Scotland Come From Behind To Beat Belarus

Shelley Kerr recorded a win in her first competitive match, as Scotland began their road to what would be their first World Cup in France 2019.

Scotland started strongly with Jane Ross going close from a rebound following a Caroline Weir free-kick, reports

Ross had another opportunity early on but over ran the ball and it was collected by the goalkeeper.

At the other end Lee Alexander had to have sharp reactions to block a shot inside the box after 9 minutes.

With 24 minutes gone, Belarus took a shock 1-0 lead when Anastasia Kharlanova looped the ball over the head of Lee Alexander, who was unable to bat the ball away.

Just 3 minutes later Ross equalised for Scotland. She first of all earned a corner with a rasping drive, before knocking home the flag-kick following a goalmouth scramble.

The half then petered out with Scotland still pressing for a winner and Jenny Beattie was presented with the ball in the box but couldn’t direct her effort on target.

Scotland began the second half in the ascendancy once again but Belarus were proving a hard nut to crack. Claire Emslie was presented with a golden opportunity at the far post but her shot failed to hit the back of the net.

Beattie then saw a header well saved after she found herself clear at the back post.

Belarus’s goal was subject to a barrage of attacks and Scotland finally got the breakthrough when Anna Kozyupa knocked the ball into her own net, following a determined Ross run and cross.

Scotland now go into Tuesday’s game against Albania at the Paisley 2012 Stadium hopeful of a large crowd with free entry for all supporters.

Scotland: Alexander, Lauder, Corsie (C), Beattie, Smith, Love, Weir (Crichton, 77), Emslie, C Murray (Cuthbert, 76), Evans (Fiona Brown, 83) Ross

Unused substitutes: Lynn, Arthur, J Murray, Clelland


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