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Scotland maintain perfect record

Scotland claimed their third win of the World Cup 2015 qualifying campaign as goals from Jane Ross and Jennifer Beattie secured three points against Northern Ireland.

The Scots headed into the match top of Group 4 after emphatic 7-2 and 7-0 victories over the Faroe Islands and Bosnia respectively in their opening two games and strengthened their position further with this 2-0 home win.

They enjoyed the best possible start to the clash at Fir Park when Ross capitalised on a mistake by the Northern Ireland defence to dispatch the opening goal beyond Emma Higgins after just three minutes.

The visitors tried to hit back through Lynda Shepherd but her 25-yard drive failed to trouble Gemma Fay in the Scotland goal.

Sarah McFadden came even closer with a header from a corner that flashed just wide of the upright.

Despite those chances, Scotland dominated the first half in terms of possession but were frustrated in their attempts to add to their early opener.

The home side could have doubled their lead after the restart when Ross turned provider for Suzanne Lappin but she curled a half-volley past the post.

However, the points were safe with 78 minutes on the clock when Beattie rifled a right foot shot past Higgins to put the game beyond Northern Ireland as Scotland took another step towards the finals in Canada.


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