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Faroe Islands 1 (Biskopstø 48)>
Scotland 7 (Cuthbert 19, Arthur 20,28, Grimshaw 38, Thomas 60, Clark 80, Emslie 82)
Faroe Islands 1 (Biskopstø 48)
Scotland ran riot as they marked their Hampden homecoming with a convincing 7-1 win over the Faroe Islands.
Scotland were on the front foot during the opening five minutes. Claire Emslie delivered some dangerous crosses, testing the nerve of the Faroese defence early on. Lisa Robertson found herself with Scotland's first real shooting opportunity, but her long distance effort was sent over the crossbar.
The home side continued to press for an early opener with Jane Ross getting on the end of a cross from Nicola Docherty but was forced wide by the Faroe defence. Moments later, the striker went close again with a looping header dropping just over the bar.
Claire Emslie was dominant down the left flank in what was a controlled opening quarter for the Scots. Her low cross on the 13th minute mark almost found its way through to Grimshaw at the back post, but the Faroe defence stood strong.
Scotland's pressure finally paid off after 19 minutes. Erin Cuthbert took the ball nicely on the half turn before finding herself in space 25 yards out. Her left footed strike from range beat the Faroese keeper all ends up - sailing high into the net.
It was the quick one-two for Pedro Martinez Losa's side, with Chloe Arthur giving the Scots a 2-0 lead less than a minute later. Jane Ross whipped in a delightful cross which Arthur met to nod home from inside the penalty area to score her first international goal.
Scotland were soon out of sight as Chloe Arthur helped herself to her second of the evening. Rachel Corsie's cross from deep once again found Arthur, who nodded home at the back post to give the Scots a well deserved 3-0 lead.
38 minutes on the clock and Scotland added their fourth goal of the evening. Another teasing cross to the back post, this time from Nicola Docherty found Grimshaw, who did well to turn the ball home from a tight angle.
The away side began the second half well, putting pressure on the Scotland back line and winning an early corner. The cross was delivered short to the front post where Biskopstø nodded home from close range to convert the Faroese first effort on target after 48 minutes.
Kirsty Hanson looked to get involved after coming off the bench. Just before the hour mark, the Manchester United forward found herself with space to drive at the Faroe defence, her tidy footwork opened up a shooting opportunity, but she sent the shot just past the bar.
It was only moments later that Scotland added their fifth of the evening. A high ball was neatly brought down by Arthur on the edge of the area before teeing up Martha Thomas who swivelled and drilled the ball low past Joensen.
There was a special moment after 67 minutes as Jenna Clark replaced Jennifer Beattie to mark her Scotland debut. Clark's night would soon get even better when she found herself on the end of Cuthbert's teasing delivery into the box. The young defender cooly brought the ball under control before finishing low under the onrushing Joensen to give the Scots a 6-1 lead after 80 minutes.
Just two minutes later, congestion on the edge of the Faroese penalty area let to a free kick for a suspected handball. Cuthbert, who had gone close earlier from a set piece, left the ball to Claire Emslie who made no mistake in curling the ball into the far corner to give the Scots their seventh goal of the evening.
A comfortable 7-1 victory at their new home means Scotland take maximum points from September's qualifiers. One major concern for Martinez Losa comes in the shape of Erin Cuthbert - who was stretchered off on 90 minutes following a nasty collision. The Hampden Roar was in full voice as she left the field whilst being announced as the player of the match.
Scotland are back home at Hampden Park next month for another FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier as they take on Hungary on October 22nd. Tickets for the match are available here.
Scotland: Lee Alexander, Rachel McLauchlan, Nicola Docherty (sub Kirsty Hanson 45mins), Rachel Corsie, Jennifer Beattie (sub Jenna Clark 67mins), Lisa Robertson (sub Lana Clelland 45mins), Christy Grimshaw (sub Rachael Boyle 78mins), Jane Ross (sub Martha Thomas 45mins), Chloe Arthur, Claire Emslie, Erin Cuthbert. Subs not used: Jenna Fife, Eartha Cumings, Sophie Howard, Brianna Westrup, Lauren Davidson, Lizzie Arnot.
Faroe Islands: Oluva Joensen, Rakul Maria Johannesen, Sarita Mittfoss, Birita Ryan, Maria Lakjuni, Olga Kristina Hansen (sub Tora Mohr 72mins), Julia Mortensen, Heidi Sevdal (sub Torunn Højgaard Joensen 89mins), Jensa Tórolvsdóttir, Asla Johannesen, Maria Biskopstø (sub Durita Hummeland 65mins). Subs not used: Monika Biskopstø, Sanna Svarvadal Jacobsen, Sunnva Fagradal Johansen, Katrina Hansen, Valborg Østerø.
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