Scotland score seven to beat Faroe Islands

, Scotland score seven to beat Faroe Islands, The Evepost BBC News
, Scotland score seven to beat Faroe Islands, The Evepost BBC News
Chloe Arthur scored two first-half headers for Scotland

Scotland cruised to victory against the Faroe Islands in their first ever qualifier at Hampden Park to maintain a perfect start to their World Cup bid.

Erin Cuthbert and Christy Grimshaw scored either side of two Chloe Arthur headers to put the Scots 4-0 up.

Maria Biskopsto scored a rare goal for the Faroes but Martha Thomas, Jenna Clark, and Claire Emslie sealed a comfortable victory.

Scotland sit second in Group B, behind Spain on goal difference.

A late head injury for Cuthbert was the only sour note as the Chelsea forward had to be taken off on a stretcher in stoppage time.

New head coach Pedro Martinez Losa began his reign on Friday with a 2-0 victory in Hungary, but was looking for a more clinical edge against the nation ranked 95th in the world.

And after a frustrating 18 minutes, Scotland went through the gears as expected in front of a small, but passionate crowd.

Cuthbert got things going with a trademark strike into the top corner off her left foot, having let the ball run across her from a throw-in before lashing home from 25 yards.

Soon after, it was 2-0 as Scotland carved open their visitors. Rachel McLauchlan played a terrific inside ball for Jane Ross, who crossed for Arthur – the only newcomer to the starting XI from the win in Hungary – to nod home.

That was the Aston Villa midfielder’s first international goal, and she had to wait just six minutes for her second as she headed home Rachel Corsie’s hanging cross at the back post.

Crosses were where Scotland got most joy as both full-backs charged forward and combined well with Ross, Cuthbert, Claire Emslie, and Grimshaw.

And it was Grimshaw who capitalised on Nicola Docherty’s delivery from the left to the back post to guide home her first Scotland goal.

Martinez Losa made three changes and went to a back three for the second half, but sloppy defending from a corner allowed Biskopsto to nod in and send the Faroes players into joyful celebration, having only scored twice across the entirety of their last two qualifying campaigns.

It took 10 minutes for Scotland to settle into their new shape and substitute Thomas’ fine turn and shot restored calm as they continued to get joy out wide through Emslie.

Further chances came and went, before substitute defender Clark trapped Cuthbert’s fine delivery before sliding the ball home to make it a debut to remember.

And Emslie capped a fine individual performance by curling a delightful free kick into the top corner with six minutes remaining.

Player of the match – Erin Cuthbert

, Scotland score seven to beat Faroe Islands, The Evepost BBC News
Cuthbert’s vision and range of passing was outstanding and kept Scotland’s tempo high. Unfortunately a late head knock meant she had to be taken off in stoppage time.

What did we learn?

It’s hard to know what to make of a victory, even a convincing one, against the Faroe Islands. What was encouraging, though, was the intensity which Scotland managed to maintain, minus a sleepy start to the second period.

Rangers full-back McLauchlan was relentless down the right flank in the first half before switching to right centre-back, Cuthbert dropped deep constantly to link the play and looked back to her best, and the team generally looked confident.

The manager even had the luxury of making three half-time changes to try a different set-up. It looked to unsettle Scotland initially, but they regained their poise.

Tougher tests lie ahead, including an impressive Spain side who thumped Hungary in the other match in Group B, but the Martinez Losa tenure has got off to a solid start.

What’s next?

Scotland are back at Hampden on 22 October (19:35 BST) to face Hungary again and will look to build on their promising start under Martinez Losa.

Line-ups

Scotland

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Alexander
  • 2McLauchlan
  • 4Corsie
  • 5BeattieSubstituted forClarkat 68′minutes
  • 3DochertySubstituted forHansonat 45′minutes
  • 14Arthur
  • 6RobertsonSubstituted forClellandat 45′minutes
  • 9GrimshawSubstituted forBoyleat 79′minutes
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 18Emslie
  • 13RossSubstituted forThomasat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Boyle
  • 10Thomas
  • 11Clark
  • 12Fife
  • 15Howard
  • 16Westrup
  • 17Hanson
  • 19Clelland
  • 20Davidson
  • 21Cumings
  • 23Arnot

Faroe Islands Women

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Allansdóttir Joensen
  • 2JohannesenBooked at 78mins
  • 19Mittfoss
  • 3Ryan
  • 4Á Lakjuni
  • 15HansenSubstituted forMohrat 72′minutes
  • 9Mortensen
  • 10SevdalSubstituted forHøjgaard Joensenat 90′minutes
  • 13Kannuberg Tórolvsdóttir
  • 7Johannesen
  • 21BiskopstøSubstituted forHummelandat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Hummeland
  • 12Biskopstø
  • 14Svarvadal Jacobsen
  • 16Johansen
  • 17Mohr
  • 18Højgaard Joensen
  • 22Hansen
  • 23Østerø

Referee:
Jelena Cvetkovic

Match Stats

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  1. Second Half ends, Scotland 7, Faroe Islands Women 1.

  2. Kirsty Hanson (Scotland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  3. Foul by Ásla Johannesen (Faroe Islands Women).

  4. Substitution, Faroe Islands Women. Tórunn Højgaard Joensen replaces Heidi Sevdal.

  5. Erin Cuthbert (Scotland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Foul by Heidi Sevdal (Faroe Islands Women).

  7. Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Rakul Johannesen.

  8. Attempt blocked. Martha Thomas (Scotland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Claire Emslie.

  9. Attempt missed. Martha Thomas (Scotland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

  10. Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Durita Hummeland.

  11. Attempt blocked. Kirsty Hanson (Scotland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Martha Thomas.

  12. Attempt missed. Lana Clelland (Scotland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Martha Thomas.

  13. Goal! Scotland 7, Faroe Islands Women 1. Claire Emslie (Scotland) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

  14. Hand ball by Ásla Johannesen (Faroe Islands Women).

  15. Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Maria Á Lakjuni.

  16. Goal! Scotland 6, Faroe Islands Women 1. Jenna Clark (Scotland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert with a through ball following a corner.

  17. Attempt blocked. Chloe Arthur (Scotland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert.

  18. Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Óluva Allansdóttir Joensen.

  19. Attempt missed. Erin Cuthbert (Scotland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.