Scotland 8-0 Cyprus
UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 Qualifiers
Friday, 30 August 2019, kick-off 7.35pm
Easter Road, Edinburgh
Scotland: Emslie (11’), Little (20’,40’,61’,83’,88’), Ross (52’), Weir (90+1’)
Scotland got their UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 qualification campaign off to a perfect start with an emphatic 8-0 victory over Cyprus.
A crowd of 6,206 watched Scotland produce a totally dominant display at Easter Road in their first match since the World Cup. Shelly Kerr’s side were unlucky to not score more and showed their quality throughout.
The hosts started the first half at a high tempo and could have scored within the opening two minutes when Kim Little worked a one-two with Lisa Evans on the edge of the Cyprus box. But ‘keeper Ttakka saved well from her resulting right footed effort. Little came close again soon after, sending a left footed volley wide of the target.
Hayley Lauder and Evans linked up well early on as Scotland’s left side caused the Cyprus back line problems. The opening goal would come from good build up play on the left. Caroline Weir slipped an inch perfect through ball into the path of Evans who’s cross to the back post was met by Emslie, the winger scoring with an excellent headed finish back across the goalkeeper.
Kerr’s side were in control throughout the entirety of the game. The fluidity of the forward line dragged the Cyprus defence out of position on numerous occasions, Emslie and Evans regularly switched positions on either flank whilst the pairing of Ross and Weir caused havoc in the Cyprus penalty box.
Scotland’s relentless pressure was rewarded with a second goal midway through the half. The goal scored by Kim Little but made by Caroline Weir. Outdoing her pass for the opener, Weir played a delightful 20-yard ball in between the two Cyprian centre-backs for Little who rounded the keeper to score. A moment of real quality from the Manchester City midfielder equalled by Little’s composed finish.
The chances continued to fall for the hosts as Cyprus struggled to get up the pitch. Jane Ross went close but was prevented by Ttakka who made an impressive double save. The ‘keeper was called into action many more times in the first half, notably pushing a goal bound effort from Evans wide of the post.
The third seemed inevitable and came five minutes before half time. The superb Kim Little was played through on goal by Ross and made no mistake with her shot, hammering an effort low into the corner.
It didn’t take long for Scotland to resume the scoring in the second half. Five minutes after the break Claire Emslie picked up the ball on the left and fired it across the face of goal for Jane Ross to score into an empty net. Emslie was the provider again moments later, cutting the ball back for Weir who was denied a goal by Ttakka’s impressive stop. Cyprus had a rare counterattack after Weir’s effort but Violari’s shot from the edge of the area didn’t trouble Lee Alexander who was scarcely involved.
Cyprus began to tire and paid the price for sloppy defending on the hour mark. Ttakka had kept the score down for Cyprus but her blunder allowed Kim Little to pick the ball up from 10 yards and finish into an open goal. A harsh goal to concede for the ‘keeper who made numerous stops throughout.
There were impressive performances all over the pitch but the duo of Kim Little and Caroline Weir stood out. The latter continued to create chances in the second half and was unlucky with a shot of her own which flashed just wide of the target.
The waves of attacks kept coming as Scotland maintained the intensity they’d shown throughout until the final whistle. Little added Scotland’s sixth and her fourth ten minutes before the end, profiting from Zoe Ness’ chipped through ball to finish through the legs of the Cyprus ‘keeper. Little scored another moments later, a cross from Elizabeth Arnot split the Cyprus defence and found Little who headed home to cap off a sensational performance.
Scotland continued to push forward and scored again before the end. Caroline Weir latched onto a loose ball at the edge of the box and smashed a left footed shot into the net to round up a brilliant evening’s work for Scotland.
Scotland: Alexander, Smith (Arnot, 70’), Corsie, Beattie, Lauder, Little, Weir, Crichton, Evans, Ross (Ness, 62’) Emsile
Unused substitutes: Lynn, Fife, Docherty, Love, Arthur, Howard, Grant, Murray, Graham, Kerr
Cyprus: Ttakka, Charalambous (Taneva, 45’), Loannou, Andronikou, Giannou, Michail (Zampa, 72’), Violari, Chrysostomou (Antoniou, 58’), Pafiti, Aristodimou, Savva
Unused substitutes: Matthaiou, Kouzali, Solomou, Adamou, Neofytou, Kirkini, Papadopoulou, Georgiou, Michael