Scotland v Lithuania
UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier
Thursday, 10 October 2019, kick-off 5:15pm
Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh
Scotland Under-21s were held to a 0-0 draw in their European Qualifier against Lithuania tonight.
On an evening with many positives for the youngsters to take from open play, they could not make their dominance count as they came up against a resolute Lithuanian side in their Group Four clash.
Scot Gemmill recalled Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour to the starting eleven, after he missed the clash against Croatia with a training injury last month.
At a rain soaked Tynecastle Park, the Scottish youngsters dominated large parts of the opening half, and on another night could have easily found the lead.
Against a resolute Lithuanian side, Gemmill's youngsters showed terrific composure on the ball, and carved out plenty of openings.
Fraser Hornby, leading the line for his second game in the group after missing the opening win over San Marino, went closest with a terrifically struck free-kick. His curling effort whistled narrowly past the post.
The striker was then on the receiving end of some lively work from Glenn Middleton, but his effort from close range was crowded out by a number of Lithuanian bodies.
The on-loan Everton forward then turned provider, cleverly lifting the ball in to the path of the lurking Billy Gilmour, who snapped a fizzing effort just wide of the post, leaving Titas Krapikas stranded in the Lithuanian goal.
Gemmill did not leave it long before making his first change in the second half, replacing Lewis Ferguson with Connor McLennan as the youngsters pushed for the breakthrough.
The youngster who scored a brace in the 2-1 win against Croatia looked lively on the flank, but saw his appeals for a freekick fall on deaf ears as he was swiped down by Ernestas Stockunas.
Stephen Kelly was given his first cap at Under-21 level, when he replaced Kyle Magennis in the 63rd minute.
The Ayr United man was then presented with a glorious chance to snatch the winner, getting on the end of Middleton's lively work down the flank but being unable to produce the power required to beat Krapikas.
The Under-21s now find themselves level on points with table-toppers Greece, before heading to take on Czech Republic away from home.