Martha Thomas of West Ham United Women celebrates scoring with teammates. Arsenal Women v West Ham United Women, WSL football match, Meadow Park Stadium, Borehamwood, UK - 08 Sep 2019 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

West Ham United forward enjoys dream debut for Scotland

West Ham United striker Martha Thomas has experienced a fairytale debut for Scotland with the player having netted twice for Shelley Kerr’s side in a 3-0 victory over the Ukraine in their first match at the Pinatar Cup this evening.

The Tartan Army also face Iceland and Northern Ireland in the competition which is played in a group format in Spain.

Scotland boss Kerr opted to field West Ham United star Thomas from the start and the player showed what an asset she could be for the nation going forward by netting an impressive brace.

Thomas took just 23 minutes to net her first international goal, racing away before a Ukrainian defender poked the ball away from her own goalkeeper, allowing the Scotland forward to place a shot into an unguarded net.

Ukraine keeper Kateryna Samson then denied Thomas a second goal for her country when she pulled off a fine save just before half-time.

Thomas did get both hers and Scotland’s second goal of the game when she caused all kinds of problems for an opposing defender before firing a low effort beyond Samson into the corner of the net.

Claire Emslie popped up unmarked in the box late on to strike home Scotland’s third goal as Kerr’s side made an excellent start to the tournament.

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