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Scotland keep qualification hopes alive
 Women's Football News 5 Oct 2013
 
Norway 1 (Lund 34) Scotland 2 (Whyte 54, Walker 69)
Wins for Scotland and Finland in the UEFA Women's Under-17 Championships blew Group Five wide open, with all four sides tied on three points going in to the last round of matches on Monday. 
 
Scotland bounced back from their narrow opening day loss to group hosts Hungary to defeat Norway 2-1, courtesy of second-half goals from Courtney Whyte and Alyshia Walker. In the other match, Finland defeated Hungary 2-0.
 
With only the group winners and the best runners-up across all six groups joining hosts England at the eight-team final tournament starting in November, Scotland must defeat Finland in their final match to be in with a chance of qualifying.
 
It was an evenly matched contest at Stadion Buk, but Norway edged ahead with a stunning strike six minutes before half time. Full back Marit Lund pushed up the park and unleashed an unstoppable shot in to the top left corner.
 
After relinquishing a two-goal lead against Hungary in the opening match, Scotland were fighting to keep their qualification hopes alive and hit back with an equally impressive strike. Goalscorer Lund fouled Carla Jackson 25 yards out and Whyte stepped up to fire the free kick in to the net.
 
The winner came from another set piece. Abi Harrison sent in a corner and Walker attacked the ball at the back post to head past goalkeeper Ida Norstrom.
 
Harrison and Walker both had chances to extend Scotland's lead, but Norway were determined to find the equaliser. Vilde Fjelldal and Julie Larsen both had efforts, and Rebecca Flaherty ensured Pauline Hamill's side took all three points when she saved from Ida Fossem in the final minute.
 
Scotland coach Pauline Hamill told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "We knew coming in to this group that every one of the teams were capable of taking points from each other, so it's no surprise that things are so close going in to the final match.
 
"The players were very disappointed after losing the opening match, particularly after taking a two-goal lead, and they reacted very well today.
 
"It was a tough game, but we knew we had to win to give ourselves a chance. We worked very hard, and I think we deserved the result.
 
"We expect an equally tough challenge against Finland on Monday but, with today's result, we put ourselves in a position where we still have a chance of qualifying."
 
Scotland Under-17: Rebecca Flaherty, Courtney Whyte, Sarah Clelland, Georgie Rafferty, Abigail Harrison, Alyshia Walker, Carla Jackson, Lia Tweedie (sub Dana Baird 54mins), Hayley Sinclair, Erin Cuthbert, Chantelle Brown (sub Sarah Robertson 75mins). Subs not used: Laura Hamilton, Amy Anderson, Chelsea Cornet, Kirsty Howat, Carla Boyce.

 
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