Scotland women got 2011 off to the perfect start with a 4-2 friendly win over Wales in Haverfordwest this afternoon. Two goals from Hayley Lauder, plus strikes from Jane Ross and Jo Love, sealed the win.
Scotland fell behind on 16 minutes, when a free-kick was only partially cleared, allowing Gwen Harries to open the scoring for the home side.
Scotland began to take control of the match and were level 15 minutes later. The Welsh defence failed to deal with a cross from Leanne Ross, and the loose ball fell to Jane Ross, who produced a great finish to score.
Ross turned provider for Scotland’s second goal, striding down the right-wing to put in a low cross. Love dummied for Lauder to sweep home her first of the match as Scotland went in at the break in the lead.
Wales equalised on 76 minutes when Helen Lander took advantage of a bobble to beat Fay in the Scotland goal. But within three minutes Jo Love restored the lead with a cool finish.
And Lauder put the result beyond doubt when she scored Scotland’s fourth with six minutes to go, getting on the end of a Love pass to lob the onrushing Welsh goalkeeper.
National coach Anna Signeul said, “It’s always pleasing to score four goals. Our forward players linked up well and were all involved in every goal – the second in particular was a great move.
“There is a lot of competition for places now. If you look at the players who were missing today – Julie Fleeting, Kim Little, Jennifer Beattie – young players like Hayley Lauder have a chance to stake their claim.
“We started the game very well so it was disappointing to go behind, in particular the manner of the goal, which came from us failing to deal with a free-kick.
“In general we controlled the match and played very well at times.
“Wales defended strongly and won a lot of tackles. We had a few problems keeping possession in the middle of the park in the first half, so after the break we concentrated on playing down the flanks and it paid off.
“If we had switched the play a bit more throughout the game I believe we could have scored more, but overall it’s safe to say that we deserved the win.”