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Scotland ease to comfortable win

Scotland 4 (Emslie 16,36, Hanson 29, Thomas pen 63)

Israel 1 (Sommer 84)

Scotland held onto the leadership of Group B2 as they eased to a comfortable victory in their qualifier at Hampden Park.

Scotland started the game strongly with Kirsty Hanson at the centre of the action in the opening 15 minutes. In the fourth minute, Hanson stole the ball before playing it into the box, with her delivery rattling the crossbar. Minutes later, she played another cross into the box. This time the ball was met by Martha Thomas in the middle who looped a header narrowly over the bar.

Scotland took the lead of the game in the 16th minute when a wonderful ball into the box from Martha Thomas was met by Claire Emslie who had made a perfectly timed run to direct the ball into the net at the back post area.

In the 28th minute, Lee Gibson was called into action to make a great save to deny Talia Sommer who was one on one with the Scotland shot stopper before Sophie Howard made a goal saving block.

Scotland capitalised on this quickly and took play down the other end of the pitch to double their lead. Martha Thomas’s attempt was denied by the post, however Kirsty Hanson was there to latch on to the loose ball and poke it home.

Ten minutes before half time and Scotland got their third. Martha Thomas slipped the ball into the path of Kirsty Hanson within the box, who squared it to Claire Emslie and Emslie tapped it in at the back post area once again.

Scotland were awarded a penalty in the 63rd minute when Chelsea Cornet was brought down in the aea. Martha Thomas stepped up to take the kick and confidently fired it into the bottom left corner to get her well earned goal.

A moment of history was made midway through the second half when Jane Ross was introduced as one of three substitutes, the Rangers striker winning her 150th cap in the process.

Israel got a consolation goal in the 84th minute thanks to a fantastic finish from Talia Sommer into the top left corner.

Scotland: Lee Gibson, Nicola Docherty, Rachel Corsie, Sophie Howard (sub Jenna Clark 76mins), Samantha Kerr, Kirsty Hanson, Lisa Evans (sub Kirsty Smith 67mins), Chelsea Cornet (sub Kirsty MacLean 67mins), Claire Emslie (sub Jane Ross 67mis), Martha Thomas, Erin Cuthbert (sub Amy Rodgers 83mins). Subs not used: Jenna Fife, Eartha Cumings, Kelly Clark, Sarah Ewens, Kirsty Howat, Brogan Hay, Jamie-Lee Napier.

Israel: Fortuna Rubin, Itaf Alkisi (sub Rahel Steinschneider 45mins), Shahar Nakav, Shani David, Elianna Anna Beard, Vital Kats (sub Koral Hazan 75mins), Irena Kuznezov, Meytal Sharabi (sub Michaelit Workou 69mins), Talia Sommer, Noa Selimhodzic (sub Opal Sofer 69mins), Eden Avital (sub Marian Awad 45mins). Subs not used: Lama Ghanama, Noa Kosak, Hadas Morin, Shira Elinav, Hili Shalom, Noam Achtel, Shani Sirota.