Euro U21 Qualifying - Group 4
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Scotland U21 3-0 Andorra U21: Everton's Fraser Hornby scores hat-trick in simple win

Fraser Hornby scores his third for Scotland against Andorra
Fraser Hornby was in fine form up front for Scotland

Everton striker Fraser Hornby scored a hat-trick as Scotland Under-21s beat Andorra in their European Championship qualifier at Tynecastle.

It keeps alive the Scots' hopes of a place in next year's finals in San Marino with three games left to play.

Scot Gemmill's side move into third place in Group 4, one point behind Netherlands, who drew 0-0 away to leaders England.

England remain six points ahead of the Scots.

Gemmill's side, who need to finish among the four best runners-up to secure a play-off place, next travel to face the Dutch and Ukraine before hosting England.

After a sustained spell of pressure on the Andorra goal, the breakthrough came just before half-time.

Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous was hauled to the ground by Alex Martinez as they challenged for Billy Gilmour's cross from a corner.

Macedonian referee Dejan Jakimovski gave a penalty and Hornby sent goalkeeper Iker Alvarez de Eulate the wrong way.

Scotland sealed the victory with a lovely flowing move that was started and finished by Hornby.

The 18-year old-collected the ball in midfield before sweeping it out towards Gilmour, who had space on the right flank.

The Chelsea midfielder in turn sent a wonderful curling ball into the box, where Hornby glanced the ball beyond Iker.

With seven minutes left, Hornby sealed his hat-trick when he slid in to connect with a Chris Cadden's low cross to the front post.

Match reaction

Scotland Under-21 coach Scott Gemmill: "I was really pleased with the defensive side of the game today and the mental side and the application of the players today.

"They stepped up to the plate and gave a very solid performance.

"I think Fraser is one of the players who have benefitted from going to the Toulon tournament in the summer.

"He was up against really top teams in that environment and it's great that he has taken his opportunity of playing in a qualification game in Scotland."

Scotland Under-21 striker Fraser Hornby: "I thought it was a really good team performance.

"They were difficult to break down in the first half, but the goal just after the end of the first half came at a good time.

"We knew that going into the second half, if we kept playing, then more chances would come. We trusted our ability to create more chances and obviously the second half performance showed that.

"It's a very good side to play in as a striker. There are a lot of good players on either side and through the middle. I can get good service from all over the pitch."

Scotland U21: Fulton, Williamson, Bates, Porteous, Smith, Gilmour (Ferguson 78), Ross McCrorie, Mallan (Campbell 72), Cadden, Hornby (Shaw 85), Johnston.

Subs Not Used: Robby McCrorie, McIntyre, Ross, Magennis.

Booked: Smith, Bates, Hornby.

Goals: Hornby 45 pen, 70, 83.

Andorra U21: Iker, Pablos, Garcia, Viladot, Pomares, Claudi Bove (Pijuan 74), Reyes (Castillo 81), Samper, Nazzarro, Fernandez, Martinez (Vales 87).

Subs Not Used: Pires, Cabanes, Sanchez, Guillen.

Booked: Reyes, Nazzarro, Pomares, Martinez.

Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (Macedonia).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 6th September 2018

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Greece U2176102222019
2Croatia U2175112151616
3Czech Rep U2174121212013
4Belarus U217322108211
5Moldova U218116722-154
6San Marino U218008124-230

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain U2177002261621
2Slovakia U2174031215-312
3Iceland U217322128411
4Northern Ireland U2173221110111
5Albania U218134714-76
6Estonia U218017920-111

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland U216420146814
2Denmark U2164112271513
3Finland U2162311112-19
4Georgia U217223915-68
5Faroe Islands U217124714-75
6Lithuania U216105312-93

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England U217520123917
2Netherlands U2173311441012
3Scotland U217322107311
4Ukraine U21622211658
5Latvia U216033210-83
6Andorra U217025120-192

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany U2175112361716
2R. of Ireland U216411103713
3Kosovo U21832388011
4Norway U217322109111
5Israel U2182241117-68
6Azerbaijan U218026423-192

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden U2175201841417
2Belgium U217520135817
3Hungary U216321106411
4Turkey U21722379-28
5Cyprus U218206718-116
6Malta U217007518-130

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia U2166001931618
2Russia U2175111771016
3Austria U2164021541112
4Armenia U217214511-67
5Gibraltar U218107125-243
6Macedonia U216105613-73

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bosnia and Herzegovina U2175021951415
2Portugal U2164111771013
3Romania U21633093612
4Wales U21621368-27
5Switzerland U217214712-57
6Liechtenstein U216006124-230

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France U2177002051521
2Slovenia U216312109110
3Kazakhstan U217232111109
4Bulgaria U2162229818
5Montenegro U217115714-74
6Luxembourg U217115616-104
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