Scotland secured a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Iceland in Reykjavik tonight, thanks to three first half goals from Leanne Ross, Emily Thomson and Leanne Ross. Iceland scored through Gunnarsdóttir Sara Björk in the first half, before Hólmfríður Magnúsdóttir bagged a second for the Scandinavian side.
The first half saw Scotland dominate the early exchanges and after only 14 minutes they were already 2-0 up. On 12 minutes, Glasgow City midfielder Leanne Crichton scored from the right edge of the box to give Anna Signeul’s side the lead.
Just two minutes later and Celtic’s Emily Thomson dpubled Scotland’s lead and she fired past Helgadóttir in the Icelandic goal after a neat cross from the left.
Iceland pulled a goal back on 26 minutes, after finally getting their foot in the game. Hallbera Guðný Gísladóttir crossed from the left, Harpa Þorsteinsdóttir jumped up with Scotland keeper Gemma Fay with the ball falling to Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir who fired into an empty net.
Just after the half hour mark, Scotland bagged their third of the game. A well worked corner fell to Leanne Ross inside the penalty box and the Glasgow City skipper made no mistake as she fired past Helgadóttir.
Iceland made four changes at half time, as they looked to get back into the match and on 52 minutes, they pulled a goal back through Hólmfríður Magnúsdóttir a pass from Dagny Brynjarsdóttir.
The hosts really should have made it 3-3, two minutes later as Rachel Hönnudóttir broke through one-on-one with Gemma Fay, but the Celtic and Scotland keeper denied the Icelandic player.
Scotland had Fay to thank on numerous occasions as Iceland pressed forward looking for that equaliser, but the keeper who was making her 157th appearance for Scotland, was up to the challenge as she denied both Hólmfríður and Gunnarsdóttir.
Despite the hosts dominating proceedings in the second half, Scotland came close to scoring their fourth on 75 minutes. Jane Ross was fouled some 30 yards from goal by Guðbjörg Gunnarsdóttir. From the resulting free kick Glasgow City defender Eilish McSorley rifled a thunderbolt of a shot off the Icelandic crossbar.
Despite some desperate defending in the final stages of the game from Scotland, as Iceland tried to force their way through, Scotland secured the victory over the Scandinavian side ranked six places higher than them in the FIFA World Rankings. It was also only the second home defeat for Iceland in seven years.
Iceland: Thora boulders Helgadóttir – Glod Pearl Viggósdóttir, Sif Atladóttir, Katrin Jonsdottir, Hallbera Guðný Gisladottir, Edda Garðarsdóttir, Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, Harpa Þorsteinsdóttir, Fanndis Friðriksdóttir, Ms Lara Vidarsdottir Hólmfríður Magnúsdóttir.
Subs: Sandra Sigurdardottir, Ólína Guðbjörg Vidarsdottir Dora Mary Lárusdóttir, Guðbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, Elisha Vidarsdottir Dagny Brynjarsdóttir, Rachel Hönnudóttir, Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir, Catherine Ásbjörnsdóttir, Elin Metta Jensen, Anna Maria Baldursdóttir.
Scotland: Gemma Fay – Leanne Ross, Joanne Love, Hayley Lauder, Megan Sneddon, Jennifer Beattie, Lisa Evans, Jane Ross, Emily Thomson, Leanne Crichton, Frankie Brown.
Subs: Caroline Weir, Shannon Lynn, Claire Emslie, Siobhan Hunter, Eilish McSorley, Joelle Murray, Emma Mitchell.