Scotland Keep On Track For Play-Off Spot
Scotland's women kept their hopes of qualifying for the UEFA finals alive with a 2-1 win over Portugal at Livingston on Sunday. For a change, Julie Fleeting did not score but she was on hand to offer an assist for the first goal. After dominating the first half, Scotland did not open the scoring until two minutes before the break. It was down to captain Julie Fleeting to pass for Suzanne Grant to knock the ball home. The Scots doubled their advantage in 57 minutes when sub Pauline Hamill headed in from close range. It was as the game was drawing to a close that time the visitors grabbed a consolation goal through Sonia Silva.
Scotland now have nine points with one game remaining, against the Czech Republic in Dingwall on 5 September. With a play-off place open to the best third placed teams in the groups, a win in that game could still let Scotland grab a qualifying spot.
Ger Harley (firstname.lastname@example.org)