A brace from Lauren Davidson and a late free-kick from Michale McAlonie saw Scotland beat Iceland 3-0. Both teams had lost their opening games, but right from the start, there was only going to be one winner. Despite this, there were some moments where Iceland threatened Scotland – but the majority of the chances fell to the Scots.
Like in their defeat to Austria, Scotland opened the scoring through a Lauren Davidson goal – but unlike in their opening game, they built upon this in the second half with Davidson scoring her second goal. Late on, Scotland won a free-kick from which captain McAlonie scored from, with her effort clipping the underside of the bar.
Scotland plays the Czech Republic on Friday in their final game, whilst Iceland plays Austria.
Pauline Hammill made six changes from the opening game, with only Kirsty Laing, Georgie Adderley, Leah Eddie, Kirstie McIntosh and Davidson keeping their place.
Davidson Puts Scotland In Front
Scotland had a great chance in the fourth minute to open the scoring when Davidson raced through on goal, but she unselfishly squared the ball looking for Kathleen McGovern – but this allowed the Icelandic defence to recover.
However, they could do nothing to prevent Davidson three minutes later. A wonderful ball from Phillipa McCallum sent Davidson behind the Icelandic defence, and she beat the keeper Katrin Maria Oskarsdottir with a calm finish.
Icelandic had a half-chance to equalise when Clara Siguroadottir cut the ball back across the six-yard box, but Åslaug Munda Gunnlaugsdóttir could not get the crucial touch.
But Scotland was on top and McGovern went close, but her shot just went wide.
Unfortunately, Kirsty Morrison had to be replaced by Lauren McCartney, after being injured in a challenge.
Iceland Come Close To Equalising
Late on in the first half, Iceland had a couple of chances to equalise. After Scotland failed to clear a cross, the ball fell to Birna Johannsdottir, but her half-volley was well saved by keeper Emily Mutch. Then Isabella Hubertsdottir went close when her shot took a deflection off Leah Eddie, but once again, Mutch made the save.
Iceland had the first real chance of the second half when poor defending from a corner allowed Gunnlaugsdottir to pass to Johansdottir, but her shot from close-range lacked any power – but still required Mutch to make a good save low down.
But then, Scotland doubled their lead. Cameron Johnstone’s through-ball sent Davidson into the box and her shot somehow squirmed past the keeper at the near post.
Scotland came close to their third through Naomi Welch, but her shot smashed off the crossbar.
Iceland then a series of corners from which they threatened Scotland, with their best chance coming when Hildur Hakonardottir had a shot cleared off the line.
However, Scotland still looked like they would score their third goal with Welch coming close, shooting narrowly wide from the edge of the box.
And in the closing moments, they did make it 3-0 when they won a free-kick, 25-yards from goal. Up stepped captain, Michaela McAlonie and her effort clipped the underside of the bar, bounced down on the goal-line and into the net.