Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert, West Ham United’s Martha Thomas and Manchester United’s Jane Ross all scored braces in Scotland’s 10-0 victory over Cyprus this afternoon.
The game was the penultimate fixture in Scotland’s failed UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 qualifying campaign. Despite the nation being unable to qualify for the tournament finals, they were completely professional from the first whistle to the last against Cyprus in Larnaca.
Scotland took an 11th-minute lead courtesy of a Cuthbert strike before Thomas soon made it 2-0. In-form midfielder Caroline Weir then added a third, before Kirsty Hanson and Cuthbert netted further goals to give the visitors a huge 5-0 half-time lead.
The game saw interim coach Stuart McLaren take charge for the first time and if he was delighted with what he saw in the first half, it was a case of more of the same in the second period as Scotland added another five goals to their tally.
Former Manchester United forward Lizzie Arnot scored Scotland’s sixth goal before substitute Claire Emslie got her name in on the act. A penalty from another substitute in the form of Ross then made it 8-0 before Thomas completed her brace. Experienced striker Ross rounded-off the scoring with her second goal of the game 16 minutes from time.
Scotland end their UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 qualification campaign against Portugal on Tuesday afternoon.