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Evans above! Hat-trick spearheads Scotland win
 Women's Football News 8 Mar 2014
 
Scotland 4 (Evans 15,17,33, Beattie 54) Holland 3 (Slegers 42, Martens 44, Melis 69)
Scotland hung on for a third successive Cyprus Women's Cup win over Holland, thanks to a sparkling first half display by Lisa Evans, which netted the Potsdam player a hat-trick. 
 
Giving the new adidas away strip its first airing, Anna Signeul's side looked to be on course for a big win against the higher ranked Dutch. But they lost two goals just before half time and needed Jennifer Beattie's second half goal to ensure the victory.
 
Signeul made adjustments to the team that drew 1-1 with France, resting Ifeoma Dieke. Nicola Docherty was brought into the side for a starting debut at left back - which meant Hayley Lauder moving to left midfield and - hugely significantly - Evans going up front to partner Jane Ross. Rachel Corsie dropped back from midfield to replace Dieke in a 4-4-2 line up.

Leanne Ross missed a good chance to emulate her early goal against France but this time she was further out and sent her shot past the far post. The Glasgow City midfielder atoned by enabling Evans to run through the middle of the Dutch defence in the 15th minute before unleashing a fierce right foot shot from 20 yards to put Scotland ahead.
 
The afternoon got better for Evans, and Scotland, when the striker rose to meet a cross from Hayley Lauder. Her header hit the bar but she was alert enough to fire the rebound home.
 
The hat-trick arrived courtesy of a blunder by Dutch defensive midfielder Tessel Middag. She allowed Evans to dispossess her just outside the box and the Scots were three ahead after just 33 minutes.
 
Scotland then came very close to adding two more. Beattie forced Angela Christ to make a great save from a header and the keeper made another great block, this time from Jane Ross. Both chances were set up by Evans.
 
The Scots were in complete command but let Holland back into the game with two goals just before half time. The first followed a searing run down the right by Gabriella Melis, whose cut back was met by Renee Slegers.
 
Poor Scottish defending led to the second, with Lieke Martens allowed to run through on Gemma Fay. The goalkeeper got her hands on the ball but couldn't hold it and the striker followed up to score.
 
Docherty saved Scotland from losing their lead entirely when she cleared off the line from Melis after the interval. A minute later, Scotland gave themselves some much needed breathing space when Beattie scored from five yards following a corner.
 
A dramatic game swung in the other direction again when Holland scored a third. Their best player, Martens, was the provider and Melis provided a cool finish.
 
The last 20 minutes were fraught as the Dutch probled for an equaliser and Dieke's late introduction proved crucial as she blocked Holland's best effort with a few minutes remaining.
 
Scotland coach Signeul said: "We had a fantastic start and Lisa's goals were brilliantly taken. Then I think the French game on Wednesday night showed in our legs and in our minds.
 
To keep Holland to 1-1 in the second half when we were really tired was very encouraging. It showed we could stand up to them and that was a great achievement." 
 
(Report by www.scottishfa,co.uk)

 
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