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Young Scots fall victim to Dutch masters in Euro qualifying campaign

Scotland 1

May 85

Netherlands 6

Promes 27, 40, 42, Rekik 50, Ziyech 76, 79
  • Wednesday, 28 May 2014
  • St Mirren Park
  • Under 21´s
  • European Championships Qualifying Match

Alisdair Morrison | YFS West Region Journalist

Scotland’s Under-21 team hosted the Netherlands in a goal-filled midweek encounter at Paisley’s St. Mirren Park.
Billy Stark’s babes were beaten comfortably by an exciting young Dutch team, as their hopes of reaching the European Championships in the Czech Republic next year were all but dashed.
A cool evening in Paisley attracted the handsome attendance of 3,002 highly vocal fans though, a very positive turnout for a dreary Wednesday night affair.
The Scots got the match underway and were full of running and ambition from the off, putting the pressure on the Dutch defence from an early set-piece. Kenneth McLean delivered a ball to Callum Paterson at the back post who managed to head the ball back into the danger area.
The ball eventually came back out to Ryan Fraser on the left who managed to pick out Stuart Armstrong, though the captain could only head wide of the left post.
After this initial flurry of chances the Dutch took a hold on the match, holding on to the ball effectively and passing it around the defence with patient build-up play.
Scotland were unfortunate not to take the lead shortly after though, as good work down the left by Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser led to a chance for Callum McGregor. The Celtic player managed to squeeze the ball under keeper Warner Hahn, but the target couldn’t be found as Chelsea’s Nathan Ake shepherded the ball wide of the right post.
Scotland had another chance to go ahead, this time through Ryan Fraser’s curling effort, but the shot went just a whisker wide of the wrong side of the post.
The Scots were defending well from the Dutch’s mounting attacks, but the dam was unfortunately unable to hold off much longer.
Some seriously silky skills from winger Quincy Promes saw him drag the ball past three Scotland players on the edge of the box before firing a whipped effort past Scotland’s Jordan Archer into the bottom left corner.
Scotland almost saw themselves level the tie but for the width of a goal post, as John McGinn’s daisy-cutter from 30 yards out cracked off the foot of the right hand post.
It was to be the Scot’s last chance of getting back into the match though, as Promes showed plenty of promise for the future with a masterclass in finishing late in the first half.
His second of the night came from a beautifully weighted ball out to the right by centre-back Karim Rekik, after which Promes gathered well and beat his man with ease before smashing a right-footed shot off the underside of the crossbar and into Archer’s net.
And the FC Twente starlet stamped his claim for inclusion in the senior World Cup squad by rounding off the hat-trick two minutes later. Promes was played through on goal into an acre of space before coolly firing past Archer to put the Dutch three nil up.
  • Half Time:
  • Scotland
  • 0-3
  • Netherlands
Unfortunately for the Scots, the Dutch youngsters started the second half in much the same way as they finished the first, with an early chance coming for Jean-Paul Boetius after being played in by the ever-impressive Promes. The Feyenoord forward could only put the ball just over the bar though.
It was four nil to the Netherlands shortly after, as PSV’s Karim Rekik smashed the ball home off the underside of the bar following some goal-line pinball in the Scotland box.
For all their hard work and toil, the Scots just couldn’t get a foothold on the game. After starting the match industriously, fan-favourite Stevie May was something of an isolated figure up front, a victim of the effective possession football that the Dutch imposed mercilessly on the game.
And the highly-talented Netherlands squad just kept throwing wave after wave of attack at the Scots rear-guard.
The Dutch made it five after a flurry of substitutions saw Kilmarnock’s Rory McKenzie and Sheffield United’s Stefan Scougall replace Callum McGregor and Ryan Fraser.
Hakim Ziyech also came off the becnh for Holland, and made his introduction a memorable one with the strike of the night. A half-volley from 30 yards out flew past the helpless Archer and into the bottom right corner.
The SC Heerenveen player got his second and the Dutch’s sixth of the night with a closer but no less impressive effort, this time a beautifully placed volley into the bottom right from just inside the box after a nice Ola John assist.
Stevie May finally got his well-deserved goal in the 85th minute after a defensive error from the Dutch backline allowed him to go one-on-one with Hahn. The promising St Johnstone striker took the goal well, striking the ball low past the keeper and into the bottom left of the goal.
Overall, the full time score was maybe a little harsh on the Scots youngsters, and things could certainly have ended up very differently on the night had McGinn’s long-range effort snuck in off the post instead of crashing back off it.
But take nothing away from the Dutch. This team should certainly be among the favourites for the European title next year in the Czech Republic. Quincy Promes deserved his hat-trick and single-handedly took the Scots to the cleaners in the first half.
The Scots babes still have two qualifiers left to try and sneak through to the finals, with trips to Slovakia and Luxembourg to come in early September.
  • Full Time:
  • Scotland
  • 1-6
  • Netherlands



1. Jordan Archer
2. Callum Paterson
3. Jordan McGhee
4. Stuart Findlay
5. Kevin McHattie
6. John McGinn
7. Ryan Fraser
8. Kenneth McLean
9. Steven May
10. Stuart Armstrong
11. Callum McGregor
12. Christopher Kettings
13. Marcus Fraser 
14. Sean Kelly
15. Jason Holt
16. Stefan Scougall
17. Craig Slater
18. Rory McKenzie

1. Warner Hahn 
2. Mike Te Wierik
3. Sven Van Beek
4. Karim Rekik
5. Nathan Ake
6. Kyle Ebecilio
7. Quincy Promes
8. Tonny Trindade De Vilhena
9. Luc Castaignos
10. Marco Van Ginkel
11. Jean-Paul Boetius
12. Mike Van Der Hoorn
13.Stefano Denswil
14. Adam Maher
15. Hakim Ziyech
16. Mickey Van Der Hart
17. Lesly De Sa
18. Ola John

Star Player
Stuart Armstrong was the driving force whenever the Scots had the chance to get into the Dutch half and he passed the ball well throughout.
Quincy Promes was the standout player on the night. A 20-minute first half hat-trick, every one of them a wonderful goal, left the Scots deflated and ultimately killed off the tie.
Magic Moment
John McGinn's almost-screamer would have turned the match into a very different affair and was very unlucky not to sneak in.
Hakim Ziyech's first goal was arguably the pick of the bunch, but the real magic moment for the Dutch was the 20-minute spell in which Promes single-handledly won the game.
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