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Scotland 2 (Evans 53, Crichton 82) Poland 0
Scotland maintained their 100% record in qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada with a 2-0 victory over Poland at Fir Park.
Second half goals from Lisa Evans and Leanne Crichton secured the three points for Anna Signeul's side in a game in which Scotland's persistence, as well as skill and composure, paid dividends.
In front of a partisan crowd of over 1,500 at Fir Park, the visitors successfully frustrated the Scots for most of the opening 30 minutes. Indeed, Scotland's only genuine opportunity during that period came from Rachel Corsie, who's header skimmed the Polish bar.
Scotland were to be denied by the framework once more just before the half time interval. Evans cut onto her right foot on the edge of the penalty area and struck a venomous shot which required sharp reflexes from Poland goalkeeper Anna Szymanska, whose slight touch was just enough to flick the ball onto the bar, before being cleared to safety.
Poland's only opportunity of the half came moments later, but was close to breaking the deadlock. Gemma Fay, largely untroubled for most of the first 45 minutes, was called upon to make a great save, getting fingertips to a strike from Patrycja Bolcerzak, which looked as if it was curling into the bottom left hand corner.
Scotland emerged with a rejuvenated sense of purpose after the break and should have taken the lead within four minutes. Kim Little, the source of much of Scotland's positive attacking play, found the head of Jo Love with a deep cross. Love's downward header at the back post was just paddled around the post by Szymanska.
That chance proved to be a sign of what was to shortly follow. Two minutes later Little was instrumental again, her niche pass finding Lisa Evans. The Turbine Potsdam striker made no mistake with her second chance of the game, firing the ball past Szymanska at the near post to give Scotland a lead that their pressure deserved.
While Scotland looked assured with their one-goal advantage, the Polish attacking threat was such that no laurels could be rested. In the 72nd minute Fay was tested once more by Bolcerzak, whose long range effort forced the Celtic goalkeeper to push onto the bar.
Scotland doubled their advantage with ten minutes to go. Little once more found the head of Love at the back post, who knocked the ball back into the path of substitute Leanne Crichton. The Glasgow City player calmly chested the ball down before firing past Szymanska to all but extinguish Poland's hopes of salvaging a result from the match.
Ultimately, it was a victory built not only on the creativity of Little and Evans and the agility of Fay, but also the persistence of the team against a resilient Polish side.
The only negative from the match was a late booking for central defender Corsie, which means she misses Scotland's next qualifier in Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday.
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Frankie Brown, Hayley Lauder (sub Leanne Crichton 76mins), Jennifer Beattie, Rachel Corsie, Joanne Love (sub Nicola Docherty 60mins), Leanne Ross (sub Suzanne Lappin 90mins), Kim Little, Megan Sneddon, Lisa Evans, Jane Ross. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Emma Black, Emma Mitchell, Joelle Murray.
Poland: Anna Szymanska, Nicole Krzysik, Marta Mika, Weronika Aszkiełowicz, Sofia Gonzalez (sub Anna Gawrońska 71mins), Natalia Chudzik (sub Aleksandra Janicka 89mins), Evelyn Niciński (sub Agata Guściora 90mins), Patrycja Balcerzak, Natalia Pakulska, Aleksandra Sikora, Patrycja Wiśniewska. Subs not used: Dana Antończyk, Sabina Ratajczak.
(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)
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