Wales 2 Scotland 4

By Ed_ScottishFitba
Last updated : 14 February 2011

Scotland women showed their Welsh counterparts how to win a game as they won 4-2 in a friendly in Haverfordwest yesterday. Scotland's goals came from Hayley Lauder (two), Jane Ross and Jo Love, which sealed the win. Scotland did not get off to the best of starts as they lost the opening goal in the 16 minute. A free-kick for the home side was only partially cleared, which allowed Gwen Harries to open the scoring. However, Scotland did not let that set back put them off their stride and they began to take control of the game and were level just after the half-hour mark. The Welsh failed to deal with a cross from Leanne Ross, and the loose ball fell to Jane Ross, who scored with a great finish. It was scorer turned provider for Ross as she strode down the right wing to put in a low cross. Love dummied for Lauder to sweep home her first and give Scotland the half-time lead. The home side drew level on 76 minutes when Helen Lander took advantage of a bobble to beat Fay in the Scotland goal. This was not enough to see of Scotland as within three minutes Love restored the lead with a cool finish. It was Lauder who put the result beyond doubt when she added a fourth with six minutes to go, getting on the end of a Love pass to lob the onrushing Welsh goalkeeper.

Coach Anna Signeul said: "It's always pleasing to score four goals. Our forward players linked up well and were all involved in every goal - the second in particular was a great move. There is a lot of competition for places now. If you look at the players who were missing today - Julie Fleeting, Kim Little, Jennifer Beattie - young players like Hayley Lauder have a chance to stake their claim.  We started the game very well so it was disappointing to go behind, in particular the manner of the goal, which came from us failing to deal with a free-kick. "In general we controlled the match and played very well at times. Wales defended strongly and won a lot of tackles. We had a few problems keeping possession in the middle of the park in the first half, so after the break we concentrated on playing down the flanks and it paid off. If we had switched the play a bit more throughout the game I believe we could have scored more, but overall it's safe to say that we deserved the win."

Scotland: Fay (Cpt), Jones, Corsie, Dieke, Fernon, Love, L Ross, Sneddon, Lauder, J Ross, C Murray
Subs: Lynn, Marshall, Hughes, Brown, J Murray, Lappin, Barry

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