Iceland 2 - Scotland 3: Scots make four in a row

AN inexperienced Scotland side were fully deserving of their fourth successive win when they held on to beat Iceland at a chilly Laugardalsvollur National Stadium in Reykjavik last night.

Despite their build-up being disrupted by the withdrawals of star player Kim Little and striker Emma Mitchell, the Scots were by far the better side in the first half and deservedly led 3-1 at the interval.

The first two goals were scored by players who hadn’t registered on the international stage before – Glasgow City’s Leanne Crichton, pictured, finding the net in her tenth game, and Celtic’s Emily Thomson on her first start.

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After Iceland pulled one back, Scotland right back Leanne Ross restored the advantage with a screaming shot from the edge of the box following a Hayley Lauder corner.

The hosts, who have qualified for the European Championship finals in Sweden, made four changes at half-time in an effort to make an impression on the game.

They reduced the deficit almost immediately and Scotland captain Gemma Fay, who had been at fault with the first-half goal, had to produce three outstanding saves to keep her side ahead.

The Scots had chances of their own, especially when substitute Eilish McSorley rattled the cross-bar with a 25-yard free kick. Coach Anna Signeul brought on three under-19 players for their debuts in the 
second period, and all played their part in the Scots holding out for the win.