Scotland took on Greece in what was one of two must win games if they are to make the World Cup play-off to reach the Finals in Germany next year. Scotland were second in the group before the game kicked off having won five out of six games in their Group. This sort of form set them up up well for the game at The Strathclyde Homes Stadium in Dumbarton. Scotland ran out comfortable 4-1 winners with two goals in each half but they should have scored more and earlier in the second half with the final two goals coming the last ten minutes of the game. Scotland’s goals came from Jennifer Beattie, the inevitable Julie Fleeting, who is now a doubt for Wednesday, Rachael Corsie and Suzanne Grant to round things off. Much better than the 1-0 won away from home in Greece.
Not really a flag day for the Greeks after all
The second half saw Fleeting replaced as she suffered an injured Achilles when attempting to block a Greek clearance. The Greeks started the second half as they did the first, more on the front foot that Scotland but that soon gave way to a familiar pattern of Scotland staying in the visitors half and putting them under pressure with a series of corners. While the Greeks could not score an equaliser with Scotland camped in their half, Scotland could not manage to take advantage of their superiority in class and possession. Beattie was making the visitors life a misery at the corners as they had nobody to compete with her height and power. She may be deployed further forward against Denmark of Fleeting fails to recover by Wednesday. The crowd had to wait till near the end of the game before they could really feel safe that they would see a Scotland victory. Another corner from the left saw first Beattie leap for the ball then Corsie get a great header on the ball and despatch it into the back of the net. Job done, it looked like Scotland would just play out time. However, there was one more goal to enjoy. The final goal was a peach from Suzanne Grant. She was picked out unmarked on the right of the penalty area and ran in on Charalampidou. She then calmly lobbed the ball over the onrushing keeper to make the final score 4-1.
Scotland: Fay, Beattie, Dieke, Love, Little, Sneddon, Fleeting, Hamill, Corsie, Fernon, Grant
Subs: Falida, Vlassiadou, Xera, Chaliakadi, Kogmbouli, Michalakidou, Tselekoglou
Crowd: 561 - the game deserved more
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