Ebene News – GB – Scots win 10-0 in McLaren opener

The Scots beat Cyprus 10-0 to give Stuart McLaren victory in his first game as interim head coach

Hopes for qualifying for the European Scottish Championship ended last year, but improved thanks to Erin Cuthbert

Martha Thomas led the visitors’ second place, Caroline Weir scored a third class and Kirsty Hanson and Cuthbert scored new goals before half-time

Lizzie Arnot, Claire Emslie, Jane Ross twice and Thomas all hit for the visitors in the second half

Scotland, which last hit double digits in a 10-0 loss to the Macedonian in 2015, opened their Group E campaign with an eight-goal win over Cyprus in Edinburgh

And they conclude their match against Portugal at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium on Tuesday (15:10 GMT)

Shelley Kerr stepped down as head coach late last year after three successive 1-0 defeats ended Scotland’s chances of reaching a third major tournament in a row

And, with McLaren appointed to oversee the final qualifiers at Larnaca, the team were determined to stop their poor form from the start at AEK Arena

Antri Violari nearly equalized for the hosts, his shot from the right side of the box hitting the opposite post

Scotland settled in and Arnot provided the cross to unbranded Thomas to get home, then Weir received the pass from Cuthbert, slalomed away from two defenders and lifted the ball over the guardian Maria Matthaiou

Cuthbert returned the favor to Hanson, placing the ball in her path as she advanced and struck into the right corner for her first Scottish goal

Scotland thought they had another when Arnot scored, but the offside flag was raised, giving the Cypriots some breathing space

It didn’t last long, however, when Hanson forced a save from Matthaiou, then pushed Cuthbert to take a shot through the goalie’s catch.

The pace dropped after halftime as both teams made substitutions, but Cuthbert was once again the catalyst for Scotland’s sixth, his volley crossed by Arnot up close

Ross, who was also off the bench, was fouled by Victoria Zampa and netted the resulting penalty

Thomas stepped in from the left before beating Matthaiou at his near post, then Ross nodded his second goal following a Natalie Ross cross

McLaren’s squad continued to push for goals and Arnot and Ross were denied by Matthaiou in the finals

Scottish Women’s National Football Team, Cyprus Women’s National Football Team, Scotland, Erin Cuthbert

Ebene News – GB – Scots win 10-0 in first match by McLaren

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56054573