My personal blog on Scottish Women's Football
Four goals in ten incredible first-half minutes saw Scotland continue their 100% start to their 2017 Euro qualifying campaign as they returned to the top of Group 1. Scotland though will be slightly disappointed at conceding their first goal of the campaign, however, three points are far more important than a clean sheet.
Scotland took the lead in the 22nd minute through Kim Little before her fellow Seattle Reign player Rachel Corsie scored twice in two minutes: her first with a header whilst her second was a superb curled shot. Caroline Weir then got onto the scoresheet before Macedonia pulled a goal back through Gentjana Rochi. That was also the first goal Macedonia had scored in the qualifiers.
Neither side could find a goal in the second half, and Scotland can be extremely happy to have nine points from their first three qualifiers. Their next game is the home qualifier against Macedonia on the 29th November.
Scotland made one change from the team that had beaten Belarus 7-0 in the last qualifier, with Glasgow City’s Leanne Ross replacing Bayern Munich’s Lisa Evans.
Scotland started positively, and within the opening minutes they had created a few threatening chances. Rachel Corsie had her shot from a Kim Little corner blocked, and Leanne Ross coming close from a free-kick.
Their first great chance came in the 11th minute as Jane Ross’ through-ball played Jo Love in, but the Macedonian keeper Viktorija Doneva made a great stop. And then, from a Little corner, Caroline Weir’s shot was fumbled towards Jane Ross who shot over.
Then Little’s ball set up Jane Ross, but once again Doneva made the stop.
And then, Scotland’s pressure finally counted. Jane Ross’ flick opened up the box for Little to finally beat Doneva.
Minutes later, it was 2-0. Leanne Ross’ corner was played to Little, who picked out Rachel Corsie whose header found the back on the net. The next minute, Corsie made it 3-0, this time with a superb curling effort from just outside the box.
The outstanding Scottish spell was completed as Weir’s shot from outside the area just crept under Doneva.
Scotland kept on looking for the fifth, with Little and Weir forcing Doneva into saves.
But with half-time approaching, it would be Macedonia who would score. Natasha Andonova’s long-ball found Gentjana Rochi, whose composed finish found the bottom corner.
Scotland started the second half well with Jennifer Beattie having her shot blocked, and as the ball bounced around the box, Weir shot just wide. Then Leanne Ross’ corner picked out Beattie whose header just crept the wrong side of the post.
However, as the second half progressed, the chances started to dry up. Macedonia came close a couple of times, with Natasha Andonova’s shot missing the target before Eli Jakovska had her effort blocked
The last great chance fell for Scotland in the 79th minute, when after Little found her, Jane Ross tried to pick out Lizzie Arnot at the far post, but her pass was just too far ahead of the Hibernian player.
Macedonia (1-4-4-1): Viktorija Doneva, Sijce Andonova, Natalia Naumoff, Maja Angelovska, Dragana Kostova, Shkjipe Bojku, Eli Jakovska (Aleksandra Markovska 85), Katerina Mileska (Aleksandra Ristovska 90+3), Natasha Andonova, Jana Chubrinovska (Afrodita Saliihi 59), Gentjana Rochi.
Subs not Used: Froska Kostova (GK), Dushanka Pejkova, Saska Kokalovska, Bojana Ivanova.
Goal: Gentjana Rochi 44.
Scotland (4-2-3-1): Gemma Fay, Fiona Brown, Eilish McSorley, Jennifer Beattie, Hayley Lauder, Rachel Corsie, Caroline Weir (Kirsty Smith 80), Leanne Ross (Lizzie Arnot 65), Kim Little, Jo Love (Leanne Crichton 84), Jane Ross.
Subs not Used: Shannon Lynn (GK), Chloe Arthur, Lana Clelland, Christie Murray
Goals: Kim Little 22; Rachel Corsie 27, 28; Caroline Weir 31
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (Russia)
Assistant Referees: Ekaterina Kurochkina and Sabina Valieva (both Russian)
Fourth Official: Elena Soklevska (Macedonia)
The Editor of Tartan Kicks, the magazine dedicated to Scottish Women's Football