain Caroline Weir had a late penalty saved, but netted the rebound as she scored on either side of substitute Carolina Richardson's strike to make it seven, and send Scotland to the top of Group Eight.
Scotland dominated possession from the outset, with Lizzie Arnot, Abbi Grant and Zoe Ness all having early shots on goal. But they were made to wait for the opener, as Macedonia proved difficult to break down.
Weir hit the woodwork on 18 minutes and had an effort saved by Macedonian goalkeeper Olgica Arsova, and Ness also came close, before Lucy Graham got on the end of a Ness ball to score the opener.
The floodgates opened as Arnot netted six minutes later, before Arsova put the ball in to her own net. Clare Williamson then scored from an Arnot corner in added time to put Scotland four up at the break.
Macedonia re-grouped and again made Scotland wait to add to their tally. Weir scored the first of her double with 67 minutes gone, before substitute Richardson made it six.
The captain added the final goal in additional time when she was fouled in the box by Ana Vaselinova. She stepped up to take the penalty, which was saved by Arsova, but followed up the rebound.
Scotland coach Gareth Evans said: "The girls had to be very patient today as, despite what the scoreline suggests, Macedonia were very stuffy and difficult to break down.
"The girls did very well to stay calm and keep going. They could easily have become frustrated the longer the first half went on, as we had a lot of early chances.
"We got the first goal after half an hour and the floodgates opened after that.
"We scored seven good goals, and we did very well to get the ball wide and get crosses in, which we worked hard on in training.
"We're very pleased with the start, but we have a tough game coming up on Monday. Georgia lost 5-2 to Romania today, so they will have something to prove when they face us."
Scotland Under-19: Megan Cunningham, Chloe Arthur, Fiona Brown, Emily McKerlie, Lucy Graham, Rachael O'Neill, Lizzie Arnot, Clare Williamson (sub Rachel Halliday 64mins), Caroline Weir, Zoe Ness (sub Hannah Stewart 76mins), Abbi Grant (sub Carolina Richardson 58mins). Subs not used: Jenna Fife, Katey Turner, Leigh Nicol, Haylie Crosbie.

(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)

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