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Scotland 9 (Little 6, Weir 10, J.Ross 11,46,52, Corsie 57,80, Crichton 59, Beattie 90) Faroe Islands 0
Scotland sealed a place in the play-offs for FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 in some style, with a 9-0 win over the Faroe Islands at Fir Park.
Jane Ross grabbed her third hat-trick of the campaign to take her tally to 13 goals and become the joint-top scorer in qualifying alongside GaŽtane Thiney (France) and Vivianne Miedema (Holland). Former women's under-19 captain Caroline Weir scored her first senior goal while Kim Little, Rachel Corsie (2), Leanne Crichton and Jenny Beattie also netted to seal a convincing victory.
After Germany's 4-1 win over Russia in Group 1 earlier in the day, Anna Signeul's side knew that victory today would seal a historic first ever World Cup play-off berth, following back-to-back UEFA Women's Euro play-off appearances.
Scotland still have an opportunity to qualify automatically for the finals next summer, but require a winning margin of better than 3-1 over group leaders Sweden in Gothenburg on Wednesday.
Scotland lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, and the front three of Little, Weir and Ross got the home side off to the perfect start, scoring a goal each within 11 minutes.
Little, making her 100th appearance for Scotland, struck first. Weir stung goalkeeper Randi Wardum's hands with her initial effort and the Faroe Islands defence failed to clear. The ball eventually fell to Hayley Lauder on the edge of the box, who raced in and squared for the Seattle Reign midfielder, leaving her with a simple tap in.
Weir, making just her eighth appearance, was next on the scoresheet. When Wardum fumbled Little's effort, the ball fell to the young Arsenal midfielder, who fired in off the post from close range.
Ross made it three less than a minute later when she picked up the ball from Lauder on the edge of the box and raced in raced in to coolly slot past the goalkeeper.
After that early rush, Scotland remained camped in the Faroe Islands half, but couldn't find the net again. Weir sent an effort over the bar and Little uncharacteristically squandered a chance, hitting a Weir cross high and wide. Lauder and Frankie Brown also had efforts, but it remained 3-0 at half time.
Ross sealed her hat-trick almost immediately after the restart, netting her second goal on 46 minutes after another Lauder delivery, and then sliding a low shot in to the net six minutes later to make it 5-0. She almost grabbed another shortly afterwards. Little and Lauder played a neat one-two on the edge of the box, with Lauder sending an inviting ball across the face of goal. Ross and then Jo Love both slid in, but neither was able to connect.
Notts County defender Rachel Corsie made it six when she knocked in a cross from her former Glasgow City team mate, Ross. Crichton then helped herself to a goal, netting with the first strike from distance.
Corsie scored her second, and Scotland's eighth, with 20 minutes remaining when she connected with substitute Emma Mitchell's cross to score another from close range.
Beattie scored the final goal, and arguably the pick of the bunch, with an audacious effort from 25 yards out, to round up an enjoyable evening for the crowd of just under 1,300 at Fir Park.
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Hayley Lauder, Jennifer Beattie, Rachel Corsie, Frankie Brown, Joanne Love (sub Suzanne Mulvey 70mins), Caroline Weir (sub Emma Mitchell 60mins), Kim Little, Megan Sneddon, Leanne Crichton (sub Christie Murray 62mins), Jane Ross. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Eilish McSorley, Nicola Docherty, Heather Richards.
Faroe Islands: Randi Wardum, Oddrun Danielsen, Fridrun Danielsen, Ansy Sevdal, Malena Josephsen, Rannva Andreasen, Heidi Sevdal, Sigrun Kristiansen (sub Sigrid Petersen 84mins), Eydvor Klakstein (sub Anna Brimnes 72mins), Liljan Petersen, Idunn Magnussen (sub Valgero Andreasen 53mins). Subs not used: Nina Davidsen, Elsa Jacobsen, Monika BiskopstÝ, Elin Maria Isaksen.
(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)
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