Football: Jane’s hat-trick keeps Scots on track for World Cup

Former Rothesay Academy pupil Jane Ross scored a hat-trick for Scotland in their World Cup qualifier in Bosnia-Herzegovina. (Pic by Lorraine Hill.)
Former Rothesay Academy pupil Jane Ross scored a hat-trick for Scotland in their World Cup qualifier in Bosnia-Herzegovina. (Pic by Lorraine Hill.)

Former Rothesay Academy pupil Jane Ross hit a hat-trick on Thursday to keep Scotland’s women on course for a place at the 2015 World Cup in Canada.

The Scots trailed Bosnia 1-0 at half-time in Zenica, but Jane - who visited her old school only last week to pass on some tips to the next generation of Bute’s female footballers - fired in the equaliser on 64 minutes after team-mate Lisa Evans saw her shot blocked by the Bosnian keeper.

Twelve minutes later Jane’s low diving header put the Scots in front, and after hitting the crossbar with another header five minutes from the end she completed her treble - her second of the year in a Scotland jersey, following a previous hat-trick against Australia in February’s Cyprus Cup tournament - with a low shot past keeper Envera Hasanbegovic.

The result keeps Scotland in top spot in European qualifying group 4, with six wins from six matches; next up is their stiffest test so far, a home tie on June 14 against a Sweden team who also have maximum points, but have played three fewer games than the Scots.

Only the group winners are guaranteed a place at the finals, to be held be held from June 6 until July 5 next year.