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Poland 0 Scotland 4 (J.Ross 23,42,46, Love 65)
Jane Ross grabbed her first international hat-trick as Scotland consolidated their position at the top of Group Four with a 4-0 victory over Poland in Grodzisk Wielkopolski.
The Vittsjo GIK striker took her tally to six goals in four qualifiers, and Jo Love added the fourth, as Scotland maintained their 100% record after an entertaining encounter in front of over 4,000 fans.
With group favourites Sweden set to host Faroe Islands later this evening, Scotland are currently six points clear in the race for a place at the finals in Canada in 2015.
Poland started with purpose and, buoyed by a vocal home support, had the best of the opening exchanges. The first real chance came after ten minutes when Aleksandra Sikora sent a cross in to the box, which was cleared by Jennifer Beattie as far as Patrycja Pożerska, but her shot was held by Gemma Fay.
Sikora showed her pace when she raced towards the Scotland goal, but she was tracked all the way by Rachel Corsie, and her weak effort was held by Fay.
With Scotland gaining a foothold in the game, Scotland's opener came at the perfect time. Megan Sneddon put in great work to win the ball in midfield. She found Kim Little who cut back for Jane Ross to calmly slot a low shot past Katarzyna Kiedrzynek.
Poland had a couple of quick chances to level. Natalia Chudzik's effort inside the box was blocked by Frankie Brown. Corsie was then booked for a foul on Ewa Pajor and Pożerska stepped up to take the free kick, unleashing a ferocious shot that rattled the Scotland bar.
Both sides were fighting for control of the game as Little had a shot saved by Kiedrzynek on the half hour. Fay raced to the edge of her box to meet Pajor, who was sprinting unmarked down the right wing, and did enough to force her effort wide. At the other end, Little picked out Leanne Crichton, but her lofted shot from the edge of the box went just wide.
Scotland doubled the lead just before half time. Jane Ross met Lauder's cross from the left wing at the near post and fired in to the net from close range. She had an opportunity to make it three on the stroke of half time when she connected with another Lauder ball, but this time her header went just wide.
Ross sealed her hat-trick directly after the re-start. Lauder was the provider once more, the Mallbakens IF defender sent in an inch perfect free kick from the left wing to the feet of Ross at the edge of the box, who turned and sent in a low shot.
Poland were by no means out of the match and enjoyed a good period, before being reduced to ten players. Sikora had a great chance to pull one back when she evaded the Scotland defence just before the hour mark, but her low shot was just wide. Fay then stood up well to block a Magdalena Szaj effort from close range.
A few minutes later, Pajor was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for a foul on Brown. She had picked up a harsh booking shortly before, for entering the field without the referee's permission after receiving treatment.
Love wrapped up the win on the 65th minute. Little controlled the ball on the edge of the box and found the Glasgow City midfielder, who curled the ball around the diving Kiedrzynek.
Sneddon had a glorious chance to add a fifth with thirteen minutes remaining, but her lob from distance cracked the bar.
Scotland are next in competitive action in April 2014. They will welcome Poland to Fir Park for the return fixture on Saturday 5th, and face Bosnia-Herzegovina away five days later.
Poland: Katarzyna Kiedrzynek, Aleksandra Sikora, Jolanta Siwinska, Agnieszka Winczo (sub Evelyn Nicinksi 75mins), Nicole Krzysik, Donata Lesnik, Patrycja Pozerska, Natalia Chudzik (sub Marta Stobba 45mins), Ewa Pajor, Magdalena Szaj (sub Weronika Aszkielowicz 69mins), Anna Gawronska. Subs not used: Daria Antonczyk, Patrycjz Wisniewska, Marta Mika, Patrycja Balcerzak.
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Hayley Lauder, Frankie Brown, Leanne Crichton (sub Sarah Crilly 73mins), Rachel Corsie, Joanne Love (sub Leanne Ross 88mins), Lisa Evans (sub Suzanne Lappin 82mins), Kim Little, Megan Sneddon, Jennifer Beattie, Jane Ross. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Eilish McSorley, Joelle Murray, Emma Mitchell.
(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)
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