Caroline Weir
Caroline Weir scored an excellent solo goal as Scotland routed Cyprus

Scotland women thrashed Cyprus 10-0 to give Stuart McLaren victory in his first match as interim head coach.

The Scots’ European Championship qualifying hopes ended last year but they moved ahead through Erin Cuthbert.

Martha Thomas headed the visitors’ second, Caroline Weir netted a classy third and Kirsty Hanson and Cuthbert notched further goals before half-time.

Lizzie Arnot, Claire Emslie, Jane Ross, twice, and Thomas all struck for the visitors in the second half.

Scotland, who last hit double figures in a 10-0 defeat of Macedonian in 2015, had opened their Group E campaign with an eight-goal win over Cyprus in Edinburgh.

And they conclude their fixtures against Portugal at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium on Tuesday (15:10 GMT).

Shelley Kerr left the head coach role late last year after three successive 1-0 defeats had ended Scotland’s chances of reaching a third major tournament in a row.

And, with McLaren appointed to oversee the final qualifiers in Larnaca, the side were determined to arrest their poor form from the off at the AEK Arena.

Hanson sped down the left and crossed for Cuthbert to apply a side-foot finish.

Antri Violari almost levelled for the hosts, her shot from the right side of the box hitting the opposite post.

Scotland settled and Arnot provided the cross for the unmarked Thomas to head home, then Weir received Cuthbert’s pass, slalomed away from two defenders and lifted the ball over goalkeeper Maria Matthaiou.

Cuthbert returned the favour for Hanson, laying the ball into her path as she powered forward and lashed into the right corner for her first Scotland goal.

Scotland thought they had another when Arnot netted but the offside flag was raised, giving the Cypriots some respite.

It did not last long, though, as Hanson forced a save from Matthaiou, then teed up Cuthbert to squeeze a shot through the goalkeeper’s grasp.

The Cyprus keeper fared better moments later, beating Cuthbert’s long-range effort out for a corner.

The pace dropped after the half-time interval as both sides made substitutions but Cuthbert was again the catalyst for Scotland’s sixth, her cross volleyed in by Arnot from close range.

Substitute Emslie applied the finishing touch to an Arnot cross for goal number seven.

Ross, who had also come off the bench, was fouled by Victoria Zampa and drilled home the resulting penalty.

Thomas cut in from the left before beating Matthaiou at her near post, and then Ross nodded her second goal following a cross from Natalie Ross.

McLaren’s side kept pressing for goals and Arnot and Ross were denied by Matthaiou in the closing stages.

Player of the match – Erin Cuthbert

Erin Cuthbert
Double-scoring Cuthbert was unfortunate not to get a hat-trick and also provided assists for three goals