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.