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Scots women reach Euro play-offs

Julie Fleeting and Pauline Hamill celebrate against Slovakia
Fleeting and Hamill both scored for Scotland against Slovakia

Scotland's women beat their Slovakian counterparts 6-0 to reach the play-offs of the European Championship.

Jennifer Beattie opened the scoring on 25 minutes when her cross evaded keeper Lenka Gazdikova and Julie Fleeting headed a second six minutes later.

Pauline Hamill lobbed Gazdikova for the third on 38 minutes and Kim Little curled home early in the second half.

Fleeting got her second soon after and Suzanne Grant wrapped up the win with a fine strike four minutes from the end.

The victory at McDiarmid Park sees the Scots qualify for the play-offs of a major tournament for the first time.

Anna Signeul's side remain four points ahead of their beaten opponents in Group 5 and they progress as one of the best third-place teams.

However, Scotland will be without Fleeting for the first play-off match after the team captain's booking in Perth resulted in a suspension.


Scotland women's coach Anna Signeul:
"It was a good defence that made us so good in attack and that's what I'm proud of.

"We worked hard as a team, we worked hard for one another from Gemma Fay in goal right up to Julie Fleeting and Pauline Hamill.

"We had five different goalscorers and that's fabulous. It's good for the team to know that it's not just Julie Fleeting who can score goals even if she was brilliant today.

"We're into the play-offs, I'm delighted."


Scotland: Fay, Beattie, Dieke, Kerr, Love, McBride (Ross 72), Little, Sneddon, Fleeting (McDonald 80), Hamill (Grant 75), Ross.
Subs Not Used: Brown, Ferguson, Jones, Cunningham.

Referee: Cristina Dorcioman (Romania)


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