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Aussies overcome plucky Scotland

26 July 2002

Australia made their expected commanding start with a comfortable 3-0 win against Scotland.

Australia v Scotland

Australia overcame Scotland comfortably in the end

The Scottish girls battled bravely for the first 25 minutes with Tracey Robb outstanding in their goal, but they could not match the firepower of the reigning Commonwealth and Olympic champions.

Katrina Powell, Brooke Morrison and Julie Towers scored the goals as the Aussies demonstrated their reputation for having an eye for goal.

Rhona Simpson missed an early chance for Scotland and Powell (AUS) promptly punished them for it when she turned in the first goal from Angie Skirving’s right-wing cross in the 28th minute.

Australia went two up in the 31st minute with a controversial goal scored from a short corner. The ball flew in just below the bar but it had been hit down into the ground to get its lift and arguably should have been disallowed.

Julie Towers turned in Melanie Twitt’s pass for the third goal to leave the Australians looking a good bet to win their group.

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