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Three out of three for Scotland
 Women's Football News 28 Mar 2010
 
Scotland made it nine points from nine in their FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over Georgia in Tbilisi.
 
Georgia took a surprise lead on 21 minutes, when Lela Chichinadze converted their only shot of the game.
 
Scotland dominated all over the pitch, but it looked as though they would be punished for failing to convert their chances, until Jennifer Beattie slammed the ball into the net in first half stoppage time.
 
A Rachel Corsie header, and a superb long-range effort from Leanne Ross - her first Scotland goal - wrapped up the points.
 
Scotland came flying out of the traps in the first half, with Ross and Julie Fleeting both coming close early on.
 
It looked only a matter of time before Scotland opened the scoring, but it was Georgia who hit the net first.
 
The uneven, threadbare surface was causing both sides problems as the ball bobbled awkwardly. Kim Little was dispossessed in the middle of the park and Georgia flooded forward. Corsie looked to have dealt with the threat, when she lost control after an awkward bounce, and Chichinadze rounded her to fire the ball past Gemma Fay in the Scotland goal.
 
Scotland immediately pressed for the equaliser. Suzanne Grant found herself free in the penalty box, but she was off-balance and hit the ball over the bar as she fell. Grant was in the thick of things again, when she sent in a looping cross into the box. With the goalkeeper off her line, it looked a certain goal, but Ross couldn't get to the ball in time.
 
Fleeting had a couple of chances as the clock ticked towards half time, but Scotland needed stoppage time to level the score. Little sent a free-kick into the crowded box and the ball cannoned around, until Beattie made contact and slammed a shot home.
 
Scotland moved ahead seven minutes after the re-start. A free kick into the box was met by Fleeting, who headed back into the path of Corsie, and the Glasgow City defender coolly headed into the empty net.
 
A few minutes later, a close range Fleeting header looked goalbound, but the goalkeeper managed to block. Little also came close with a rasping shot that was just wide.
 
Scotland sealed the win in style on 82 minutes when Ross unleashed a thunderous drive from around 40 yards out, leaving the goalkeeper stranded.
 
Scotland now face Bulgaria at The Falkirk Stadium on Thursday 1 April. Suzanne Grant is a doubt for the game after sustaining a thigh injury.
 
Scotland national coach, Anna Signeul, said: "We created so many chances today, there were about 15 clear cut chances that we should have taken.
 
"Our passing in the final third and balls into the box were very good, but it was finishing that caused us problems today.
 
"We should have been in the lead by the time Georgia scored, but it was crucial that we scored before half time, it made it much easier for us in the second half.
 
"We had to be patient, and we were confident that the goals would come. But the pitch was uneven and unpredictable and made it hard to play good football so we couldn't relax.
 
"I was very pleased for Leanne Ross today getting the final goal. It was her first Scotland goal, and it was absolutely brilliant."
 
(www.scottishfa.co.uk)

 
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