Scotland’s Women kicked off their EURO 2013 qualifying campaign with a 6-1 win over Israel in Ness Ziona. Anna Singuel’s side made a great start to the game and after just ten minutes they were 2-0 up, thanks to goals from Jane Ross and Jennifer Beattie. Moran Lavi pulled a goal back for Israel just after the half hour mark, into the second and Scotland dominated adding a further four goals through Hayley Lauder, a double from Kim Little and an own goal from Michal Ravitz.
Scotland started the game brightly and it wasn’t long before they took the lead. A corner from Megan Sneddon found Jane Ross who dispatched the ball to open the scoring for Scotland. Jennifer Beattie almost made it 2-0 for Scotland, but she was denied by the Israeli keeper, but Beattie wasn’t to be denied soon after. Spartans midfielder Hayley Lauder drove down the left flank and crossed for Beattie who was unmarked at the back post to double Scotland’s lead.
Sneddon and Beattie were causing the Israeli side a whole host of problems now, with Scotland having a number of further chances to increase their lead. But despite Scotland’s domination, Israel managed to pull a goal back. A quick counter from midfield saw Moran Lavi race through on goal before sending the ball past Gemma Fay in the Scotland goal on 35 minutes.
Into the second half and Scotland once again started as they had done in the first, and scored twice in the space of ten minutes with Arsenal’s Kim Little scoring both. The first saw Little race through from midfield and fire past Shamir in the Israeli goal for Scotland’s third of the match. On 56 minutes Beattie latched onto a pass from Leanne Ross before passing the ball across the face of goal to give Kim Little a simple tap-in.
Scotland made a number of substitutions with Leanne Ross making way for Suzanne Grant and it was the substitute who set up the Scotland’s next two goals. Grant gathered the ball down the right flank and crossed for Hayley Lauder at the back post to score Scotland’s fifth of the match. Minutes later and Grant sent another cross into the Israeli box, but Israeli defender Ravitz turned the ball into her own net.
Scotland had the ball in the back of the net again through Hayley Lauder, but the linesman flagged offside.
Scotland Ladies will next play Wales on the 27th October at Tynecastle in their EURO 2013 group.
After the game, Anna Singuel said: “I was very pleased with the whole squad and the officials who made all the arrangements for today. We made a great start thanks to Jane (Ross) and Jennifer (Beattie), but felt we went into a little dip after half an hour which is when they scored. We had a water break around the twenty-minute mark due to the heat. There was no shade on the playing surface which made things difficult for the players. However, I was really proud of how they coped after the goal by Israel and made sure in the second half that we were never in any danger.”
Scotland team: Fay, Small (Jones 85’), Corsie, Dieke, Fernon, L. Ross (Grant, 59’), Sneddon, Little, Lauder, J. Ross (Love, 71), Beattie
Subs not used: Lynn (GK), Brown, Murray, Evans,