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Scotland 10 (J.Ross 3,59,61,87, Love 8,40,53, Beattie 24, Lauder 27, Evans 35)
FYR Macedonia 0
Scotland signed off 2015 in style with an emphatic ten-goal victory over FYR Macedonia in Paisley.
The result keeps Scotland top of EURO 2017 qualifying Group 1 and continues their 100% record at the halfway stage.
Decked out in the new adidas away kit, Scotland were quick out the traps. A tidy through ball from Lisa Evans on two minutes found the run of Caroline Weir, who sidefooted her shot off the post from a tight angle.
A minute later Scotland took the lead. Following some neat build up play, a beautiful curling cross was sent over from Hayley Lauder on the left. Jane Ross, who started her career at a local girls club in Paisley, jumped highest and met the cross with a fantastic glancing header.
On eight minutes, Scotland doubled their advantage via another cross from the left. This time it was Joanne Love who was able to run into the box and head it over the line, for her third goal in two games.
Ross almost had her second of the game on 16 minutes when she met Kim Little's teasing cross from the edge of the box. The Manchester City striker got a good clean head on the ball but Macedonia keeper Viktorija Doneva was able to palm off the cross bar and away from danger.
Little turned provider again on 24 minutes to help seal Scotland's third goal. The midfielder ran down the left before doubling back and playing a tidy cross into the six yard box. Jennifer Beattie was there to knock the ball in with her head and put Scotland firmly in the driving seat.
But they weren't finished yet and with the backing of a joyful young support, Scotland had their fourth of the day. Lauder collected a deflected ball in the box before steadying herself and calmy placing it into the bottom left corner with her side-foot.
With ten minutes remaining of the first-half Lisa Evans made it 5-0 when she prodded in Lauder's inviting cross over from the left. There was no way back now for the visitors, who were struggling to keep possession in the face of Scotland's pressing game.
Love hit the underside of the crossbar on 39 minute but grabbed her second goal a minute later. Lauder played a long ball over to the far post where Love was waiting to volley home.
That partnership worked wonders again just eight minutes into the second half, Lauder crossing over from the right to find Love, who sidefooted past Doneva to claim her hat-trick.
Leanne Crichton and Lana Clelland were introduced just before the hour mark and it was the latter's vision that helped create Scotland's eighth goal. Clelland threaded the ball through to Jane Ross who was able strike past Doneva with ease.
The two players combined well again on 61 minutes, with Clelland firing across goal for Jane Ross to bury away her third goal of the game.
Clelland went close to claiming one herself a few moments later while Beattie was denied by the post. With just three minutes to go, Jane Ross made it double figures with a fine volley past Doneva.
Scotland must now wait until March for their next game when they will play Slovenia at home.
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Frankie Brown (sub Kirsty Smith 71mins), Hayley Lauder, Ifeoma Dieke, Rachel Corsie, Joanne Love (sub Lana Clelland 56mins), Caroline Weir (sub Leanne Crichton 56mins), Kim Little, Jane Ross, Jennifer Beattie, Lisa Evans. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Leanne Ross, Lizzie Arnot, Chloe Arthur.
FYR Macedonia: Viktorija Doneva, Natalia Naumoff (sub Aleksandra Ristovska 60mins), Sijce Andonova, Milka Arsova, Maja Angelovska (sub Aleksandra Markovska 81mins), Lence Andreevska, Gentjana Rochi, Eli Jakovska (sub Katerina Mileska 45mins), Natasha Andonova, Shkjipe Bojku, Jana Chubrinovska. Subs not used: Frosta Kostova, Afrodita Saliihi, Dragana Kostova, Dushanka Pejkova.
(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)
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