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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

St Mirren Park (ATT 2,014) 10th October 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: D Batinic

Scotland U21 Scotland U21 vs Slovakia U21 Slovakia U21

Scotland U21 2

S Armstrong (31)
S May (36)

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Slovakia U21 1

T Malec (68)

European Under-21 Championship qualifying: Scotland U21s defeat Slovakia 2-1

Last Updated: 10/10/13 9:56pm

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Stevie May: Scored on his first start for Scotland U21s

Stevie May: Scored on his first start for Scotland U21s

Scotland Under-21s held on against a late onslaught from Slovakia to win 2-1 at St Mirren Park in European U21 Championship qualifying, after goals from Stuart Armstrong and Stevie May.

May capped his first start for the Under-21s with his first goal for his country in the Euro 2015 qualifier in Paisley.

The 20-year-old St Johnstone striker has started the season on fire for his club side with seven goals and carried his impressive form onto the international stage with Scotland's second at St Mirren Park.

Home skipper Stuart Armstrong had handed Billy Stark's side the lead after half an hour with a tidy finish but the Slovakians did give them cause for concern late on after substitute Thomas Malec halved the deficit with a close-range finish.

The victory lifts Scotland above their opponents and into second place in Group Three, with Georgia next up in Tbilisi on Tuesday.

Stark's youngsters were desperate to post a respectable result having shipped 10 goals in successive hammerings by England and Holland.

But they were up against a side who arrived in Scotland top of a qualifying group that also includes the Dutch and Luxembourg following victories in both of their opening qualifiers.

However, Scotland did not let their opponents' soaring confidence deter them from getting forward and after overcoming a nervy opening, found two goals to settle themselves down.

First on 31 minutes, Celtic defender Stuart Findlay sent Clark Robertson down the left and the Aberdeen youngster's cut-back was perfect for Armstrong to steer into the corner of the net.

And a second came soon after as May gathered the ball in the inside left channel before shrugging off Norbert Gyomber as he strode into the box. The angle looked improbable but that did not stop the confident Perth striker from lashing a left-foot drive over Patrick Legiand into the roof of the goal.

Yet the Scots were lucky not to end the half a man down after Fraser Fyvie's dangerous two-footed lunge on Jakub Paur was punished only by a yellow card from Croatian referee Damir Batinic.

May was denied a second on the stoke of half-time as Branislav Nidaj hacked off the line after the St Johnstone man had strode past the grounded Legiand.

Scotland keeper Jordan Archer had to block at his near post a minute into the second period as Malec almost made an immediate impact moments after coming on, while Fyvie failed to make the most of a swift breakaway 30 seconds later despite being through on the goalkeeper.

The Dark Blues continued to throw bodies forward but a killer third goal did not arrive.

A May header on 54 minutes came back off the cross bar following a teasing delivery from Celtic's Dylan McGeouch, while his Parkhead team-mate Callum McGregor - currently on loan at Notts County - saw a lot shot blocked by Legiand after May put him through.

But with Scotland wasteful with their finishing, Malec increased the tension in the home ranks when he tapped home from Jaroslav Mihalik's low centre with 22 minutes left.

Fyvie that had to smash clear from under his own crossbar after Malec beat Archer to a corner as the visitors piled on the pressure but Scotland held out to pick up their second win of the qualifying campaign.

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Matches

  • European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

    Thu 10th Oct - Group Three
    • Georgia U21
      0 - 6
      Holland U21
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    • Scotland U21
      2 - 1
      Slovakia U21
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    Thu 10th Oct - Group Ten
    • Kaz'stan U21
      1 - 2
      Belarus U21
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    • Armenia U21
      1 - 4
      France U21
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    Thu 10th Oct - Group Four
    • Hungary U21
      0 - 2
      Austria U21
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    • Spain U21
      3 - 2
      Bosnia U21
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    Thu 10th Oct - Group Eight
    • Norway U21
      1 - 3
      Azerbaijan U21
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    • Portugal U21
      3 - 0
      Israel U21
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    Thu 10th Oct - Group Five
    • Croatia U21
      4 - 0
      Liec'stein U21
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    Thu 10th Oct - Group One
    • San Marino U21
      0 - 4
      England U21
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Tables

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group One

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England U21 8 22
2 Moldova U21 8 13
3 Finland U21 8 12
4 Wales U21 8 10
5 Lithuania U21 7 7
6 San Marino U21 9 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Two

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark U21 8 20
2 Russia U21 7 16
3 Slovenia U21 8 11
4 Bulgaria U21 8 8
5 Estonia U21 7 8
6 Andorra U21 8 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Three

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Holland U21 5 13
2 Slovakia U21 6 13
3 Georgia U21 7 8
4 Scotland U21 6 7
5 Luxembourg U21 6 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Four

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain U21 6 18
2 Austria U21 6 12
3 Hungary U21 6 6
4 Bosnia U21 6 6
5 Albania U21 8 6

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Five

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Croatia U21 7 16
2 Switzerland U21 6 12
3 Ukraine U21 4 7
4 Latvia U21 5 6
5 Liechtenstein U21 6 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany U21 6 14
2 Montenegro U21 6 11
3 Romania U21 6 9
4 Rep of Ireland U21 7 8
5 Faroe Islands U21 7 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Seven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Poland U21 7 15
2 Greece U21 6 12
3 Turkey U21 6 10
4 Sweden U21 6 10
5 Malta U21 7 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Portugal U21 6 18
2 Israel U21 5 9
3 Norway U21 7 9
4 Macedonia U21 6 4
5 Azerbaijan U21 6 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Serbia U21 6 13
2 Belgium U21 7 13
3 Italy U21 6 12
4 Cyprus U21 6 6
5 N Ireland U21 7 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 6 18
2 Iceland U21 6 12
3 Kazakhstan U21 7 9
4 Armenia U21 6 6
5 Belarus U21 7 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eleven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sweden U21 2 6
2 Denmark U21 2 3
3 Macedonia U21 2 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Twelve

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bulgaria U21 2 6
2 Ukraine U21 2 3
3 Croatia U21 2 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Thirteen

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Israel U21 2 4
2 Turkey U21 2 2
3 Wales U21 2 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Fourteen

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 2 6
2 Slovenia U21 2 3
3 Scotland U21 2 0

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