Magnificent Seven from Scotland Ladies as they beat Finland 7-2


Anne Signeul’s Scotland side avenged their 1-0 defeat in Finland, by emphatically defeating the Finns 7-2 in Edinburgh last night.

Scotland opened the scoring just two minutes into the match through Spartans striker Hayley Lauder, after she latched onto a Korpela parry from a Jennifer Beattie header.

Despite conceding so early in the game, Finland were fired up by that goal and Gemma Fay in the Scotland goal made a number of good saves to deny the Scandinavian side from scoring. However the equaliser came and it was somewhat bizarre. A back pass from Rhona Jones wrong footed Fay and ended up in the back of the Scotland net.

Scotland dominated the rest of the first half, with the Finnish defence battling to stop Scotland taking the lead again. With Beattie looking a major threat for Scotland, her presence up front eventually paid dividends as she scored putting Scotland back in the lead. Lauder sent in a cross to Beattie unmarked in the box and the striker headed home past Korpela.

On 38 minutes, Scotland extended their lead through a powerful Jane Ross header from 15 yards out and just before half time Beattie again scored after she coolly slotted home a Leanne Ross cross to make it 4-1.

Glasgow City defender Rachel Corsie gained possession of the ball on the edge of the box before sending a looping volley past the deceived Korpela in the Finnish goal.

Three minutes later and Jane Ross grabbed her second and Scotland’s sixth as she lobbed Korpela. On 75 minutes Tolvanen scored Finland’s second goal, but less than a minute later Scotland notched up goal number seven, as a Katri Nokso-Koivisto pass back to Korpela was over hit and ended up in the back of the net to give Scotland a final score of 7-2.

Megan Sneddon could have made it eight for Scotland, but her superb 25 yard strike hit the Finland crossbar and away from danger.

Match Highlights

Match Information

Scotland: Fay (Lynn 46), Jones (Brown 63), Beattie, Dieke, L Ross (C Murray 71) Little, Sneddon, J Ross (Grant 71), Corsie, Small (Docherty 61), Lauder (Marshall 77).

Finland: Korpela, Saari, Hyyrynen, Kukkonen, Koivisto, Tolvanen, Rantanen, Westerlund, Lyytilainen, Sallstrom, Sjolund.

Attendance: 643

Referee: M Pirie.


About Author


Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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