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Scotland run riot in Bulgaria
 Women's Football News 20 Jun 2010
BULGARIA 0 SCOTLAND 5 (Beattie 17, Fleeting 35, Little pen 63, Corsie 67, Hamill 90)
Scotland maintained their 100% record in the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Bulgaria in Sofia. 
Suzanne Grant was missing from the side as she battles to recover from a hamstring injury in time to face Denmark at Rugby Park on Thursday, with Megan Sneddon coming in.
Scotland dominated from the outset with Little taking charge in the centre of midfield and Jo Love and full back Emma Fernon finding space down the left, while the hosts struggled to get out of their own half.
Fleeting and Little both had early chances, but the breakthrough came on 17 minutes when full back Beattie collected the ball wide on the right and went on a driving run before firing the ball in from the edge of the area.
Bulgaria registered their only shot on target when Beattie upended Diana Dineva on the edge of the box but Lili Zhekova's free kick was comfortably held by Gemma Fay.
The hosts gifted Scotland their second goal ten minutes from half time when keeper Korneliya Naydenova was penalised for failing to release the ball, giving away a free kick inside the box. Fleeting's curling shot was deflected into the net off the Bulgarian wall.
Scotland kept up the pace after the break, with the hosts living dangerously. Naydenova came off her line to block a Little shot, Hamill pounced on the rebound, but her effort was cleared off the line.
Little added a third from the penalty spot on 63 minutes after her cross into the box was handled.
It was four a few minutes later. Hamill's rasping free kick crashed off the underside of the bar and fell to Corsie who bundled the ball over the line from close range.
With one eye on the match against group leaders Denmark on Thursday, coach Anna Signeul made changes as the half wore on. Little, Fleeting and Leanne Ross made way for Jane Ross, Kirsty McBride and Joelle Murray.
Scotland kept the foot on the gas, and wrapped up an impressive win two minutes into injury time as Murray's cross was fumbled by Naydenova and Hamill rounded her to make it five.
Scotland now face Denmark at Rugby Park on Thursday. They go into the match trailing their opponents by one point with a game in hand.
Anna Signeul told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "There were so many positives to be taken from this match. We were determined to keep a clean sheet after losing early goals in previous games. Not only did we achieve that, but we scored early on ourselves, and we didn't look back after that.
"The goals came from all over the park, which I think sums up a great team performance.
"We were wary of Bulgaria breaking on the counter attack, but we restricted them very well and Gemma Fay was never really troubled.
"Our confidence grows with every win, and we've put ourselves into a very good position ahead of Thursday's game."
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Jennifer Beattie, Ifeoma Dieke, Leanne Ross (sub Kirsty McBride 71mins), Joanne Love, Kim Little (sub Jane Ross 65mins), Megan Sneddon, Julie Fleeting (sub Joelle Murray 79mins), Pauline Hamill, Rachel Corsie, Emma Fernon. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Rhonda Jones, Suzanne Grant, Frankie Brown.


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