Scotland women hammer Israel 6-1 in Euro 2013 opener

Scotland striker Kim Little
Little scored a fine solo goal for Scotland against Israel

Kim Little's double helped Scotland start their Euro 2013 qualifying campaign with a convincing win over Israel at Ness Ziona Municipal Stadium.

Jane Ross headed the fifth-minute opener and Jennifer Beattie slotted in the second four minutes later.

Moran Lavi broke clear to reduce the arrears after 35 minutes.

But Little fired a solo goal just after the break and added another from close range, before a Hayley Lauder strike and an own goal from Michal Ravitz.

As well as scoring herself, Beattie had unselfishly set up Arsenal team-mate Little for the fourth goal as the two London-based players impressed throughout.

Substitute Suzanne Grant, the Celtic player having replaced Leanne Ross, supplied the crosses for Scotland's final two goals.

Anna Signeul's side, who had warmed up with a 7-2 hammering of Finland, next host Wales at Tynecastle on 27 October in the group that also includes France and the Republic of Ireland.

And goalkeeper Gemma Fay says the Scots go into that game full of confidence having recently defeated Wales 4-2 away from home in a friendly.

"They have some youngsters coming through themselves and have players playing in the Superleague down south, so we will not underestimate them," the Celtic player told BBC Scotland.

Fay was delighted to have overcome the first hurdle against the Israelis.

"It is never easy, the first game of a qualification campaign away in a country we have never played before and against a team we don't know much about and in quite hot temperatures," she said.

"So to come away winning 6-1 and to have dominated the match like we did is absolutely brilliant.

"It is an impressive scoreline, but our last game was won 7-2 against Finland yet they are ranked above us.

"So, when we take our chances, and we do create a lot of them, we know we can have these kinds of results.

"But, in a qualifying match, it doesn't happen that often, so not completely surprised but delighted.

"We've got a really young exciting team dotted in between with some of us oldies and we've got the combination right now."

Scotland: Fay, Small (Jones 85), Corsie, Dieke, Fernon, L. Ross (Grant 59), Sneddon, Little, Lauder, J. Ross (Love 71), Beattie. Subs not used: Lynn, Brown, Murray, Evans.

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