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Scotland's final match of the season ended in victory as they defeated Northern Ireland
3-1 in their friendly international at the Forthbank Stadium in Stirling.
Before the game, a presentation was made to Scotland defender Ifeoma Dieke to mark the milestone of reaching her 50th international cap.
Scotland took control of the game in terms of possession early on and created a number of chances. On 12 minutes, Megan Sneddon fired a dangerous free kick from wide on the left which was very nearly converted by Rachel Corsie but the keeper saved well. Minutes later Suzanne Grant came closer with an overhead kick. Kim Little showed her strength and quick feet to beat three players and deliver to the near post, Pauline Hamill's flick on was met by the acrobatics of Grant, but the ball cleared the bar.
While Scotland continued to look for that final pass to open up a sturdy Irish defence, they were almost caught on the break when Rachael Furness fired a warning shot from 35 yards that missed the target by inches. But despite a further ten minutes of solid Scotland possession, the same player struck again from distance and this time found her mark, Furness sending an unstoppable shot sailing past Faye and into the net.
The second half continued with the home side dominating possession but they were now getting in behind the Irish defence and making it count. Pauline Hamill grabbed the equaliser with a fine first time finish from a driven cross.
The prolific striker then continued her excellent international form to hit her side ahead. Hollie Thomson, on as a substitute, played a perfectly weighted ball in behind the Irish defence which Hamill latched onto and lifted over the onrushing keeper. Within minutes, Joelle Murray put the game beyond doubt by coolly finishing from a Diana Barry cut back.
Scotland Head Coach Anna Signeul was delighted with the result and the progress of some of her young stars. "I still think we have a confidence problem whenever we go a goal down," she said. "Whenever we are playing well but lose the first goal we really struggle to pick ourselves up.
"But we had a chat at half time and told them to put balls in behind the Irish and that seemed to work because instantly we looked far more dangerous. Once we scored one it could have been five or six and I think we played a lot better.
"I think in the first half Ifeoma Dieke showed why she is the best player on the park as her calmness and touch at the back really settled things down. Then in the second half players like Rachel Corsie really came into their own.
"We have four more friendlies before the World Cup Qualifiers begin so I am happy with our progress."
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