Scotland strike six for play-off berth

Published: Sunday 28 September 2008, 1.45CET
Scotland 6-0 Slovakia
Scotland are through to the qualifying play-offs after striking six without reply against Slovakia, including two for Julie Fleeting.
Scotland strike six for play-off berth
Pauline Hamill (right) celebrates scoring with Joanne Love and Julie Fleeting ©SFA
Published: Sunday 28 September 2008, 1.45CET

Scotland strike six for play-off berth

Scotland 6-0 Slovakia
Scotland are through to the qualifying play-offs after striking six without reply against Slovakia, including two for Julie Fleeting.
Scotland are through to the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying play-offs after striking six without reply against Slovakia.

Victory enough
Although a draw would have been enough for Scotland to ensure a top-three finish in Group 5, only a victory would have ensured their record was good enough to earn a two-legged tie next month as one of the four third-placed teams with the best record against the top quartet in their section across the six pools. And three goals in each half ensured Scotland will be drawn against one of the group runners-up on 6 October.

Fleeting double
Jennifer Beattie put Scotland into a 25th-minute lead when her cross evaded the head of Kim Little but sailed past Slovakia goalkeeper Lenka Gazdíková. Despite a good response from the visitors, just past the half-hour Julie Fleeting headed a second goal following good work from Little and Leanne Ross. Pauline Hamill's lob over Gazdíková made it 3-0 at the break after she latched on to a Michelle Kerr clearance. Not long after half-time Kim Little added to the scoreline with a low shot, fine reward for a busy performance in midfield. A Little free-kick was turned in by Fleeting and substitute Suzanne Grant completed the scoring late on.

'Over the moon'
Scotland manager Anna Signeul said: "We've made a bit of history today and the players and everyone associated with the team are over the moon. If we work as hard as we did today I think we have a good chance against anyone we might face in the play-offs." While Scotland can now look ahead to a possible debut in a senior women's finals, Slovakia have the consolation that their six-point tally is the highest of any of the five sides who progressed from the preliminary round to main qualifying.

Last updated: 28/09/08 20.29CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Scotland

Scotland

Slovakia

Slovakia

4Ifeoma Dieke
Yellow Card73'
7Ivana Bojdová
Substitution67'
1Gemma Fay (GK)3Andrea Budošová
11Pauline Hamill
Goal38'
Substitution75'
8Dana Fecková
Substitution77'
5Michelle Kerr1Lenka Gazdíková (GK)
8Kim Little
Goal51'
17Veronika Klechová
Substitution87'
6Joanne Love
Yellow Card45'
13Eva Kolenová (C)
7Kirsty Mcbride
Substitution72'
16Marcela Lukácsová
14Leanne Ross10Lucia Ondrušová
9Megan Sneddon6Maria Zubková
3Jennifer Beattie
Goal26'
18Katarina Ištóková
Yellow Card53'
10Julie Fleeting (C)
Goal32'
Goal68'
Yellow Card75'
Substitution80'
4Nana Meszaroszova

Substitutes

15Julie Ferguson12Maria Korenčiová (GK)
13Suzanne Grant
Substitution75'
Goal86'
9Veronika Šaraboková
Substitution67'
12Joanna Hutcheson (GK)15Andrea Komairikova
Substitution77'
2Rhonda Jones14Zuzana Skovrankova
Substitution87'
16Amy Mcdonald
Substitution80'
5Kristína Cerovská
17Frankie Brown2Lenka Mravíková
18Natalie Ross
Substitution72'
11Martina Rasovcova

Coach

Anna Signeul (SWE) Zsolt Pakusza (SVK)

Referee

Cristina Dorcioman (ROU)

Assistant referees

Monica Rigo (ROU), Elena Musetoiu (ROU)

Fourth official

Morag Pirie (SCO)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Scotland

    Scotland

    Next match womensworldcup: v Greece, 21 August 2010
  • Slovakia

    Slovakia

    Next match womensworldcup: v Norway, 21 August 2010
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